Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that all foreigners coming to the Kaliningrad Region are expected to hold an approved electronic visas starting July 2019. This new measure was discussed during a government meeting which studied amendments to the special economic zone’s legislation of Russia’s westernmost region.
"Foreign citizens will be able to receive an electronic visa [to visit the Kaliningrad Region], this project I remind you is being implemented in the port of Vladivostok. After all necessary technical arrangements are made, everyone who comes to the country and leaves it through the Kaliningrad Region will enjoy this possibility from July 1, 2019," Medvedev said. He expects that "it will galvanize the development of tourism, as well as business and humanitarian contacts."
In 2019, citizens from eligible countries who plan to come to Russia will be able to get an electronic entry visa by completing an online application. The only condition is that the entry and exit should be made through the Kaliningrad Region. Travelers are not required to remain in Kaliningrad during their entire stay; they will be allowed to visit other cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg.
E-Visa system already in place in Vladivostok
The official added that a similar electronic visa system was already introduced in the free port of Vladivostok. Since 1 August, visitors can apply online for an electronic entry visa valid for 30 days for a maximum stay of eight (8) days.
The list of the countries eligible to apply for the eVisa for Vladivostok includes India, China, North Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Morocco, Qatar, Kuwait, Brunei, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Turkey.
The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad is physically separated from the rest of Russia and is situated between Poland and Lithuania and the Baltic Sea. It is closer to Berlin and Prague than it is to Moscow and St Petersburg. It is well known for its beaches, which can get overcrowded during the Summer. Kaliningrad’s economy is currently booming due to favored access to the EU for both its inhabitants and goods.