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The information on this page will be updated periodically as the Russian government continues to release information about the new unified e-visa for Russia.

Russia e-visa Information

The Russia e-visa is an electronic visa type which allows eligible citizens to travel to destinations throughout Russia for short stays.

The Russian government has implemented the electronic visa system in order to expedite the process of applying for a visa to travel to the country.

Previously, e-visas were only issued for select regions of the Russian Federation: St. Petersburg and Leningrad, Kaliningrad, and the Russian Far East, and did not permit travel outside the borders of these areas.

However, these have been replaced by a Russia-wide e-visa that permits access to the entire country.

This online Russia visa allows the traveler to visit the country for tourism, business purposes, to visit friends or relatives in Russia, or to attend certain events.

These include cultural, economic, scientific, socio-political, and sporting events.

An approved e-visa to visit Russia is a single entry visa which grants a total stay of 16 days. E-visas for Russia are valid for 60 days to enter the country from the date of approval.

Eligible citizens are able to obtain an electronic visa for Russia through the simple e-visa Russia application form, which only takes a few minutes to fill in.

Applicants are required to complete the online Russia visa application form with basic personal, passport, and travel information, and answer a few security-related questions to receive an approved e-visa for Russia sent via email.

An approved e-visa for Russia allows the holder to enter the Russian Federation by air, land, sea, and river at select airports, seaports, and land border checkpoints across the entire country.

In order to visit the country for other purposes or longer periods of stay, it is necessary to contact a Russian embassy or consulate for further information.

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Single entry online visas
Permits access to the entirety of Russia
Stay for up to 16 days
Valid for 60 days
For business, tourism, or cultural, economic, scientific, socio-political, or sporting events
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Russia e-visa Requirements

In order to submit an application for a Russian e-visa, it is first necessary to meet the online Russia visit visa requirements.

It is necessary to meet the following online Russia visa requirements no matter the purpose of travel of the applicant:

  • An eligible passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the intended date of arrival in Russia, containing at least one blank page
  • A digital image of the passport biographical page
  • Valid credit or debit card details to pay the fee for the Russia visa online
  • A current email address to which a copy of the approved e-visa for Russia will be sent
  • A recent photograph of the traveler against a white background, passport-sized.

The visa policy of Russia states that it is not necessary to provide any additional supporting documents, such as hotel booking confirmations or a tourist invitation, for an e-visa for Russia to be approved.

Once approved, a copy of the online visa for Russia is sent via email to the traveler, who is then able to print a copy.

The copy of the approved e-visa can be used to board transportation for Russia and should be presented to a Russian border official upon arrival to gain entry.

When traveling to Russia with the e-visa, you may be required to have medical insurance, depending on your nationality.

Countries Eligible for Russian Federation

Citizens from the countries listed below are eligible to apply online to enter Russian Federation

Countries Eligible for Russian Federation

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • Vatican City

Covid Update for Russian Federation

Last update: 14/12/2023

All travel restrictions for Russia have now been lifted. You can also check the visa Policy of Russia to find out the requirements you need to meet in order to travel to the country.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Russian Federation Visa FAQ

  • What is the Russia e-visa?

    A Russian e-visa is an electronic visa which allows eligible citizens to travel to any region of Russia for a short stay.

  • How do I apply for an electronic visa for Russia?

    Citizens of eligible countries are currently able to apply for an electronic visa for Russia through a simple online application.

    Applicants are able to complete the online form in just a few minutes, with basic personal, passport, and travel information, to receive an approved e-visa for Russia registered to their passport.

  • Who is eligible for a Russia e-visa?

    Citizens of more than 50 eligible countries are able to apply for the Russia e-visa.

    Consult the map above or use the visa checker on our site to find out if your nationality is eligible.

    Foreign citizens not eligible for the Russia e-visa are required to apply for a visa from a Russia consulate or embassy.

  • What ports of entry can I use with the Russia e-visa?

    A Russian e-visa can be used to gain access to the country at any of the following 29 ports of entry:

    Air checkpoints

    • Vladivostok (Knevichy Airport)
    • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo Airport)
    • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo Airport)
    • Khabarovsk (Novy Airport)
    • Anadyr (Ugolny Airport)
    • Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)
    • Ulan-Ude (Muhino)
    • Chita (Kadala)
    • Pulkovo
    • Belgorod
    • Volgograd (Gumrak)
    • Ekaterinburg (Koltsovo)
    • Kazan
    • Krasnodar (Pashkovsky)
    • Krasnoyarsk (Yemelyanovo)
    • Moscow (Vnukovo)
    • Moscow (Domodedovo)
    • Moscow (Sheremetyevo)
    • Nizhny Novgorod (Strigino)
    • Novosibirsk (Tolmachevo)
    • Rostov-on-Don (Platov)
    • Samara (Kurumoch)
    • Sochi
    • Irkutsk
    • Chelyabinsk (Balandino)
    • Arkhangelsk (Talagi)
    • Astrakhan (Narimanovo)
    • Bryansk
    • Vladikavkaz (Beslan)
    • Grozny (North)
    • Zhukovskiy
    • Kaluga (Grabtsevo)
    • Lipetsk
    • Makhachkala (Uytash)
    • Mineralnye Vody
    • Murmansk
    • Nalchik
    • Saratov (Gagarin)
    • Syktyvkar
    • Tomsk (Bogashevo)
    • Yaroslavl (Tunoshna)
    • Abakan
    • Barnaul
    • Kemerovo
    • Omsk (Tsentral’nyy)
    • Orenburg (Tsentral’nyy)
    • Perm (Bol’shoe Savino)
    • Tyumen (Roshchino)
    • Ulyanovsk (Vostochny)
    • Ufa
    • Cheboksary

    Sea checkpoints

    • Vladivostok
    • Zarubino
    • Posiet
    • Korsakov
    • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
    • Kaliningrad (checkpoints in the cities of Kaliningrad and Svetly)
    • Vysotsk
    • Big port Saint Petersburg (Marine Station, Fort Constantin, English Embankment and Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment)
    • Passenger port Saint Petersburg
    • Sochi (International Center for Sea Passenger and Cruise Transportation)
    • Magadan
    • Nikolayevsk-on-Amur

    Road checkpoints

    • Poltavka
    • Turiy Rog
    • Bagrationovsk
    • Gusev
    • Mamonovo (Grzechotki)
    • Mamonovo (Gronowo)
    • Morskoje
    • Pogranichny
    • Sovetsk
    • Chernyshevskoye
    • Ivangorod
    • Torfjanovka
    • Brusnitchnoe
    • Svetogorsk
    • Kyakhta
    • Ubylinka
    • Burachki
    • Vyartsilya
    • Kunichina Gora
    • Shumilkino
    • Verkhny Lars
    • Lyuttya
    • Solov’evsk
    • Starotsurukhaitui

    Railroad checkpoints

    • Pogranichny
    • Khasan
    • Makhalino
    • Mamonovo
    • Sovetsk
    • Saint Petersburg – Finlyandskiy
    • Zabaikal’sk
    • Naushk

    Other checkpoints

    • Ivangorod (pedestrian checkpoint)
    • Khabarovsk (river checkpoint)
    • Blagoveshchensk (mixed checkpoint)
    • Amurzet (mixed checkpoint)
    • Pokrovka (mixed checkpoint)
  • What do I need to submit an application for the Russia electronic visa?

    In order to submit an application for a Russia electronic visa, it is necessary to have the following:

    • Passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended entry date to Russia
    • An image of the biographical page of the passport
    • A recent photograph of the traveler taken against a white background, passport-sized
    • A current email address at which to receive a copy of the approved online visa for Russia.
  • Do I need a Russia e-visa for all my children? Should I include them on my application?

    Yes, all travelers from e-visa eligible countries, no matter their age, are required to have an individually approved visa for Russia to travel to the country.

    An individual e-visa application form must be submitted for each child, whether the minor is included on the parent/guardian’s passport or not.

  • How much does the Russia online visa cost?

    At the moment, the Russian government requires the payment of roughly US $40 in Russia visa fees to obtain an e-visa for the country.

  • How long will my Russia e-visa take to process?

    The standard online Russia tourist visa processing time is between 4-10 days. Applicants are advised to apply for an e-visa for Russia at least 4 business days before the intended arrival date in Russia, to allow for sufficient processing time.

    You can apply no earlier than 40 days before the trip to Russia.

  • Do I need to print a copy of the Russia e-visa?

    You can either print a copy of the e-visa or download a copy to your mobile device. You must show the e-visa on arrival in Russia.

    Travelers are advised to print a copy of the approved e-visa for Russia as mobile devices can run out of battery.

  • Do I need travel or health insurance to be granted a Russia e-visa?

    The Russian government requires certain nationalities traveling with an e-visa to have a valid medical insurance policy to cover the entirety of their stay.

  • Do I need to get an e-visa if I am just in transit in Russia?

    It is not necessary to get a Russia transit visa if the traveler will spend less than 24 hours in Russia while transiting to an onward destination, and does not leave the transit area of the airport.

  • How can I check my Russia e-visa status?

    Applicants are able to check their Russia visa status via the visa tracking tool on the Russian government website.

    Updates and notifications about the visa status will also be sent to the applicant’s current email address.

  • Can I extend my e-visa in Russia?

    No, it is not possible to extend an e-visa in Russia. In order to renew a Russian online visa, it is necessary to submit a new e-visa application from outside of Russia and receive a new travel authorization in order to return.