E-visas Now Available for St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region

October 9, 2019 | Russia

The new e-visa process for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region took effect on October 1, 2019. Nationals of 53 countries can now apply online for an e-visa to conduct allowable business or touristic activities or attend various types of events in the region.

Application specifications
Applications for the e-visa are free and must be filed between four and 20 days prior to the planned arrival date. Applications can be filed and tracked on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Upon application filing a confirmation number will be issued which will permit the applicant to check the application status.
Applications are to be processed within four calendar days, though delays are possible while the system is still new. Decisions are posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The approval should be printed or downloaded to a mobile device for presentation upon arrival in Russia.

No invitation letter is required.

Entry, exit and stay specifications
Required documents for entry are a passport valid for at least six months beyond the e-visa expiration date, a health insurance certificate valid for the entire stay in Russia, confirmation of e-visa issuance, and travel reservations.

The e-visa can be used for entry via specific ports in the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region only and travelers should enter and exit through the same port. Once they have entered, they may travel freely in the region.
The stay limit is eight days and extensions are not possible.

The St. Petersburg and Leningrad e-visa program joins pre-existing e-visa programs for the Far East and Kaliningrad regions. Russia has plans to implement a country-wide e-visa system by early 2021.