Beginning October 1, 2019, tourists and businesspeople from 53 countries will soon be able to visit Saint Petersburg and the surrounding areas with a free electronic visa, as per Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. All EU countries except the United Kingdom are included on the list.
Tourists heading to Russia for tourist, humanitarian, or business reasons can visit St. Petersburg and areas of the Leningrad region by applying online for a free visa, which will be valid for 30 days, and allow an 8 day stay in the Saint Petersburg area.
Travelers who are interested in visiting St. Petersburg can apply for their electronic visa at least four days before they arrive in Russia through the Russian Foreign Ministry website and no consular fee will be charged! In order to find out if you are eligible to apply online, check out the St Petersburg eVisa requirements beforehand and make sure you have the relevant documents available.
Applicants will need to fill out a form on the website of the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry and upload a photograph.
List of countries whose citizens can apply for an e-visa to St Petersburg:
- China (including Taiwan)
- Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Northern Macedonia
- Czech Republic
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