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Russia e-Visa Application

e-Visa to Russia: Basic information

Russia e-Visa is an electronic visa that serves as an obligatory travel document for all travelers who wish to visit the Russian Federation.

The electronic visa system was introduced in Russia in January 2021 to improve the visa handling process by switching to a quick and simple online procedure.

Russia offers one e-Visa type - a single-entry online visa that allows its holders to visit Russia for up to 8 days and stays valid for 30 days from issuing. The approved Russian e-Visa can be used for both tourism and business purposes.

Travelers who wish to visit Russia should check if their country is listed as eligible for an electronic visa and make an online application within a few minutes from home!

The processing time may take up to 96 hours (4 business days). However, most applications are approved by the Russian authorities within 72 hours (3 business days).

  • Russian e-Visa types

    Only one online visa to Russia type can be distinguished, and that is the single-entry e-Visa. It allows one stay in Russia for up to 8 days and stays valid for one month (30 days) from the date of issue.

    Russian e-Visa holders can:

    • visit their friends/relatives residing in Russia
    • go on vacation
    • attend a business meeting/conference
    • handle business affairs in Russia

    Our team of experts always double-checks each application to ensure it's error-free before submitting it to the Russian authorities for approval.

    However, please make sure you have put correct data in your online visa application form to avoid delays or issues with processing.

  • List of eligible countries

    To enter Russia with an electronic visa, you have to be a citizen from one of the following countries:

    Andora
    Australia
    Austria
    Belgium
    Brunei Darussalam
    Bulgaria
    Canada
    China*
    Croatia
    Cyprus
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Hungary
    Iceland
    Ireland
    Italy
    Japan
    Kazakhstan
    Latvia
    Liechtenstein
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Malta
    Monaco
    Montenegro
    The Netherlands
    Poland
    New Zealand
    Norway
    Poland
    Portugal
    Romania
    Russia
    San Marino
    Singapore
    Slovenia
    Republic of Korea (south)
    Spain
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Ukraine
    Great Britain
    United States

    Citizens of countries not listed as eligible need to apply for a regular visa at an embassy.

  • Russian e-Visa application form

    Please note! Before you start applying online, prepare the necessary documents described in the 'Required Documents' section.

    Check if your passport will stay valid for at least 6 months from the planned arrival in Russia; that condition is crucial to making a successful online visa application.

    Online application guide for the Russian e-Visa:

    1. Complete the Russia e-Visa application form. Put in your data, passport details, the purpose of your travel, email address, and other essential details. Attach the supporting documents and check if every piece of information in the form is correct.
    2. Cover the fees by choosing one of several online payment methods available to all foreign nationals applying using our services.
    3. Check your inbox. Once your payment registers, check your inbox to receive the confirmation number. The electronic visa processing time may take up to 96 hours (4 business days) and is delivered directly at your email address.
  • Validity period

    Russian e-Visa stays valid for 30 days (one month) from the date of issue. All foreign nationals traveling to Russia have to do so within the validity period.

    Electronic visa holders can enter the Russian Federation via selected ports of entry for up to 8 days. Please remember that online visas serve as single-entry permits.

  • Transit information

    An online transit visa is not necessary when travelling through Russia to another destination. All you need is a valid passport to wait for your connecting flight to another country.

    Please note! If you want to stay in Russia visa-free while transiting, you cannot leave the airport's transit zone.

  • Requirements on arrival

    All visitors to Russia have to have two essential documents to present to the customs officials upon arrival.

    Please prepare and have on hand the following:

    1. printed Russian e-Visa
    2. valid passport that will not expire for the next six months from the planned date of arrival to Russia
  • Ports accepting Russian e-Visas

    All passport holders traveling to the Russian Federation with an electronic visa have to plan their journey in such a way as to cross the border through one of the followingborder crossing points. See below which airports, seaports, railroad, and land border crossing points you can use.

    Airport checkpoints:

    • Vladivostok (Knevichy Airport)
    • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo Airport)
    • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo Airport)
    • Blagoveschensk
    • Khabarovsk (Novy Airport)
    • Anadyr (Ugolny Airport)
    • Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)
    • Ulan-Ude (Muhino)
    • Chita (Kadala)
    • Pulkovo


    Seaport checkpoints:

    • Vladivostok
    • Zarubino
    • Posiet
    • Korsakov
    • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
    • Kaliningrad (checkpoints in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk, and Svetly)
    • Vysotsk
    • Big port Saint Petersburg (Marine Station)
    • Passenger port Saint Petersburg


    Railroad checkpoints:

    • Pogranichny
    • Khasan
    • Makhalino
    • Mamonovo
    • Sovetsk


    Landboarder checkpoints:

    • Poltavka
    • Turiy Rog
    • Bagrationovsk
    • Gusev
    • Mamonovo (Grzechotki)
    • Mamonovo (Gronowo)
    • Morskoje
    • Pogranichny
    • Chernyshevskoye
    • Ivangorod
    • Torfjanovka
    • Brusnitchnoe


    Please note! All foreign nationals have to enter and leave Russia via the same border crossing point!

  • Russia e-Visa Sample

    The Russia e-Visa sample can be found below and presents how this electronic entry permit looks like. Most applications are approved within 72 hours (3 business days) from submitting the form.

    Russia e-Visa

Required Documents

All applicants need to prepare the following documents to attach to the application form.

Ensure a positive online visa approval having these documents on hand while applying:

  • applicant's face photo (that can be taken with a phone or a PC camera and shows the applicant's face clearly)
  • proof of the purchased travel insurance for the upcoming trip to the Russian federation
  • a valid passport that will not expire for a minimum of 6 months from entering Russia

Important Information

  • All travelers have to apply at least 5 business days in advance of the planned trip to Russia
  • You cannot obtain the Russian e-Visa upon arrival
  • Each traveler can transit through Russia visa-free if they do not leave the airport transit zone
  • All foreign nationals must have a separate online visa to enter the Russian federation
  • Russian e-Visa has to be printed out and taken on the travel for control upon arrival
  • You cannot prolong your stay with an online visa to Russia
  • All e-Visa holders have to use one of the listed border crossing points upon entering Russia
  • The Russian electronic visa does not serve as a working permit
  • Please note! The online Russian visa is not a multiple-entry permit

Benefits of Evisa Express

  • Easy application process There are three easy steps to get your e-Visa to Russian Ferderation. Any issues during the application process can be addressed by contacting our support team
  • Qualified team of expertsA qualified team oversees the processing of every application
  • Guarantee of serviceIf an application is unable to be processed, reimbursement is provided according to the conditions set out by our Terms of Service

Evisa Express is an independent company that offers efficient and professional assistance in obtaining visas online. We are not associated with any governmental agency. See Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

FAQ about the Russian e-Visa

  • What is the Russian e-Visa?

    Russia e-Visa is an electronic entry permit that can be used for business and tourism-related purposes. The electronic visa to Russia is obtainable entirely online, with no visits to the Embassy needed. The online Russian tourist visa serves as asingle-entry permit and allows a stay of up to 8 days.

  • Who needs an e-Visa to Russia?

    Everyone who travels to Russia must have a separate e-Visa. Check if your country is listed as eligible and make an online visa application using our website to receive the highest quality electronic visa services!

  • What documents are needed for the electronic visa to Russia?

    Russian visas in an electronic form require having three essential documents to make a successful application. Each applicant should have a valid passport,aphotograph of their face taken with a phone or a PC camera, and aconfirmation of purchased travel insurance for the Russian federation.

  • How to apply for the Russian visa online?

    All e-Visa applicants need to prepare the necessary documents, choose the purpose of their travel, and click the 'Apply Online' button located on this website's left-hand side. Next, fill an application form with your data, put in the necessary information, attach thesupporting documents, cover the fees, and check your inbox for the PDF version of your online visa.

  • How will I receive the approved electronic Russian visa?

    Each applicant will receive their electronic tourist visa via email. Make sure you have put an active email address in your application to access the e-Visa in PDF form once it's delivered. Should you have any questions or doubts, do not hesitate to contact our support team.

  • How long is an e-Visa for Russia good for?

    Electronic visas to Russia serve as single-entry permits and stay valid for 30 days (one month) from the date of its issue and allow one stay of up to 8 days for its holders with a valid passport.

  • What can I do if my electronic Russian visa is denied?

    Should your electronic Russian visa be denied, check if the information you have put in the application form was correct. Moreover, make sure you met the e-Visa requirements. If everything was error-free, contact our support team to resolve the issue of your online visa getting denied by the Russian authorities.

  • Can I get an e-Visa to Russia on arrival?

    Russian e-Visas are not obtainable on arrival. Since you cannot get the electronic visa on arrival, use our website to apply at least 5 business days in advance. If you have a valid passport and meet other elementary requirements, make an application online to travel to Russia in an effortless way!

Three easy steps to get your e-Visa to Russia

  • Apply online Fill out basic information on your citizenship and purpose for travel
  • Fill out the remaining required information and make an online payment We accept both credit and debit cards and other convenient methods of payment.
  • Check your email Once your payment is confirmed, the e-Visa will be sent to the email address provided in your application.
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