Regular visa to Russia – Tourist Type

As a rule, every tourist from USA/UK/Australia/Europe/South Africa and quite a number of other countries arriving into Russian Federation by train, airplane or by car, must have a valid Russian Visa for the entire period of stay.

For regular TOURIST visas, the process is the following:

  • Contact your local Russian Consulate to determine their requirements for obtaining your visa; If you don’t know precisely where your consulate is, use the Russian Consulate Locator or GoAbroad.com
  • Prepare the required package of documents and submit them to the Consulate.
  • Pick up your visa and check to make sure that the information is correct.
Visa Support

Always, one of the documents required (apart from your passport, photo, and the actual Russian Visa Application) is the so-called Visa Support. We provide all the necessary Visa Support documents (Tour Confirmation and Tour Voucher) for you to obtain the Russian Visa.

Get some help

If you don’t want to bother with obtaining a Russian Visa yourself, we recommend that you contact your local agency approved by the consulate (see your consulate’s website for details).

E-Visa

As of 2019, citizens of certain countries are able to apply for an electronic visa (e-visa) to visit certain regions of Russia, including Saint Petersburg.


For US citizens

US Citizens are welcome to contact an official Full Visa Service provider in USA ILS – Russian Visa Center (Invisa Logistic Services)

Visa-free agreement with Russia

If you hold a regular travel passport of one of the countries in the list below, then you DO NOT need a visa to Russia!

See the list (pdf file)

E-visa to Russia – Tourist Type

In August 2017, Russia introduced the e-visa system in the Far Eastern Federal District regions. It was a pilot project that was limited only to citizens of 18 countries (mostly African and Asian countries).

E-visa to St Petersburg

By October 2019, this project was expanded for Kaliningrad & Kaliningrad region (located on the Baltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania) and Saint-Petersburg & Leningrad region. It’s essential to know that arrival & departure to/from all the above cities/places with e-visa possible only through certain air, naval, automobile, and pedestrian checkpoints (not railway stations!) located on the territories of these cities/places.

Positive Changes

The fact that Russia announced E-visas in St Petersburg at the end of 2019 changed the travel map for many travelers. Russia now is more approachable and affordable. E-visa is an electronic application you make online and it is valid to visit St Petersburg and Leningrad region without an additional Russian touristic visa.

Easier & faster

E-visa is cheaper than the regular touristic visa, faster to make and quicker to be approved. It is also valid for 8 days. You can apply for your E-visa on The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Consular department website directly. It is reviewed in 4 days only. Please make sure you filled in the required fields according to the conditions provided on the website.

Advantages

• Cheap to make
• Fast to review and approve
• No need to go anywhere to apply
• 8 Days in St Petersburg – twice more than for cruise travelers

Disadvantages

• You fill in the form on your own and it might cause issues upon arrival. There are common mistakes travelers make and unfortunately they find this out only at the customs of St Petersburg. The most frequent mistake is incorrect name writing and passport details. A lot of travelers avoid adding special symbols of their names or drop half of it.

Obtain it online

There is no need for any invitations or confirmation. Just fill in the application form on the website. There is no need to waste your free time or working hours to visit the consular agency during its business hours. You do not need to pay for anything to obtain an e-visa.

List of countries

Blanket visa to Russia – Tour ticket

There is another way to visit St Petersburg without a touristic visa. You may visit the city on a cruise ship and stay in for 3 days.

For cruise passengers

Visa-Free system lets passengers go off the ship and visit any museums they like but only with a guide. Cruise passengers may not stay in St Petersburg without a tour provider.

Rely on us

As soon as you know the cruise ship is going to St Petersburg we recommend applying for the “blanket visa” with our help. The visa is being issued in no less than 3 days before the actual arrival. For the blanket visa you will need to provide your passport details. All the rest of the work is done by us.

Save time

E-visa and visa-free system in St Petersburg will let you enjoy the city without complicated documents. Now you can focus on experiences themselves, not on the way to them.

Advantages

• Absolutely no routines with documents. We take care of everything – from visa to itinerary
• There is always a person you are in touch with
• There is no risk to be lost and usually museum admissions are “skip-the-line”
• Transfer from the port and back is provided along with a guide

Disadvantages

• Visa-Free stay is available only for cruise passengers
• You will have 3 days of stay max.

Get in touch

Visa-free system in St Petersburg will let you enjoy the city without complicated documents. Now you can focus on experiences themselves, not on the way to them.

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