The new easy and cost-effective e-visa system was launched on 1 October (the same day Wizz air company began its service between London Luton and Pulkovo Airport). The e-visa is valid for travel to St Petersburg and the nearby Leningrad region. Passengers can apply for the visa online up to four days before their trip, with the visa valid for 30 days from issue, for a stay of up to eight days. There is no consular fee applicable to obtain the e-visa.
Now we have the first results. According to the official data during the first three weeks of October more than 20 000 foreigners turned for e-visa to St.Petersburg. It’s prognosed that there’ll 5 times more till the end of the year.
In two other Russian regions - Far East and Kaliningrad region this experiment is very successful too. Thus 45 000 guests have come to Kaliningrad region during the last three months.
It’s planned that since 2021 such practice will be available for the whole territory of Russia.
Marina Eremeeva, worked more than 17 years in travel agency business, first on the position of sales manager, and later as director and co-owner of «4 Tours», one of the biggest travel agency in Rostov-on-Don (Southern part of Russia). Graduated from Rostov State Pedagogical Institute (Russia) with specialisation in Foreign Languages, and from Rostov Institute of International Economy (Russia) with specialisation in International Economy, Marina is focused on analysis of sales of different destinations from Russia. Recently Marina works in Baginet Sales and Marketing Agency.