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Legal alerts / 2.10.2019

From 1 October 2019, an electronic visa regime has begun to operate in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region

According to Decree No. 347 of the President of the Russian Federation (the “Decree”) dated 1 October 2019, an electronic visa regime has begun to operate in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

To obtain a single-entry electronic visa, an application on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation must be completed no later than four days before the date of entry into Russia. No consular fee will be charged. An electronic visa remains valid for 30 calendar days from the date when the notification of the issuing of a visa is posted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (the “Foreign Ministry”), while the duration of the stay in the Russian Federation on such a visa will be no more than 8 days. A notice of the issuing of a visa will be posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website no later than 4 days from the date of the application for such visa. A notice of a refusal to issue a visa will be posted on the same website no later than 2 days from the date of the application.

Upon entering the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen will need to have his or her passport, a printed notice of an issued electronic visa or the data contained therein, and a medical insurance policy valid in the Russian Federation. In the case of departure from the Russian Federation by rail, air or sea transport a foreign citizen must have valid travel tickets for his or her exit from the Russian Federation or a confirmed guarantee of the purchase of such tickets.

It should be noted that foreign citizens who arrive in Russia through checkpoints based on single-entry electronic visas will be able to move freely within St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

On 10 September 2019, the Government of the Russian Federation, in pursuance of the Decree, approved a list of foreign states whose citizens will be able to enter and leave the Russian Federation through checkpoints in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region based on electronic visas. The list includes 53 countries, including all EU member states, as well as India, China, Qatar, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Japan and others.

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