Foreign nationals traveling to Russia will need to obtain a visa to enter the country. This is true for citizens of Japan as well. Regardless of your reasons for traveling to Russia, you will need to fill out an application for a visa and follow the rules and restrictions of the visa while exploring Russia.
While the e-Visa for Russia is currently in the works for Japanese citizens, we have some tips and tricks that will apply for either a standard paper visa or for an e-Visa. We recommend speaking with your nearest Russian consulate or embassy for further details.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Russian e-Visa Program
Russian e-Visa Explanation
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 Japan are allowed to apply for an electronic visa for Russia, it will be released on iVisa’s website. Until then, we can help you figure out the best way to apply.
Entry Limits for the Russia 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.
What regions of Russia currently accept e-Visas?
The following regions of Russia currently allow foreign citizens to enter the borders with a valid e-Visa:
- The Far East
- Kaliningrad Oblast
- St. Petersburg
You can use our Visa Checker Tool to see if you have any e-Visa options currently available to use.
Length of Stay Allowed with a Russian e-Visa
From the date of entry, you will be allowed no more than 8 days to explore the region of Russia to which your visa is attached.
Crossing Regional Borders with a Russian 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.
The Russia e-Visa Application: Documents & Information Required
For the online application for the Russia e-Visa, you will, at minimum need:
- Passport-Style Photos - Colored photos only, white background, ratio of 3.5 x 4.5
- 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.
- Health Insurance Policy - For the length of your stay in Russia, you must prove you have adequate health insurance for emergencies.
- 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.
Expiry Date for Russian e-Visas
There is a 30-day window to use your e-Visa for Russia once it is issued. Find the “Date of Issuance” on the visa and add thirty days.
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.
Russian e-Visa: Valid Travel Reasons
Currently, the Russian e-Visa can be used for various purposes: business travel, tourism, and humanitarian reasons (in sports, culture, science, and technology).
Starting the Russian Visa Application Process for Japan Residents
Getting a visa can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why we started iVisa. As soon as we have access to the additional e-Visa programs for Russia, we will release them on the site. Then, you will be able to fill out the application online in just a few minutes and continue planning your trip.
Do you have more questions? Direct them to our team by using the chat feature on this website or by emailing us.