Getting E-visa to St. Petersburg

Before every trip, it is always wise to check if visa is required for the country that we are flying in. Even though visiting the entire Russia requires visa, visiting St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad only needs online registration, so called E-visa.

E-visa to St. Petersburg is valid for 30 days, but the maximum allowance is only 8 days. It is free of charge.

  • Regular single-entry business, tourist and humanitarian visas
  • Online application 4 days before entry date
  • Valid for 30 days
  • Period of stay up to 8 days
  • No consular fee

The list of foreign countries, whose nationals can enter the Russian Federation and depart from the Russian Federation via St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region on the basis of electronic visas:

  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • China and Taiwan
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Finland
  • France
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Vatican

Online application requires basic personal details, information about the place of stay and few questions regarding whether there were any previous visits in Russia.

The application is open 20 days before your travel date.

Top tip!

Make sure to take a professional electronic passport picture at any photo service store (at least 5 days before departure).

Tip number 2:

Submit your application at least 4 days before (4 business days)! Practically, I have received my e-visa 2 days after.

Tip number 3:

Make sure to write your name and passport number correctly. You might be refused entry if you don’t.

Tip number 4:

If you don’t have a place to stay, just write any accommodation you can find on booking.com. At immigration, nobody really bothers to check.

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