Russia decrees visa-free entry for up to 8 days!

Get ready to tick Russia off your travel bucket list! Last Thursday, September 19, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that citizens of the listed 53 countries, which includes the Philippines, have been confirmed free electronic visa (e-visa) entry to St. Petersburg and other regions of Russia stated below. This will take effect starting October 1, so be sure to stay tuned to this page for updates!

Those who intend to take on this e-visa offer should take note of a few things before booking their trip.

  • Only those looking to travel for (a) tourism, (b) business, and (c) humanitarian reasons are eligible for the free e-visa
  • The visa is only valid for stays in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region
  • The free e-visa is only valid for a maximum of 8 travel days
  • Application must be made no later than four days and no earlier than 20 days before expected date of entry

Free E-Visa Application

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Electronic-visas looks to be a great advantage for Filipino travelers to Russia as the Russian foreign ministry pointed out that the e-visas will only take (4) four days to issue and can be done online rather than through a visit to the Russian Embassy.

An online application form will soon be available on their website, and according to Russia Beyond, this should not be made no later than four and no later than 20 days before the expected date of entry.

Klook your way to St. Petersburg!

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The cultural center of Russia, St. Petersburg preserves a variety of baroque and neo-classical works from the period and makes them available to the public today. From architecture to literature, the preserved history from those periods makes the city a must-see. Learn about Russia’s rich history through art by heading to the Hermitage Museum and Faberge Museum. Marvel at the unique architecture and culture of the city that has inspired some of the greatest minds of Russian literature such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Alexander Pushkin.

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