Russia released its online visa program in 2017 to over 50 countries. But Egyptians can still get a visa by applying in person. The online e-Visa program for Russia is expanding as we speak. When it is ready for Egypt nationals, we will release it on our site.
In the meantime, you can find all available e-Visa programs for Egypt citizens with our Visa Checker Tool. This will tell you which programs you can apply for right now.
The Russia e-Visa Program | Common Questions & Answers
Will I have to obtain international medical insurance to travel to Russia?
It is required for you to prove you have medical insurance to travel to Russia. This is for your safety and to keep you from getting into trouble with the local authorities if you are unable to pay for care.
What will I need in order to fill out the Russia e-Visa application?
Each visa application, as well as entry into Russia will require:
- 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 - You should be able to acquire one from the hotel or hostel you are staying in. If you have booked a Russian tour of the region, the tour agency should also be able to provide one. Staying with friends or family? As long as they are Russian citizens currently residing in your region of choice, they can send you an invitation letter also. A PDF version is standard.
- Health Insurance Policy - You will need to prove you have reliable health insurance coverage for the length of your stay.
How does the Russia e-Visa program work for foreign nationals?
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 Egypt are allowed to apply for an electronic visa for Russia, it will be released on iVisa’s website. Then we can help you more to figure out the best way to apply.
How long do I have to use my visa before it expires?
The Russian e-Visa will expire after 30 days from the date of issuance. This means that you will need to enter Russia with the visa 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.
Am I allowed to enter Crimea or Ukraine with a Russian e-Visa?
Russia still enforces its visa policy within Crimea, so it is likely that you can travel there. It is recommended to verify with your Russian connections whether or not it is allowed as the state of politics is volatile at the moment.
Traveling to Ukraine requires foreign citizens to follow Ukraine’s visa policy. Use our Visa Checker Tool to see if you are required to get a visa for Ukraine.
How long does it usually take to process an e-Visa application for the Russian Federation?
Usually, it takes no longer than 4 days to receive an e-Visa, but this depends on your visa operator and their e-Visa program requirements.
If I arrive in one region of Russia, will I be allowed to travel to other regions?
Each major region of Russia requires a specific visa for that region. Depending on your circumstances and security levels, you may be able to go to other regions after getting a visa for the area. Some cities are closed off to international travelers who do not have special permits for restricted cities.
What are the entry and exit requirements for holding a Russian e-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. You will need to plan a departure trip out of Russia before the 8 days are up.
What kind of entry restrictions does the Russia e-Visa have?
The Russian e-Visa is a single entry visa. So if you exit Russia after using the e-Visa to enter, you will not be allowed back in unless you obtain another, separate visa.
Get a Russia Visa | Citizens of Egypt
We love helping you travel easier. Citizens of Egypt should hopefully be able to apply for the Russian e-Visa program online soon. iVisa will post the online application as soon as it becomes available for your region.
Safe travel, and please, let us know if you have any questions. We are here 24/7 to help you with your travel plans.