Russia E-Visa Available For 52 Nationals January 1, 2021 Now With Valid Entry Points

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Russia has previously introduced a complimentary electronic visa for St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, and Vladivostok, and tentative plans were in place to have one for the entire country from January 21, 2021.

Russia’s prime minister signed a directive in early October, making this official. Citizens from 52 countries can enter and roam free within Russia for up to 16 days. The start date has now been confirmed as of January 1, 2021, and there will be 29 valid entry points.

Note that e-visa is not available for the United StatesCanada, and United Kingdom passport holders. Applicants only need to pay a $40 consular fee and are NOT required to have invitations, hotel bookings, or other documents to support their application (like previously).

Here are the eligible countries:

1. Austria

2. Andorra

3. Bahrain

4. Belgium

5. Bulgaria

6. the Vatican

7. Hungary

8. Germany

9. Greece

10. Denmark

11. India

12. Indonesia

13.Iran

14. Ireland

15. Iceland

16. Spain

17. Italy

18. Cyprus

19. China (including Taiwan)

20. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

21. Kuwait

22. Latvia

23. Lithuania

24. Liechtenstein

25. Luxembourg

26. Malaysia

27. Malta

28. Mexico

29. Monaco

30. the Netherlands

31. Norway

32. Oman

33. Poland

34. Portugal

35. Romania

36. San Marino

37.Saudi Arabia

38. North Macedonia

39. Serbia

40. Singapore

41. Slovakia

42. Slovenia

43. Turkey

44. the Philippines

45. Finland

46. France

47. Croatia

48. the Czech Republic

49. Switzerland

50. Sweden

51. Estonia

52. Japan

Valid entry points:

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I. Automobile checkpoints

Bagrationovsk
Gusev
Ivangorod
Mamonovo (Grzechotki)
Mamonovo (Gronovo)
Marine
Sovetsk
Smirk

II. Air checkpoints

Belgorod
Volgograd (Gumrak)
Yekaterinburg (Koltsovo)
Kazan
Krasnodar (Pashkovsky)
Krasnoyarsk (Emelyanovo)
Moscow (Vnukovo)
Moscow (Domodedovo)
Moscow (Sheremetyevo)
Nizhny Novgorod (Strigino)
Novosibirsk (Tolmachevo)
Rostov-on-Don (Platov)
Samara (Kurumoch)
Saint Petersburg (Pulkovo)

III. Railway checkpoints

Borderline
Hasan

IV. Maritime checkpoints

Big Port Saint Petersburg (Marine Station section)
Vladivostok
Zarubino
Passenger Port Saint Petersburg

V. Pedestrian checkpoints

Ivangorod

Announcement from the Russian government (Google translate):

From the beginning of 2021, a unified electronic visa is being introduced in Russia. The list of border checkpoints through which it will be possible to cross the border with such a visa was approved by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

The list includes 29 border checkpoints. In particular, these are international airports in Belgorod, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and St. Petersburg.

The ports of St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Zarubino (Primorsky Territory) are listed among the sea checkpoints. Among the automobile ones there are six border checkpoints in the Kaliningrad region (Bagrationovsk, Gusev, Mamonovo (Grzhekhotki and Gronovo), Morskoye, Sovetsk), one in the Pskov region (Ubylinka) and one in the Leningrad region (Ivangorod). The latter is also on the list of pedestrian checkpoints. 

The list will be supplemented with new border posts as they are equipped with the necessary equipment. 

A pilot project to introduce an e-visa started in 2017 and had a number of restrictions. Foreign citizens could cross the border with such a document only through some border checkpoints in the Far Eastern Federal District, St. Petersburg, Leningrad and Kaliningrad regions. However, they could not leave the boundaries of these regions. 

Now the e-visa will be valid throughout Russia. It will be possible to cross the border through checkpoints in many regions, and travel throughout the country. In addition, the period of stay of foreign citizens in Russia will increase from 8 to 16 days.

An electronic visa will be issued via the Internet for tourist, business, humanitarian and guest trips. To receive it, you will not need invitations, hotel reservations or any other documents confirming the purpose of the trip. The processing time will take no more than four days. The consular fee will be $ 40. Children under 6 years of age will receive a visa free of charge. 

The introduction of a unified e-visa in Russia will help the development of tourism, increase the investment attractiveness of the regions and contribute to the growth of the economy as a whole.

Earlier, Mikhail Mishustin approved the list of states whose citizens will be able to obtain an electronic visa.

Conclusion

I would still keep this “confirmed” January 1, 2021 start date as tentative considering the spike of Covid-19 cases in Europe, including Russia.

When I visited Russia during the Worldcup with a FAN ID, I entered the country using the train option from Helsinki that I would assume is included on the list above.

I was in Eastern Estonia two weeks ago and was peeking at Ivangorod from my hotel window in Narva (will be the only pedestrian option with this new electronic visa). The Estonia – Russia border was very calm, and you mainly saw fishers on both sides.

This electronic option makes it much easier for potential tourists to visit Russia. Many prefer not going through the usual visa application process that with Russia has required confirmed hotel reservations with invitation letters.

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