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E-visa for foreigners to visit St. Petersburg

Have you been long thinking of seeing the sights of St. Petersburg or the Hermitage? Now your journey can be arranged faster and easier. From October 1, 2019, there is permission for foreigners to go to the Russian cultural capital and its region with an electronic visa.
— What does an e-visa give the travelers?
E-visa is a kind of visas that allows staying in the city or travel around the region for max eight days. The first day is the day of crossing the border. This document is valid for thirty days. There aren't any cases for extending the visa.

This e-visa can be used for different purposes. Foreigners who arrived in Russia through control points based on electronic visas will be able to move freely within St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.
— What are the advantages of this alternative?
Foreigners may obtain it online by filling in the application on the website. So, you can do it at home in your free time and without a monotonous procedure. Also, travelers don't need a high number of documents: only a passport and a photo. And, of course, this electronic alternative is completely free.
— Three types of e-visa to Peterburg
  • Take an ordinary touristic type for going sightseeing.
  • Choose the common business variant for traveling on work.
  • Get the humanitarian visa for attending cultural, sports, technological, or scientific events.
— Three types of e-visa to Peterburg
  • Take an ordinary touristic type for going sightseeing.
  • Choose the common business variant for traveling on work.
  • Get the humanitarian visa for attending cultural, sports, technological, or scientific events.

What must be done for applying the e-visa to St. Petersburg?
The documents of foreign visitors should comply with some requirements.

  • Ensure that you have a valid e-mail address.
  • Fill in the application at least four days before visiting. It is allowed applying the form for 20 days before the entry. To do this, you need passport data, personal information, and a fresh digital photo.
  • Wait for the confirmation which can be got by e-mail in 4 days.
  • Print the approval of an electronic visa and take the medical insurance, which is valid in the territory of Russia for the whole period of staying.
Important information:

  • Tourists don't need any invitations, documents of hotel reservations, or any other documents confirming the purpose of the trip.

  • Applicants may not indicate the dates of the trip or the information about the way of traveling.

  • You needn't an e-visa if you have a valid Russian visa.

  • There is no consular fee.

  • For staying in Russia for more than eight days, you should get an ordinary paper visa. In other cases, you can be deported, get the administrative fine, and have problems visas in the future.

  • The citizens of the 53 countries can obtain a free electronic visa. The full list of countries.
— How to avoid rejections?
If you don't want to get a rejection, you should think about your passport in advance. It must be valid for at least six months from the date of application and have space for the stamps of border crossing.

  • Fill in the application very attentively.
  • Don't write false data;
  • Don't use wrong letters or signs such as "?", "/" or others;
  • Don't use an old photo or of bad quality;
  • Read the information on the website to get full information.

— Control points where the e-visa is valid
The foreigners can cross the border by cars, bikes, buses, planes, or by the ship. To get to the Leningrad region as well as St. Petersburg is possible through some control points on the borders:

Crossing by vehicle is possible in Svetogorsk, Ivangorod, Brusnichnoe, Torfyanovka.

Going by air is at Pulkovo Airport.

For pedestrians, Ivangorod will be suitable.

By sea, you can get to Petersburg at the ports of Vysotsk or St. Petersburg - Marine station and Passenger Port.
— What to do with e-visa?
This visa is an excellent opportunity to visit St. Petersburg and take the best tours.

Just for weekends, you can go to the cultural capital of Russia to see the glorious imperial past, which is reflected in the facades of the Winter Palace and best places during the free walking tours.

Are you traveling on business? A business trip and an excursion program for foreign tourists to St. Petersburg can be combined. You may take a private tour or night excursion for maximum comfort and great impressions.

Or foreigners may visit the Hermitage with the professional guide and the skip-the-line-ticket. The Hermitage has collected one of the vast collections: about three million works of art and monuments of world culture, from the Stone Age to our century.

Would you like to touch the world's heritage? Just do the e-visa and book your spot here.