Any national of Italy who plans to go to Russia will need to get a visa for traveling in and out of Russia. If you do not have a proper visa, you cannot enter Russia. There is the e-Visa program that allows foreign nationals of 53 countries to apply for and receive a visa online.
As of now, Italian citizens cannot apply for a Russian e-Visa online, so you may have to go to a consulate or embassy to get your visa documentation.
The Russia e-Visa Program | Entry Limits, Restrictions, Documents, and More
What type of travel is allowed while holding 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).
What regions of Russia currently accept e-Visas?
You’ll need a separate visa to visit each of the following major travel regions of Russia:
- The Far East
- Kaliningrad Oblast
- St. Petersburg
How long will it take to receive an e-Visa once I have applied?
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.
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.
I want to enter Russia more than once. Is this allowed with an e-Visa?
Typically, 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 re-enter the country without another visa.
Sometimes you can get a double entry or multiple entry visa, but it will require more information from you.
What types of information and documentation is required to fill out an application online?
At the bare minimum, you will need the following documents and information to fill out the online application for a Russian e-Visa:
- 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.
- International Health Insurance - This is to cover you in case of a medical emergency.
- Passport that is Valid - 6 months of validity are required; two pages for stamping
- Passport-Style Photo - Colored photos only, white background, ratio of 3.5 x 4.5
Please, explain the Russia e-Visa Program.
It started in 2017 and has slowly expanded to allow residents of over 50 countries to apply online for an electronic visa. e-Visas are attached digitally to your passport, and you will normally get a digital version of your visa in your email once it is approved.
Italy citizens will have access soon to the e-Visa program for the Russian Federation. Check back periodically.
How long do I have to explore Russia once I enter the country with an e-Visa?
From the time you enter Russia, you will have no more than 8 days to explore the region.
When will my e-Visa no longer work after 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 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.
Citizens of Italy | The e-Visa Program Requirements for the Russian Federation
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