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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 after 30 Sep 2019. 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
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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
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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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Border crossing between Russia and Belarus by plane
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 or back by plane for foreigners is possible only with a valid visa of the Republic of Belarus (in addition to a visa to entry Russia)! What to do?

Let's carefully consider two options for entry and exit to/from Belarus for next travel to Russia or back.

Option one. You need a visa to visit the Republic of Belarus, but you have used a special visa-free regime for travelers arriving through the Minsk airport. In this case, YOU CANNOT under any conditions leave Belarus for Russia, including by plane.

Option Two. Do you already have a Belarus visa or do not need a Belarus visa for your passport in any case. Then, YOU CAN go to Russia by plane and only by plane if border crossing is direct! Of course, arrival in Russia should also be legal. The restrictions for the return flights are similar.

Please note! You must clearly inform the Belarus border officer (by entry into Belarus) that you do not want to use a special visa-free regime (if arrive via Minsk airport), but entry Belarus according to the ordinary rules.

The problem is that for the Belarusian authorities this flight is domestic, but for the Russian - international. There is much debate on the world wide web about what is legal and what is not. Our advice is not to trust online experts, but to use only first-hand information.

We sent a request to the border authorities of Belarus. And we got an response. It`s the official document from the Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus. Here.
Official response of the Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus

Document is in Russian (show it to somebody who knows Russian), but this is exactly what we was talking above. Special visa-free regime cannot be used. But if you have a visa of Belarus or your passport does not need a visa of Belarus, then YOU CAN first buy tickets to/from Minsk and then ..


But the biggest problem is that many officials themselves do not know the rules. Especially airlines employees. So, we advice to print this document, and arrive at the airport early. Just in case.

Note, Belarusian border guards will not put a exit or entry stamp, if you travel from Russia to Belarus or back by plane. The fact of crossing the border will be determined by travel documents. Save all tickets and boarding passes. Good luck!

P.S. Remember - direct ground crossing prohibited! Know more
BlaBlaCar Russia
Dear travelers! Please note that the search for trips where the departure and / or destination points are located in Russia, can only be done on the Blablacar Russia website.

If you look for trips to Russia on any other Blablacar local webpage (not Russian), then, highly likely™, the system will not find any options

The Blablacar Russia website is available only in Russian, but the interface is so simple and identical to the websites in your language that you should not have any difficulties. Although the site is in Russian, but you can enter city names in Latin letters!

We will simplify your task even more. Here are direct links to the most popular routes.


A small problem is that most of the Russian drivers, most likely, do not speak English. But this is easy to fix, for example, using a Google Translator

Welcome to Russia! Have a nice trip!
Minibus shuttle from Ivangorod
Schedule (departures from bus station of Ivangorod)
all information is actual for October 2019

05:30
08:00
09:50
13:30
17:00

To reserve a seat (only one, if more - an advance payment is required), send a message via WhatsApp or Viber to the number +79657602602
You can also call the specified phone number, but, unfortunately, the dispatcher only speaks Russian. Fare - 400 rubles one way per person.

In the message indicate (mandatory requirement) Date, time of departure and passenger's last name (as in the passport). You can just come to the bus station, but without a prior reservation, the seats are not guaranteed.

In St Petersburg, arrival at the metro stations 'Prospekt Veteranov' (Line M1) and 'Moskovskaya' (Line M2). Travel time approx 2 hours.

Have a nice trip!

Apply for an e-visa
to entry St Petersburg

Detailed manual | Any tickets
border crossing rules for e-visa holders
most frequently asked questions

City break in St Petersburg
Welcome !

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.
Visit us! See soon!
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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 main domain name in the address bar of the browser when applying - https://evisa.kdmid.ru

Scammers can use a resembling address or subdomain, for example scammers.com/evisa.kdmid.ru or evisa-kdmid-ru.scammers.com
Be careful! Make no mistake!

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Dear travelers !
Please, read the rules for obtaining and using a e-visa carefully! Statistics of the Russian border guard shows that about almost one out of ten was denied entry to Russia due to incorrect data specified in the visa application! Make no mistake!

All you wanted to know about E-Visa and more
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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 'Can I come to St Petersburg without a visa?'. Exactly there is your salvation! ☺
(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

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). In practice, you can go beyond the specified restrictions, but this is entirely your risk.

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 you buy the tour not from carrier, we strongly recommend doing this in advance, no later than 4 days before arrival at the port of St Petersburg. The tour organizer must have time to provide information about you to the border authorities of Russia.

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 and excursions 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 pax. 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 | Nederlands | Portuguese (Brasil)

See you in St. Petersburg! ☺
☑ BY FERRY 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 Ferry + Visa' tab

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.

BY FERRY

Traveling by ferry is a good and not very expensive way to get St. Petersburg without a visa. You can even buy a big ferry cruise to the four Baltic capitals with departure from any port. In addition to St Petersburg, the cruise package includes Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden) and Tallinn (Estonia). However, there are several important things and limitations that you must remember.

The Moby-St Peter Line is the only one that currently operates routes to/from St. Petersburg. The route is served by only one fairly old ship, in addition, it should be remembered that this is not a real cruise superliner, but just a sea shuttle. Read trip reviews from TripAdvisor to understand 'Where does the rabbit hole go and how deep is it'. But given the possibility of entry Russia without a visa, one should not be too strict.

In all harbours, the ferry stops for one day (except for a very short stop in Tallinn on the route from Helsinki to Stockholm via Tallinn). For Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn, this is quite enough. But for St. Petersburg this is too little. Therefore, if you buy a cruise with short (one-day) stop, our advice is not to run from one museum to another at the speed of Usain Bolt. Choose one or two attractions and be sure to plan your free time for walks and restaurants.

The best solution, in our opinion, is to buy a ticket for a special visa-free cruise with long (2 nights) overstop in St Petersburg (then mandatory departure to Tallinn). Available from Helsinki (direct route), Stockholm (one-day overstop Helsinki) and Tallinn (one-day overstops Stockholm, Helsinki). You can end the journey both in the port of departure and in another harbour (except St Petersburg).

Since only one boat is available, the ferry leaves from St Petersburg on different days in different directions. Please, learn schedule. Choose your arrival and departure dates so, that you have enough time in St Petersburg, but do not violate visa-free (72-hour stay) rule.

Visa-free passengers are not allowed entry to Russia by (with) own car, motorcycle or bicycle. Only 'On foot'.

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). In practice, you can go beyond the specified restrictions, but this is entirely your risk.

You must leave St. Petersburg in the same way (in this case - on the same ship!) as you arrived.
Unlike visa holders (incl e-visa), the duration of stay for visa-free passengers is limited to 72 hours, which is calculated exactly according to the time of entry/exit passport control. 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. It is necessary to present confirmation when passing passport control.
Note! Life-hack! For ferry passengers it's enough to buy the cheapest CityBusTour, which many use only as a transfer to the city center. Then do what you want!
Note! Do not pay attention to the hotel reservation requirements indicated on this link. Details below.

If you buy the tour not from carrier, for example from Viator or from GetYourGuide or from any another authorized operator, we strongly recommend doing this in advance, no later than 4 days before arrival at the port of St Petersburg. The tour organizer must have time to provide information about you to the border authorities of Russia.

All visa-free ferry passengers (except of those who make a short one-day stop without accommodation on shore) are required to book a hotel (hostel, apartment) for the entire stay and provide a printed confirmation when passing passport control.
Attention! Life-hack about the rules of stay (authorized hotels, registration rules and much more) read below!

MOBY-St Peterline terminal or 'Ferry Passenger Port' 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.
Note. Sometimes, the arrival and departure of the ferry transferred to the port for the large cruise ships 'Marine Facade'. Check actual schedule, news and changes and choose the right points for ordering a taxi or private transfer

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 (ferry company) offers you. However, the cheapest of mandatory - CityBusTour package is offered by the ferry carrier. If you plan walks around the city yourself, it is recommended to buy this one.

You can buy the tour online not from carrier only, but also, for example via Viator or via GetYourGuide or from any another authorized operator. But we strongly recommend doing this in advance, no later than 4 days before arrival at the port. The tour organizer must have time to provide information about you to the border authorities of Russia.

Very important! 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 for booking authorized hotels only via 'Moby St Peterline' website. Attention - life hack!
Although the carrier insists on booking only via its own website and reports possible penalties - do not believe this. You have every right to book a hotel yourself. We are not aware of any sanctions by the carrier.

However, if ferry boat staff insist on booking of hotel or buying a tour only from the carrier, say that you will file a complaint about their illegal actions. Why does this happen sometimes? Nothing personal! Just a business ;-)

We recommend using Hotellook. This is the largest, well-known Russian search engine, where offers of all operators, even Russian, are presented. Airbnb offers also included. Prices are often lower than even on Booking.com

About the rule of mandatory registration at accommodation place in Russia.
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 days. Visa-free stays are limited up to 72 hours. Therefore, this is minus one problem, forget it and enjoy the journey -

YOU NOT OBLIGATORY TO REGISTER! *

Pay attention! If you are afraid of fines, then remember that firstly, registering a guest (if the length of stay is at least 7 days) is the obligatory for hotel or other accommodation place, not yours.

Sometimes, the hotel administration may play it safe and insist on the registration procedure even if your stay is less than 7 days. But this formality is very simple and most often it's either free or fee is only a couple of dollars.

* - Sometimes this rule may be real 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 mandatory shore tour should be strictly observed.

Have a nice trip! 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 entry 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.

To find the best ticket deals, select your type of transport under tab 'Where is entry allowed? What tickets can I buy?'. Traveling by car? See answers to all questions there too.

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 direct flights to Russia, you must entry the country precisely through Pulkovo Airport (LED)!
You can't arrive, for example, first in Moscow and then go to St. Petersburg.

However, you are not mandatory to use only this method (type of transport / border crossing point) exclusively. For example, you can leave Russia by ferry or by bus. Or vice versa! Choose the best for yourself!

IMPORTANT! 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 - Minsk) for foreigners is possible only with a valid visa of the Republic of Belarus, with the exception of passports which do not need a visa of Belarus in any case! A special visa-free regime for entry into the Republic of Belarus via Minsk airport is not applicable when crossing the border to or from Russia! Know more

We recommend searching for cheap tickets online -
on Jetradar

This is a most famous and popular airfare search engine in Russia. All actual offers and special promotions of carriers, including Russian, and, of course, LowFareCalendar
The search settings are so flexible that you can compare in one window offers and prices of such agencies as Expedia, Momondo, Skyscanner, Kayak and others (as an additional option - need click the check box).

on Skyscanner
Everyone knows this ;-)

Useful links:
✱ Saint Petersburg - how to get to/from airport
Detailed info about public transport and taxi.
✱ St Petersburg Pulkovo LED airport - official website


But that's not all!
If your budget is not too big or just want to visit not only Russia, but also a couple of other northern countries, take a look at the possibility of traveling through the airports of Helsinki or Lappeenranta (Finland) and also Tallinn (Estonia).

Very often tickets to these airports are very cheaper than to St Petersburg. This is also a great option when all tickets to St Petersburg are sold out.
Next you can get to Saint Petersburg by bus, incl minibus shuttle, by car, incl BlaBlaCar service (through allowed checkpoints) or by ferry.

And something else
We hope that this information is not useful to you. But if your flight has been delayed or canceled, missed connection or denied boarding, you should remember that you are entitled to compensation from the airline.
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Attention! Unfortunately, if you are a e-visa holder, you are currently unable to travel by train.

Welcome!
☑ 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 + E-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

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! ;-)

Important !
Unfortunately, e-visa holders will not be able to use it if the cruise ship does not arrive at the 'Marine Facade' port, but directly to the city center. Piers on English Embankment and Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment are not accredited for the electronic visa program. Check the harbor location with your cruise operator. If your ship uses one of these marinas (not 'Marine Facade'), then you have two ways - use 72-hour visa-free regime or get an ordinary visa.


How to get a little more than others?

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 FERRY + E-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 Ferry Visa-Free' tab

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.

BY FERRY

Traveling by ferry is a good and not very expensive way to get St. Petersburg. You can even buy a big ferry cruise to the four Baltic capitals with departure from any port. In addition to St Petersburg, the cruise package includes Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden) and Tallinn (Estonia). However, there are several important things and limitations that you must remember.

The Moby-St Peter Line is the only one that currently operates routes to/from St. Petersburg. The route is served by only one fairly old ship, in addition, it should be remembered that this is not a real cruise superliner, but just a sea shuttle. Read trip reviews from TripAdvisor to understand 'Where does the rabbit hole go and how deep is it'. But given the possibility of direct access to almost the city center (and not only on foot - you can by car or by other vehicle!), one should not be too strict.

In all harbours, the ferry stops for one day (except for a very short stop in Tallinn on the route from Helsinki to Stockholm via Tallinn). For Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn, this is quite enough. But for St. Petersburg this is too little. Therefore, if you buy a cruise with short (one-day) stop, our advice is not to run from one museum to another at the speed of Usain Bolt. Choose one or two attractions and be sure to plan your free time for walks and restaurants.

The best solution, in our opinion, is to buy a ticket for a regular route from Helsinki or a cruise with long (2 nights minimum) overstop in St Petersburg. Available from Helsinki (direct route), Stockholm (one-day overstop Helsinki) and Tallinn (one-day overstops Stockholm, Helsinki). You can end the journey both in the port of departure and in another harbour incl St Petersburg.

By the way! You are not mandatory to use only this method (type of transport / border crossing point) exclusively. For example, you can leave Russia by plane or by bus. Or vice versa! Choose the best for yourself! However, do not violate the rule of permitted duration of stay (8 days). How to calculate correctly
Unfortunately, if you are a e-visa holder, you are currently unable to travel by train.

If you leave St. Petersburg by ferry, please remember this↓
Only one boat is available, the ferry leaves from St Petersburg on different days (not everyday) in different directions. Please, learn schedule. Choose your arrival and (or) departure dates so, that you have enough time in St Petersburg, but do not violate 8-day stay rule.

Please remember that if you are traveling by your car or motorcycle, then in addition to the policy of medical insurance, you must have a vehicle insurance policy.
There are other restrictions, about all rules read here

Unlike visa-free passengers, e-Visa holders can be located not only within the territory of St Petersburg. You can move freely within the region of the Leningrad Oblast. Read more about what is allowed and what is not.

Please, NOT TO BUY a special shore CityBusTour, which many visa-free passengers use only as a transfer to the city center. In this capacity, it is unreasonably expensive for you. All e-Visa holders are NOT REQUIRED to purchase any tours to go ashore.

You are not required to buy 'obligatory tours', however, if you want to get exclusive impressions from a trip to St Petersburg, then, perhaps, you should take a look at the excursions, tours, concerts and other interesting events that GetYourGuide and Viator agencies offers.

A couple of useful tips. Book the tour in advance, no later than 2-3 days before, so as not to face the sign 'Sold Out'. Besides, when buying a tour, pay attention to all services and tickets (not) included in the price to don't pay twice later.

If you want to stay in St Petersburg for a few days, then, of course, you will need accommodation. We recommend using Hotellook. This is the largest, well-known Russian search engine, where offers of all operators, even Russian, are presented. Airbnb offers also included. Prices are often lower than even on Booking.com
Attention! Life-hack about the rules of stay (authorized hotels, registration rules and much more) read below!

MOBY-St Peterline terminal or 'Ferry Passenger Port' is located quite far from the subway and main attractions. Connection by public transport is not very convenient - need to take bus to get to harbour.

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 if you have a short one-day stop in St Petersburg.
Note. Sometimes, the arrival and departure of the ferry transferred to the port for the large cruise ships 'Marine Facade'. Check actual schedule, news and changes and choose the right points for ordering a taxi or private transfer

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. Read our recommendations on the availability of documents when crossing the border.

Our advices and life-hacks

About the rule for booking authorized hotels only via 'Moby St Peterline' website.
Although the carrier insists on booking only via its own website and reports possible penalties - do not believe this. You have every right to book a hotel yourself. We are not aware of any sanctions by the carrier.

However, if ferry boat staff insist on booking of hotel or buying a tour only from the carrier, say that you will file a complaint about their illegal actions. Why does this happen sometimes? Nothing personal! Just a business ;-)

As mentioned above, we recommend using Hotellook. This is the largest, well-known Russian search engine, where offers of all operators, even Russian, are presented. Airbnb offers also included. Prices are often lower than even on Booking.com

About the rule of mandatory registration at accommodation place in Russia.
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 NOT OBLIGATORY TO REGISTER! *

Pay attention! If you are afraid of fines, then remember that firstly, registering a guest is the obligatory for hotel or other accommodation place, not yours.

Sometimes, the hotel administration may play it safe and insist on the registration procedure even if your stay is less than specified limit. But this formality is very simple and most often it's either free or fee is only a couple of dollars.

* - Sometimes this rule may be real 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 and territory of stay should be strictly observed.

Have a nice trip! See you in St. Petersburg! ☺
☑ BY BUS →
Friends! Important information!
Since all ground checkpoints valid for e-visa are located on the border between Russia and Finland and also Russia and Estonia, you can take regular or charter bus whose route passes only through these points.

See on the map
How to use our maps - detailed manual

Also, you can use regular and charter buses (routes) between other countries and Russia, but crossing the Russian border these buses must only at the indicated checkpoints (on the map are marked as automobile/car checkpoints)
Border crossing points used by buses other than those specified above are not valid for e-visa!

Many carriers operate on routes from Finland and Estonia, but we recommend only large and reliable companies such as Lux Express (incl minibuses), SovAvto, Ecolines, Baltic Shuttle. The so-called intercity minibus shuttles ('marshrutka') are popular in Russia, but we do not recommend this type of transport due to relative unreliable.

We recommend searching and buying bus tickets from 'TUTU' and 'INFOBUS' agencies.

bus.tutu.ru and tutu.travel websites (a member of Globus Media LLC) - the most popular online travel agency in Russia.
infobus.eu website is the biggest bus ticket aggregator in eastern Europe.
Our website (inrussian.info) is a partner. Payment is possible with Mastercard, Maestro, Visa, Visa Electron cards (+PayPal - only for Infobus).

Unfortunately, each agency has advantages and disadvantages.

Tutu.ru
+ Fare offers either do not differ from carriers prices or a very very small additional fee ($1-2) is charged. Tutu.ru agency show all available routes and only official carriers.

At present, all bus tickets links provided are available only in Russian. Although, the interface of the webpages is very simple (you should not have big problems with understanding), but still it is not very convenient if you are not a Russian.
If you have chosen an Tutu agency, just in case, use Google Translator. Copy and paste the any word or sentence in Russian or translate the entire page at once (copy and paste the data from the address bar of the browser). Remember, that correctly complete the reservation is possible only on the original webpage!

Infobus.eu
+ The website is available in English, a convenient interface, detailed information about the route and the carrier, the ability to choose the payment currency.

Infobus not always show all available routes. On the other hand it shows offers not only of official carriers (large buses), but also of the so-called 'marshrutkas' (minibus shuttles), which do not always comply with safety standards.
Higher commission fee ($3-5 per ticket)

Here's what we did! We offer links to the same route from two different agencies. Choose what suits you the most. Also, please read below our tips and life-hacks!
Of course, you can always buy a ticket directly from the carrier, but we believe that a surcharge of a couple of dollars is a reasonable fee for the time saved - you compare the offers of all carriers in one window.

Most popular routes from/to Finland
find cheap bus tickets online

from Helsinki - Tutu.ruInfobus
from Lappeenranta - Tutu.ruInfobus

from StP to Helsinki - Tutu.ruInfobus
from StP to Lappeenranta - Tutu.ruInfobus

Most popular routes from/to Estonia
find cheap bus tickets online

from Tallinn - Tutu.ruInfobus
from Narva - Tutu.ruInfobus

from StP to Tallinn - Tutu.ruInfobus
from StP to Narva - Tutu.ruInfobus

Why exactly Helsinki and Lappeenranta in Finland and also Tallinn and Narva in Estonia? Everything is very simple! These are transport hubs. Helsinki, Lappeenranta and Tallinn airports offers direct flights (←click links) from/to cities and countries that may not be from/to St Petersburg. In addition, fares from these airports are often much cheaper.

ADVICES AND LIFE-HACKS

Important! Choose operators of large buses. Minibuses are not always reliable. The following companies have the highest ratings. Lux Express (may be designated as Eurolines), SovAvto (СовАвто), Ecolines, Baltic Shuttle (may be designated as CKC).

Very Important!
If your journey starts from Helsinki Airport, buy a 'Lux Express' (Eurolines) carrier ticket! This is the only carrier that makes a stop at the Helsinki airport on the way from Finland to Russia! The departure time (local time always applies) of the Lux Express buses (bus platforms 54-56 in airport) is always 35 minutes later departure from the Helsinki Bus Station For example:
8:30-09:05 | 15:00-15:35 | 16:15-16:50 | 22:30-23:05 | 23:50-00:25
In all other cases, we recommend starting the journey to Russia from the Kamppi Bus Station in Helsinki, even if the carrier offers other departure points. So it will be more reliable. Please do not be late!

Note! If your destination is Helsinki Airport, choose Lux Express or SovAvto. Only these two carriers make a stop at the airport on the route from Russia to Finland.
If you need a connection with ferry, only SovAvto provides the option of direct arrival at Viking Line and Tallink-Silja Line terminals (available only on route from St Petersburg to Helsinki!)

Pay Attention! Transit through LPP airport? It is best to choose Ecolines. Only this carrier makes a stop at the Lappeenranta Airport. If you are not happy with the time of arrival or departure, then choose any of carriers. Buses of all operators have a stop at the Lappeenranta Bus Station. It is very close to the airport.

Please remember! Buses of all official carriers (large buses) depart from St. Petersburg from the Bus Station on the Obvodny Channel Str 36. How to get there
On the return routes, there may be stops at some subway stations.

Have a nice trip! See you in St. Petersburg!
☑ BY CAR (INCL BLABLACAR) | MOTORCYCLE | BICYCLE →
Dear travelers! If you use BlaBlaCar carpooling service, be sure to read the terms of use of the Blablacar service for Russia!

If you want to come to St. Petersburg by car, motorcycle or 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 your car or motorcycle, then in addition to the policy of medical insurance, you must have a vehicle insurance policy - Green Card
You can issue it in your insurance company. The vehicle insured must be registered in your country!

Also you can buy a Russian car insurance policy if your 'Green Card' does not cover the territory of Russia. You can buy a policy directly at the border or in numerous points of sale, if the validity period expires before you leave Russia.

Note! At the time of crossing the border, you must have a valid car insurance policy. You will be denied entry to Russia without a valid car insurance. The absence of a valid insurance policy on territory of Russia will lead to a fine and the arrest of a car.

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 your 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.
☑ ON FOOT →
Checkpoint between Russia and Estonia

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

Pay attention! This is the only ground checkpoint where it is allowed to cross the border on foot! All other checkpoints must be crossed at least by bicycle - walking is prohibited!!!

Make no mistake! Nearby there is another checkpoint for pedestrians, the so-called 'Narva 2 - Parusinka'. It is intended only for Russians and for Estonian citizens, ordinary visa holders! All other passports must cross the border only through the main checkpoint 'Narva (1) - Ivangorod'

Although it is permitted to cross the border on foot, we do not recommend this method for ordinary travelers because of its inconvenience.

Ivangorod town has a special status - non-residents, even Russian citizens are allowed to be here only with special permission. For everyone else, only transit through the city is allowed. Therefore, although your visa (e-visa) is permission analog, but here you definitely can not stay for the night. And the list of tourist attractions is perhaps limited only by the Ivangorod`s Fortress

Transport connection to St Petersburg are also not very convenient. The commuter train has only one departure per day in each direction. Early in the morning from Ivangorod (except sundays - no trains) and in the evening from St. Petersburg (except saturdays - no trains). Also an international train Tallinn - Moscow via St Petersburg runs every day (departure at 9 pm, arrival at midnight). Therefore, locals most often use the bus or minibus shuttles to St Petersburg. Well, there is still a BlaBlaCar

You ask, why then is all this necessary? No secrets! This is done for locals - residents of Ivangorod and Narva. So that they can visit each other, well, and the shops too ☺

So, if you are not a discoverer from National Geographic, then just walk around Narva, and then buy a bus ticket from Narva to St Petersburg. Well, or even right from Tallinn (currently, e-visa holders cannot use the train for travel to (from) St Petersburg from (to) outside Russia!!!). If you have little money and a lot of courage, try a BlaBlaCar
Believe, before you a huge territory and not so much time to do everything!

See on the map

How to use our guide maps - detailed manual

However, if you so want to Ivangorod, then here are a couple of tips. Make a very clear game plan. Buy a bus ticket from Ivangorod or intercity train ticket in advance (for commuter train is not mandatory). Immediately go to the fortress (open daily from 10:00 till 19:30, in fortress only cash accepted!). Next...is nothing more to do here. Your e-visa is a legal permit for temporary stay in Ivangorod, but to avoid frequent checks, try not to meet the police and border guards on the street.

Note! Even if you have walked on foot to Russia from America, you must have a medical insurance policy when crossing the border. Do not forget!

Good luck and welcome!
✦ 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.

To book your accommodation, we recommend using Hotellook. This is the largest, well-known Russian search engine, where offers of all operators, even Russian, are presented. Airbnb offers also included! Prices are often lower than even on Booking.com

To find the best ticket deals, select your type of transport under tab 'Where is entry allowed? What tickets can I buy?'. Traveling by car? See answers to all questions there too.

✦ 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.

To book your accommodation, we recommend using Hotellook. This is the largest, well-known Russian search engine, where offers of all operators, even Russian, are presented. Airbnb offers also included! Prices are often lower than even on Booking.com

To find the best ticket deals, select your type of transport under tab 'Where is entry allowed? What tickets can I buy?'. Traveling by car? See answers to all questions there too.

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 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.

This is the most common mistake due to which many travelers have already been denied entry to Russia. In addition, there are cases of indicating the wrong (containing an error) number of travel passport.
✦ 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'.

The most important thing - do not worry! Firstly, if you do not receive an answer on time, then try to apply again. It costs nothing and all that you lose in this case is another 4 days maximum. But who knows, maybe it was just a technical error. Therefore, our opinion is that the visa application should be repeated.

But if you don`t receive an answer a second time or you have received a direct refusal, you ..can still come to St. Petersburg! Even without any visa! How to do it? Click - here is the salvation!

Of course, you also can to apply for a ordinary (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 or losing 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! Firstly, if you do not receive an answer on time, then try to apply again. It costs nothing and all that you lose in this case is another 4 days maximum. But who knows, maybe it was just a technical error. Therefore, our opinion is that the visa application should be repeated.

But if you don`t receive an answer a second time or you have received a direct refusal, you ..can still 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

Detailed tourist guide (PDF) - read and print it

Can you use the green channel? Check now

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.
If you forgot about it in your holiday bustle, you can buy a policy online right now from a reliable Russian company for only a couple of euros.

Buy a policy online in 2 mins

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.

Pay attention! If you are afraid of fines, then remember that firstly, registering a guest is the obligatory for hotel or other accommodation place, not yours.

Sometimes, the hotel administration may play it safe and insist on the registration procedure even if your stay is less than specified limit. But this formality is very simple and most often it's either free or fee is only a couple of dollars.

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. Also, your personal data may be the target of hackers. For this, so-called phishing websites are created that completely copy the original.

    Check the main domain name in the address bar of the browser when applying -
    https://evisa.kdmid.ru

    Scammers can use a resembling address or subdomain, for example scammers.com/evisa.kdmid.ru or evisa-kdmid-ru.scammers.com
    Be careful! Make no mistake!

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    The experience of the first travelers shows that about 7 percent of e-visa holders are denied entry to Russia and/or fined (+5 year ban). The two main reasons are incorrect filling out of the visa application (often incorrect or incomplete indication of the name) and violation of the period of stay

    Besides, some travelers try to entry the St Petersburg region through crossing points not authorized for a e-visa programm or by e-visa issued for Kaliningrad or for the Far Eastern Region. This is prohibited!

    If you intend to come to St. Petersburg, please read the full rules carefully again, especially the paragraphs indicated. Do not give the right to fill out an visa application, instead of you to any agencies or assistants. You must do it yourself and completely free!

    If you have questions, please ask, we will try to respond promptly. Share the information with your friends (eg click FB/Twitter icons) so that they also make no mistake and do not spoil their own trip.

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