Your travel to St. Petersburg and Leningrad region in Russia is all set to become a lot more simpler; now, you can get an e-visa just by registering yourself online. Quite interestingly, the visa will not charge you a single penny.
This move comes after Russian President Vladmir Putin signed a declaration that extended the electronic visa management to the above-mentioned regions. As per the decree—to establish that from October 1, 2019, arrival to the Russian Federation and departure from the Russian Federation for foreign people via the checkpoints of the state border of the Russian Federation situated in the territories of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region can be made on the basis of regular single-entry commercial, corporate, tourist and humanitarian visas in the form of electronic documents. This means that immigrants, who are arriving at the Russian Federation via checkpoints, will be permissible to move freely inside the said territories, i.e., St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region.
The 30-day e-visa program will come into effect in the said areas from October 1, 2019. Though, the catch here is that the e-visa will allow you to stay in Russia for a time period of up to eight days.
Reportedly, the Russian President has asked the government to clear all the particulars required for the issuance of e-visas to foreign citizens as well as for their arrival into the Russian Federation via checkpoints with e-visas.
As of now, the government will go ahead to choose on and support the list of those foreign countries, whose nationals will be able to relish the benefits of e-visas by October 1, 2019.