St Petersburg expands fee-free visas for international delegates

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St Petersburg expands fee-free visas for international delegates

International conference, exhibition, incentive and event delegates from 53 countries visiting St Petersburg will now be able to arrange fee-free e-visas for visits of up to eight days.

The new system has been applauded by the Expoforum team, who see it significantly improving the city’s accessibility and appeal for international association congresses as well as corporate events.

Visitor’s to Russia’s conference and cultural capital, St Petersburg, can now complete an online process on the website of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry to apply for an eight-day visa.

The application can be made no later than four and no earlier than 20 days before the expected date of entry.

This new initiative follows similar schemes previously introduced for travel to Kaliningrad and the Kaliningrad Region as well as Vladivostok and airports across the whole of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District.

Maria Tsedeviyn, International Development Director at Expoforum, commented: “34 countries already had visa-free entry in Russia, the addition of this new service for an additional 53 countries makes entry and travel to St Petersburg easier than ever.

“This new system dramatically eases access and travel to our beautiful city. The whole of our venue team is looking forward to the significant impact this will have on our appeal as a destination for international congresses. St Petersburg has always offered great facilities, great hospitality and great access. We now also have easy travel entry and with that fact come significant potential for us to welcome more conference and event visitors than ever before.”

Countries able to use the e-visa system are:

 

Andorra

Austria

Bahrain

Belgium

Bulgaria

China (including Taiwan)

Croatia

Cyprus

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

Norway

Oman

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

San-Marino

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

The Czech Republic

The Netherlands

The Philippines

Turkey

Vatican

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.