Russia e-visa 2024 : the ultimate guide

Russia e-visa 2024 : the ultimate guide

A man applying for its russian evisa next to a suitecase ready for his travel to Russia

FThe 1st of August 2023, the russian government lauchned (or relaunched) its electronic visa AKA the e-visa, for citizens of 56 countries. It’s an easy, cheap and great opportunity to travel to Russia if you ask me.

Despite all the troubles that comes with travelling to/around the Russian Federation these days, this e-visa it makes more accessible than ever for us, foreign tourists !

In this post you will learn everything there is to know about the russian e-visa, how to apply for it in a step by step guide (+ video tutorial) and the valid border crossings.

Last updated 10/04/2024

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The e-visa in details

The russian e-visa is a 16 days (15 nights) single entry visa valid on the whole territory of Russia for nationals of 56 countries (listed below) including those of the European Union.

It is valid for 60 days so you can enter whenever you want winthin a 2 months period (note : you can stay 16 days as long as it fits in the 60 days visa validity).

There are specific border crossing points from which you can enter and exit with this e-visa , that includes the major ariports in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi, but also land border crossings like Narva/Ivangorod with Estonia. See the full detailed list below.

You can apply for the e-visa for tourism purposes but also business, private and various events (scientific, cultural, political, and sports).

Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond the intended date of travel to Russia.

European passport next to a vRussia visa application

Which countries are elligible for the russian e-visa ?

Nationals of 56 countries can apply for the e-visa in 2024.

Citizens of the UK, USA, Morocco, Algeria and other african countries cannot apply for the russian e-visa. (Note : russian authorities speak of adding more eligible countries to the list)

Czech Republic

South Korea
North Macedonia

San Marino
Saudi Arabia

European passport in Russia

Valid checkpoints

Contrary to a full visa label sticked on the passport, the e-visa doesn’t allow you to enter Russia from any checkpoint you want. There are exactly almost a hundred approved border crossing points from which you can enter and exit the country : by air, land (on foot and with vehicule), river and sea.

If you try to enter OR exit Russia via a checkpoint not approved by the governement you will simply get denied. Yes, even the exit.

You can enter Russia overland from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Finland (the border is closed until further notice), Georgia, Mongolia, China and North Korea with an e-visa.

You cannot enter Russia overland from the following countries with an e-visa :

Ukraine : for obvious reasons
Belarus : there’s no checkpoints between the two countries, even with a regular visa, as a third country national you cannot cross the border simply because there is none.
Abkhazia : there’s only one way in and out between Russia and Abkhazia (same with Georgia), you must have a double entry visa to travel there from the RF.
Azerbaijan : all azeri land borders are closed since the pandemic (they should reopen in April 2024 according to officials).
Kazakhstan : kazakh people have entrance free to Russia, so there is no valid entry point with an e-visa as locals don’t need one either way.
Norway : I guess not many people would travel all the way up there.

You can enter from one checkpoint and exit from a different one.

Russia e-visa valid entry checkpoint

Of course check on the official website to be sure it is still a valid checkpoint before your intended crossing (I can’t update this post weekly)

International airports

Disclaimer : some airports are currently closed due to their proximity with Ukraine.

  • Moscow’s airports
  • – Domodedovo
  • – Sheremetyevo
  • – Vnukovo
  • – Zhukovsky
  • Altai Krai
  • – Barnaul’s airport
  • Arkhangelsk Oblast
  • – Talagi airport (Arkhangelsk city)
  • Astrakhan Oblast
  • – Narimanovo airport (Astrakhan city)
  • Republic of Dagestan
  • – Uytash airport (Makhachkala)
  • Stavropol Krai
  • – Mineralnye Vody’s airport
  • Irkutsk Oblast
  • – Irkutsk’s airport
  • Republic of Kabardino – Balkaria
  • – Nalchik’s airport
  • Kaliningrad Oblast
  • – Khrabrovo airport (Kaliningrad city)
  • Kaluga Oblast
  • – Grabtsevo airport (Kaluga city)
  • Kamchatka Krai
  • – Elizovo airport (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky)
  • Kemerovo Oblast
  • – Kemerovo’s airport
  • Krasnodar Krai
  • – Pashkovsky airport (Krasnodar city)
  • – Sochi’s airport
  • Krasnoyarsk Krai
  • – Emelyanovo airport (Krasnoyarsk city)
  • Saratov Oblast
  • – Gagarin airport (Saratov city)
  • Sakhalin Oblast
  • – Khomutovo airport (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)
  • Republic of North Ossetia – Alania
  • – Beslan airport (Vladikavkaz)
  • Republic of Tatarstan
  • – Kazan’s airport
  • Tomsk Oblast
  • – Bogashevo airport (Tomsk city)
  • Tyumen Oblast
  • – Roshchino airport (Tyumen city)
  • Chukotka Okrug
  • – Ugolnyy airport (Anadyr city)
  • Republic of Chechnya
  • – Grozny’s airport
  • Yaroslavl Oblast
  • – Tunoshna airport (Yaroslavl city)
  • Saint Petersburg’s airport
  • – Pulkovo
  • Belgorod Oblast
  • – Belgorod’s airport
  • Bryansk Oblast
  • – Bryansk’s airport
  • Bashkortostan Republic (Bashkiria)
  • – Ufa’s airport
  • Republic of Buryatia
  • – Mukhino airport (Ulan – Ude)
  • Volgograd oblast
  • – Gumrak (Volgograd city)
  • Sverdlovsk Oblast
  • – Koltsovo airport (Yekaterinburg)
  • Trans-Baikal oblast
  • – Kadala airport (Chita)
  • Omsk Oblast
  • – Omsk Central airport
  • Orenburg Oblast
  • – Orenburg Central airport
  • Republic of Komi
  • – Syktyvkar’s airport
  • Lipetsk Oblast
  • – Lipetsk’s airport
  • Murmansk Oblast
  • – Murmansk’s aiport
  • Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
  • – Strigino airport (Nizhny Novgorod city)
  • Novosibirsk Oblast
  • – Tolmachevo airport (Novosibirsk city)
  • Primorsky Krai
  • – Knevichi airport (Vladivostok)
  • Perm Oblast
  • – Bolshoe Savino airport (Perm city)
  • Rostov Oblast
  • – Platov airport (Rostov-on-Don)
  • Samara Oblast
  • – Kurumoch airport (Samara city)
  • Ulyanovsk Oblast
  • – Vostochny airport (Ulyanovsk city)
  • Chelyabinsk Oblast
  • – Balandino airport (Chelyabinsk city)
  • Republic of Chuvashia
  • – Cheboksary’s airport
  • Khabarovsk Krai
  • – Khabarovsk’s airport
  • Republic of Khakassia
  • – Abakan”s airport

Pedestrian border crossing

  • Ivangorod – Narva (/ Estonia)

Land border crossing by car / bus

  • Kaliningrad Oblast
  • – Bagrationovsk – Bezledy (/ Poland)
  • – Gusev – Gołdap (/Poland)
  • – Mamonovo – Grzechotki (/ Poland)
  • – Mamonovo – Gronowo (/ Poland)
  • – Morskoje – Nida (/ Lithuania)
  • – Pogranichny – Smalininkai (/ Lithuania)
  • – Sovetsk – Panemune (/ Lithuania)
  • – Chernyshevskoe – Kybartai  (/ Lithuania)
  • Pskov Oblast
  • – Burachki – Terehova (/ Latvia)
  • – Kunichina Gora – Koidula (/Estonia)
  • – Shumilkino – Luhamaa (/Estonia)
  • – Ubylinka – Grebņeva (/ Latvia)
  • Transbaikal Oblast
  • – Solovyovsk – Ereentsav (/ Mongolia)
  • – Starotsurukhaitui – Heishantou (/ China)
  • Republic of Buryatia
  • Kyakhta – Altanbulag (/ Mongolia)
  • Republic of Karelia
  • – Vyartsilya – Niirala (/ Finland)
  • – Lyuttya – Vartius (/ Finland)
  • Primorsky Krai
  • – Poltavka – Dongning (/ China)
  • – Turiy Rog – Mishan (/ China)
  • Leningrad Oblast (Saint Petersburg’s)
  • – Brusnitchnoe – Nuijamaa (/ Finland)
  • – Ivangorod- Narva (/Estonia)
  • – Svetogorsk – Imatra (/ Finland)
  • – Torfjanovka – Vaalimaa (/Finland)
  • Republic of North Ossetia – Alania
  • – Verkhny Lars – Kazbegi (/ Georgia)


Land border crossing by train

Disclaimer : there are no trains running between Russia and european countries (Finland, Estonia etc) at the moment.

  • Republic of Buryatia
  • – Naushki – Sükhbaatar (/ Mongolia)
  • Kalingrad Oblast
  • – Mamonovo – Braniewo (/ Poland)
  • – Sovetsk – Panemunė (/ Lithuania)
  • Primorsky Krai
  • – Makhalino – Hunchun (/ China)
  • – Pogranichnyy – Suifenhe (/ China)
  • – Khasan – Tumangang (/ North Korea)
  • Leningrad Oblast (Saint Petersburg’s)
  • – Finlyandskiy train station – Trains crossing some russian finish border ? (I have no idea)
  • Transbaikal Oblast
  • – Zabaykalsk – Manzhouli (/ China)

River border crossing by ferry

  • Amur Oblast
  • – Blagoveshchensk – Heihe (/ China)
  • Jewish Autonomous Oblast
  • – Amurzet – Lobei (/ China)
  • Khabarovsk Krai
  • – Pokrovka – Zhaohe (/ China)

Passenger port

Disclaimer : these sea ports have a passenger terminal, and some are only for cruise ships, so it doesn’t mean there are international ferries travelling there.
E.g : Sochi doesn’t have any international boat connections with Georgia, Crimea, Ukraine nor Turkey, only cruise ships travel there.

  • Kaliningrad Oblast
  • – Kaliningrad city
  • – Svetly
  • Krasnodar Krai
  • – Sochi (International Center for Sea Passenger and Cruise Transportation)
  • Mahgadan Oblast
  • – Magadan
  • Primorsky Krai
  • – Vladivostok
  • – Zarubino
  • – Posiet
  • Sakhalin Oblast
  • – Korsakov
  • Khabarovsk Oblast
  • – Nikolayevsk-on-Amur
  • Leningrad Oblast ( Saint Petersburg’s)
  • – The Great Port of Saint Petersburg terminals : Marine Station, Fort Constantin, English Embankment and Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment (for cruise ships)
  • – Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg
  • – Vysotsk
  • Kamchatka Oblast
  • – Petropavlovsk – Kamchatsky

On the kdmid’s website the river port of Khabarovsk (Khabarosvk Krai bordering China accross the Amur River) is listed, however I could’t find any information online about any passenger terminal, let alone an international border crossing point. Feel free to share in the comments if you have any information about it.

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Here are all the valid entry and exit points pinned on a map.

How much is the russian e-visa ?

The russian e-visa costs 195 emirati dirham or 374 chinese yuan, which is 53US$ and 50€ at the time of writing.

Yes, United Arab Emirates dirham or chinese yuan … When I read online about the e-visa I couldn’t find the proper price, only websites saying it was “about 50US$”; I was really wondering how come it was in US$ first and also how the payment will proceed considering western banking systems do not work in Russia anymore.

Here is the answer : the payment goes through Amazon Payment via the United Arab Emirates (like India paying its russian oil via Dubai-based traders) or via lianlian payment. It seems to depend. The emirati dirham is pegged to the US Dollar so the price should be stable.

Video tutorial

Fror the written version, see below the video

How to apply for the russian e-visa ?

Here is a step by step guide on how to apply online for the russian e-visa in 2024. I’ll take you through all the steps of the application with tips to overcome the potential problems.

Disclaimer : some of the questions might blow your mind but, hey, “this is Russia(the answer to all the ‘whys’ in that country).

Go tho the kdmid website

Go to the kdmid e-visa website and change the language to english if it is not already.

Kdmid is short for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Screenshot of the beginnong of the russia evisa application form online

Scroll down and agree to the conditions

Scroll down the page and agree to all 3 conditions.
Click “Fill out a new application form”

Screenshot of the conditions agreemnt of the russia evisa application form online

Sign in or Log in

Sign in or log in if you already have an account.

Signing in is quick, you will receive a validation email within a couple of minutes. Then click “Next”

Screenshot of the Russia evisa application portal to log in

“Apply for a new e-visa”

Click on “Apply for a new e-visa” (unless you already have a pending application).

Screenshot of the Russia evisa application pointing to the new visa application

Get your ID application number

You will get a unique ID number for your e-visa application. Write it down somewhere or screenshot it, then click “Next”.

Screenshot of the Russia evisa portal with a new application number of an evisa

Upload your ID photo

Upload an ID picure of yourself.

Sounds easy, but in fact, it wasn’t for me. This blurred picture isn’t me (I’m a female and have no beard he). I’ve tried with 2 different ID pictures of me and got various error messages such as : “Picture blurred“, “The photo must be taken against a light white or blue, uniform background” and “The size of the face exceeds the maximum admissible size (photo taken at too short range)” …

Now, it was a proper ID picture that I used (I’ve applied multiple visas with the same one). It seems that the regular size of ID pictures (the ones you get from a regular photo booth) which is 35×45 mm is correct, however, it is too close, there needs to be more background behind you.

The size of this “fake” picture I used for the purpose of this post is bigger, then I zoom the face in to fit the requirements.

If you don’t appload a photograph, you cannot click “Next” to the following steps of the application.

Screenshot of the Russia evisa application page where to upload an ID picture of the applicant

Upload a copy of you passport data page

Upload a copy of your passport data page (a proper scan, not a picture taken with your smartphone & flash).

You must select your country in the list of all eligible countries to the e-visa. For some you must also select a “type” of passport. I’m french and I had a choice between 3 types (a year in fact : 2013, 2019 or 2023), but I wasn’t ever aware until then that we had different “types” of passport.

If it applies to your country and you select the wrong type then appload the data page of your passport, it will not match. I’ve tried all three and got the same error message anyway.

If you believe the copy of your passport is correct, fully visible and readable, then just click “Skip”.

Screenshot of the Russia evisa application portal where to upload a copy of the passport page with the data of the applicant

Fill up your personal details

After you uploaded a copy of your passport you must fill up your personal details carefully.

Passport number : as shown on your passport.

Date of issue & date of expiry : Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the time of application.

Issuing Authority : write down exactly as it is on your passport.

Surname (as shown in the upper machine readable line of your passport) : write down your surname(s), without any accent mark or letters that aren’t in the english alphabet.

Given Name(s) (as shown in the upper machine readable line of your passport) : write down all your names (for example I’ve got 3 (french)) as they appear on your passport, no comma, no accents nor letters that aren’t in the english alphabet.

• Surname (as shown in the visual inspection zone of your passport) : write down your surname(s) again, but this time with accent marks and any non-english letters (E.g. é, ø … ) if there are. If not, just re-write them like previously.

Given Name(s), patronymic name (if any) (as shown in the visual inspection zone of your passport) : write down all your names again as they appear on your passport, no comma, but this time with accent marks and any non-english letters (e.g. é, ø … ) if there are. If not, just re-write them like previously.

Sex : choose between male or female. This is Russia, they don’t do neutral or whatever else gender there.

Date of birth : enter your date of birth as such DD.MM.YYYY

Country of birth : Select the country you were born in.

Were you born in the USSR or in the Russian Federation? Select “yes” if you were born in a former soviet country or in Russia. If not, select “no”

Place of birth : Write down your place of birth, E.g.”Paris, France”

Personal identification number (if available) : no idea what it is, skip this one

Do you currently have or have you ever had other personal data? If you’ve changed you last name due to mariage, divorce or other reason, write it down. If not, just say nelect “no”.

Do you currently have another citizenship (other citizenships)? Select “no” if you don’t, or “yes” and add the details of your other citizenship(s).

Have you ever held any other nationality? Select “no” if you don’t, or “yes” and add the details of your previous nationality.

Click “Next”

Screenshot of the Russia evisa portal where to add the personal details of the applicant

Fill up your visit details

Purpose of the trip : select the purpose of your visit to Russia; if you visit family “guest visit” is the best option, for regular travel select “tourism” etc choose the one that suits your trip.
I highly recommend you to avoid selecting “participation in social and political events” if you want to avoid an FSB intervew on arrival.

Description of the purpose of the trip to the Russian Federation : write “travel” if you’re there for regular tourism.

Intended date of entry into Russia : enter the date you plan to enter the country (reminder : the visa is valid for a period of 2 months but you can only stay 16 days on the territory) .

Which organization or which person are you going to visit? That’s a dumb mandatory question in my opinion for someone who wish to only travel in Russia, especially for first timers.

If this was a regular visa application (meaning not an e-visa), this would be were you write down the details of your LOI (Letter of Invitation/Voucher) but an e-visa application doesn’t require one, so why do they ask? I have no clue.

My guess : if you selected guest visit or tourism, write down the name of a family member, a friend.

Or else, I simply suggest to write down the abbreviation N/A “non applicable”.

Where are you planning to stay? Just like for any other visa, nobody will check if you wrote Moscow on your application but enter via Vladivostok. Avoid listing so-called “sensitive” regions like Chechnya or border towns with Ukraine.

Even if you have no booking, write the name of whatever hotel. You don’t have to list every single cities and villages you plan to visit. Nobody will check.

Do you have a valid Russian visa? Dumb question, select “No”. You’re applying for a visa because you don’t have one, right ?

Do you have a health insurance policy valid on the territory of the Russian Federation? Anyone must have a travel insurance to enter the Russian Federation (it applies for any type of visa). I recommend Attollo Assistance for a good and reliable travel insurance.

Source of funds for your visit to the Russian Federation : Select “Independently” if you self fund your trip. Same answer even if it’s your parents, husband or sugar daddy who does. If you travel for business, then enter your compagny’s details.

Have you visited any countries in the last 3 years? Select “No” if you didn’t or “Yes” and add the countries. If you’re a very frequent traveler, a few will suffice, and you might want to “forget” mentionning so-called “bad” countries.

Click “Next”.

Screenshot of the Russia evisa application portal where to add the visit details of the applicant

Fill up your marital status and relatives details

Family status : Select your marital status. Single = not married/in a civil partnership.

Information about your parents : (I know, it’s an unusual question for a visa application).
Write down the first name and last name of your parents (if married, write your mom’s maiden name) and their places of birth.

Do you currently have relatives in Russia? Select “No” or “Yes” and add details.

Click “Next”.

Screenshot of the Russia evisa portail application where to add the marital status and relatives details of the applicant

Fill up your contact details and employment

Do you currently have a place of actual residence? Select yes and add your postal address and phone number with country code.

Email : write down the same email address you signed up with.

Do you own real estate in the Russian Federation? Select the appropriate choice.

Do you use social networks, messengers? Now, that is a curious question … If you’re not aware of it, Facebook, Instagram and such western social medias are banned in Russia but everybody still use them with a VPN. I would personnally say no even though I have but feel free to link your instagram account. (I doubt you’ll gain any new russian followers)

Do you work (study) in the present time? write down the details of you job. If you’re self empoyed just say so.

Have you studied at any educational institution other than high school? select “Yes” or “No”.

Screenshot of the Russia evisa application portal where to add the contact details and employment of the applicant

Additional informations

Do you intend to represent interests or act on behalf of non-commercial, international or government organizations or participate in their activities during your stay in Russia? Select “No” if you only go to travel.

Have you received special training and do you have any special knowledge and skills in the use of weapons, explosives, nuclear, biological or chemical substances? Obviously you’re supposed to select “No”.

Have you completed military service? Select the correct answer for you. Don’t worry they won’t enlist you in the russian army.

Have you ever been involved in armed conflicts? Were you a participant or a victim of hostilities? Betterto say “no”.

Have you been prosecuted for any crimes? If you say yes, chances are they will ask for a criminal record.

Do you intend to carry out illegal activities on the territory of Russia? Obviously select “No”

Do you intend to participate in political activity, its organization or financing on the territory of Russia? Selec “no”. if you want your visa. There’s no possibility to add details if you select “yes” …

Additional information that you want to communicate about yourself and your trip to the Russian Federation : add nothing, you’ve said enough. Click “Next”

Screenshot of the Russia evisa application portal where to add additional details of the applicant


This is the summary of your e-visa application. I highly advise you to double, even triple check the details and answers you wrote down. If there is a mistake in you e-visa, and you show up at the border with unmatching informations between the e-visa and your passport you will not be allowed to enter Russia.

All your names and surnames must appear just like on your passport details. One error and you will be refused entry to the Russian Federation. Simple as that.

Correct the mistakes if thee are, agree to the the terms and conditions, then click “Pay”

Screenshot of the Russia evisa application summary

Order summary

You will land on the order summary payment page.

The e-visa price is 195AED or 374CYN, which is 53US$ and 50€ at the time of writing. I’ve had 2 different payment process when I’ve tried both times.

Click “Proceed to the payment”

Pay the e-visa

Final step, enter your bank card details and click “Pay”.

You should receive a confirmation e-mail straight away and the e-visa within the following days.

You can view your pending application from your dashboard’s page by clicking “your application”.

According to russian officials, they allow to correct a mistake (for free) if the application is refused once because of an error. The best is still to be carreful and make no mistake at all. Any feedback on that, please share in the comments to help others.

Print out the your e-visa and show it at the immigration with your passport on arrival in Russia.

Screenshot of the Russia evisa application payment bancard details Visa or Mastercard
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Comments (2)

  • Raphaël 21/12/2023 at 16:40 Reply

    Hello ! Thank you for all these informations ! With a friend of mine, we want to go to Russia to take the trans-siberian railway. We want to pass by Estonia or Latvia by using an e-visa. But my friend’s mother works for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces so we don’t know if they will let us enter in Russia, do you think we will have troubles ?

    • Noémie 21/12/2023 at 17:02 Reply

      Hello Raphaël, I think you shouldn’t have any problems for either the e-visa or border crossing. The border guards will not ask you any questions related to your family, but if you get questionned by the FSB, they might (unlikely to meet them unless you have visas from like Central Asia and “politically understable” countries stamped in your passports). If they ask your friend, he/she could just say “administrative work” , if that’s what his/her mother does. But anyway, you are going, not your friend’s mom, so to me it has nothing to do with you, and I believe you have nothing to hide, so no worries.

      Also, 16 days is rather short to travel the whole Transsiberian railway in my opinion, just saying.

      In case you’re a french speaker (according to your name and email address), you can click on the flag in the menu to have the blog in french, everything is translated in both languages.

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