Visa-free Travel to Russia

Can I visit Russia without a visa?

  • Citizens of certain countries may enter Russia without a visa and stay on its territory up to 10, 14, 30 or 90 days within any 180-day period. Browse the list of countries to discover if you are eligible.
  • Passengers of a cruise ship arriving to St Petersburg’s port may stay visa-free in St Petersburg up to 72 hours with a tour ticket – a document granted by an authorized travel agency. All such cruise passengers must be escorted by a tour guide the entire time that they are in St Petersburg.
  • Citizens of 51 countries are allowed to apply for an e-visa to enter Vladivostok, Kaliningrad, St Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

Applying for a Russian Visa

The application for a Russian visa may seem long and filling it in can be a frustrating process if you haven’t done it before. We prepared a list of recommendations for travelers from different countries to make the process much easier:

Before starting the process, check the information below to determine if your passport grants you visa free entry to Russia for tourism purposes – you might be lucky. In this case you will only need your valid passport to cross the border.

Visa-Free Travel to Russia

Indefinite period of visa-free stay
  1. Belarus
  2. South Ossetia
90 days visa-free stay within any 180-day period
  1. Abkhazia
  2. Andorra
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Argentina
  5. Armenia
  6. Azerbaijan
  7. Bolivia
  8. Brazil
  9. Chile
  10. Colombia
  11. Costa Rica
  12. Cuba
  13. Dominica
  14. Ecuador
  15. El Salvador
  16. Fiji
  17. Grenada
  18. Guatemala
  19. Guyana
  20. Honduras
  21. Israel
  22. Jamaica
  23. Kazakhstan
  24. Kyrgyzstan
  25. Maldives
  26. Moldova
  27. Nicaragua
  28. Panama
  29. Paraguay
  30. Peru
  31. Qatar
  32. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  33. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  34. South Africa
  35. Suriname
  36. Tajikistan
  37. Ukraine
  38. United Arab Emirates
  39. Uruguay
  40. Uzbekistan
  41. Vanuatu
  42. Venezuela
  43. Estonia (only holders of an alien passport)
  44. Latvia (only holders of a non-citizen passport)
60 days visa-free stay within any 180-day period
  1. Cabo Verde
  2. Mauritius
  3. South Korea
30 days visa-free stay within any 180-day period
  1. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  2. Botswana
  3. Laos
  4. Macao
  5. Mongolia
  6. Montenegro
  7. North Macedonia
  8. Palau
  9. Serbia
  10. Seychelles
  11. Thailand
4 days visa-free stay within any 180-day period
  1. Brunei
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Nauru

Visa-free stay for cruise ship passengers

If you are coming to Russia by cruise ship, you may disembark in St Petersburg and spend up to 72 hours in the city without a visa, using what is known as a tour ticket (blanket-visa), offered as a part of a shore excursion.

You cannot receive a tour ticket separately from a tour. You should be accompanied by your tour guide the entire time you are in St Petersburg and are required to spend the night(s) on your cruise ship. If you absolutely want to have free time in St Petersburg without an escort, you shall need to apply for an actual Russian visa unless you find your nationality listed in the visa-free travel list above. If you do, you may disembark without a visa/tour ticket and stay on your own without an escort.

Useful info regarding the shore excursions can be found here.

Electronic visa for Vladivostok, Kaliningrad, St Petersburg and the Leningrad region

Citizens of certain countries are able to apply for e-visas to visit Vladivostok, Kaliningrad, St Petersburg and the Leningrad region. This e-visa is free of charge. The permitted stay in Russia (remember, the above mentioned cities and region only) with an e-visa is up to 8 days starting from the date of entry, within the visa’s validity period of 30 days. One should apply for an e-visa not later than 4 days before the assumed date of entry.

Entry into Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region with an e-visa by railway is currently not possible. Please use the following link to check the customs control points for points of entry to Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region using e-visas.

You may enter Kaliningrad with a direct flight to the Kaliningrad airport, by sea, railway or car crossing the border in the Kaliningrad region only through these crossing points. You may not arrive through any other Russian airport if you received a visa for the Kaliningrad region.

With an e-visa to Vladivostok you may enter through the borders located in this region: State border crossing points.

Holders of the following passports can obtain an e-visa
  1. Austria
  2. Andorra
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Vatican
  7. Hungary
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Denmark
  11. India
  12. Indonesia
  13. Ireland
  14. Iceland
  15. Spain
  16. Qatar
  17. Cyprus
  18. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  19. Kuwait
  20. Latvia
  21. Lithuania
  22. Liechtenstein
  23. Luxembourg
  24. Malaysia
  25. Malta
  26. Mexico
  27. Monaco
  28. Netherlands
  29. Norway
  30. Oman
  31. Poland
  32. Portugal
  33. Romania
  34. San Marino
  35. Saudi Arabia
  36. North Macedonia
  37. Serbia
  38. Singapore
  39. Slovakia
  40. Slovenia
  41. Taiwan, China
  42. Turkey
  43. Philippines
  44. Finland
  45. France
  46. Croatia
  47. Czech Republic
  48. Switzerland
  49. Sweden
  50. Estonia
  51. Japan

If something remains unclear please contact us

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