Russian E-Visa for St. Petersburg for Citizens of >50 Countries

Russian E-Visa St. Petersburg-How to Apply

A Free Russian E-Visa to visit St. Petersburg is Now Available for Visitors from Over 50 Countries. That's the good news, since St. Petersburg is a fantastic European city to visit (see my 10 Travel Tips for St. Petersburg, Russia). The bad news is that the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and some other countries are not among the eligible countries.

On the other hand, citizens of many European and Middle Eastern countries, India, Indonesia, China, and Japan are eligible for these new E-Visas, which are free and permits a visit of up to 8 days within the visa's 30 day validity period.

To apply, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs St. Petersburg E-Visa Page.

Eligible Countries for a Russian E-Visa for St. Petersburg + Leningrad Oblast

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


Are E-Visas Only for Tourism or Also for Business?

Per the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web site, E-Visas can be an ordinary business visa, ordinary tourist visa, or ordinary humanitarian visa (for sports, cultural, scientific and technological ties purposes). E-Visas are strictly single entry visas; if a visa for a different purpose or for multiple entries is needed then a regular visa must be applied for.

When Can Eligible Visitors Apply for an E-Visa for St. Petersburg?

Visitors can apply via the Web site no earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days prior to intended arrival in Russia.

How Long Does the Approval Process Take?

The approval process takes no longer than 4 calendar days, including weekends and holidays.

Do I Need an Invitation or Hotel Confirmation or Other Documentation?

No invitation or hotel confirmation is needed to apply. Foreign visitors visiting Russia with E-Visas are required to have medical insurance valid within Russia for the duration of their stay.

If you're a citizen of an eligible country, do you plan to use a Russian E-Visa to visit St. Petersburg?

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