A Uniform electronic visa will be introduced in Russia as of the beginning of 2021


The Regulations on the procedure for its arranging were approved by Mikhail Mishustin, Chairman of the Government, on November 07, 2020.

The electronic visa will be arranged at a specially set up site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or using a mobile application. It may be obtained for tourist, business, humanitarian and guest trips. At that, the foreign citizen will not require any invitations, hotel bookings or any other documents confirming the purpose of the trip. It is enough to fill out a form, upload a personal photo and a copy of your international passport, pay a consular fee of USD 40 (free of charge for children under 6 years of age) and wait for a notice.
 
The electronic visa processing shall take no longer than four days. The visa will be valid for 60 days from the date of its receipt, but the foreign citizen may stay in Russia on the basis thereof for no more than 16 days.  These terms may be extended in force majeure circumstances by the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
When crossing the border with Russia, the foreign citizen must show a printed notice of arranging the electronic visa and his/her international passport. 
 
A pilot electronic visa project was launched in 2017 and included a number of restrictions. Foreign citizens with electronic visas could only enter Russia through a number of checkpoints in the Far Eastern Federal District, St. Petersburg and Leningrad and Kaliningrad Regions. And they were not allowed to travel outside those regions. As of now, the electronic visa will be applicable throughout Russia. Foreign citizens will be able to cross the border via the checkpoints in many regions, and travel throughout Russia. 
 
The introduction of uniform electronic visas will promote tourism, enhance the investment attractions of the Russian regions and boost the national economy as a whole.
 
Earlier, Mikhail Mishustin approved the list of states which citizens will be able to obtain the electronic visa and the list of border checkpoints through which it is possible to cross the border on the basis of such document.
 
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