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How to apply for an free e-visa to enter St Petersburg
E-visa photo requirements
✔ Your digital photo must be color in JPEG format.

✔ The photo must be no more than 6 months old as of the date of the application and reflect your current appearance. The photo must show you alone. No foreign objects (chair back, pictures on the walls, etc.) or other people must be visible in the photo.

✔ The photo must be taken in full-face view. The head must not be tilted or turned. You must look directly at the camera with a neutral expression, your mouth closed, eyes open and clearly visible. No hair across your eyes.

✔ The photo must be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows, flash reflections on your face and no red eyes.

✔The photo must be taken with a plain light-colored background with no shadows.

✔ Applicants whose religious beliefs prohibit them to be seen with their heads uncovered are allowed to wear a head covering that does not conceal facial features in the photo. In this case, please make sure that your face is clearly visible from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead.

✔ If you wear glasses, your eyes must be clearly visible in the photo. Flash reflection off the lenses, as well as tinted lenses are not allowed (if possible, avoid heavy frames – wear lighter framed glasses, if you have them). Make sure that the frames do not cover your eyes (even partly).

✔ The photo must show the top of your head and the top of your shoulders. Your head must be in the center of the photo and be fully shown from the top of the hairline or the crown of the head to the tip of the chin. The nose must be on the symmetry line. The face must take up 70-80 percent of the photo.
✔ The photo must have no frames.

✔ The photo must be rectangular with the 35 (width) x45 (height) aspect ratio.

✔ The color scheme must be neutral. The colors must show the natural skin tone. The image must be clear, well defined and in focus.
Unfortunately, at present, applications for a entry e-visa to St. Petersburg are not accepted. Try clicking the link later. We apologize.
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EXACT ADRESSES FOR ORDERING A TAXI ONLINE, BY PHONE OR FOR PICK-UP ON THE STREET
Marine terminals in St Petersburg
1) 'MARINE FACADE' CRUISE TERMINAL map
Online
Enter in fields by hand or copy and paste (bold font)
Street / Улица
Eng → bereg Nevskoy Guby V.O.
Rus → берег Невской Губы В.О.
Building / Дом
Terminal 1
1 lit. A ←Eng I Rus→ 1 лит. А
Terminal 2
1 lit. V ←Eng I Rus→ 1 лит. В
Terminal 3
1 lit. D ←Eng I Rus→ 1 лит. Д
Terminal 4
1 lit. K ←Eng I Rus→ 1 лит. К

By phone / On the street
Say to the driver or operator
PORT MARSKOY FASAD - NEVSKAYA GUBA
Russian pronunciation
or (and) show adress in Russian (above)

2) MOBY-ST PETER LINE TERMINAL map
Online
Enter in fields by hand or copy and paste
Street / Улица
Eng → pl. Morskoy Slavy
Rus → пл. Морской Славы
Building / Дом
1

By phone / On the street
Say to the driver or operator
MARSKOY VAKZAL - MARSKOY SLAVY ADIN
Russian pronunciation
or (and) show adress in Russian (above)
EXACT ADRESSES FOR ORDERING A TAXI ONLINE, BY PHONE OR FOR PICK-UP ON THE STREET
Marine piers in St Petersburg
1) CRUISE PIER at ENGLISH EMB. map
Online
Enter in fields by hand or copy and paste (bold font)
Street / Улица
Eng → nab. Angliyskaya
Rus → наб. Английская
Building / Дом
56
Enter in the field comments - pristan (pier)

By phone / On the street
Say to the driver or operator
ANGLIYSKAYA NABEREZHNAYA PYATDESYAT SHEST
Russian pronunciation
or (and) show adress in Russian (above)

2) CRUISE PIER at L-NT SHMIDT EMB. map
Online
Enter in fields by hand or copy and paste
Street / Улица
Eng → nab. Leytenanta Shmidta
Rus → наб. Лейтенанта Шмидта
Building / Дом
39
Enter in the field comments - pristan (pier)

By phone / On the street
Say to the driver or operator
LEYTENANTA SHMIDTA TRITSAT DEVYAT
Russian pronunciation
or (and) show adress in Russian (above)
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Dear friends! We are happy to welcome you in Saint Petersburg!
Now, from October 2019, many of you can visit our city and also beautiful suburbs at any time, without problems related with obtaining a Russian visa.

We tried to answer all your questions about how to apply for an e-visa online, how to fill out application and more.
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Application for a e-visa to entry St Petersburg

Attention! Beware of scams!

You must submit an online application for an e-visa only on a special webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Consideration of the application is absolutely free. If you are asked to pay any fees for considering a visa application, these are scammers. Check the domain name in the address bar of the browser -
https://evisa.kdmid.ru

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✦ Who can apply for a free e-visa to entry St Petersburg?
Which nationals can apply for a e-visa? →
Just in case, check the need for a visa for your citizenship. Maybe, you do not need any visa at all.

CHECK CONDITIONS OF ENTRANCE OF CITIZENS OF FOREIGN STATES IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION VIA WEBSITE OF CONSULATE DEPARTMENT OF RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY (TRANSLATED PAGE)

ORIGINAL LINK IN RUSSIAN


An free e-visa to enter Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Region can only be obtained by citizens of the countries listed below. Citizens of other countries (with the exception of citizens of those countries for which visa-free entry to Russia is allowed) must obtain an ordinary visa at the consulates of the Russian Federation or ..

Open the tab 'Where is entry allowed? What tickets can I buy?' → 'By Ship'
(Spoiler☺ - Citizens of any country arriving in St. Petersburg by sea are allowed a 72-hour visa-free entry)

List of countries whose citizens can apply for a e-visa for entry St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast (Leningrad Region)

  1. Austria
  2. Andorra
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. China (including Taiwan)
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. The Czech Republic
  10. Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  11. Denmark
  12. Estonia
  13. Finland
  14. France
  15. Germany
  16. Greece
  17. Hungary
  18. Iceland
  19. India
  20. Indonesia
  21. Iran
  22. Ireland
  23. Italy
  24. Japan
  25. Kuwait
  26. Latvia
  27. Lithuania
  28. Liechtenstein
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Malaysia
  31. Malta
  32. Mexico
  33. Monaco
  34. The Netherlands
  35. North Macedonia
  36. Norway
  37. Oman
  38. Philippines
  39. Poland
  40. Portugal
  41. Qatar
  42. Romania
  43. San Marino
  44. Saudi Arabia
  45. Serbia
  46. Singapore
  47. Slovakia
  48. Slovenia
  49. Spain
  50. Turkey
  51. Sweden
  52. Switzerland
  53. Vatican
✦ My country is not listed. What to do?
Can I come to St Petersburg without a visa? →
Are you required to have a visa to entry Russia, but have not found your country on the list for obtaining a simplified e-visa for St Petersburg? The most important thing - do not worry! You can come to St. Petersburg even without any visa.

Open the tab 'By Cruise Ship Visa-Free' or 'By Ferry Visa-Free' below.
(Spoiler☺ - Citizens of any country arriving in St. Petersburg by sea are allowed a 72-hour visa-free entry).

Also you can obtain an ordinary visa at the consulates of the Russian Federation.
☑ BY CRUISE SHIP VISA-FREE→
Pay attention! Only the 'I need a visa for entry Russia, but my country is not on the list for obtaining an e-visa, or I was refused (E-Visa denied)' case is considered here!!!
If you have a visa (or if you intend to apply), study the detailed manual clicking 'By Cruise Ship + Visa' tab

The most important thing - do not worry! Of course, you can obtain an ordinary visa at the consulates of the Russian Federation. But not forget, that you can come to St. Petersburg even without any visa. Citizens of any country arriving in St. Petersburg by sea are allowed a 72-hour visa-free entry!

You can come to St. Petersburg by sea in two ways.
a) on a cruise ship
b) by ferry
Let's compare these methods and find out all their advantages.

BIG CRUISE SHIP

A cruise on the Baltic Sea by luxury ship is a great way to spend a vacation and visit St. Petersburg. But! There are several limitations that you must remember.

Сruise companies make only a one or two-day stop in St. Petersburg. However, our advice is not to run from one museum to another at the speed of Usain Bolt. Choose one or two attractions for each day of your stay and be sure to plan your free time for walks, restaurants and shows..

The territory of stay is limited within St. Petersburg only! You can visit such suburbs as Peterhof, Pushkin (Catherine Palace), Pavlovsk, Strelna (Konstantinovsky Palace), Oranienbaum, Kronshtadt (are part of St. Petersburg), but it is forbidden to visit, for example, Gatchina (located outside St. Petersburg).

You must leave St. Petersburg in the same way (on the same ship) as you arrived. Therefore, do not be late for boarding. Otherwise, you will have big problems.

All visa-free passengers are required to purchase a shore tour from a licensed operator for the entire duration of their stay in the port or separately for each day. It is necessary to present confirmation when passing passport control.
There is a life hack here - read below

The port for large sea liners 'Marine Facade' is located quite far from the city center and main attractions. Connection by public transport is not very convenient, If you return to the port yourself - you need to get to harbour from the metro by bus.

Therefore, most likely you will have to take a taxi or private transfer to the pier or buy a tour with included round trip transfers.

And something else. A very important trifle. To get ashore you must have, among other things, a medical insurance policy. If you forgot about it in your holiday bustle, buy a policy online right now from a reliable Russian company for only a couple of euros.

Our advices and life-hacks

You are not required to buy only those tours that the carrier (cruise organizer) offers you. Most often, they are unreasonably expensive.
You can buy the tour yourself online before arriving at the port, for example from Viator or from GetYourGuide or from another authorized operator.
If cruise staff insist on buying a tour from the cruise operator, say that you will file a complaint about their illegal actions.
When buying a tour, pay attention to all services and tickets (not) included in the price and, most importantly, whether the operator provides the necessary papers (confirmations) for the border authorities.
If you are told that you must buy a tour for the whole day to leave the ship, do not believe it. To go ashore, you can buy the shortest and cheapest tour.

About the rule of permanent stay in the group. Attention - life hack! Formally, you must follow the rules of the territory, duration (the beginning and end of the tour) and permanent stay in the tour group. However, you can get much more.

The main requirement for cruise passengers (unlike ferry passengers) is the need to spend the night on board the ship. The border authorities are not strict for the time of returning to the ship, the main thing is just to return, including after midnight (you can buy an evening or night show or go to a restaurant). A later time of returning to the ship does not entail any fines for you.

Why travel agencies do not report such an opportunity? Firstly, this is bad business. Your time is their money. It is much more profitable to sell you several tours or one big tour. But, the main reason is that your shore guide must be sure that you are back on board the ship. If you do not return, the travel company will have huge problems, even canceling the license. That's why shore agencies are so strict.

What can be done? Our universal advice is a personal arrangement with a guide, perhaps for extra charge. Here, for example, is one of the possible options:

After the tour, you go to a restaurant, walk, and then return by taxi to the pier. By boarding (it is forbidden to photograph the passport control zone), take a selfie photo by smartphone and send it via WhatsApp to the guide no later than a certain time. If you do not, the guide informs the police about the violation of the visa-free stay.

How everything will be in reality is up to you, but one way or another, you must notify your guide of returning back.

And this is our main advice! If you like to travel on your own, first buy the cheapest tour (in accordance with the requirements above), go ashore and enjoy the freedom of movement! But do not forget to return on board and notify your shore guide!

That is not all! How to get a little more than others

Most cruise ships are moored at the port 'Marine facade'. But some are allowed to arrive right in the city center. In addition to a great connection to all attractions, you will have fantastic iconic photos, which others do not have. Take a look

How to get this? The fact is that very large liners cannot stop at the Neva River embankments. They are too big for that. But there are smaller ships. The main criterion for choosing is the number of passengers. Choose those where the capacity does not exceed 600-700 people. This is not a 100 percent guarantee, but the chances are very very high.

Hint. Pay attention to these cruise companies:

And another, perhaps the most important piece of advice.
We recommend buying cruises from Dreamlines agency Yes, this is an agent (world-famous agency!), but here the prices are often much lower than those of official carriers.

But that's not all! Here is our main secret. Prices of the Russian webpage are even lower! Compare for yourself! Here are prices for the similar cruises on the local page for the United States customers, here for Australia, and here prices for Russia
Feel the difference! Why pay more when you can pay less?

Use any online translator (e.g. Google Translator) for information only, not for reservations - there is a possibility that reservations via translated webpage cannot be completed correctly. For booking use one of the original local page only.

Also available in
German | Italian | French | Dutch | Portuguese (Brasil)

See you in St. Petersburg! ☺

✦ I want to visit Moscow. Can I travel outside St Petersburg?

What towns can I visit? →
No, an electronic visa allows free movement only within the Leningrad Region incl Saint Petersburg.

See on the map

How to use our guide maps correctly

In practice, you have a chance to travel outside this territory, for example, by regional trains, buses or by car (there are no checks). But this is entirely your risk - if a violation is detected, for example, during a random police check, you will face a heavy fine, deportation and a ban on entry to Russia up to 5 years.

Boarding intercity trains or buses is made upon presentation of ID, so there is no chance of avoiding checking.

Here is a list of the most interesting towns (except St. Petersburg) available for visiting with an e-visa:
Peterhof - guide
Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) - guide
Lomonosov (Oranienbaum)
Kronshtadt
Gatchina
Pavlovsk
Vyborg
Priozersk
Zelenogorsk (Spa hotels on Gulf of Finland coast)
Sestroretsk
Shlisselburg
Staraya Ladoga
Volkhov
Tikhvin
✦ Where is entry allowed? What tickets can I buy?
☑ GENERAL INFORMATION. ALL BORDER CROSSING POINTS →
If you are the holder of an e-visa to enter St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, you can enter the Russian Federation and leave the Russian Federation by any of the methods presented below, but only through checkpoints located in these regions.

You are not required to enter and exit through the same checkpoint. For example, you can come to St. Petersburg by bus and leave by plane

Pay Attention! At present, holders of e-visa for St Petersburg cannot entry and leave to/from Russia by train. Details by clicking the tab 'BY TRAIN'

However, the rules for duration of stay, territory of stay and allowed border crossing points should be strictly observed.

View all permitted border crossing points and permitted territory on the map

How to use our maps - detailed manual
☑ BY PLANE →
✈ Via St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport (LED)

Pay Attention! If you have a e-visa and you will to use airlines, must enter Russia precisely through Pulkovo Airport (LED)! You can't arrive, for example, first in Moscow and then go to St. Petersburg.

Unfortunately now, due to disagreements between the governments of Russia and the Republic of Belarus, entry to the Russian Federation from the territory of the Republic of Belarus (flights Minsk - St Petersburg) for foreigners is possible only with a valid visa of the Republic of Belarus (in addition to a visa to enter Russia)! A visa-free regime for entry into the Republic of Belarus is not applicable when crossing the border to or from Russia!


Find cheap tickets online -
on Jetradar
This is a Russian airfare search engine. The most complete info and prices of flights to and around Russia

on Skyscanner
Everyone knows this ;-)

See also how to get to/from airport
Detailed info about public transport and taxi
☑ BY TRAIN. Warning! Must know! →
Unfortunately, at present, the Russian border authorities do not have the technical equipment for checking e-visas on trains between Finland and Russia and also between Estonia and Russia (border control is not carried out at stations, but directly on the train in move). Border crossing points between other countries and Russia are not valid for e-visa!

Therefore, do not buy now any train tickets (incl from/to Helsinki and Tallinn) if you enter/leave Russia with a e-visa. E-Visa verification system is expected to be ready by 2020. Perhaps the authorities will try to solve the problem earlier. Follow the news. We also will notify you.

✱ If you have a ordinary visa or you do not need a visa to entry Russia, then there are no problems for you.

☑ BY CRUISE SHIP + VISA →
Pay attention! Only the 'I have a e-visa or I do not need a visa' case is considered here!!!
If for some reason you do not have a visa (if it required), study the detailed manual clicking 'By Cruise Ship Visa-Free' tab

You can arrive in St. Petersburg by sea in two ways.
a) on a cruise ship
b) by ferry
Let's compare these methods and find out all their advantages.

BIG CRUISE SHIP

A cruise on the Baltic Sea by luxury ship is a great way to spend a vacation and visit St. Petersburg. But..

Most cruise companies make only a one or two-day stop in St. Petersburg. Believe, this is too little. However, our advice is not to run from one museum to another at the speed of Usain Bolt. Choose one or two attractions for each day of your stay and be sure to plan your free time for walks, restaurants and shows.

The port for large sea liners 'Marine Facade' is located quite far from the city center and main attractions. Connection by public transport is not very convenient - you need to get to the metro by bus.

Therefore, most likely you will have to take a taxi or private transfer to the city or buy a tour. Our advice is not to buy tours on board - you will overpay. Buy any tickets and excursions yourself

There is another secret life hack - read below↓

And something else. A very important trifle. To get ashore you must have, among other things, a medical insurance policy. If you forgot about it in your holiday bustle, buy a policy online right now from a reliable Russian company for only a couple of euros.

But there is good news too.
Unlike visa-free passengers, you are not required to purchase a obligatory tour package.
You do not need accommodation - your luxury hotel is always with you. Besides..
Highly likely™, you will want to come back here. Welcome again! ;-)

How to get a little more than others?

Most cruise ships are moored at the port 'Marine facade'. But some are allowed to arrive right in the city center. In addition to a great connection to all attractions, you will have fantastic iconic photos, which others do not have. Take a look

How to get this? The fact is that very large liners cannot stop at the Neva River embankments. They are too big for that. But there are smaller ships. The main criterion for choosing is the number of passengers. Choose those where the capacity does not exceed 600-700 people. This is not a 100 percent guarantee, but the chances are very very high.

Hint. Pay attention to these cruise companies:

And another, perhaps the most important piece of advice.
We recommend buying cruises from Dreamlines agency Yes, this is an agent (world-famous agency!), but here the prices are often much lower than those of official carriers.

But that's not all! Here is our main secret. Prices of the Russian webpage are even lower! Compare for yourself! Here are prices for the similar cruises on the local page for the United States customers, here for Australia, and here prices for Russia
Feel the difference! Why pay more when you can pay less?

Use any online translator (e.g. Google Translator) for information only, not for reservations - there is a possibility that reservations via translated webpage cannot be completed correctly. For booking use one of the original local page only.

Also available in
German | Italian | French | Dutch | Portuguese (Brasil)

See you in St. Petersburg! ☺
☑ BY BUS →
Since all ground border crossing points valid for e-visa are located on the border Finland and Estonia (see map), you can take regular or charter bus routes between these countries and Russia.

Also, you can use regular and charter buses (routes) between other countries and Russia, but crossing the Russian border only at the indicated checkpoints (on the map are marked as automobile/car checkpoints)

How to use our maps - detailed manual


✔ From Finland

Find cheap bus tickets online -
✧ from Helsinki
✧ from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
✧ from Lappeenranta

✔ From Estonia

Find cheap bus tickets online -
✧ from Tallinn
✧ from Narva

WARNING! You cannot use other regular or charter buses (routes), with the exception of transit routes passing through automobile checkpoints indicated on the map! Border crossing points used by buses other than those specified above are not valid for e-visa! Detailed info about routes to/from/in Russia and how to buy a bus ticket correctly - see here

Search and purchase of tickets is carried out on the website https://bus.tutu.ru/
Tutu.Ru and Tutu.Travel websites (a member of Globus Media LLC) - the most popular online travel agency in Russia. Our website (inrussian.info) is a partner.

Pay attention - ticket prices are slightly more expensive than the carrier.
☑ BY CAR | MOTORCYCLE | BICYCLE →
If you want to come to St. Petersburg by car (motorcycle, bicycle), you must cross the Russian border at one of four ground checkpoints or by ferry
Three ground checkpoints are located on the Finnish border and one on the Estonian border. See on the map

How to use our guide maps - detailed manual

Please remember that if you are traveling by car (or motorcycle), then in addition to the policy of medical insurance, you must have a vehicle insurance policy.

You can issue it yourself in your country (country of registration - Green Card System) or buy a Russian policy online if your 'Green Card' insurance policy does not cover the territory of Russia or the validity period expires before you leave Russia.

It is very inexpensive, reliable and convenient. If an incident occurred on the territory of Russia with you, the settlement of formalities by a Russian insurance company will be easier.

Find out more and check prices

Also do not forget about customs regulations

Checkpoints between Russia and Finland

Torfyanovka (Russia) - Vaalimaa (Finland)
Open 24 hours a day

Brusnichnoye (Russia) - Nuijamaa (Finland)
Open 24 hours a day

Svetogorsk (Russia) - Imatra (Finland)
Open 24 hours a day

Checkpoint between Russia and Estonia

Ivangorod (Russia) - Narva (Estonia)
Open 24 hours a day

Attention!!! When crossing the border in the direction from Estonia to Russia by car or motorcycle, you must pre-book online the time of crossing the border! Lack of reservation will lead to a very long wait in line!!! If you are leaving Russia towards Estonia, you do not need to book time.
✦ When should I apply for a e-visa? When to buy tickets?
What to do early birdies to save money? →
You can reserve any tickets and book hotels at any time. If you are not an employee of the FBI, MI-6 or Mossad, your chances of getting a visa are 99.99%.

But remember, please! You must fill in an application form for an electronic visa on special webpage of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia not earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days before the intended date of entry into Russia.

✦ On what date to buy a return ticket? Permitted duration of stay?

How to love Russia without breaking the law? →
Number of entries under e-visa for entry to St Petersburg and Leningrad Region is 01 (single entry) and valid for 30 days from the date of e-visa issuance. The permitted stay in the Russian Federation (St Petersburg and Leningrad Region) with an e-visa is up to 8 days starting from the date of entry, within its validity period.

Important! Duration of stay is calculated by entry and exit stamps! This means that if you actually passed the entry border control at 23:59 on January 1, 2020 (date of entry stamp is 01/01/20), the beginning of your stay in Russia will be calculated from 00:01 on January 01, 2020. Thus, you must leave the territory of Russia (pass passport control) no later than 23:59 on January 8th (date of exit stamp is 08/01/20).

Permitted stay under e-visa it cannot be extended!

✦ What documents should I attach to the application?

ID - PHOTO - TICKETS - RESERVATIONS - INSURANCE →
The answer on how to correctly fill out the application, see under the appropriate heading.

1) Check your travel passport! ID must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you applied for an e-visa. Also passport must have free space for border crossing stamps.

2) You must upload a color photo in JPEG format. Requirements for photography (quote from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation)

3) According to the rules for obtaining an entry e-visa to Russia (St Petersburg), you are not required to provide actual hotel reservations (or other accommodation), tickets, insurance policies or any other documented information.

It is enough to indicate the alleged information about your stay in Russia. But, if you provide real information, this will be an additional advantage for a positive decision on issuing a e-visa.

4) However, at the time of entry to Russia, you must have a medical insurance policy (as well as a car insurance policy - if you are traveling by car) valid for the entire stay in Russia.

You can buy an insurance policy in your insurance company or choose a policy from one of the reliable Russian companies.
✦ How to correctly fill out the application?
In what language should the application be completed? →

Very important!
Your application must contain full and valid data. Any incorrect information, including passport data and photo, could cause visa rejection or revocation of an already issued visa at the national border checkpoint of the Russian Federation.


Your answers must be only in English and you must to use the Classical Latin Alphabet only. This means - if characters of the national alphabets (such as Ñ, Ś, Ö, Ç, Č, Ł, Æ and similar) are used in your name it is necessary to indicate the transliterated letters.

How to do it right? Take your travel passport and see how your name is indicated in the first machine-readable line of your passport at the bottom of the page (specimen is presented on picture).

Exactly similar you should indicate your first and last name in the visa application, even if in the main part of the page of passport your name is represented using the letters of the national alphabet.

For example, your last name is Müller. If in the first machine-readable line your name is presented as MUELLER, then exactly similar meaning (Mueller) must be indicated in the visa application.
✦ When will I receive an answer?
How long is the application considered? →
Verification of the application and notification of the assignment of status to your application lasts no more than four (4) days, regardless of any weekends and holidays. You can check the status of your application online on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry
Indicate the application ID (assigned when filling out), your e-mail and personal password (given in the second step of filling out the application).

Once a relevant decision is taken, the status of your application will be changed to 'Visa issued' or 'Visa denied'. Check your e-mail.

If you have not received a response and / or the status of your application has not changed within four days - this means 'E-Visa denied'. In this case, just like with a standard refusal, you need to apply for a usual (not electronic) visa as per standard procedure at a Embassy or Consulate of the Russian Federation.
How to book tickets correctly
HOW TO BOOK TICKETS VIA KASSIR.RU AGENCY

Why this company? Kassir.ru is the largest, well-known and reliable Russian company selling tickets for various events.
Unfortunately, tickets booking form is available only in Russian. But, this is not a problem - we will help you!

First, read the event description. Translate the page into English or another language directly in the browser or using Google Translator - copy and paste the link into field 'RUSSIAN'.

If everything suits you, return to the original page and proceed with purchasing tickets.
Pay attention! You will not be able to complete the booking via translated page! For correct reservation use only the original site in Russian.

Use our detailed instructions for
desktop screens and for mobile devices
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✦ I received a visa! What's next?
SHOULD I PRINT AN E-VISA OR OTHER PAPERS? →
Formally, the Russian authorities do not oblige you to print a visa on paper. You must present the document at the border control or when boarding any transport so that he can be identified.

However, in practice, many carriers refuse to accept the document not on paper. Also consider the risk of accidentally damaging your mobile device.

Therefore, in order to avoid problems, we strongly recommend printing your electronic visa on paper! Avoid any damage of printed e-visa, including barcodes
For the same reason, we recommend that you print other documents, including any tickets and reservations. Be sure to print a medical insurance policy

When in Russia, for safety of documents, leave the original passports, visas, insurance policies and other important documents in a hotel or apartment. But always carry copies of your passport, visa and insurance policy.

Good advice. Save copies of all important documents to your e-mail for quick recovery.
✦ I have been refused or not received a response.
What to do in this case? →
Note! If you have not received a response and / or the status of your application has not changed within four days - this means 'E-Visa denied'.

The most important thing - do not worry! You can come to St. Petersburg even without any visa.
Open the tab 'Can I come to St Petersburg without a visa?' above. Exactly there is your salvation! ☺

Or. You can obtain an ordinary visa at the consulates of the Russian Federation.

✦ What to take or not to take on a trip?
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS INCL RETURN TO HOME →
Please note! Certain items, goods, cash (over $10,000 in any currency), substances (including medicals), flora and fauna objects are prohibited or restricted for movement across the Russian border.

You can learn more about detailed rules, including the name and quantity of goods allowed to be transported across the border without declaring and paying duties, on the official website of the Customs of Russia

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Remember! Reporting on the availability of any items to be declared is your obligation
If the checkpoint does not have a red channel, you must contact the customs officer yourself. If in any doubt, choose the red channel or contact the officer!

Violation of the rules for moving any items across the Russian border can lead to a large fine, confiscation, deportation and in case of a serious crime - to arrest.

FULL RULES

✦ Border crossing

Rules for e-visa holders →
FIRST LEVEL DOCUMENTS

Note! Obtaining of e-visa does not guarantee entry into Russia. In case of any violation, you can be denied entry at a border crossing point.
Here is a list of papers that you must have with you when crossing the Russian border:


Highly likely, the border guard will check only the first three documents, but you must have and present an insurance policy upon request.

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Migration card is a special form (issued free of charge), which indicates your personal data, purpose and duration of the trip. At some crossing points, this document is filled out by the border officer, but more often it is the traveler's duty.

It is not difficult. Often, to speed up the procedure, migration card forms are issued to passengers on board of aircraft, train or bus. Blank consists of two similar parts. You are required to keep your part of the form until leaving Russia.

Documents of the second level
You are not required to bring other documents besides those indicated above, but we strongly recommend taking them with you to passport control. If the border guard has any doubts after checking the documents of the first level, then the presence of these papers will save your time and nerves.

  • National ID or driver's license
  • Return tickets
  • Hotel (apartment) reservations or
  • Invitation (e.g. from your friend)

Good advice! When in Russia or any other country, for safety of documents, leave the original passports, visas, insurance policies and other important documents in a hotel or apartment. But always carry copies of your passport, visa and insurance policy. Also, save copies of all important documents to your e-mail for quick recovery.
✦ Is it mandatory to register at apartment (hotel)?
And other rules of stay →
Good news for you! In Russia there is a rule of notification of the place of stay after arrival in the country. But! You must do this if the length of stay is at least 7 business days. E-visa stays are limited to 8 calendar days. Therefore, this is minus one problem, forget it and enjoy the journey -

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER! *

* - Sometimes this rule may be mandatory for you. But this happens very rarely - only during large events where stricter safety rules apply. For example, in 2018 - FIFA Football World Cup.

However, other rules for duration of stay, territory of stay and allowed border crossing points should be strictly observed. To know more see tabs 'Where is entry allowed?', 'Can I travel outside St Petersburg?' and 'On what date to buy a return ticket?'
    ✦ Can I be sure that the information on this website is correct?
    FULL RULES FOR APPLYING FOR A E-VISA AND NOT ONLY →
    Unlike the formal language of the official document, we clearly, in simple words, answer the most common questions.

    You can always check the relevance of any information and rules on the official website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Please remember! You must submit an online application for an e-visa only on a special webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

    Consideration of the application is absolutely free. If you are asked to pay any fees for considering a visa application, these are scammers. Check the domain name in the address bar of the browser when applying -
    https://evisa.kdmid.ru

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