Russia e-Visa for Indian Travellers Now Available, Here Is How to Apply

Russia announces the launch of an e-visa facility for Indian passport holders, starting August 1, 2023. The e-visa will have a 60-day validity, allowing travelers to stay in Russia for up to 16 days. Indian tourists can now apply conveniently online and explore the rich culture and landscapes of Russia.
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In a significant move to boost tourism and strengthen bilateral ties, Russia has launched an e-visa facility for Indian passport holders, effective August 1, 2023.

The e-visa will allow Indian travellers to enter the Russian Federation for various purposes, including tourism, business, and personal visits. The new visa regime is expected to streamline the travel process, making it more convenient and accessible for Indian tourists who wish to explore the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Russia.

Russia e-Visa For Indians – Details

The e-visa will have a validity of 60 days, and travellers will be allowed to stay in Russia for up to 16 days during their visa period.

The Russian government has also introduced an exciting incentive for e-visa holders, enabling them to obtain a tourist visa for up to six months if they have a hotel reservation. This move aims to encourage more extended stays and promote tourism growth between the two nations.

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Facilitated Visa Regime

According to the official website, the facilitated visa regime was approved by Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, in February. This regime includes citizens from 19 countries, India being one of them.

The other countries covered under this regime are;

  • Bahrain
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Thailand, and
  • the Philippines

Fast and Convenient Application Process

The e-visa application process is designed to be fast and straightforward. The visa processing time will take a maximum of four days, which includes weekends and bank holidays. The consular fee for the e-visa is set at $40 (approximately ₹3,290).

Indian passport holders can apply for the e-visa starting from August 1 at 10:00 am Moscow Time (12:30 PM IST) through the official website. The website will operate 24/7, offering the convenience of applying for the e-visa at any time.

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Step-by-Step Application Guide

Applicants are required to complete the e-visa application form online and submit it at least 72 hours before their intended travel date. Once the application is submitted, applicants will receive a response email within four days, indicating the status of their e-visa.

To apply for the e-visa, travellers need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Fill in an E–Visa application on the official website.
  2. Get an E–Visa grant notification on the website or by email.
  3. Print out the notification or download it to mobile devices.
  4. Show the notification to transport company employees.
  5. Show the notification to a Border Service officer at the border crossing point.

Promoting Tourism and Strengthening Ties

With the introduction of the e-visa for Indian travellers, visiting Russia has become more accessible and hassle-free. Travellers will no longer need to wait in long queues or go through complex visa application procedures.

The e-visa will undoubtedly pave the way for more Indian tourists to experience the rich culture, historical landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes that Russia has to offer.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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