Latvia and Estonia
As of January 1, 2021, the Russian government has introduced a unified electronic visa for visiting the entire Russian territory. This electronic visa allows you to enter the country only once for tourist, business, humanitarian or family visit purposes, for a maximum of 16 days . The nationalities and entry points eligible for this visa are as follows. The average time to obtain the electronic visa is about 4 days. No invitation or voucher is required for this process.
To travel to Russia, the e-visa is mandatory. From January 1, 2021, you can visit the whole country with the unified e-visa. The visa for Russia allows you to stay 16 days in the different Russian oblasts in order to visit your relatives, for business, tourism or humanitarian reasons.
The electronic visa for Russia is available online for a fee of 69 € per traveler. It is not possible to obtain a visa for Russia on arrival, we advise you to apply online 4 days before your departure to Russia.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR ESTONIA, LATVIA AND LITHUANIA
Connections via Istanbul or Dubai are not very attractive due to excessive demand and high prices. So this summer the most used option for travel between Russia and the EU is to cross the land border with the Baltic countries and Finland. But this route may be closed if the EU says do svidanya to Russian tourists. Schengen countries bordering Russia, such as Estonia, have already begun to limit their entry. The EU is debating whether to ban their entry across the board. Foreign ministers of the 27 will discuss next week a controversial issue that divides the EU.
“Visiting Europe is a privilege and not a right, and this privilege does not belong to citizens of a country waging a genocidal war in Ukraine,” said Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. Since Russian tanks entered Ukraine several countries want to ban Russians from entering their countries for tourism. The bid to stop Russians across the board, barring humanitarian or family causes, has grown in August, after Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky told The Washington Post that Russians should “live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”
Not everyone agrees. Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz says that while it is important to sanction members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, Europeans must “also understand that there are many people fleeing Russia because they do not agree with the Russian regime.”
European leaders are unlikely to reach full agreement on this issue. Although the EU has largely held together since the start of the war and has united to impose serious economic sanctions on Russia, there is a geographic reality that complicates any consensus among 27 countries with very different economic and political priorities.
The western and southern EU countries, which are somewhat shielded from Kremlin aggression because of the great distance, are quick to remind the hawks that Russia is a very large part of the wider region of Europe.
Therefore, it is not only extremely difficult, but probably not particularly productive, to simply ignore Russia. Once the war is over, European economies will want to re-establish ties with Russia. This is not only beneficial to those countries, but could also prove valuable in a post-conflict propaganda war to convince average Russians of the benefits of European values.
Lithuania, the Baltic republic that does not allow itself to be intimidated by
I would like to ask you a question, I will enter Russia through the Moscow airport but I will leave Russia through St. Petersburg by bus to Helsinki, so how would I return the immigration card when the border control is made on the bus?
I will go to St. Petersburg from Helsinki and I will leave towards Tallinn, in the visa agency they tell me that I should find out where I enter and where I leave and I really have no idea where to look for that. I have sent an e-mail to a bus line, but I don’t know if they will answer me. Are those entry and exit details necessary?