Philippines qualifies for a more relaxed e-visa to Russia


Filipinos will be able to apply for an e-visa to visit any part of Russia starting in 2021, the Russian Embassy in Manila said.

The embassy on its Facebook page said that Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order that approves a revised and more relaxed pilot visa procedure for 52 countries including the Philippines.

“As of now, the e-visa will be applicable throughout Russia. Foreigners can enter via the specially equipped checkpoints anywhere in the country and travel throughout Russia,” the embassy said.

Additionally, the duration of stay for foreigners has been extended from eight to 16 days.

“E-visas will be issued online for tourism, business, humanitarian and guest trips,” it said, adding that applicants “do not need an invitation, hotel booking, or any other documents to confirm their reasons for travel.”

The visa fee is $40 but free for children below 6-years-old.

Other information and the application procedures will be soon announced by the embassy.

The pilot e-visa project was first introduced in 2017, but travel was limited to selected Russian regions.

Before, foreigners with an e-visa could only enter Russia through checkpoints in the Far Eastern Federal District, St Petersburg and the Leningrad and Kaliningrad regions.

“So, starting from 2021 Filipinos will have an easy way to visit Russia,” the embassy said.

Source: GMA News

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