In recent months, Russia has taken the step to modernize its visa process and decided to implement a new online visa system for various parts of the country. At present, the available visas are the Kaliningrad eVisa and the eVisa for the Far East regions of Russia. As of October 1, there will also be a new visa available for St. Petersburg for which applicants will be able to apply for online.
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WHAT IS AN E-VISA FOR ST. PETERSBURG?
An eVisa is a visa that can be obtained online by filling out an application form. The St. Petersburg eVisa is simple to apply for and can be applied for up to 4 days prior to the traveler’s trip to St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.
The eVisa for St, Petersburg will be authorized to visa applicants with a validity of 8 days’ stay in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. However, the eVisa will be valid for 30 days to use. Once the 30-day validity period has expired, travelers will not be able to use their eVisa to enter Russia. In the event of expiration, travelers will be expected to re-apply for an eVisa for St. Petersburg.
WHO NEEDS A ST. PETERSBURG EVISA?
It is not yet known who will be able to apply for a visa to visit St. Petersburg in Russia. The online visa is expected to be active by October 1.
There are other online visas for Russia, such as the eVisa for Kaliningrad which is available to 53 different nationalities. However, the Russian eVisa for the Far East has fewer countries that are eligible for application, with a total of 18 eligible countries.