Are you going to Russia? Then you will most likely need to supply a visa in order to be allowed to enter the country. Citizens of Belgium can get a visa in person at this time at your nearest visa application center. Once the online visa application program is available to Belgian nationals, it will be released right here on our website.
The Russia e-Visa Program | Frequently Asked Questions
If I leave Russia after entering the country, am I allowed to use the same visa again to reenter?
The Russian e-Visa is a single-entry visa. This means you are permitted entry into the Russian Federation one time. If you exit or leave Russia, you will not be allowed to reenter the country without another visa.
What’s the time frame for using an e-Visa once I receive it?
The Russian e-Visa will expire after 30 days from the date of issuance. This means that you will need to enter Russia within 30 days from the issuance date or the visa will become invalid.
It is currently required to apply no less than 4 days before you travel to Russia and no more than 20 days before your intended arrival date.
Be sure to plan your trip to Russia within this time frame so you do not make the mistake of allowing your visa to expire before you can use it.
What types of travel are allowed to use an e-Visa for the Russian Federation?
Currently, the Russian e-Visa can be used for various purposes: business travel, tourism, and humanitarian reasons (in sports, culture, science, and technology).
Am I allowed to cross borders into another region of Russia with a single e-Visa?
Most likely no. You usually need a distinct visa per region that you want to see.
What will be required to fill out a visa application for Russia?
At the bare minimum, you will need the following documents and information to fill out the online application for a Russian e-Visa:
- Health Insurance Policy - You will need to prove you have reliable health insurance coverage for the length of your stay.
- Valid Passport - Your passport needs to be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the last day you plan to be in Russia. Have a couple of blank pages for stamping purposes.
- Passport-Style Photo - Colored photos only, white background, ratio of 3.5 x 4.5
- Invitation Letter - If you are lodging in different regions of Russia, you will need an invitation letter from each host of your stay. You can request an invitation letter from your Russian tour operator or the hotel or hostel you plan to stay in while in the country. 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.
What is the Russian e-Visa program?
In August 2017, the Russian Federation began accepting visa applications online to help streamline their visa program for foreign nationals. This e-Visa program is currently open to citizens of 53 countries looking to travel to specific regions of Russia such as the Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad, Saint Petersburg, and Leningrad Oblast.
Once citizens of Belgium are allowed to apply for an electronic visa for Russia, it will be posted on iVisa’s website. Then, we can help you more to figure out the best way to apply.
How many days am I allowed in Russia while holding a visa?
The e-Visa program currently allows visa holders to stay in Russia for up to 8 days from the date of entry in the country.
Citizens of Belgium | The Russian e-Visa Program
Going to Russia requires a visa. If you do not have a visa, you can get one at your consulate or embassy or nearest visa application center. We are here to help and will release the online visa application as soon as it is available for your country.
Don’t miss out on the trip of a lifetime. Chat with us if you have any concerns about your travel plans.