Going to Russia from France will require certain types of travel documents mainly a visa. The visa for Russia can be obtained by filling out a visa application and then picking it up when it is ready. The e-Visa program is not open to French citizens yet but will be soon.
You can bookmark the Visa Checker Tool page so you can constantly check back and know when your e-Visa program is available to you for Russian travel.
The Russia e-Visa Program | Common Questions & Answers
What is the expiration date of a Russian e-Visa?
The e-Visa for Russia is valid for up to 30 days from the official Date of Issuance listed on your visa. This is usually true for your paper visa as well.
Many Russian officials expect you to use your visa between 4 and 20 days from the Date of Issuance.
What is a Russian e-Visa?
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 France 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 can I stay in Russia with an e-Visa?
8 days from the day you arrive in Russia is how long you can travel with your visa in-hand.
What type of travel is allowed using a Russian e-Visa?
Currently, the Russian e-Visa can be used for various purposes: business travel, tourism, and humanitarian reasons (in sports, culture, science, and technology).
What documents and information are required to fill out a Russia e-Visa application?
At the bare minimum, you will need the following documents and information to fill out the online application for a Russian e-Visa:
- 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
- Health Insurance Policy - You will need to prove you have reliable health insurance coverage for the length of your stay.
- 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.
Can I travel between different regions of Russia with the same e-Visa?
It depends on which region you enter and what the specific requirements are for that region according to Russian federal law. Most visas though, are only good to use for the specific region that you chose to travel to.
How many times can I enter Russia with an e-Visa?
The Russian e-Visa is a single entry visa. This means you are permitted entry in the Russian Federation one time. If you exit or leave Russia, you will not be allowed to reenter the country without another visa.
Do I need medical insurance if I am a foreign citizen traveling to Russia?
Yes. You will need to acquire personal medical insurance for international travel.
Get a Russia Visa | Citizens of France
We are here to help you get all the visa documents you need to plan a successful Russia trip. Whenever you are ready, use our Visa Checker Tool to find the applications available to you.
French citizens are close to being able to access Russia’s e-Visa online visa program.
Safe travel, and have a great time in Russia.