A Visit to St. Petersburg is now Easier than Ever

Russia introduces free e-visa service for tourists wanting to travel to the Far East, Leningrad and Kaliningrad regions.  
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Starting October 1, Indians can apply for a free e-visa for entry into St. Petersburg, the erstwhile capital and cultural heart of the Russian Federation, and the Leningrad region. Similar but separate e-visas are also available for the Far East and the Kaliningrad regions. These include a visit to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, active volcanoes of Kamchatka in the Far East, and the Amber Museum in Kaliningrad. India is one of the 53 countries that can avail of this service—and an authority from the Embassy of the Russian Federation stated that an e-visa that covers the whole country might be rolled out by 2021.

Under the new programme, tourists can apply for business, humanitarian and tourist visas by filling out a form and uploading their photos online, a maximum of 20 days and a minimum of four days prior to their scheduled arrival in the country. The single-entry e-visa will be valid for thirty days from the date of issuance, but the duration of the stay cannot be more than eight days. There are fixed air, naval, motor vehicle and pedestrian entry points to enter the e-visa regions; and when in the country tourists are not permitted to visit other parts of the country.

To know more about the terms and conditions of the e-visa and apply, visit https://evisa.kdmid.ru/.

  • Tanay Gokhale enjoys writing and follows what he thinks is an eclectic mix of interests. Especially passionate about travelling with good music and a book to boot.

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