E-visa to Russia for foreign tourists
Currently, nationals of 52 foreign countries (see the list of countries at https://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/spb_country_en.html) can visit three Districts of Russian Federation: Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad Region and St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region using electronic visas.
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 days and no earlier than 20 days before the expected date of entry.
The E-visa is a single entry visa valid for stays in Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District / or Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad Region/ or St. Petersburg and Leningrad 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). Entry and exit on an e-visa by means of rail transport is currently unavailable.
Please be aware that E-visas issued by the Russian Federation will not be accepted for travel if there is any mismatch between your passport and E-visa data. We advise you to check the ‘machine-readable line’ of your passport (that you will find at the bottom of the main identity page) to make sure all details are identical to the data on your E-visa, including your name and passport number.
Starting from January, 2021, an electronic single-entry visa is extended to the whole of Russia. The duration of stay will be up to 16 days and the service will cost $40. Children under 6 years old will receive a visa free of charge. The list of nationalities eligible to apply for a new e-visa remains the same, except the Qatar citizens who enjoy a visa-free entry to Russian Federation since February 23, 2020.
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/
In case you spot mismatch, please make sure to have E-visa details corrected before your travel.