E-Visa to Russia will not yet be issued


An e-Visa to Russia, which would allow up to 16 days of stay in the country, would be issued later.

Initially, issuance was planned from 1 January. Citizens of 52 states will be able to enter with this type of visa.

The reason is clear and understandable – the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In order to ensure state security, to protect public health and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Russian Federation, the issuance of unified electronic visas has been suspended until special order of the Government of the Russian Federation”, – said in a statement issued by the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

In any case, the borders of the Russian Federation are currently only open to a few countries, so most citizens would not be able to use e-Visa anyway right now.

An e-Visa to Russia can be obtained for the following purposes:

  1. private or business visit;
  2. tourism;
  3. participation in events.

If you have a different purpose of visit to the Russian Federation, you need to apply for a regular visa corresponding to your purpose of travel.

The main advantage of e-visa to Russia is convenience and time saving. When applying for an eVisa there is no need to

  • have a hotel reservation;
  • an invitation to enter the city;
  • to apply in person for the document (everything is done via the Internet).

You may find this information useful:

Characteristics of the unified e-visa and conditions for its issuance

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