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Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« on: October 11, 2019, 03:35:00 AM »
Hello, Everyone! tiphat
I have some good news. Since October 1, in the territory of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. There is a free online electronic visa.
Please, link:

https://evisa.kdmid.ru/en-US/Home/Index?fbclid=IwAR2_TkiY8iSmzwCqcoQv26gh1Rv8cPFWRxBpLelJ7yF279IsGbmkNYP-GQ8

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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2019, 12:41:49 PM »
Well no need for visa's to Russia any more .. and registration for foreigners is about to be abolished so can stay where you wish pretty well with no problems..
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2019, 01:05:33 PM »
Well no need for visa's to Russia any more ..

For who?
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2019, 01:10:37 PM »
Well no need for visa's to Russia any more ..

For who?

Everyone except members of the 5 eyes countries that includes the Brits.. All the EU can now visit with just a e-visa and registrations for foreigners is being dropped..

Looks like lots of new changes on the way..  not sure it will happen for the UK though..((


https://www.evisasrussia.com/st-petersburg-evisa/

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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2019, 01:24:22 PM »
Looking at the list of eligible countries >here<, it seems those from the DPRK (who can't travel freely) and people from places such as Iran can use it, but Brits and those from the good old US of A can't.

Only certain regions:

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Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad Oblast, Saint‑Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.

Eight days validity:

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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


It's a start though. And exactly the type of programme that I once lobbied the Russian ambassador in London to implement. Sadly it doesn't yet seem to cover Brits or the KUF Samara airport that I'd use. He did say it might be slow....

RU could learn a thing on tourism from UA but that's a different topic.

In some ways, yes. I don't think they are ready to open the floodgates and let everyone in as UA does. One reason UA has the sex tourist trade and Russia doesn't is visa-free travel. There is no reason to encourage all that. But a better class of visa for those with family, ties and or a decent reason to go and/or a history of visits can only be an idea they will gain from.

But tourism is something else. Arrive by boat to Russia and you are good for 3 days. If they want to encourage tourism to Sochi and Crimea, they need to think about the tourism aspect too. But how to do that without letting in those they don't really want there?

I'll give some more background on this without going into too much detail: An opportunity has presented itself whereby I can get a coherent report with sensible ideas [that I will write] on the subject up to the top table. That opportunity doesn't come along too often, so if anyone has any input on the subject, please speak up.
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2019, 02:15:40 PM »
Looking at the list of eligible countries >here<, it seems those from the DPRK (who can't travel freely) and people from places such as Iran can use it, but Brits and those from the good old US of A can't.

Only certain regions:

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Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad Oblast, Saint‑Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.

Eight days validity:

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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


It's a start though. And exactly the type of programme that I once lobbied the Russian ambassador in London to implement. Sadly it doesn't yet seem to cover Brits or the KUF Samara airport that I'd use.

It is only 8 days for the pilot scheme in St Petersburg.. in jan 2021 when it is rolled out across Russia it will be 39 day stay I think or some thing like that..and no registration as far as I know..

I guess after all those extra visitors lots more will want to relocate to Russia.. and why not easily done , set yourself up in business as self employed under the simplified tax system and your ready to go...

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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2020, 06:36:18 AM »
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2020, 06:45:18 AM »
Looks like tourists will get a 6 month visa soon..

https://www.rt.com/russia/479531-tourism-simplified-visas-russia/?fbclid=IwAR2kSGaExUrkifvKifrCTh-8YK0FXCdoOCegkxy8H2-djTEqLT1aiouAf-U

Of course except Brits.. :(
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5th floor, no shower or elevators. Stairs only.

That ought to help slow down people trying to book her room.
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2020, 09:34:35 AM »
The Brits without an EU passport, US and Candians seem to be excluded.

Manny will no doubt tell us that his chats with the RU Ambassador for the UK will be fruitful.


Perhaps you will get honorary RU citizenship...?
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2020, 09:50:16 AM »
Looks like tourists will get a 6 month visa soon..

https://www.rt.com/russia/479531-tourism-simplified-visas-russia/?fbclid=IwAR2kSGaExUrkifvKifrCTh-8YK0FXCdoOCegkxy8H2-djTEqLT1aiouAf-U

Of course except Brits.. :(
Too bad about that hotel reservation, m,mmmmm maybe we can start a bed & breakfast at babushkas.

5th floor, no shower or elevators. Stairs only.

That ought to help slow down people trying to book her room.

 And charge 300 euros per night, that should do it.   :laugh:

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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2020, 10:15:27 AM »
There is going to be a whole pile of money to make when the tourists flock to St Petersburg in the millions..property prices will rise and it really will be the "Venice of the north"

Our new site will be fully operational and online by June/July..  ;D

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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2020, 03:55:27 PM »
Manny will no doubt tell us that his chats with the RU Ambassador for the UK will be fruitful.

Perhaps you will get honorary RU citizenship...?

Jealous much?  :coffeeread:

I could really surprise you with some of my contacts, but obvs one cant namedrop on a public forum. And I have no need to prove anything to anyone.
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2020, 05:15:04 PM »
There is going to be a whole pile of money to make when the tourists flock to St Petersburg in the millions..property prices will rise and it really will be the "Venice of the north"

Our new site will be fully operational and online by June/July..  ;D

Much as I love parts of Piter, I have a feeling you're going to find your optimism is misplaced ((
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2020, 01:54:45 AM »
There is going to be a whole pile of money to make when the tourists flock to St Petersburg in the millions..property prices will rise and it really will be the "Venice of the north"

Our new site will be fully operational and online by June/July..  ;D

Much as I love parts of Piter, I have a feeling you're going to find your optimism is misplaced ((


 :ROFL:  You really know nothing.. I will remind you of those words in the very near future..
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2020, 02:13:47 AM »

 :ROFL:  You really know nothing.. I will remind you of those words in the very near future..

You can be sure I'll be there.. in person.. to check out more delights ...but there won't be so many tourists as you ( or the Kremlin) hope for....

 
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2020, 06:12:58 AM »

 :ROFL:  You really know nothing.. I will remind you of those words in the very near future..

You can be sure I'll be there.. in person.. to check out more delights ...but there won't be so many tourists as you ( or the Kremlin) hope for....

But I don't care if there is 945,000 or 45,000 or 798,000 .. Im just saying there WILL be MORE. Nothing to argue about unless you want to nail it down to the exact amount and post some graphs.. :laugh:
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2020, 08:15:23 PM »
Russia to Offer Simplified E-Visas
to 53 Countries, Snubs U.S. Canada 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.

U.S., British and Canadian passport holders are not yet eligible for Russia’s free e-visas due to geopolitical friction, Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Ivanov told the Kommersant business daily. He pointed to cases of Russian diplomats waiting up to two years to get visas to the U.S. as a particular grievance.

“The decision to include a particular country in the list was made taking into account a number of factors, including their visa policy toward Russian citizens,” Ivanov was quoted as saying.

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

My view:

The 16-day e-visas will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021

Another crap decision......

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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2020, 02:24:09 PM »
I did see some where last week due to the virus putting an end to the expected boost in tourism this year Russia was planning to make a new 5 year multi entry tourist visa to give the tourism industry a boost next year with each visit being allowed for up to 16 days ....and you can apply online.

I cannot find the link or article anywhere now but Im sure I read it some where  :o
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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2020, 07:00:50 PM »
I did see some where last week due to the virus putting an end to the expected boost in tourism this year Russia was planning to make a new 5 year multi entry tourist visa to give the tourism industry a boost next year with each visit being allowed for up to 16 days ....and you can apply online.

I cannot find the link or article anywhere now but Im sure I read it some where  :o

Steve, I also recently read in the Russian media.  Since the time of the sanctions, the EU has been dreaming of visa-free travel to Russia.  It would be easier for us. :-*


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Re: Russia: Free Online Electronic Visa
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2020, 02:47:33 AM »
I did see some where last week due to the virus putting an end to the expected boost in tourism this year Russia was planning to make a new 5 year multi entry tourist visa to give the tourism industry a boost next year with each visit being allowed for up to 16 days ....and you can apply online.

I cannot find the link or article anywhere now but Im sure I read it some where  :o

Steve, I also recently read in the Russian media.  Since the time of the sanctions, the EU has been dreaming of visa-free travel to Russia.  It would be easier for us. :-*


I think within a few years Russia will be the number 1 tourism spot in Europe as soon as it fully opens up.. :thumbsup:
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