How and where to get your electronic visa (e-visa) for Russia (St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad)

How to get a Russian e-visa

Tourism in Russia has seen rapid growth after the success of the 2018 World Cup, and the Russian government has simplified visa procedures. In some regions, it is now possible to enter the country with an e- visa, which is great news for travelers.

Advantages of an e-visa:

It’s fast
You can submit your application online, without leaving home and at any time of the day, but at least 4 days before your scheduled journey.
It’s easy
No need to provide an invitation and confirmation of your hotel booking.
It’s free
Yes! The e-visa is free of charge.

How does it work?

Fill out the application on  ​evisa.kdmid.ru
You will receive your visa by e-mail
Print the document
Present it at the border checkpoint

FAQ

  • Do I need a medical insurance ?

    Yes, it's required to have a medical insurance valid in Russia.

  • Which Russian cities can I enter with an e-visa?

    Visas are issued to citizens of certain countries and only for entry to certain Russian regions. Currently, citizens of more than 50 countries, including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Germany are allowed to enter Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, and Leningrad Region with an e-visa.

  • Is it possible to obtain an electronic visa for Moscow?

    Not yet. But the eVisa regime might cover Moscow from early 2020.

  • Validity

    E-visas are issued for a period of 30 calendar days starting from the date of issue; the period of stay in the Russian Federation is up to 8 days.

  • Types of e-visas

    E-visas can be of the following categories: business visa (purpose of journey is business), tourist visa (purpose of journey is tourism) or humanitarian visa (purposes of journey are sports, cultural, scientific and technical ties).

If you are planning to travel to Russia for other purposes, then you must apply for an ordinary visa at your nearest consulate.

Important information before applying for an e-visa:

1. At the moment, it’s not possible to enter and leave St. Petersburg with an e-visa if you are traveling by rail. You are allowed to enter at airport, sea-basin, automobile and pedestrian checkpoints.
2. Before filling out the application, make sure that you have the following at your disposal:
  • An Internet browser with JavaScript, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. We don’t guarantee good operational results if other browsers are used.
  • The most convenient program for viewing and printing PDF files is Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Your valid national passport.
3. To obtain an e-visa, you must have the following documents:
  • A passport, which is valid for at least six months from the visa application date. There should be enough space for border-crossing stamps.
  • Medical insurance for the entire stay in Russia.
  • A separate e-visa must be issued for each child.
  • A color photo in JPEG format. It should be taken no more than 6 months before the application date, full face against a light background under normal lighting, photo size: 35x45; the face should occupy 70-80% of the overall photo.
Apply for an e-visa

How to apply: Step-by-step instructions

Step 1

Go to the main page of the Russian Foreign Ministry website. Specify your nationality in the first line; depending on your nationality, a list of regions that you are allowed to enter with an e-visa will appear.

Step 2

Tick the following boxes at the bottom of the page:
  • I am aware of the conditions of the e-visa issuance and the rules for entry, stay and exit with an e-visa.
  • I agree to the processing of personal data specified in my e-visa application.
  • I agree to receive messages via my personal e-mail address concerning the status of my application and detailed instructions for further steps.

Step 3

Indicate your personal e-mail address in the first and second lines.

Next, enter a password. Make sure that you remember it. The password must contain at least six characters and some numbers.

Confirm your password.

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Enter the characters shown in the image and click “Next” to continue filling out the application. If the characters in the image are not clear, click “Refresh”.

Step 4

Your identification number will appear on the screen. Save it, and then click “Next”.

Step 5

Specify the country of the passport you will use to enter Russia.
  • Enter your surname.
  • Enter your first name.

If you have ever used other names or surnames (for example, before or after marriage), then select “Yes” and specify the previous name and surname. If you have not changed your names, then select “No”.

  • Specify your gender.
  • Specify your date of birth.
  • Specify your place of birth.

You can click “Save draft” button so as not to lose your data. By clicking “Next”, you may continue filling out the questionnaire.

Step 6

Select the purpose of your visit from the list provided.

Select the region that you intend to visit.

Specify your intended date of entry into Russia.

Specify the places where you intend to stay and relevant contact information. You may list up to ten places where you plan to stay.

Indicate whether you have visited Russia before. If you answer “Yes”, you must specify how many times you have visited Russia and the dates of your last journey.

You can click “Save draft” so as not to lose your data. By clicking “Next”, you may continue filling out the questionnaire.

Step 7

Enter the type of passport.

Enter your passport number, date of issue and date of expiry.

You can click “Save draft” so as not to lose your data. By clicking “Next”, you may continue filling out the questionnaire.

Step 8

Indicate your permanent address if you have one, as well as your telephone and fax numbers.

If you work or study, indicate your current place of work or study, your position, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail.

You can click “Save draft” so as not to lose your data. By clicking “Next”, you may continue filling out the questionnaire.

Step 9

Indicate whether you have relatives in Russia. If you answer “Yes”, you must list their names. Information about each relative should be provided in separate fields. Click “Add” to enter information about other relatives.

You can click “Save draft” so as not to lose your data. By clicking “Next”, you may continue filling out the questionnaire.

Step 10

Upload your color digital photo in JPEG format. It should be taken no more than six months before the application date, full face against a light background under normal lighting; photo size: 35x45; the face should occupy 70-80% of the overall photo.

You can click “Save draft” so as not to lose your data. By clicking “Next”, you may continue filling out the questionnaire.

Step 11

Check the correctness of your application. Tick the following boxes at the bottom of the page. Click “Save and submit”.

After submitting your application

You can track the status of your application here. Go to your personal account, enter your password and the personal ID that you received by e-mail. After your application has been examined, you will receive one of the following messages: “Visa issued” or “Visa denied”. You can download a PDF file with the outcome of your application.

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