According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, 2020 for the purpose of ensuring state security, protecting public health and non-proliferation of a new coronavirus infection entry to the territory of the Russian Federation is restricted until further notice.
List of countries with which Russian Federation resumes international air service:
– the United Kingdom
– the Republic of Cuba
– the Republic of Maldives
– the UAE
– the Republic of Korea
Visas of all categories shall be issued only to citizens of these countries, as well as to persons who have a residence permit or any other document proving the right of permanent residence.
Entry to the Russian Federation of foreign citizens of other countries, as well as stateless persons, is restricted until further notice. The issuance of tourist visas, including visas in the form of an electronic document, has also been temporarily suspended.
Tour operators operating in the field of international inbound tourism, in the current situation, are able to postpone the dates of travel of foreign tourists with their consent.
According to the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of October 6, 2020 No. 2571-р, starting from January 1, 2021, nationals of the following countries will be able to obtain a single e-visa:
China (including Taiwan)
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Vatican City State
The e-visa is valid throughout Russia. Foreign nationals with an e-visa can cross the Russian border via any specially equipped checkpoint, regardless of the region, and travel throughout the country for no longer than 16 days.
Conditions for issuing an e-visa
E-visas are issued online for tourist, business, humanitarian and guest trips. Applicants do not need an invitation, hotel booking or any other documents confirming the purpose of their journey to the Russian Federation.
The consular fee is 40$. Children under 6 years of age obtain an e-visa free of charge.
Please note that the Federal Agency for Tourism does not process applications for or issue e-visas.
For more information, including guidelines on how to apply for an e-visa, please visit the website of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.