Electronic visas

E-Visas to Russia are available to citizens of 52 countries,

as of January 2021 *

Evisa to Russia latest information: “Russia will not be launching electronic visas to Russia until Covid-19 pandemic ends” said the official representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular Department Mr Yuri Gorbatyuk on the 10th of November 2021.

* Due to the current unprecedented situation with COVID-19 and the restrictions on entry to the Russian Federation still in force, the e-visa will not be available yet from 1 January 2021.

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Passport

Citizens of 52 countries can be granted electronic visas to Russia, starting from January 2021. The list of countries was signed by the Russian Prime Minister on 7 October 2020.

UK nationals will still have to obtain a visa prior to travelling to Russia.

Who can travel to Russia with an electronic visa?

The countries listed are those that have been involved in piloting the project in 2017-2020. An exception is Qatar, due to the visa-free travel regime between Russia and Qatar, operating since 23 February 2020.

List of countries whose citizens can apply for an e-visa to Russia: 

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

Places in Russia which can be visited with an e-visa

Citizens of the listed countries can visit Russia without any geographical limitations, as of January 2021. An electronic visa gives the right to arrive at any border control point in any Russian region and travel anywhere across the country for up to 16 days.

As part of the pilot project, electronic visas to Russia have been operated only when travelling to St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, the Kaliningrad Region and Far Eastern Federal District for a maximum stay of 8 days.

Number of days you are allowed to stay on an electronic visa

Electronic visas will be processed online for tourist, business, humanitarian and guest visits. Once approved, it will be valid for 30 days for a single entry, allowing you to stay for up to 16 days. Such documents as invitations, hotel bookings or any other documents that confirm the purpose of the visit will not be required.

Extending the list of eligible countries

By introducing electronic visas, Russia is looking to develop inbound tourism, increase investment prospects for the regions of Russia and grow the economy in general. The professional tourism community in Russia is positive about the government initiative and lobbying for more countries to be included in the list for electronic visas.
Russian National Tourist Office is hoping that UK citizens will soon be able to apply for electronic visas alongside nationals of the 52 countries listed above.

Other information about e-visas to Russia

  • E-visas let you stay for up to 16 days. The date of arrival and date of departure from Russia are counted as whole days. For example: if you arrive on 1 January 2022 at 10.00pm, you must leave the country by 16 January by 11.59 pm.
  • An e-visa is valid for 30 days from the date of approval. You must leave the country by the last date of visa validity, even if your stay is less than 16 days.
  • The e-visa cannot be extended or renewed from Russia.
  • The e-visa can have the following purpose of entry: tourist, business, humanitarian (cultural relations). If your purpose of travel is different, you must obtain a normal visa before travelling.
  • E-visas are normally issued within 4 days.
  • An application for an e-visa can be submitted not earlier than 20 days before the date of travel, but no later than 4 days before the date of entry.
  • If your passport is missing your date of birth, you need to obtain a normal visa before travelling.
  • All children travelling with parents must have their own e-visas before travelling.
  • Your passport must be valid for 6 months minimum from the date of travel to apply for a Russian e-visa.
  • All travellers arriving on e-visas to Russia must be in possession of a valid travel insurance certificate for the whole period of stay.
  • You cannot combine normal and e-visas to extend the validity of your normal visa.
  • E-visas will not guarantee entry to the Russian Federation. The border control will carry out standard checks and interviews for all visitors arriving in Russia.

List of 29 checkpoints (border crossing locations) approved for e-Visa holders

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Border crossing location

Airports approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

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

Railway border control checkpoints approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

  1. Kaliningrad Region Pogranichny
  2. Khasan, Primorsky Krai

Maritime (seaports) border control checkpoints approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

  1. St Petersburg – Marine Station (Big Port)
  2. Vladivostok
  3. Zarubino
  4. Passenger Port of St Petersburg

Land (road, by car, bus etc) border control checkpoints approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

  1. Bagrationovsk (Kaliningrad Region)
  2. Gusev (Kaliningrad Region)
  3. Ivangorod (Leningrad Region)
  4. Mamonovo Grzechotki (Kaliningrad Region)
  5. Mamonovo Gronovo (Kaliningrad Region)
  6. Morskoe (Morskoje) (Kaliningrad Region)
  7. Sovetsk (Kaliningrad Region)
  8. Ubylinka (Pskov Region)

Land (on foot) border control checkpoints approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

  1. Ivangorod border crossing point