Russia e-Visa Requirements

iVisa | Updated on Sep 20, 2022

Requirements for getting a Russian e-Visa include providing your passport and personal information, getting an invitation letter from your Russian host, and obtaining medical insurance for your travel.

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The citizens of over 50 countries have access to Russia’s online electronic visa program. Slowly but surely, other countries are being added to the e-Visa program list. You can use the Visa Checker Tool to see if you qualify for a Russian e-Visa.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Russian e-Visa Program

Russian e-Visa: Who Is Eligible?

Over 50 countries’ residents have access to the e-Visa program for Russia. You will have to choose which e-Visa you want based on the region you wish to travel: Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad, Saint Petersburg, and Leningrad Oblast.

Use iVisa’s Visa Checker Tool to determine if you are eligible to apply. If not, check back soon as Russia expands who is eligible.

Length of Stay Allowed with a Russian e-Visa

From your 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.

Entry Limits for the Russia e-Visa

The Russian e-Visa is a single-entry visa. This means you are permitted entry into the Russian Federation one time. If you exit or leave Russia, you will not be allowed to re-enter the country without another visa.

Russian e-Visa: Valid Travel Reasons

Currently, the Russian e-Visa can be used for various purposes: business, tourism, and humanitarian reasons (in sports, culture, science, and technology).

Regions of Russia that Require an e-Visa

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
  • Leningrad

You can use our Visa Checker Tool to see if you have any e-Visa options currently available to use.

Required Documentation Needed for the Russian e-Visa Application

For the online application for the Russia e-Visa, you will at minimum need:

  • Passport-Style Photos - You will have to turn in valid passport-sized photos with your visa application.
  • Legal Passport - Have your passport ready to show officials both during the application process and when entering Russia through customs. Must be valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival.
  • 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

Locate the Date of Issuance on your visa or e-Visa. Your visa can be used for up to 30 days from the date of issuance.

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.

Application Requirements for the Russian e-Visa Explained

Be sure you have your required documents in order so you can fill out the e-Visa application today. Choose your country of origin on our Visa Checker Tool to determine if you are currently eligible to apply through the e-Visa program for Russia.

We will constantly update the e-Visa application for those currently ineligible. If you have further questions, please let us know. We are here 24/7 to help you with your travel document concerns.

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