Forget COVID-19? Filipinos can travel all over Russia under relaxed e-visa rule in 2021

Photo: Irina Grotkjaer/Unsplash
Photo: Irina Grotkjaer/Unsplash

COVID-19 has somewhat dampened the wanderlust of countless Filipinos, many of whom are scared that they might get sick while overseas. However, that may just change after the Russian Embassy in Manila announced yesterday that starting 2021, Filipinos can travel all over Mother Russia under a relaxed e-visa rule.

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The embassy said in an online statement that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed a directive that allows citizens from 52 countries, including Pinoys, to travel all over Russia using the e-visa. Prior to this, Filipinos can travel only to the Far Eastern Federal District, St. Petersburg, and the Leningrad and Kaliningrad regions using the e-visa.

“As of now, the e-visa will be applicable throughout Russia. Foreigners can enter via the specially equipped checkpoints anywhere in the country and travel throughout Russia. In addition to this, the duration of a stay for foreigners has been extended from eight to 16 days,” the statement said.

“E-visas will be issued online for tourism, business, humanitarian, and guest trips. Applicants do not need an invitation, hotel booking, or any other documents to confirm their reasons for travel. The consular fee is $40 (free for children aged under six),” the embassy added.

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