Russian E-visa Requirements for Finnish Citizens

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A Russian electronic visa for Finnish citizens offers the convenience of applying for travel authorization for Russia from the comfort of their own home or office. Finnish travelers can apply for the Russian E-visa as Finland is one of the 55 countries around the world whose citizens are now eligible to obtain an online visa for the Russian Federation.

The Russian visa policy states that the majority of foreign travelers need to obtain a valid visa for Russia before traveling to the country. Travelers from Finland that are interested in short-term stays in Russia for purposes of business, humanitarian ventures or tourism-related endeavors can apply for a Russia E-visa.

Applying for the Russian E-visa online saves Finnish travelers the time it takes them to visit a local Russian embassy to fill out the paperwork, as the electronic application only takes a few minutes to complete.

Russian E-visas for Travelers from Finland

There are different e-Visas available for Finnish travelers to visit designated territories in Russia. Depending on the region they are interested in visiting, they will need to apply for a Russian E-visa that is specific to that territory.

This also means that travelers from Finland who wish to visit multiple regions in Russia will need to apply for different Russian E-visa for each territory.

There are currently 3 different types of Russian E-visas that travelers from Finland can apply for:

  • The Russian E-visa for St. Petersburg and Leningrad
  • The Russian E-visa for Kaliningrad Oblast
  • The Russian E-visa for the Far Eastern Federal District

The Far Eastern District of Russia includes the territories of:

  • Primorsky Krai
  • Sakhalin Oblast
  • Kamchatka Krai
  • Amur Region
  • Khabarovsk Krai
  • Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
  • Republic of Buryatia
  • Zabaykalsky Krai

Nationals of Finland should be aware that there are designated entry and exit ports for the designated region they will visit on the Russian E-visa. Travelers should schedule their arrival and departure from these designated ports of entry/exit that are valid for travel using the Russian E-visa for that region.

Finnish citizens who wish to stay longer in these Russian territories, or visit another part of Russia for which an E-Visa is not available, are currently required to apply for an embassy visa from the nearest government diplomatic office of the Russian Federation.

However, the Russia government is expected to introduce a Russia-wide E-visa for Finnish passport holders in 2021.

What is Required to Submit a Russian E-visa Application from Finland?

Before beginning the E-visa application process, Finnish citizens need to ensure that they meet the necessary requirements. These include having:

  • A Finnish passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of arrival in the Russian Federation, containing at least one or two blank pages for entry/exit stamps
  • A current email address to which the applicant will receive updates and notifications regarding their pending application, and a copy of the approved visa once it has been correctly processed
  • A recent passport-sized photograph of the traveler, taken against a white background.

These requirements are the same regardless of the type of Russian E-visa the Finnish traveler will be applying for.

Applying for the Russian E-visa from Finland

Travelers from Finland can apply for the Russian E-visa by filling out an online application with their biographical information as well as some passport details.

Before submitting the form, it is important to ensure that all the information provided on the Russian E-visa application is accurate and matches the information in the applicant’s Finnish passport. This is because any errors or missing information in the application are the most common cause of processing delays.

Russian e-Visas for Finnish citizens are usually processed and approved between 2-4 business days after submitting the application. However, applicants are advised to submit the form as soon as travel dates are known to allow for sufficient processing time in the rare case of delays.

Once an E-visa for Russia has been approved, a copy will be sent to the holder via email. It is necessary to take a printed copy of this document when traveling to present to officials upon arrival at Russian border control.

How Long is the Russian E-visa for Finnish Nationals Valid For?

All Russian E-visas are valid for 30 days from the date they are issued to the traveler. They are single-entry visas that allow for a maximum stay of 8 days from the date of entry to the designated territory of Russia.

E-visa holders can move freely within the specific region of Russia they will be visiting during these 8 days. However, travelers should make the necessary departure arrangements in order to depart the Russian Federation by 11:59 pm on the eighth day of their stay, in order to avoid overstaying their visa.

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Covid Update for Russian Federation

Last update: 17/11/2022

Russian electronic visas (e-Visas) are suspended. Travelers must complete an “Application Form”, which can be obtained online. This must be shown on arrival in Russia. You can also check the visa Policy of Russia to find out the requirements you need to meet in order to travel to the country.

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