e-Visa Russia 🇷🇺

Unified electronic visa

Since January 1, 2021, the entire Russian territory can be visited with this e-Visa. You can enter Russia via several airports, seaports, railway stations and border towns. You don't need to know anyone in Russia or be "sponsored" to complete the process. You must be out of the country at the time of application, have a means of leaving the country (return air ticket, etc.) and have a hotel reservation. Accompanied travelers under 6 years of age do not pay consular fees.

The e-Visa is valid for tourist trips, business trips or visits to relatives (maximum 16 days, single entry). Travelers must hold a passport valid forat least 6 months from the date of application for the Russian e-Visa. Once issued, you must enter Russia with the authorization within 60 days.

It's all done online, so you don't have to send us anything by post, and you don't have to go anywhere. The documents must be sent once the form has been completed, so that we can check the data. You'll receive a PDF of the agreement, which you'll need to print out in color and present on arrival in Russia, or even at embarkation.

How to apply for an e-Visa Russia

Single rate of 39 € per passenger
Excluding consular fees, if applicable


Frequently asked questions about e-Visa Russia

If you're planning to visit the land of the Tsars in the future, find out all you need to know about applying for a Russian e-visa, which is currently available to 56 nationalities. Documents to be provided, fees, deadlines: we'll help you see things more clearly, so you can plan your next tourist, business, private or humanitarian trip to Russia with complete peace of mind.

Do I need a visa to visit Russia?

Since January 1, 2021, Russia has introduced a new visa system, known as the "unified visa", for some of its international visitors. It allows citizens from 56 countries around the world to visit the entire Russian territory from numerous air, sea, border, rail and land entry points, for up to 16 consecutive days, with a visa in electronic format. The types of stay covered by the Russian e-visa are tourist, business, private (including visits to relatives) and humanitarian.

If your nationality is on the following list, you can now obtain an e-visa for Russia from an agency specializing in travel documents such as Visamundi : Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Northern Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Vatican City.

Do you need an e-visa for Russia, but are you planning a stay of more than 16 days and 15 nights? Then you have two options:

  1. apply for a regular visa at the Russian embassy in your country of residence before your departure,
  2. travel to Russia with an e-visa and leave Russian territory before your travel document expires in order to apply for a new e-visa and be able to return to Russia for 16 days or less.

The e-visa for Russia cannot be extended, and includes a single entry to Russia. If you exceed the initial 16-day period, you will be subject to legal proceedings and banned from entering Russia for 5 years. In all cases, whether you are applying for a paper or electronic Russian visa, you must be outside the country at the time of application. If you are not applying for an e-visa for Russia, go to an embassy to obtain a conventional visa in the 3 months preceding your departure for Russia.

How do I get an e-visa for Russia?

All the steps involved in obtaining an e-visa for Russia are carried out online. If you want to save time and concentrate on organizing your stay in Russia, trust Visamundi to transmit your e-visa application to the appropriate authorities. Just take a few minutes to fill in our online form, specifying the reason for your trip to Russia, the date of your arrival in the country, the date of your departure from the country and essential information about your identity and identity document.

Please also send us the following documents by e-mail:

  • a photocopy of your passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of issue of your visa application,
  • a recent color passport photo,
  • proof of travel insurance covering repatriation and local medical expenses.

Without these documents, we are unable to process your e-visa application for Russia. Written in any language, signed and stamped, the travel insurance is requested on arrival for the e-visa and before departure for the classic visa. It must cover the dates of stay and indicate the benefits insured, the contact details of the insurer in Russia, the contract number and the traveler's full identity as shown on his or her passport.

You don't need to know anything about Russia to apply for a Russian e-visa. You do, however, need to have a means of leaving the country, such as a return air ticket, and a hotel reservation. If you're staying with a local, you'll need to provide the name of your host when you apply online.

How much does an e-visa for Russia cost?

At Visamundi, we apply the official consular fee of €48 for each traveller, excluding service charges. As an added bonus, the unified visa is free for accompanied children under 6. All minors, including those under 6, must still apply for a Russian e-visa.

Has your e-visa application for Russia been rejected by the local authorities? We'll reimburse the full cost of your visa application, so you can rest assured that you're not taking any financial risks.

How long does it take to obtain and validate an e-visa for Russia?

The average processing time for an e-visa application for Russia is 4 days. To be on the safe side, apply at least 10 days before your expected arrival in Russia. Once your application has been validated by the Russian authorities, we will send you your travel document in electronic format (PDF). Print it out in color and present it, along with your passport and travel insurance, when you arrive in Russia.

The e-visa for Russia is valid for 60 days from the date of issue. The validity period starts as soon as you receive the document by e-mail, which gives you 2 months to enter Russia. We will send you a free copy of your travel document for Russia if you lose the "original" copy before the start of your stay.

How long does it take to process an electronic visa application for Russia?

The e-Visa is issued between 3 and 4 days. It can be requested up to 4 days before departure. If your arrival is more than a month away, we accept applications but will send you your e-Visa when it becomes available.

How long can I stay in Russia with an e-visa?

The e-Visa allows single entry into Russia for up to 16 days (15 nights ). Once the e-Visa has been issued, you have 60 days to re-enter the country.

What types of electronic visa are available for Russia?

The e-Visa is valid for tourist, business, family and humanitarian travel.

Can I extend my electronic visa for Russia?

The e-Visa cannot be extended.

If you need to stay in Russia longer than the duration of your e-visa, you will need to leave the country before your visa expires and apply for a new visa to re-enter Russia. This may include a visit to the Russian embassy or consulate in your country to apply for a visa and provide the necessary documents.

Do I need travel insurance to obtain an electronic visa for Russia?

To obtain your e-Visa for Russia, you'll need travel, repatriation and medical insurance. This document will also be required on arrival.

What is the residence insurance required to travel in Russia?

Written in any language, signed and stamped, it is required on arrival for each traveler. It must cover the dates of stay, indicate the benefits (minimum: repatriation and expenses up to $35,000/person, or around €32,825), the contact details of the insurer in Russia, the policy number and the traveler's full name as shown in the passport.

Can Europeans still apply for an electronic visa for Russia?

European nationals can apply for an electronic visa for Russia, but this is currently no longer issued by Russia. The Russian e-visa is available to citizens of certain countries, including most European countries, for tourist, business and humanitarian travel. European nationals will therefore be able to apply for an e-visa for Russia if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Can I work in Russia on an e-visa?

No, it is not possible to work in Russia with an e-visa. Electronic visas for Russia are intended for short-term tourist or business travel, and do not allow you to work on Russian territory.

If you intend to work in Russia, you must apply for an appropriate work visa from the Russian embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Work visas are issued to people who have an employer in Russia and who have been hired to work in Russia for a specified period.

Do I need a return ticket to obtain an electronic visa for Russia?

Yes, you are usually required to provide proof of a return ticket when applying for an eVisa to Russia. Russian authorities require that travelers have a return ticket or proof of onward travel to be allowed into the country.

When you complete your eVisa application for Russia, you will need to provide details of your travel itinerary, including travel dates and accommodation details. It is advisable to book your return or onward ticket before applying for your e-visa to avoid any delays or refusal of your application.

What are the consequences if I don't respect the conditions of my electronic visa for Russia?

Anyone exceeding the initial 16-day period will be subject to legal proceedings and a 5-year ban from France.

Do I need to apply for an electronic visa for Russia for a minor?

The e-Visa also applies to minors. Minors must have their own passport and apply for a standard e-Visa. The e-Visa is free of charge for accompanied children under 6.

What documents do I need to apply for an electronic visa for Russia?

You'll need to present your e-Visa printed in color, as well as your passport used to issue the e-Visa. You'll also need to present your original travel medical and repatriation insurance.

Do I need an official hotel voucher to apply for a Russian e-Visa?

According to Russian government requirements, an official hotel voucher (or letter of invitation) is one of the documents required to obtain a classic visa for Russia. The hotel voucher must be issued by an authorized Russian hotel or travel agency, and must indicate the name of the hotel, the dates of stay, the reference number, the traveler's full name and the purpose of the trip. It is not required for the Russian electronic visa.

Why are we talking about a "unified visa" for Russia?

The "unified visa" for Russia refers to the visa system introduced in Russia in 2021. This system allows nationals of many countries, including European Union countries, to obtain a Russian e-Visa to enter the country.

The Unified Visa is considered a simplified and more convenient system for travelers, as it enables visa applications to be made entirely online, without the need to visit a Russian consulate or embassy. Applicants can complete their visa application form online, upload the required documents and receive their e-visa by e-mail.

What documents do I need to enter Russia?

You'll need to present your e-Visa printed in color, as well as your passport used to issue the e-Visa. You'll also need to present your original travel medical and repatriation insurance.

Can I apply for an electronic visa for Russia if I have a criminal record?

If you have a criminal record, it is advisable to consult the Russian embassy or consulate in your country of residence to find out whether you can apply for an e-visa for Russia and what additional documents you need to provide with your application.

In general, travelers are required to provide accurate information about their criminal record when applying for a visa, including previous convictions and crimes committed. It is important to provide complete and accurate information to avoid any delay or refusal of your e-visa application.

Can I travel to Russia if I have a US stamp in my passport?

Yes, you can travel to Russia if you have a U.S. stamp in your passport. There are no travel restrictions for people with U.S. stamps in their passports.

However, if you are a national of certain countries, you must obtain a visa to enter Russia, regardless of your previous place of residence or the travel stamps in your passport.

Do I need a vaccination certificate to obtain an electronic visa for Russia?

No vaccinations are required to obtain an electronic visa or to travel to Russia. Please consult the list of vaccines recommended for certain situations in Russia.

How can I enter Russia with my electronic visa?

Russia has around 100 border entry points, 50 eligible airports (including all of Moscow's), a dozen sea entry points, rail entry points, a pedestrian entry point (Ivangorod), a river entry point (Khabarovsk) and a mixed entry point (Blagovechtchensk: river in summer and car in winter).

Can I apply for an electronic visa for Russia if I already have a traditional visa?

It is not necessary to apply for an e-visa if your passport already contains an ordinary or traditional visa. An e-visa does not extend the validity of an ordinary visa.

Can I apply for an electronic visa for Russia if I am a stateless citizen?

No, to apply for an e-visa you must be a citizen of a country eligible for e-visa applications.

Are there any restrictions on the cities you can visit with a Russian e-visa?

From January 1, 2021, holders of Russian electronic visas can now travel throughout Russia for tourism or business.

How can I check that my electronic visa for Russia is valid before I travel?

Your e-Visa includes the dates on which you are authorized to enter the country.

Can I apply for an electronic visa for Russia if I am a foreign national living in Russia?

Yes, as a foreign national residing in Russia, you can apply for a Russian eVisa if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria for the Russian e-visa are the same for foreign nationals residing in Russia as for foreign tourists.

Russia: mandatory and recommended vaccines

Recommended vaccines

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B: For long or repeated stays
  • Rabies: In case of prolonged stay in isolation
  • Tick-borne encephalitis: For stays in rural or wooded areas in endemic regions (western Russia) up to 1500 meters altitude, from spring to autumn.
  • Typhoid fever: In case of prolonged stay or precarious hygienic conditions