We all get confused about what travel documents we need to go on a trip. Russia’s government requires all foreign nationals, including citizens of Luxembourg, to hold a visa while you are in the country. The e-Visa is an electronic visa and is available to many foreign nationals looking to go to Russia.
When the e-Visa program opens up to Luxembourg residents, be sure to check back here for the online application. It will make it a breeze to fill out online wherever you happen to be in the world.
The Russia e-Visa Program | Common Questions & Answers
Is medical insurance a necessity when going to Russia?
Yes. It is required for you to prove you have medical insurance to travel to Russia.
Are there areas of Russia that require special permits?
Foreign citizens are restricted from entering the following regions without a special permit.
- Parts of Chelyabinsk Oblast.
- Part of Orenburg Oblast
- Part of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
- Part of The Republic of Mordovia
- Parts of Murmansk Oblast and the Republic of Karelia. Transit to and from Norway is likely by the primary roadway.
- Parts of Arkhangelsk Oblast (include South part of Novaya Zemlya island) and the Komi Republic
- Parts of Sverdlovsk Oblast
- Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, yet the Bilibino region is an exception
- Part of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug
- The Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, 45% of the territory. Transit to the border with Georgia and to the border with South Ossetia are possible along the main roads. Tsey Gorge is open to foreigners since 2012.
- Within Leningrad Oblast region - all Russian islands of the Gulf of Finland, except Gogland, and a 12-mile (20 km) strip along the south coast of the Gulf of Finland
- Parts of Moscow Oblast
- Around 15% of Kaliningrad Oblast
- Part of Volgograd Oblast
- Part of Astrakhan Oblast
- Part of Kamchatka Krai
- Part of Primorsky Krai
- Part of Krasnoyarsk Krai
If I arrive in one region of Russia, will I be allowed to travel to other regions?
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.
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 visa.
What will I need in order to fill out the 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Can you explain the Russia 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 Luxembourg 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.
Once there, when do I have to exit the Russian Federation with an 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.
When will my e-Visa for Russia cease to be valid?
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.
What is the processing time of a Russia e-Visa application?
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.
Get a Russia Visa | Citizens of Luxembourg
It can be easy to get a visa if you have all the information you need. Just be sure to check with your local visa application center to get any specific information that may not be mentioned here.
iVisa is dedicated in providing the easiest ways to apply for and receive a visa. Once Russia allows citizens of Luxembourg to get a visa online, we will have it on our website.