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.
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.
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:
20. China (including Taiwan)
21. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
37. San Marino
38. Saudi Arabia
39. Northern Macedonia
49. Czech Republic