On October 25, 2020, the list of border checkpoints for foreign citizens with an electronic visa (e-visa) approved by the Government of the Russian Federation was published.
It will be possible to get to St. Petersburg through the Pulkovo international airport, the Big Port St. Petersburg and the “Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg “Marine Façade”. List includes 52 countries; these are the states whose citizens could enter Russia on an e-visa: Austria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (including Taiwan), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Vatican.
Starting from January 01, 2021, foreign citizens from 52 states will be able to obtain a unified e-visa and travel throughout the Russian Federation within 16 days. The visa can be issued on a specialized website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The cost will be 40 US dollars. For children under 6 years of age, the visa will be issued free of charge. An electronic visa must be registered no later than four calendar days before the expected date of entry.
The introduction of a unified electronic visa mechanism for visiting St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region will accelerate the recovery of the tourism industry after the pandemic, and in the long term will provide a significant increase in the inbound tourist flow to St. Petersburg.
Reminded, before the introduction of restrictive measures in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued more than 151 thousand electronic visas to visit St. Petersburg and Leningrad region. Most of all e-visas received by citizens from the start of the pilot project and before the introduction of restrictive measures were of the top-5 countries: Estonia, France, Latvia, Germany and Finland, which confirms the popularity of e-visas among citizens of the post-Soviet space, Northern Europe, and Western Europe.