We all get confused about what travel documents we need to go on a trip. Russia’s government requires all foreign nationals, including the citizens of Australia, to hold a visa while you are in the country. The e-Visa is an electronic visa and is available to many foreign nationals looking to go to Russia.
When the e-Visa program opens up to Australians, be sure to check back here for the online application. It will make it a breeze to fill out online wherever you happen to be in the world.
The Russia e-Visa Program | Common Questions & Answers
When will the e-Visa expire for Russia trips?
You will have 30 days to use your Russian e-Visa from the Date of Issuance listed on your visa. The Russian Federation generally only accepts visas that were issued under 20 days prior to travel. Check with your consulate or embassy for complete details.
Entries Allowed while holding a visa for Russia
While holding an e-Visa, it usually only grants the holder one entry per visa per trip. Some countries’ citizens may be allowed what is known as a double entry visa depending on your needs and clearance status.
What documents and information are required to fill out a Russia e-Visa application?
While true of most visa applications, you will need the following to complete an online application as well as to enter Russia through customs:
- Passport-Sized Photo - Colored photos only; standard rules for a passport photo required
- Invitation Letter - You can request an invitation letter from your Russian tour operator or the hotel or hostel you plan to stay at while in the country. In many cases, an invitation letter from a natural or legal person who currently lives in Russia is also accepted and can be used for business, study, tourism, or personal reasons. If you are lodging in different regions of Russia, you will need an invitation letter from each host of your stay.
- Valid Passport - Two pages for stamping and 6 months or more of validity required from your date of entry into Russia
- Health Insurance Policy - Have medical insurance for international travel before you leave for Russia.
Types of Travel allowed with an e-Visa or regular visa
Business travel, tourism travel, some student travel, and humanitarian travel are all allowed with a Russian e-Visa. Some restrictions may apply based on your country of citizenship.
Are there areas of Russia that require special permits?
Foreign citizens are restricted from entering the following regions without a special permit.
- Part of The Republic of Mordovia
- Parts of Murmansk Oblast and the Republic of Karelia. Transit to and from Norway is likely by the primary roadway.
- Parts of Chelyabinsk Oblast.
- Within Leningrad Oblast region - all Russian islands of the Gulf of Finland, except Gogland, and a 12-mile (20 km) strip along the south coast of the Gulf of Finland
- Parts of Moscow Oblast
- Part of Primorsky Krai
- Part of Krasnoyarsk Krai
- Part of Orenburg Oblast
- Part of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
- Around 15% of Kaliningrad Oblast
- Part of Volgograd Oblast
- Part of Astrakhan Oblast
- Part of Kamchatka Krai
- Parts of Arkhangelsk Oblast (include South part of Novaya Zemlya island) and the Komi Republic
- Parts of Sverdlovsk Oblast
- Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, yet the Bilibino region is an exception
- Part of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug
- The Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, 45% of the territory. Transit to the border with Georgia and to the border with South Ossetia are possible along the main roads. Tsey Gorge is open to foreigners since 2012.
How long can I stay in Russia with an e-Visa?
You’re allowed up to 8 days in Russia once you enter the country and go through customs.
Get a Russia Visa | Citizens of Australia
Australians who plan to go to Russia will have to get a visa for the specific region you want to visit. If you visit more than one region, you’ll have to get a visa for each respective region. Special permits may be required to enter some cities.
Until the e-Visa application is released for Australian residents, you can use the Visa Checker Tool to get your visa for all of your travel needs.
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