Russia has a reputation as being one of the more difficult countries to visit due to tough visa requirements, but it’s about to get much easier — for some countries, anyway. Citizens of 53 countries will now be able to visit St. Petersburg and the surrounding region (Leningrad Oblast) with a free electronic visa. The nationals of the same countries can also obtain an e-visa for Kaliningrad.
According to the Russian government, it only takes four calendar days to process the application and once approved, you have 30 days to use your e-visa. The e-visa is only valid for eight days.