How can foreign citizens obtain e-visas to visit Russia?

A single e-visa will be introduced in Russia as of the beginning of 2021. You can find more information about e-visas below
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The regulation on the procedure for issuing e-visas had been approved by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin earlier this month. The law on electronic visas for foreign citizens was adopted by the State Duma on 31 July 2020. The introduction of single e-visas will help to promote tourism, enhance the investment attractions of Russian regions and contribute to economic growth.

Where a foreign citizen can apply for an e-visa?

Applications for electronic visas can be submitted on a special website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation or via a mobile application.

What should be the purpose of the journey?

E-visas will be issued for tourism, business, private visits or humanitarian purposes without the need of any invitations, hotel bookings or any other documents to confirm the reasons for travel.

How to obtain an e-visa?

Applicants will only need to fill out a special form, upload a personal digital image and a copy of a foreign travel passport, pay a consular fee of $40 (free for children aged under six) and wait for notification. 

How long does the processing procedure take?

The processing procedure will take up to four days.

How long will an e-visa be valid?

E-visa will be valid for 60 days as of its receipt, but the maximum stay in Russia must not exceed 16 days. The duration can be extended by decision of the Foreign Ministry due to force majeure circumstances.

What documents should be presented upon crossing the border?

A printout of the e-visa notification and foreign passport should be presented upon crossing the border.

Citizens of which countries will be able to apply for e-visas?

The list comprises 52 countries, including Germany, Japan, Denmark, France, Switzerland, China, Italy, Spain, India, and Iran.