a country that is a destination for many prospective medical and engineering students, is now open to foreign tourists armed with an e-visa. This decree takes effect from January 1, 2021. Reporting from Russia Beyond, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament (Duma) has passed the relevant law on Tuesday (23/6).
Previously, foreign travelers from 53 countries had been able to use an e-visa to visit St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, and the Far East Federal District, since mid-2019. Next year, you will be able to visit any city in Russia with an e-visa, without having to apply for a visa to the consulate.
You can apply for an e-visa via the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The process will not take more than 4 days (including holidays). If approved, a single entry e-visa will be sent an email visa and valid for up to 60 days. However, you cannot stay in Russia for more than 16 days with an e-visa.
So, what about the price? Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Evgeny Ivanov told Russia Beyond that the e-visa costs no more than $50 and is free for children under 6 years old.
When to Visit Russia?
If you are planning to visit Russia next year, don’t forget to check the conditions and protocols you have to follow regarding the Corona virus or COVID-19. Throughout the year, Russia has 4 seasons that offer fantastic views. So, when is the right time to visit Russia?
Russia Beyond writes, the exact time to visit depends on the city you are going to. If you want to spend a long time in Moscow, come to this city in the summer, where you can visit the city’s historic squares. But, you can also visit this city towards the end of the year to enjoy the snow-covered city of Moscow.
Meanwhile, if you want to visit St. Petersburg, choose the ‘white night,’ season from late May to early July. You can enjoy the night that looks like day because the sun almost never sets.