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Philippine Passport Holders Can Now Enter Russia visa-free BUT...

Starting 1 October, tourists from 53 countries, including the Philippines, will be able to visit Russia's cultural capital, St Petersburg, and its surrounding regions on an electronic visa. With the e-visa, foreign citizens will be able to travel for a maximum of eight days within St Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad region. Future applicants will not be charged a consular fee because an e-visa is free, unlike a standard tourist visa which, according to Russia Beyond, costs about 65 euros.

The application should also be made no later than four days and no earlier than 20 days before the expected date of entry. The e-visa is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance.

To avail the e-visa, one must provide a the passport and personal information and recent digital photo.

Click here to apply e-visa to Russia. https://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/index_en.html


Entering Russia Through FREE E-Visa? You Have To Book A Direct Flight Otherwise You'll Be Sent Back

According to the Aeroflot.ru website, the e-visa is only valid for direct flights from a foreign country to the region for which it was issued, using transit flights to this region through Moscow or other airports within the Russian Federation is forbidden.

In a post by a Facebook community page called Dan On The Go, it posted the experience of a Filipino traveler who was forced to leave Russia because she had a connecting flight.

The Filipino traveler is identified as Marianne Margaret Escolar Zartman who traveled from Abu Dhabi International Airport and since there wasn’t a direct flight via Etihad Airlines to St. Petersburg from the said airport, she booked a connecting flight (from Abu Dhabi to Moscow and from Moscow to St. Petersburg).

Russian Immigration didn’t mention on their website that traveling to St. Petersburg has to be a direct flight.

The Filipino traveler sent back to the UAE.

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