The relations between Russia and the European countries have reached the next. Now it has become a lot easier for citizens of 53 states of Europe to go to Russia for a short visit. ⠀
They invented such thing as electronic #visa that is incredibly easy to get. You just fill the form on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and attach your photo. No other papers are required, and the best piece of news is that such a visa is free! You need to submit the application no later than 4 days before you come, and the visa will be valid for 30 days since it was granted. Within this month you will have the permission to stay on the Russian territory for up to 8 days. ⠀
Of course there are a few limits for this new practice. First, there are only European countries in the list for now, which means the new rule does not work for the USA, Canada and South America yet. ⠀
Second, you only can enter Russia in St Petersburg and around by air (Pulkovo airport), sea, (Marine Façade port, Vysitsk and Marine station), car/bus (Brusnichnoye, Torfyanovka, Svetogorsk, Ivangorod) and on foot (Ivangorod). No railway yet. Also, there are a few other spots in the Far East, #Buryatia and #Kaliningrad. ⠀
However, the new rule is already functioning, and the country has already received its first visitors having e-visas. We hope that this will develop to the wider range of countries, more open-border points and the opportunity to include railroads. All in all, it looks like the very start of the totally new scheme of travel to Russia.