Starting from the 1st October 2019, it will be easier to visit St. Petersburg and the surrounding region of Leningrad.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has just signed a new decree enabling the new e-visa scheme. The visitors will just need to submit an application and upload a personal photo on the website of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, without paying any fees.
The application can be made no later than four and no earlier than 20 days before the expected date of entry, and if successful the e-visa will be issued in 4 days.
It will be valid for stays up to 8 days and the purpose of travel can be tourism, business, or humanitarian reasons.
The list of countries whose citizens can apply for the new e-visa will be available on-line on the 1st October.
The same e-visa scheme was already introduced on the 1st of July 2019 for visitors to Kaliningrad, a Russian region between Poland and Lithuania, separated from the rest of Russia. It applies to citizens of 53 different countries, including China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and The Philippines.
However, the e-visa is not valid to travel to other part of Russia.