On July 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree introducing e-visa to St Petersburg, Russia and the Leningrad Region on October 1, 2019.
“Foreign citizens can enter the Russian Federation and leave the Russian Federation through checkpoints across the State Border of the Russian Federation located in the territories of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, can be carried out on the basis of ordinary single business, tourist and humanitarian visas in the form of electronic documents”, the decree says.
E-Visa to St Petersburg: General Rules
In September, the list of the countries whose citizens will be able to enter Saint Petersburg on electronic visas has been finally approved. The list includes 53 countries, including most EU countries.
By the way, citizens of these countries can already use the same procedure when visiting the Kaliningrad with e-visa.
List of countries whose citizens can apply for electronic visas:
Austria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (including Taiwan), Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican
The visa will be available for up to 30 calendar days with a permitted period of stay in the country of 8 days.
Nowadays foreign tourists can apply for e-visas to St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and the Far East. Besides, it seems that from January 1, 2021, it will be possible to receive electronic visas for trips to all regions of Russia.
How to Apply for E-visa
To get the electronic visa, travellers have to fill out an application on the website of the Consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Apply for a visa no later than 4 days before the date of entry into Russia.
Consular fees for issuing electronic visas will not be charged.
What To Do In St Petersburg
As said above, an e-visa allows staying in St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region for 8 days.
St Petersburg is called the cultural capital of Russia. A huge amount of local attractions is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. That is to say, the city can easily keep you busy during a week.
Some facts for those who ask how many days to spend in St Petersburg, Russia.
Here are areas of the territories protected by UNESCO World Heritage in different cities:
— The historic centre of Prague — 1 100 ha
— Paris including Versailles — 1345 ha
— The historic centre of Rome — 1 400 ha
— The historic centre of St Petersburg and related groups of monuments — 4000 ha
4000 ha is approximately = 90 Vatican Cities
Now please tell your estimations of how much time is enough for St Petersburg!
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