St Petersburg introduces e-visas for foreign tourists

AFP
Starting October 1, 2019, tourists can visit Russia’s cultural capital and the surrounding region by e-visa, with no consular fees.

A decree to that effect was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Applicants need to fill out a form on the website of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry and upload a photograph; there is no consular fee. The application can be made no later than four and no earlier than 20 days before the expected date of entry.

The visa is valid for stays in St Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region for up to eight days. The purpose of travel can be tourism, business, or humanitarian reasons.

In early July, e-visas for travel to Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad Region were introduced for citizens of 53 countries. A similar scheme is in operation for Vladivostok and airports across the whole of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District.

List of countries whose citizens can apply for an e-visa to St Petersburg

1.

Austria

2.

Andorra

3.

Bahrain

4.

Belgium

5.

Bulgaria

6.

Vatican

7.

Hungary

8.

Germany

9.

Greece

10.

Denmark

11.

India

12.

Indonesia

13.

Iran

14.

Ireland

15.

Iceland

16.

Spain

17.

Italy

18.

Qatar

19.

Cyprus

20.

China (including Taiwan)

21.

Korean People’s Democratic Republic

22.

Kuwait

23.

Latvia

24.

Lithuania

25.

Lichtenstein

26.

Luxembourg

27.

Malaysia

28.

Malta

29.

Mexico

30.

Monaco

31.

The Netherlands

32.

Norway

33.

Oman

34.

Poland

35.

Portugal

36.

Romania

37.

San-Marino

38.

Saudi Arabia

39.

North Macedonia

40.

Serbia

41.

Singapore

42.

Slovakia

43.

Slovenia

44.

Turkey

45.

The Philippines

46.

Finland

47.

France

48.

Croatia

49.

The Czech Republic

50.

Switzerland

51.

Sweden

52.

Estonia

53.

Japan

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