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    E-visa to enter Russia

    Some good news, free visas,should boost tourism for St Pete's area.
    Starting from October 1, 2019, nationals of 53 foreign States may be granted an e-visa to enter the Russian Federation through air, naval, automobile, and pedestrian checkpoints located in the territory of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

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    More info can be found here.

    https://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/spb_home_en.html

    All EU countries, but no UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge View Post
    Some good news, free visas,should boost tourism for St Pete's area.
    but note- NOT when you come with a TRAIN! and i did not explore the site and ordering further. but for how many days will the visa be valid? and only for tourists to come to St .Petersburg. Or for the rest of Russia as well. And is this for -bona - fide tourists only or for - everybody-.
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    Benedikt, that was my first question - how many days are the visas valid? I dug into the regulations, where answers to all questions in Russia are (often) found. It says:

    "E-visa 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."

    So, 8 days.

    My visitors from Europe can use it but they mostly visit Moscow.

    This is planned to be rolled out city by city to go into effect nationally by 2021. So far, visitors from the US, UK and Canada won't qualify but this is being left open. Clearly, Russia will ask for better visa issuance terms from those countries.

    https://www.forbes.ru/obshchestvo/37...ektronnye-vizy.
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    It's great news all round,now it needs to be promoted abroad.

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    [QUOTE=xt-tsi;1490243]Benedikt, that was my first question - how many days are the visas valid? I dug into the regulations, where answers to all questions in Russia are (often) found. It says:

    thank you for the reply, it is appreciated. The authorities tried to make something nice, but it turned out - as usual -.... many a tourist comes here, 4 days Moscow, 10 days on a ship to St.Petersburg.4 days St.Petersburg ( or the other way around) and then back home. So this e visas should be at lest double the time. Or 3 or 4 days Moscow,8 days Transib and fly back home. e visa is to short once more.but at least it is a start in the right direction.but if the pencil sharpeners and stamped protectors just could think it out before, and think it our better, and then implement it...
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    @Benedikt, 8 days is more than enough time to see the main sites of St Petes, the longest I've stayed there is 3 nights.When they open up Moscow, 4 and 4 in both cities that might be a bit of a rush, but, better than nothing and it's free.
    Also, Russia isn't asking the EU to make it visa free at the same, with an EU,led by France rapprochement ,this is Russia offering her hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge View Post
    @Benedikt, 8 days is more than enough time to see the main sites of St Petes, the longest I've stayed there is 3 nights.
    So 8 days is more than enough to see St. Petersburg? I have been living here for more that 8 years, and I still haven't seen all, I still do discover new interesting places.

    But it is a nice approach to bring some tourist to the Russia, and for sure we could use some more individual, or just small groups of European tourists, the big groups of tourists from Korea and China can be a challenge to have around.

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    It's also fantastic for visitors coming to St Petersburg on business trips. We have a big customer in St Petes and my German colleagues get frustrated about Russian visas. Our GM is not very bullish on Russia. Things like simplified visa issuance are a big help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xt-tsi View Post
    It's also fantastic for visitors coming to St Petersburg on business trips. We have a big customer in St Petes and my German colleagues get frustrated about Russian visas. Our GM is not very bullish on Russia. Things like simplified visa issuance are a big help.
    Yep, more than enough time for the main central sites,even a visit to Petergof can be included.Same for Moscow, stay central, you can see and do a lot in 8 days.
    With the help of smartphones, it's easier to get around cities .

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    Quote Originally Posted by xt-tsi View Post
    It's also fantastic for visitors coming to St Petersburg on business trips. We have a big customer in St Petes and my German colleagues get frustrated about Russian visas. Our GM is not very bullish on Russia. Things like simplified visa issuance are a big help.
    Share the link, I've been sending to all Russians I know who have business contacts with Europeans, they are pleased,and of course ask, will the EU do the same?

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    When the e-visa is rolled out Nationally it will be valid for 30 days (I think) It is just 8 days on the pilot scheme for Pitter..

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    Russia should just copy the E- visa system that Turkey has set up.
    I applied for one and it took less than 5 minutes.

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    The free e-visa will cover all Russia,Jan 1st 2021.

    Russia to Offer Free E-Visas to 53 Countries, Snubs U.S. and Britain


    Citizens of 53 countries will be able to apply for free and simplified electronic visas to visit Russia starting next year, a senior official has said in an interview published Thursday.

    The 16-day e-visas will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021, for citizens of the European Union and different countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/...britain-a69193

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge View Post
    Russia should just copy the E- visa system that Turkey has set up.
    I applied for one and it took less than 5 minutes.
    i remember when we were in Turkey on vacation, fair enough that was quite a few years back,the -Russians - needed no document what ever. just opened their passport to show it is Russian and they walked through. Me coming from Austria o an EU passport needed a tourist visa. already in the plane it was explained to us what the procedures were. keep 10 Euro or 10 $$ ready, NO CHANGE WILL BE GIVEN! open your passport on that page where you wanted the stamp... at passport control i nearly wet my pants and had to bite my lips for not laughing out loud. 2 guys were sitting in the booth. having a conversation. one was taking the money throwing it in a big box standing on the floor. the other one put the stamp in my passport, not even looking where or stopping the conversation with his colleague.sure there were always one or two -clever ones - who either did not have a 10 $ note and wanted to have change.after all they had tons of money in their box. nothing of that... a - pusher - pulled the person out, showed him with his finger where the bank was, all in Turkish, no english language there, and off you went. and began back at the end of the line once more...Turkey was and still is, not a EU member, so they just showed their contempt for all what is EU...at least on the airport. in the Bazaars it was completely different... we all were welcome, we - had - money and we wanted to buy.and they wanted to sell. of course - only for us - and -only today - and a -special price and discount, because you are so nice-....
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