Amazing news for anyone planning to visit Saint Petersburg.
As of 1 october 2019 a simplified procedure for obtaining a Russian visa has become available. The so-called e-visa allows for visiting Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region.
According to the website of the Russian ministry of foreign affairs, nationals of 53 states (including the Netherlands) are eligible for an e-visa for visiting Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region for up to 8 days.
- China (including Taiwan)
- The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- North Macedonia
- Czech Republic
All you need to do to get hold of an e-visa is fill out an application form on the MFA website not later than 4 days before entry, and attach your digital photo to it. No other documents are needed.
What I find the most surprising in this story is that this servce is free of charge.
According to the website of the ministry of foreign affairs:
E-visa can be used for entering and leaving the Russian Federation at the following checkpoints:
- Pulkovo international airport;
- Naval checkpoints “Vysotsk”, “Big port Saint Petersburg (Marine Station)", “Passenger port Saint Petersburg”;
- Automobile checkpoints “Ivangorod”, “Torfjanovka”, “Brusnitchnoe”, “Svetogorsk”;
- Pedestrian checkpoint “Ivangorod”.
It is not possible to enter Saint Petersburg or the Leningrad region using railways.
Important: foreign nationals granted an e-visa are only allowed to travel within the Leningrad region.
How it all works
A walk-through from the same website:
I think it’s a great news, especially when you compare this procedure to the hassle of the regular application process for a Russian visa. ■