Russia approves e-visa for Nordic citizens from February 2021

The two former Foreign Ministers of Norway and Sweden, Jonas Gahr Støre and Carl Bildt entered Russia at Borisoglebsk passport control in the north. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
Entry to Russia will be much easier as e-visas for tourism, business, humanitarian and guest visits will be issued online for stays up to 16 days.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed the approval on October 6 and the new rules are valid from February 4, 2021.

The list includes 52 countries, among them the Nordic and Baltic neighbors Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Most other European countries are on the list, while the United States and Canada are not.

Russia started a pilot project with e-visa in 2017, then for specific regions like St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad, and only for citizens for a limited number of countries.

Now, the e-visa will include all external border checkpoints throughout the country, and entry and exit do not have to be in the same region.

Tourists in Murmansk, Russia. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

E-visas will be valid for a period of up to 16 days and the fee is set to $40. Children under the age of 6 get the e-visa free of charge.

Also, the headache of holding a prior invitation is skipped for e-visa applicants, the government’s decision reads.

The main aim of the move is to help tourism and give a boost to businesses and with that contribute to Russia’s economy.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada’s Northwest Territories has some of the most strict gathering and self-isolation restrictions in the country, CBC News

Denmark: Faroe Islands updates COVID-19 guidelines for travellers, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Finland reinstates border restrictions with Sweden and Estonia due to COVID-19, Yle News

Iceland: Iceland to continue double screening for COVID-19 until December 1, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Norwegians with Swedish property threaten legal action over travel restrictions, Radio Sweden

Sweden: Finland, UK to remove travel restrictions on Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: To stop coronavirus, Arctic communities took matters into their own hands. Can it last?, Blog by Mia Bennett

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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