Since the 8th August 2017 citizens of 18 countries can visit the Russian Far East if they enter the Russian Federation through border crossing points, located on the territory of the free port of Vladivostok. This Russian visa is free, and tourists can have a 8-days trip to Russia.
Vladivostok is the largest city in the Russian Far East and the administrative centre of Primorsky Krai. It is located on the Pacific coast, not far from Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. Maritime landscapes make of Vladivostok one of the most picturesque Russian cities.
List of countries whose citizens can apply for Russian e-visa:
- The People’s Republic of China
- The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- The United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
As it’s said on the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, getting an e-visa for visiting Vladivostok is fast, easy, convenient and free. All you have to do is :
- Fill an application form
- Check your e-visa status. The notification is sent via e-mail, or you can check it on the site.
- Print out the notification or download it to your smartphone.
- While travelling, show the notification to a transport company employee or to a border service officer at the border crossing point.
E-visas are valid for 30 days, with an authorized length of the trip to Russia up to 8 days from the date of entry. Invitations, hotel booking confirmations or other documents confirming the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation are not required. E-visas are issued in 4 calendar days from the date of submission of the application.
Pay attention: foreign citizens who have arrived at the Russian Federation with e-visas have the right to travel within the territory of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation which they entered, except territories which need special entering permission. This means that tourists can reside and move around only within the Primorye Territory.
For more information visit the official site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The site is in Russian, English, Chinese and Japanese languages.
And don’t forget to check the post How to Enter Saint Petersburg with No Russian Visa if you want to know a visa-free way to visit Russia.