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09.10.2020

E-visa to Russia from 2021

The e-visa, which is already available for some Russian regions, will be introduced for the whole country from the beginning of 2021. The list of states, which citizens are eligible for the e-visa, was approved by the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation from 6 October 2020 No. 2571-r.

This list includes the same 52 states which have been previously approved concerning e-visas for particular regions of Russia except Qatar. Since 23 February 2020 there is a visa-free regime between Russia and Qatar.

The pilot project for the introduction of an electronic visa started in 2017 and had a few restrictions. Foreign citizens had the right to cross the border with such a visa only through the border points in the Far Eastern Federal District, St. Petersburg, Leningrad and Kaliningrad regions. However, they could not leave the boundaries of these regions.

From 2021 the e-visa will be valid throughout the whole Russian Federation. It will be possible to cross the border through specially equipped checkpoints designated by the Government of the Russian Federation, and travel in all regions of the country. In addition, the period of stay with an e-visa in Russia will extend from
8 to 16 days.

The e-visa can be only single-entry. It is issued for 60 days from the date of registration for a period of stay of no more than 16 days from the date of entry into the country. The processing time for a single e-visa is within four calendar days from the date of application.

An electronic visa is issued for a short-term stay for private or business visit, as a tourist, as well as for participation in scientific, cultural, social and political, economic or sports events.




LATEST EVENTS

17.09.2021 - Some features of the private visa

When parents of a Russian child are not married, the foreign parent can also apply for a single-, double- or multiple-entry private visa upon a written invitation of the second parent (Russian national).


16.09.2021 - Working hours of the Visa Center

Visa center opening hours changed.


08.09.2021 - Multiple-entry private visas to close relatives

According to the last amendments to the visa regulations from 1 September 2021 it is possible to apply for a multiple-entry private visa to close relatives of Russian nationals for up to 1 year


07.09.2021 - Multiple-entry tourist visas

Since 25 August 2021 amendments to Article 25.6 of the Federal Law "On the procedure for leaving the Russian Federation and entering the Russian Federation" entered into force. Now a single or double-entry tourist visa for up to 3 months or a multiple-entry tourist visa for up to 6 months can be issued on the basis of the tourist «Confirmation» (which goes along with the «Voucher»).


03.09.2021 - Lifting the 14-days isolation for passengers arriving from the UK

The isolation for those arriving to Russia from the UK is no longer required.


02.09.2021 - The regions of the Russian Federation

We are happy to bring to the attention of our visitors some information on different regions of the Russian Federation.


19.08.2021 - On entering into force of the Agreement between Russia and Togolese Republic.

The Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Togolese Republic on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for holders of Russian and Togoles diplomatic and service passports is entering into force.


09.08.2021 - On private visas for close relatives.

The rule for issuing private visas for close relatives was amended


03.08.2021 - On entering into force of the Agreement between Russia and the Republic of Namibia.

The Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Namibia on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for holders of Russian and Namibian passports entered into force on 2 August 2021.


09.07.2021 - The new travel rules for Russian nationals entering Russia

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