Russian E-Visa Application Guide
Russian E-Visa Application Guide for Philippine Passport Holders
If Russia is on your travel bucket list, there is great news ahead! Beginning October 1, 2019, Russia will start to issue e-visas to 53 qualified countries, including the Philippine passport holders. What’s great about an e-visa is that the applicant does not have to pay consular fees. However, its validity is only limited to a maximum of eight days. But, eight days is enough to see all the sights in St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. If you are thinking about adding Russia to your itinerary this year, read on for more information about how fill application for an Russian e-visa.
First, the limitations on Russian e-visa application for Philippines
Before we proceed with a detailed guide on how to apply, it is essential to understand that an e-visa will only allow you to enter through specific points of entry. Here is the full list:
You can use E-visa for entering and leaving the Russian Federation at the following checkpoints at the national border of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District and Kaliningrad Oblast:
- air border checkpoints “Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)”, “Vladivostok (Knevichi)”, “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo)”, “Blagoveshchensk”, “Khabarovsk (Novy)”, “Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo)”, “Anadyr (Ugolny)”, “Ulan-Ude (Muhino)”, “Chita (Kadala)”;
- maritime border checkpoints “Kaliningrad” (checkpoints in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly), “Vladivostok ”, “Zarubino”, “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky”, “Korsakov”, “Posyet”;
- railway border checkpoints “Mamonovo”, “Sovetsk”, “Pogranichny”, “Khasan”, “Makhalino”;
- automobile border checkpoints “Bagrationovsk”, “Gusev”, “Mamontovo (Grzechotki)”, “Mamontovo (Gronowo)”, “Morskoje”, “Pogranichny”, “Sovetsk”, “Chernyshevskoye”, “Poltavka”, “Turiy Rog”.
St. Petersburg is considered the cultural capital of Russia, which means it has much to offer to eager travelers. This opportunity is excellent, considering that e-visa applications for Philippine passport holders were first extended on July 1, 2019 but not limited only to Kaliningrad Oblast.
However, once you enter through any of those checkpoints, you can travel anywhere in Russia without any limitations. But when you decide to exit Russia, you must exit through the same checkpoint.
Step-by-step application guide
The application process is straightforward. Here is a guide on the steps to apply for an e-visa:
- Log on to the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first thing you need to do is verify your nationality and the areas you wish to visit. Select only those relevant to the limitations of an e-visa. Click all the boxes and proceed to the next page.
- Application form. Before you can fill out the form, you need to register using a valid email address. Registering will allow you to save the form for convenient access. You can also print the form after completion.
- Complete details. In filling out the form, you need to answer several essential questions. Apart from your personal information, you need to indicate the places you are visiting, your purpose for visiting, and if you have any relatives in Russia.
- Upload a photo. Take note of the specific requirements for uploading a photo. It needs to be no more than six months old. Specifications include file type (JPEG), file size (20 to 35 kb), and the aspect ratio (35×45).
- Confirmation and submission. After completing the form and uploading your photo, click ‘submit.’ Application processing will take approximately four days. Once approved, the e-visa will be emailed to you. You will present a printed copy of your e-visa at the airport and every checkpoint during your travel.
The best time to apply for an eligible Russian e-visa is at most 20 days before your trip. If you are pressed for time, you can still apply four days before since e-visa processing does not stop during weekends or holidays. All e-visas are considered single-entry, which means it is valid for up to 30 days. However, every e-visa holder can only stay in the country for a maximum of eight days.
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If you still have questions or concerns about Russian e-visa or you need help to apply online, please contact one of our agents by sms or Facebook.
However, if you want to spend more than 8 days in Russia or don’t comply with any of those requirements, you can still apply for a tourist visa, with step-by-step guide on Russian visa on the process and requirements.
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