The Philippines is among the 53 countries who can now visit St. Petersburg and other nearby locations in the Leningrad Region with a free electronic visa starting October.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made the announcement with the list of the countries that was made possible with the decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to its official announcement.

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

Here is the complete list of eligible countries for the free e-visa to Russia:

Andorra
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Bulgaria
China (including Taiwan)
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Korean People’s Democratic Republic
Kuwait
Latvia
Lichtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
North Macedonia
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
San-Marino
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Vatican