Who can get a Russian e-visa and how can it be obtained?

What is an e-visa for Russia?

An e-Visa is issued online, unlike a regular visa, stamped on the paper of a passport. It is an electronic license to enter Russia. A copy of an e-Visa can be saved on a smartphone and viewed on the screen upon arrival in Russia.

It only applies to citizens of some selected countries. It allows its holders to enter and leave the country through a limited number of border crossing points. There are no application fees for this visa. It will be processed within four days, and the application process is straightforward. No hotel bookings, invitation letters, or similar documents are required.

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Who can get a Russian e-Visa?

The Russian e-visa is only valid for the citizens of a few countries. If you want to apply for an e-visa, you must check whether you are eligible according to:

  • Your nationality
  • Purpose of Travel
  • Port of entry

1. Eligible Nationalities:

Citizens of the following countries below can apply for a Russian e-Visa:

  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Brunei
  • India
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Turkey
  • Tunisia
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • The People's Republic of China
  • The Democratic People's Republic of Korea

2. Eligible Purpose of Entry:

If you are a citizen of the above-mentioned countries, you can only apply if your purpose of entry is:

  • Tourism
  • Business
  • The purpose of the trip is sporting, cultural, scientific, and technological connections.

3. Available Ports of Entry:

If you meet the requirements of citizenship and the purpose of the entry for an e-visa, you can apply for one. Please note, however, that this visa for entry and exit from the Russian Federation is only valid through the following State border crossing points of the Russian Federation in the territory of the Vladivostok Free Port:

Air Control:

  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo Airport).
  • Blagoveshchensk.
  • Khabarovsk (Novy Airport).
  • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo Airport).
  • Anadyr (Ugolny Airport).

Maritime Control:

  • Vladivostok.
  • Zarubino.
  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
  • Korsakov.
  • Posiet.

Railway Control:

  • Pogranichny.
  • Khasan.
  • Makhalino.

Road Controls:

  • Poltawka.
  • Turiy Rog.

How Can I Obtain a Russian e-Visa?

The process of the Russian e-visa application is easy and quick. Keep the following tips and steps in mind to submit a successful application.

Step 1: Find out if you are eligible for a Russian e-visa:

From the above information, you have probably found that out.

Step 2: Check when is the right time to apply:

According to the Russian e-visa rules, you can apply for an application no earlier than 20 days before your planned trip. In contrast, no later than four days before departure.

Step 3: Fill out the application form:

You can visit evisa.kdmid.ru to get an application form. It requires your email, first and last name, and date of birth. Each page has tips on how to fill out your information. Follow these tips. Save the Application ID shown in the upper right corner of the page somewhere. You may require it later.

The application form also demands you upload your color photo in JPEG format. In the end, click on the button to send the application form and wait for confirmation of acceptance for processing.

If you don't get any response on your application within four days, you will have to apply for an ordinary visa.

Requirements for Russian e-visa:

After receiving your e-visa, you can travel to Russia. Nevertheless, the border police at the port of entry decide whether you can enter Russia or not. You must meet the following conditions to participate:

1. Passport Requirements:

Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date you request an e-Visa.

2. Health Insurance Requirement:

Foreign visitors entering Russia with an e-visa must prove that they have valid health insurance for the entire duration of their stay in Russia.

Validity of Russian E-visa:

An e-visa allows its holder to stay in Russia for a maximum of eight days within 30 days. The period of validity and allowed stay of an e-Visa cannot be extended.

About This Author

Philip Diack is Founder and Managing Director of Passports and Visas.com, a national passport and travel visa service with offices in Atlanta, Miami, Washington, DC, NYC, Denver and San Francisco.

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