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E-visa to enter the whole territory of Russia will be available for citizens of 52 countries starting from 01st of January 2021

23 November 2020

In 31 July 2020 Russian president Vladimir Putin signed the Federal Law allow to foreigners from 52 countries visit all regions of Russia with E-Visa since 1st January 2021. Mikhail Mishustin the Prime Minister of Russia approves the procedure for issuing unified e-visas on 11 November 2020.

E-visas allow visitors to get visas simply by applying for their Russian visa entirely online.  In recent few years Russian government has been testing E-Visa for specific Russian regions to simplify visa procedures. This has started from visa-free entry for foreigners attending FIFA World Cup in 2018 and Electronic Visa to Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad Oblast, Saint‑Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast in 2019.

Applications for electronic visas can be submitted on a special website of the Foreign Ministry. Electronic visas will be issued to foreign nationals for tourism, business, private visits or humanitarian purposes. Applicants will only need to fill out a special form, upload a personal digital image and a copy of his or her foreign travel passport, pay a consular fee to wait for notification. E-visas will be applicable throughout Russia.

The list of countries whose citizens will be able to use the e-visa in 2021 includes:

  1. Austria,
  2. Andorra,
  3. Bahrain,
  4. Belgium,
  5. Bulgaria,
  6. Vatican,
  7. Hungary,
  8. Germany,
  9. Greece,
  10. Denmark,
  11. India,
  12. Indonesia,
  13. Iran,
  14. Ireland,
  15. Iceland,
  16. Spain,
  17. Italy,
  18. Cyprus,
  19. China (including Taiwan),
  20. Democratic People's Republic of Korea,
  21. Kuwait,
  22. Latvia,
  23. Lithuania,
  24. Liechtenstein,
  25. Luxembourg,
  26. Malaysia,
  27. Malta,
  28. Mexico,
  29. Monaco,
  30. Netherlands,
  31. Norway,
  32. Oman,
  33. Poland,
  34. Portugal,
  35. Romania,
  36. San Marino,
  37. Saudi Arabia,
  38. North Macedonia,
  39. Serbia,
  40. Singapore,
  41. Slovakia,
  42. Slovenia ,
  43. Turkey,
  44. Philippines,
  45. Finland,
  46. France,
  47. Croatia,
  48. Czech Republic,
  49. Switzerland,
  50. Sweden,
  51. Estonia
  52. Japan

Accordingly, to the law e-visa is single-entry, let stay in Russia for a maximum period of 16 days and issued for 60 calendar days from the date of its issuance.

ATTENTION! The allowed period of stay in the Russian Federation of up to 16 days under an e-visa does not imply that one can stay for the entire 384 hours (24 hours multiplied by 16). The period of stay in the Russian Federation always starts at midnight of the day of passage through passport control upon entry regardless of the actual time of passage through passport control. For example, you have an e-visa valid from June 15 to August 13 and you pass through passport control upon entry at 8:00 pm on July 29. In that case, you need to pass through passport control upon exit until 11:59 pm on August 13 (rather than until 8:00 pm on August 13). You should also note that if you passed through passport control upon entry, for instance, on August 10 with the e-visa mentioned in the example above, you need to pass through passport control upon exit until 11:59 pm on August 13, i.e. until the e-visa expires.

Visa processing will take no more than 4 calendar days. You can fill in an application form for an e-visa on this website not earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days before the intended date of entry into the Russian Federation.

The cost of issuing a single electronic visa to Russia will be $ 40. For children under 6 years old, the visa will be issued free of charge.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you applied for an e-visa. Your passport must have free space for border crossing stamps.

Foreign citizens who have arrived in the Russian Federation with e-visas are required to have medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation's territory for the entire period of stay.

Before you apply for an e-visa you are required to agree to the automatic processing, transfer, and storage of data provided in your application for the purpose of the e-visa issuance.

Your application must contain full and valid data. Any incorrect information, including passport data and photo, could cause visa rejection or revocation of an already issued visa at the national border checkpoint of the Russian Federation.

The list of border points through which it will be possible to cross border of Russian Federation includes 29 points including the main airports of Moscow and St.Petersburg.

Air checkpoints

  1. Belgorod
  2. Volgograd (Gumrak)
  3. Yekaterinburg (Koltsovo)
  4. Kazan
  5. Krasnodar (Pashkovsky)
  6. Krasnoyarsk (Emelyanovo)
  7. Moscow (Vnukovo)
  8. Moscow (Domodedovo)
  9. Moscow (Sheremetyevo)
  10. Nizhny Novgorod (Strigino)
  11. Novosibirsk (Tolmachevo)
  12. Rostov-on-Don (Platov)
  13. Samara (Kurumoch)
  14. Saint Petersburg (Pulkovo)

 Automobile checkpoints

  1. Bagrationovsk
  2. Gusev
  3. Ivangorod
  4. Mamonovo (Grzechotki)
  5. Mamonovo (Gronovo)
  6. Marine
  7. Sovetsk
  8. Smirk

Railway checkpoints

  1. Pogranichny on the border between Russia and China
  2. Hasan on the border between Russia and North Korea

Maritime checkpoints

  1. Big Port of Saint Petersburg (Morskoy Vokzal section)
  2. Vladivostok
  3. Zarubino port on the Sea of Japan
  4. Passenger Port Saint Petersburg

Pedestrian checkpoints

  1. Ivangorod

Text source: http://government.ru/en/docs/40554/http://government.ru/en/docs/40817/, http://government.ru/en/docs/40698/ 

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