Russia begins issuing visas online for foreign nationals visiting the Kaliningrad Region

Submitted on Thu, 07/04/2019 - 16:25

Starting July 1, 2019, citizens of foreign states can apply for online visas for travel to the Kaliningrad Region at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s special site: The Government of the Russian Federation has approved a list of countries.

A single entry business, humanitarian or tourist visa in digital form can be obtained by citizens of the following countries:

1. Austria

2. Andorra

3. Bahrain

4. Belgium

5. Bulgaria

6. Vatican

7. Hungary

8. Germany

9. Greece

10. Denmark

11. India

12. Indonesia

13. Iran

14. Ireland

15. Iceland

16. Spain

17. Italy

18. Qatar

19. Cyprus

20. China (including Taiwan)

21. Korean People’ Democratic Republic

22. Kuwait

23. Latvia

24. Lithuania

25. Lichtenstein

26. Luxembourg

27. Malaysia

28. Malta

29. Mexico

30. Monaco

31. The Netherlands

32. Norway

33. Oman

34. Poland

35. Portugal

36. Rumania

37. San-Marino

38. Saudi Arabia

39. North Macedonia

40. Serbia

41. Singapore

42. Slovakia

43. Slovenia

44. Turkey

45. The Philippines

46. Finland

47. France

48. Croatia

49. The Czech Republic

50. Switzerland

51. Sweden

52. Estonia

53. Japan

Electronic visas will be issued free of charge based on an application from a foreign national completed online at the above Foreign Ministry site. The application must be submitted no later than four calendar days prior to the date of arrival and include a digital photo attached to it. No other documents are required for getting a visa.

Electronic visas will be valid for 30 days with a permitted period of stay in the Russian Federation of up to eight days from the entry date.

Online visas for visiting the Kaliningrad Region are only valid for entry in the Russian Federation and exit from it at the following Russian border checkpoints located in the Kaliningrad Region:

- air border checkpoint Kaliningrad: (Khrabrovo Airport)

- maritime border checkpoint Kaliningrad: (sections in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly)

- road border checkpoints: Bagrationovsk, Gusev, Mamonovo (Grzechotki), Mamonovo (Gronovo), Morskoye, Pogranichny, Sovetsk and Chernyshevskoye

- railway border checkpoints: Mamonovo and Sovetsk

Pursuant to Article 11 of the federal law On the Legal Status of Foreign Nationals in the Russian Federation, foreign nationals who enter the Russian Federation on an electronic visa may only enjoy freedom of travel within the region they entered.

Transport companies can confirm a foreign national’s valid online visa at the Foreign Ministry’s automated site: The confirmation procedure is set forth in Russian and in English.