Since the 1st of October 2019, travellers will no longer need a visa in their passport to travel to St. Petersburg. Tsar Voyages explains how it works.
Although you still need a visa to go to St Petersburg, the procedure for obtaining an electronic visa has been greatly simplified compared to the ordinary visa.
What you still need to do:
What you no longer need to do :
The electronic visa application is not made on the usual Russian visa application website, but on a dedicated website: https://evisa.kdmid.ru/.
The electronic visa is valid in St. Petersburg and its region. This means that it is valid in some small cities around St. Petersburg such as Pavlovsk, Pushkin or Petrodvoretz.
However, it is not valid to travel to Moscow, Veliki Novgorod or other cities. If your documents are being checked outside St. Petersburg, you will need a classic tourist visa to avoid being in an irregular situation.Please note that the passport (always) and visa (sometimes) are checked before boarding trains, and in some buses.
It becomes much easier to plan a last minute trip to St. Petersburg. But within certain limits, however:
It is an A4 document that you will receive by email. It is strongly recommended to print it in duplicate to show it with your passport at the border crossing, and to keep a copy on you for the whole duration of your stay.
Tsar Voyages continues to take care of obtaining all visas, including electronic visas, for the trips we sell:
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