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Want to travel to Russia? If so apply today for your Russian visa online and skip the Russian consulate or visa center. Here you can get an e-Visa from the comfort of your home.

If you're on this page we believe you want to get an electronic visa for your trip to Russia (also known as the new Russian e-Visa). Your e-Visa application starts here with our online visa application form. After completing the form below you'll receive additional information from us to process officially your Russian visa online.

We are here to help you with the new online visa processing so that you don't make mistakes and get it right and on time the first time you apply. No more queuing and long waiting times, but rather a simple online form and only 4 days processing time. No needs to provide an invitation, hotel reservations, airline tickets, a scanned passport, or any other document that justifies the reason for your trip.

You just need to make sure that all the information you give us is correct and that the information in your passport matches the information included in the Russian visa online application and we'll take care of the rest.

Before you apply we like to remind you that the e-Visa for Russia can only be requested by some nationalities and at the moment it is only available to visit the regions of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), Kaliningrad, and the Far Eastern Federal District. The electronic visa is not valid to travel to Moscow, Kazan, and Sochi, or, for example, to carry out the popular Trans-Siberian route.

Therefore, we recommend applying for the Russian e-Visa only if you plan to stay in Russia no longer than 8 days, and only if you want to visit one of the cited regions.

start your russian visa online application today

Ready to apply? If so, fill in the Russian visa online form below carefully in all its parts and wait for further instructions.


Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

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faq russian visa online application (e-Visa)

How long is the Russian e-Visa authorized stay?

You can travel to regions in the Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad Oblast, and St. Petersburg Leningrad for a stay of up to eight 8 days. In the event, you would like to stay longer or visit other Russian cities, then we highly recommend applying for a traditional tourist visa (paper visa) for Russia which allows you to stay in the country for up to 30 days without travel restrictions within the country.

What type of entry does the Russian e-Visa allow?

The Russia e-Visa allows you a single entry to the region selected on the online application. The validity of the e-Visa for Russia begins upon the first day of arrival.

How long is the Russian e-Visa valid for?

You can apply for the Russian e-Visa online at any time. An electronic visa for Russia is valid for a period of 30 days from the day the visa has been approved. However, if your departure date is later than 30 days, the approved Russia e-Visa will be sent prior to the trip taking into consideration the arrival date.

 What do I need to apply online for the e-Visa for Russia?

To apply online for a Russian e-Visa, you need the following:

  • A valid passport with at least six months from the intended date of arrival.
  • One recent digital passport-sized photo in color.
  • A valid email address to receive the approved electronic visa for Russia and/or notifications.
  • A credit or debit card or a PayPal account to make payment.

You should also already know your travel plans and buy travel health insurance for Russia.

Who can apply online for the new Russian e-Visa?

Find out Here!

Do kids need a Russian e-Visa?

All foreign citizens traveling to Russia will need an individual visa. Even if you are traveling with your kids (children under the age of 18) who are included in your passport, they will need to complete an individual e-Visa application in order to be granted entry into the Russian territory.

How long will it take for my Russia e-Visa to be processed?

Once the application form is complete and all requested information has been provided, your e-Visa will be processed within 3 business days, in some cases but very rarely it can take up to 30 business days.

What should I do after I receive my e-Visa for Russia?

Once you receive your approved e-Visa, you must print at least one copy of the document and present it to the border authorities at a port of entry. The Russian visa online must be presented along with the passport used for the online application. Be sure to have medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation for the total period of your stay.

Can I apply for a Russian e-Visa if my passport is about to expire?

If you wish to enter Russia you need a minimum of six months validity on your passport when you arrive in the country. Therefore, your passport must be valid during the application process and take into account your arrival date in Russia.

What do I do if I have two passports?

If you have two passports due to dual-nationality, you must choose the passport you will use to travel and enter Russia. There cannot be any inconsistencies between the approved Russia e-Visa and the passport information provided on the Russia visa online application.

How can I make the application payment?

All major payment methods are accepted. The application fee can be paid by credit card or debit card through PayPal. If you experience any issues, please reach us at info@st-petersburg-essentialguide.com

Where can I monitor the status of my Russian visa online application?

You can track the status of your visa application Here. However, in order to track your visa application you must have your ID visa application number. And, as we process the visa application on your behalf we do have that number, and you don't. This means that if you want to monitor by yourself the status of your visa application, you'll have to ask us to give you your ID visa number.

What should I do if I haven’t received any confirmation from you?

Once the application has been submitted and payment has been made, you will receive a confirmation email. Note that sometimes this message could be redirected to Spam/Junk mail inboxes. So you are advised to carefully check your email inbox before contacting us via email at info@st-petersburg-essentialguide.com

What do I do if my Russian e-Visa is denied?

The decision to grant or deny your Russian visa is entirely at the discretion of the authorities of the Russian government. In the rare case that your Russian e-Visa application is rejected, you can contact us to request a full refund.


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