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CONSULAR SECTION INFORMS

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

26.10.2020 - The list of border check-points to the Russian Federation for the e-visa.

The Government of the Russian Federation approved the list of border check-points for e-visa holders.


26.10.2020 - Honorary Consulate of Russia in Norwich

The Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation has been established in Norwich, Norfolk County (Honorary Consulate Office, Cavell House, Stannard Place, St. Crispins Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1YE). Ronnie Alexander Bartlett has been appointed as Honorary Consul.


12.10.2020 - Organizing a Q&A session on consular issues

We are currently thinking of organizing eventually an online-discussion of practical consular matters with respective consular officers. The exact date and time as well as technical matters of participation in this event will be fixed later.


02.10.2020 - Entry to the Russian Federation on a visa-free basis

We would like to draw your attention on entering the Russian Federation from the UK of third-country nationals having the right to travel to Russia on visa-free basis in accordance with bilateral agreements.


30.09.2020 - On refusal to board the plane to Russia

Due to multiple complaints from foreign nationals, living in the UK, on refusal for boarding the plane to Russia, we would like to draw your attention to the following.


22.09.2020 - On entry into force of the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation on simplified issuance of visas to the nationals of the two countries

On 30 August 2020 the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation on simplified issuance of visas to the nationals of the two countries entered into force.


17.09.2020 - To the attention of foreign airlines operating flights to Russia

Russian citizens flying from London or transiting London to Moscow and Saint-Petersburg (eventually other cities) do not need any document of residence in the UK.


13.08.2020 - Entry to Russia for non-UK citizens, living in the UK.

Non-UK citizens have the right to enter the Russian Federation from the UK through air border crossings of the Russian Federation only if they hold a residence permit or another document.


12.08.2020 - Visa-free entry to Russia with diplomatic and service passports.

The visa-free procedure for short-term entry into the territory of the Russian Federation for foreign citizens holding diplomatic and service passports.


08.08.2020 - Resuming flights between Russia and the UK

Since the flights between the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom have resumed from 1 August and due to arising questions from those, who want to travel from London to Moscow, we would like to draw your attention to some points, related to the entry of foreign citizens to the Russian Federation.



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