Electronic visa to St. Petersburg: instructions for use
From October 1, 2019, citizens of 53 foreign countries can enter St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region with an electronic visa. Whether it is difficult to get it, and what features of a visa application should be paid attention to, you may read in our review below.
WHO CAN ENTRY ON ELECTRONIC VISA TO PETERSBURG AND LENINGGRAD REGION
The list of countries whose residents will be able to visit St.Petersburg and the Leningrad region on electronic visas includes: Austria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Vatican, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Qatar, Cyprus, China (including Taiwan), Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Singapur, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, the Philippines, Finland, France.
WHERE AND HOW TO APPLY FOR A RUSSIAN ELECTRONIC VISA
Starting October 1, 2019, foreign citizens can apply for an electronic visa to visit the territories of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region on the specialized website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru. It is available so far only in two languages - Russian and English (there is no a Chinese version yet).
Single entry business, humanitarian and tourist visas are available for registration in the form of an electronic document.
If the purpose of the trip to the Russian Federation does not correspond to any of the above mentioned, then a foreign citizen must contact the diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation for a regular (non-electronic) visa.
You may apply for a visa on the indicated website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation no earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days before the expected date of entry into the Russian Federation. Along with the visa application, you need to attach a color digital photo in the form of an electronic file.
WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR ELECTRONIC VISA
No invitations or confirmations or other documents are required for obtaining an electronic visa. All that is needed is to fill out an application on the site. The site is working around the clock.
Electronic visas are issued without any fees.
Before filling out an application for an electronic visa, a foreign citizen will need to give consent to the automated processing, transfer and storage of data specified in his application. So you have to enter your personal email address and its confirmation, as well as to come up with a password in order to enter the specialized website of the Russian Foreign Ministry and confirm this password.
Until the expiration of the passport of the applicant there must remain at least 6 months from the date of application for an electronic visa. The passport should have free space for stamps on crossing the border.
Foreign citizens are personally responsible for the correctness of their personal data provided by them for applying for an electronic visa, including the spelling of their last name and first name (s) in exact (literal) accordance with how they are indicated in the passport.
In case of complete or partial mismatch of these data with the data contained in the passport (citizenship, last name, first name (s), date of birth, gender, passport number), or the provision of non-personal photographs, they will be denied entry at the checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation , and electronic visas issued on the basis of submitted false data will be canceled.
The only exceptions are cases when the names of a foreign citizen contain more characters than the format for applying for an electronic visa.
STATEMENT SUBMITTED. WHAT'S NEXT?
The status of the application can be monitored on the site. After making a decision on the application (up to 4 days), its status will take one of the following values: “Visa issued” or “Visa denied”, and a PDF file with the result of consideration of the submitted application can be downloaded from the site.
In addition, messages on the progress and result of processing the application (also only in Russian and English) with detailed instructions for further actions will also be automatically sent to the applicant’s personal email address.
In the case of a positive decision on the issuance of an electronic visa, it will be necessary to print a notification of the result of the application. If there is no printer, then it is necessary to save the information specified in the notification in any other way so that it can be visually presented to the representatives of the transport company when boarding the vehicle and to the border guards when passing passport control at the border crossing point when entering the region.
If you do not receive a notice of the issuance of an electronic visa or a refusal to issue an electronic visa within four days, you should apply for a visa in the general manner to the diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.
ELECTRONIC VISA ON ENTRANCE TO RUSSIA
With electronic visas tourists will be able to get to St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region if arrived on any transport except the train!
Entry and exit are valid for entering and leaving the Russian Federation by air, automobile and water transport, as well as without using vehicles (on foot) only through the following checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation, located in the territories of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region:
- Pulkovo checkpoint;
- sea checkpoints “Vysotsk”, “Big Port of St. Petersburg (Marine Station)”, “Passenger Port of St. Petersburg”;
- automobile checkpoints "Ivangorod", "Torfyanovka", "Lingonberry", "Svetogorsk";
- pedestrian checkpoint "Ivangorod".
When you go to the Russian Federation, you need to show electronic visa notification to an employee of the transport company. When entering the Russian Federation at the border control, a notification must also be presented to the officer of the border service of the Russian Federation.
Foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation on electronic visas are required to have a medical insurance policy valid in the territory of the Russian Federation for the entire stay.
HOW LONG ELECTRONIC VISA IS VALID
Electronic visas are issued for a validity period of 30 days, starting from the date of issue, with a permitted stay of up to 8 days from the date of entry.
The permitted stay in the Russian Federation on an electronic visa up to 8 days does not mean the possibility of staying for 192 hours (24 hours x 8) net time. The reference to the period of stay in the Russian Federation is always rounded up to 00 hours 00 minutes of the date of passport control at the entrance, regardless of the real time passport control.
For clarification, the Russian Foreign Ministry gives an example. You have an electronic visa valid from July 15 to August 13 and have passed passport control at the entrance at 20:00 on Monday, August 1. In this case, you need to go through passport control at the check-out before 23 hours 59 minutes on Monday, August 8 (and not before 20 hours on Tuesday, August 9). Also note that if you passed passport control at the entrance with an electronic visa, shown in the previous example, for example, on August 10, then in the future you need to pass passport control at the exit before 23 hours 59 minutes on August 13, that is, before the expiration date of e-visa.
WITHIN WHICH TERRITORIES OF RUSSIA YOU CAN MOVE BY ELECTRONIC VISA
Foreign citizens who have arrived on the territory of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region on electronic visas have the right to be and travel only within the specified territories, in order to travel to other regions of the Russian Federation a valid consular visa is required.