St Petersburg introduces e-visas for foreign tourists
Starting October 1, 2019, nationals of 53 foreign countries (see the list of countries at https://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/spb_country_en.html) can visit St. Petersburg and its Region by e-visa, with no consular fees.
Applicants need to fill out a form on the website of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry (https://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru) and upload a photograph. 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 its Region for up to eight days. Entry is granted through air, naval, automobile, and pedestrian checkpoints (see the list of checkpoints at https://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/spb_checkpoint_en.html).
PLEASE NOTE: Entry and exit on an e-visa by means of rail transport is currently unavailable.
A similar scheme is in operation for Vladivostok and airports across the whole of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District as well as for Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad Region.
How to avoid errors with your e-visa
Please be aware that E-visas issued by the Russian Federation may not be accepted for travel in case of any mismatch between your passport and E-visa data.
Before the flight please make sure to check the following on your E-visa:
- Your passport number is correct
- Your full name is populated (including all your given names) and there is no misspelling in it
- Only Latin alphabet characters are used, special national characters (such as Ñ, É, &Ucird; or Ç) are not accepted
- Your date of birth is correct.
We advise to check the 'machine-readable line' of your passport that you will find at the bottom of the same page and make sure all details are identical to the data on your E-visa, including your name and passport number.
For example, if the names in the visual area of the passport are "Séo Tü" then you are required to use names from the machine-readable line "Seo Tuerre".
For further information please visit https://evisa.kdmid.ru/