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Russia Opens Its Doors: Nationals of EU and Schengen Countries Now Eligible for e-Visa


Nationals of the European Union and Schengen Area country will be able to travel to Russia under facilitated rules as they are now eligible for e-visa.

Announcing the news on Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that all citizens of the EU/Schengen countries can now reach the Russian Federation for certain purposes as long as they have an e-visa.

The same stressed that the list of countries whose nationals can apply for the Russia e-visa consists of other countries too. The full list is as follows:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Türkiye
  • Vatican City State
  • Vietnam

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the e-visa permits nationals of the EU/Schengen and those of the other countries listed above to enter its territory for tourism and business purposes.

Moreover, the e-visa also permits entry for the purpose of participating in scientific and cultural activities as well as for the purpose of participating in sports events.

“Foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation on the basis of a unified e-visa have the right to freedom of movement within the entire territory of the Russian Federation, except for visits to territories, organizations, and facilities to which a special permit is required in accordance with federal laws,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

As the Ministry has explained, the e-visa is a single entry visa. Furthermore, the e-visa is valid for a period of 60 from the issuance date.

As for the permitted period of stay, the Ministry noted that those eligible for the e-visa are permitted to stay in the territory of the Russian Federation for 16 days.

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