According to the Russian Federation law, cruise or ferry passengers are the only category of tourists visiting Russia who are allowed to stay on the territory of the Russian Federation without visa for up to 72 hours.
However, cruise passengers can stay in Russia for 72 hours without visas only if they have booked tours through the companies officially licensed by the Russian government. Such companies will supply you with a tour ticket, which is called a blanket visa or booking confirmation, and let you pass the customs/immigration offices without any other documents except your valid passport and migration card that you will be given onboard. To get a tour ticket you need to order a tour program with the help of our company and give us a photo copy of your passport. The tour ticket will be sent to you electronically and you should have it while passing the port customs.
Essentials to Remember
This visa free exception applies, only to persons who travel within an organized group and do not intend to explore the cities on their own. Cruise passengers are free to use any authorized local travel agencies (not only cruise ship tour companies) for visa-free shore tours. VisitRussia's visa-free shore tours.
You may disembark independently if you have a valid Russian visa.
Russia's port cities where travellers won't need a visa for up to three days are:
St Petersburg (VisitRussia offers visa-free tours in St.Petersburg)
Tourists arriving with cruise ships don't need Russian visa for 72 hours (3 days)!
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During the one-day tour of St. Petersburg you will get acquainted with the Nothern Capital of Russia and see all the major city sights. You will visit the State Hermitage and be definitely impressed by its rich collections of art. In the second part
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During the one-day tour of St. Petersburg you will get acquainted with the Nothern Capital of Russia and see all the major city sights. You are awaited a guided excursion of the State Hermitage - one of the largest museums in the world. This one-day
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During this two-day tour you will get acquainted with St. Petersburg, see all its major attractions, visit the State Hermitage - one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. We also offer you to make an enthralling boat trip to Peterhof, the w
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