According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the matter is to be dealt with by the end of the year. After that, the proposal is presented to the board.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia says (you switch to another service) that he is preparing a proposal that would introduce the issuance of electronic visas.
Before the pandemic, Russia prepared of the list (you will switch to another service) of the 52 countries whose citizens could apply for an e-visa. Finland is on the list. The same list is also planned to be included in the new proposal.
Finns could therefore apply for an e-visa to travel to Russia. With an electronic visa, you could enter Russia through 92 different border checkpoints.
There is no exact deadline for the completion of the proposal yet. According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the matter is planned to be processed by the end of the year, after which it will be presented to the government. At this stage, the websites and the system for issuing electronic visas related to e-visas are being reformed.
The procedure for issuing electronic visas was approved in Russia in the fall of 2020. The system was supposed to be introduced in 2021. reported in 2019 that Russia plans to introduce a free e-visa, which can be used to travel to St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. Due to the corona virus, the issuing of e-visas was suspended. In June, the Russian authorities announced that they wanted to return electronic visas.
The EU and Finland have reduced the number of visas granted to Russians. Today, Monday, Poland and the Baltic countries banned the entry of Russian tourists.