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What you need to know about the e-visa to St. Petersburg

22.07.2020 Law on electronic visa to the Russian Federation adopted by the State Duma

From October 01, 2019 it is possible to get an e-visa to visit St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. 

We describe below the main things you need to know about this e-visa.

For what purposes can an e-visa to St. Petersburg be obtained?

An e-visa to St. Petersburg may be obtained only for the following purposes: 

  • Business;
  • Tourist;
  • Humanitarian (sports, cultural, scientific-technical (academic) purposes).

How much does an e-visa to St. Petersburg cost?

There is no consular fee for such e-visa.

How long before a trip should e-visa applications be submitted?

An application for e-visa must be submitted no later than 4 days before the planned trip.

How long are e-visas to St. Petersburg valid for?

Single-entry visas, e-visas are valid for 30 days from the date of issue. With such visa, it is possible to stay in Russia for up to 8 days from the date of entry.

The days of stay start being counted from the 00:00 of the date of entry.

For example, with a visa issued on October 15, 2019, you could come to Russia on November 01, 2019 at 14:00, and you would need to leave no later than November 08, 2019 at 23:59 but not November 09, 2019 at 14:00.

Through which checkpoints is it possible to enter and leave the country with an e-visa to St. Petersburg?

  • Airport Pulkovo;
  • Vysotsk, St. Petersburg Port and St. Petersburg Passenger Port harbor checkpoints;
  • Ivangorod, Torfyanovka, Brusnichnoe, Svetogorsk automobile checkpoints;
  • Ivangorod pedestrian checkpoint.

It is currently not possible to entry and exit by rail with an e-visa.

Citizens of which countries can apply for an e-visa to St. Petersburg?

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

How to apply for e-visa to St. Petersburg?

Applications for e-visa are submitted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at

  1. First, select your country from the drop-down list and St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast from the second list (e-visas are also available for Kaliningrad and Far Eastern autonomous district), tick the boxes to accept the conditions for issuance of e-visa, agree with data transfer and receipt of notices of application status.
  2. Then enter your email address and set a password unless you already have an account. A number, which you can write down or print out, will be assigned to your application. This number will be required to continue completing the application. 
  3. The data filling section will open. Fill out the application as instructed. At the end of the form, add a photo that meets the requirements of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These requirements can be found in Item 12 of the guidelines.
  4. Send the application once it is completed and the photo is attached.

What to do after applying for an e-visa to St. Petersburg?

Applications may be tracked on the same site after their submission, and status notices will also be emailed to applicants. 

Applications are considered within 4 days.

Issued e-visas must be printed out or saved in any form so that they can be presented upon border-crossing control.