FREE E-Visa to Saint Petersburg for 53 Countries starting October 1

FREE E-Visa to Saint Petersburg for 53 Countries starting October 1


Electronic visa for St. Petersburg

Great news for Philippine passport holders! Starting from October 1, citizens whose countries were confirmed with a free electronic visa are now eligible to visit Saint Petersburg, as per Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announcement on Thursday, and the Philippines included.

FREE E-Visa to Saint Petersburg for 53 Countries starting October 1 photo by @veverkolog via Unsplash
FREE E-Visa to Saint Petersburg for 53 Countries starting October 1 photo by @veverkolog via Unsplash

The list of countries was published on Friday morning. It is the same 53 for which a similar scheme was introduced on 1 July 2019 for Russia’s Far East and Kaliningrad Oblast. All EU countries except the United Kingdom are included on the list.

Last July, Russian President Vladimir Putin had already signed a decree to allow travel to Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast with an electronic visa from 1 October but had not specified which countries would be given access. The visa is valid for stays in St Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region for up to eight days. The purpose of travel can be tourism, business, or humanitarian reasons.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of Saint Petersburg
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of Saint Petersburg

Russia’s ministry of foreign affairs states some its advantage compare to regular sticker visas. An e-visa is issued within 4 calendar days, including weekends and bank holidays. You can now skip the visit at a consular agency during its business hours – and all you need to do is fill out the application form on the website. Plus! You do not need to pay for anything to obtain an e-visa.

Here is the complete list of the confirmed 53 countries:

1. Austria
2. Andorra
3. Bahrain
4. Belgium
5. Bulgaria
6. Vatican
7. Hungary
8. Germany
9. Greece
10. Denmark
11. India
12. Indonesia
13. Iran
14. Ireland
15. Iceland
16. Spain
17. Italy
18. Qatar
19. Cyprus
20. China (including Taiwan)
21. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
22. Kuwait
23. Latvia
24. Lithuania
25. Liechtenstein
26. Luxembourg
27. Malaysia
28. Malta
29. Mexico
30. Monaco
31. Netherlands
32. Norway
33. Oman
34. Poland
35. Portugal
36. Romania
37. San Marino
38. Saudi Arabia
39. Northern Macedonia
40. Serbia
41. Singapore
42. Slovakia
43. Slovenia
44. Turkey
45. Philippines
46. ??Finland
47. France
48. Croatia
49. Czech Republic
50. Switzerland
51. Sweden
52. Estonia
53. Japan

Searching for best hotels and affordable flights? Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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