Starting from July 1st 2019, the government of Russia has decided to apply a new e-visa scheme for people who would like to visit the exclave of Kaliningrad. For now, the e-visa is obtainable for citizens of 53 countries.
The 53 countries which can obtain the visa are the following:
Austria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Vatican, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Qatar, Cyprus, China (allegedly including, Macau, Hong-Kong and Taiwan), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Philippines, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia and Japan.
Designed on a similar model to the Russian Far-East e-visa (which is only available for 18 countries), the Kaliningrad e-visa allows people to obtain a visa much more easily and quickly than the regular Russian visa in advance which requires quite a few documents and a letter of invitation.
To get your Kaliningrad E-visa, you will simply need to follow the procedure on the website to quickly receive your visa. The e-visa does not require a letter of invitation, is issued within 4 working days and is free. Also, it is interesting to note that the e-visa will be accepted both at Kaliningrad’s airport and at all its land borders. It will not, however, allow travel to the rest of Russia once you’ve entered Kaliningrad.
The Kaliningrad E-visa, following the Far-East E-visa, might well be the next step on the path toward an e-visa for the whole of Russia by 2021.
At YPT we welcome the news of easier access to Russia with great happiness. Kaliningrad is an extremely interesting part of the country with its own unique history as it was controlled by Teutonic knights, the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. This is why we will soon be offering a number of tours to this fascinating exclave, including the Kaliningrad post-Soviet exclave tour along with our Baltics tour.