Starting from August 8, 2017, nationals of 18 foreign States may be granted an e-visa to Russia through the border crossing points, located on the territory of the free port of Vladivostok.
Citizens of the following countries can obtain an e-visa to Russia:
• The People’s Republic of China
• The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
• The United Arab Emirates
• Saudi Arabia
An e-visa is free. Invitations, hotel booking confirmations or any other documents that confirm the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation are not required for an e-visa. The time period for issuing an e-visa is no longer than 4 calendar days from the date of submission of the complete application.
An e-visa to Russia is valid for entry into and exit from the Russian Federation only through the following State border crossing points of the Russian Federation located in the territory of the free port of Vladivostok:
1. air checkpoint «Vladivostok (Knevichi)», «The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky», «The Blagoveschensk», «The Khabarovsk (Novy Airport)», «The Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo Airport)», «The Anadyr (Ugolny Airport)» ;
2. maritime checkpoints «Vladivostok», «Zarubino», «Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky», «Korsakov», «Posiet»;
3. railway checkpoints «Pogranichny», «Khasan», «Makhalino»;
4. road checkpoints «Poltavka», «Turiy Rog».
E-visa to Russia is a single-entry visa and issued for 30 calendar days from the date of its issuance. The permitted stay in the Russian Federation with an e-visa is up to 8 days starting from the date of entry, within its validity period. E-visa validity and/or the permitted stay under it cannot be extended.
E-visa to Russia can be of the following categories only: ordinary business visa (purpose of journey is business), ordinary tourist visa (purpose of journey is tourism), and ordinary humanitarian visa (purposes of journey are sports, cultural, scientific and technological ties). If the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation does not correspond to any of the above, you should apply for a traditional (non electronic) visa at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.
Foreign citizens who have arrived to the Russian Federation with e-visas have the right to freedom of movement within the territory of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation which they entered, with the exception of territories, organizations and facilities, to enter which a special permission is required in accordance with federal laws of the Russian Federation.
Foreign citizens should leave the territory of the Russian Federation only through checkpoints of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation, which they entered.
You can fill in an application form for an e-visa to Russia on the WEBSITE not earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days before the intended date of entry into the Russian Federation.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you applied for an e-visa. Your passport must have free space for border crossing stamps.
Foreign citizens who have arrived to the Russian Federation with e-visas are required to have a medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation’s territory for the entire period of stay.
If you have a valid Russian visa, you are not required to apply for an e-visa to visit the free port of Vladivostok. You can visit it with a traditional visa within its term without restrictions provided for an e-visa. A traditional visa cannot be renewed by obtaining an e-visa.
If you have not received a notification of e-visa grant or e-visa refusal within four days, you can apply for a visa as per standard procedure at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.
ATTENTION! Notification of e-visa grant does not guarantee your entry into the Russian Federation. You can be denied entry at a border crossing point should the circumstances referred to in Federal Law No. 114 FZ “On the Procedure of Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry into the Russian Federation” of August 15, 1996 arise.
There are countries signed bilateral agreements with Russia to allow visa-free travel for their citizens. See the Visa Free section, select your country from the list and find out if you are eligible to visit Russia without a visa.