Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport Welcomes First Passengers with E-Visas

Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport serves tourists from 53 countries entering the Russian Federation with free electronic visas. Among the first passengers are citizens of Finland, Iran, Latvia, Hungary. Travelers arrived in St. Petersburg by Finnair, Mahan Air, airBaltic, Wizz Air flights.

Leonid Sergeev, Chief Executive Officer of Pulkovo Airport operator Northern Capital Gateway LLC said:

“The launch of electronic visas is a long awaited event for Pulkovo Airport. St Petersburg remains one of the most visited cities in Europe, while electronic visas make traveling to the Northern capital of Russia even more attractive. We expect a significant increase in inbound tourist flow, and, as a result, an increase in passenger traffic at Pulkovo Airport. I am confident that the maximum effect of electronic visas can be achieved only in complex with the ‘Open skies’ regime including 7-th-freedom rights for foreign airlines to fly to St. Petersburg. Overall, the implementation of the full range of measures will stimulate the development of domestic passenger traffic, making Pulkovo Airport transfer product more attractive for travelers.”

The list of countries, the citizens of which are permitted to enter Russia via St. Petersburg and nearby Leningrad region using electronic visas, includes: Austria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, China and Taiwan, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Kuwait, Finland, France, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Vatican.

Travelers heading to the cultural capital of Russia for tourist, business or humanitarian reasons can apply online for a free visa. The application can be made no later than 4 and no earlier than 20 days before the expected date of entry. Visitors will be able to stay in Russia for 8 days out of the 30-day validity period.

Application for electronic visas is available on the information portal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Foreign citizens who have obtained electronic visas have the right to stay and move only within the territory of the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region.

Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport is the fourth airport in Russia in terms of passenger traffic. In January-August 2019, Pulkovo welcomed 13.2 million passengers, which is 8.6% more than in the same period of 2018. In 2019, St. Petersburg airport, for the fourth year in a row, became the winner of the national ‘Air Gates of Russia’ award, according to the passengers’ votes.

St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. The city has repeatedly been named the best destination for cultural tourism by the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Since 2010, Northern Capital Gateway LLC has been the main operator of Pulkovo, implementing the airport reconstruction and development project under a public-private partnership agreement with the city of St. Petersburg.