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SPIEF 2020 Foreign Delegations Will Be Able to Enter Russia on e-visas

Foreign visitors and participants in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum from 53 countries will be able to apply for e-visas to enter Russia. The procedure for obtaining e-visas was established in accordance with Resolution No. 1252 of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 26 September 2019.

«Simplifying the procedure for entering Russia not only creates tourism but also business opportunities for foreign citizens. SPIEF events are annually attended by guests from more than 140 countries. Now our regular participants from 53 countries will be able to plan their trips more flexibly. This is an important step to improve the business climate and enhance the country’s appeal», said Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the Russian President and Executive Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee.

To obtain an e-visa, you must complete an application on a special section of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at: The e-visa is single-entry and is valid for 30 calendar days from the issue date. People on e-visas are allowed to stay in the Russian Federation for 8 days within the visa validity period from the date of entry.

Applications for e-visas can be completed no earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days prior to the expected date of entry into the Russian Federation. E-visa applications are considered within 4 days or less. A notification on the issuance of an e-visa to a foreign citizen must be printed so that it can be provided to the carrier company and Russian border service officials when passing through passport control.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to remind Forum participants who are planning to obtain e-visas about the need to comply with all the provisions on the website for the completion of the e-visa application as well as the ability to leave the Russian Federation with an e-visa only through the state border checkpoints of the Russian Federation located in the city of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region that are listed on the website.

Foreign citizens who have arrived in the city of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region on e-visas may only stay in and travel around the territory of these constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place on 3–6 June 2020.

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