Cruise stopover in St Petersburg – Do I need a visa?
If you are on a cruise ship with a scheduled stop in St Petersburg and wish to see the sights, you have two choices to disembark and visit the city. You can obtain a Russian visa and travel according to your own schedule or you can book an organised tour which will not require you to apply for a Russian visa.
1. Obtaining a Russian Visa
If you wish to travel freely throughout St Petersburg and not be restricted to the schedule of an organised tour then you will need to obtain a Russian visa. We will help you throughout this entire process, use the ‘check visa costs and apply‘ widget on this page to get you started. Alternatively you can call us on 020 7993 8027 to speak with one of our visa agents or live chat with us.
Do I need a single or double visa? If your cruise ship is scheduled to stop in St Petersburg for 2 days and you wish to visit St Petersburg on both days then you will need a double entry visa if you intend to return to the ship at night. Alternatively you may wish to book a hotel in St Petersburg and return to the ship at the end of the second day, in this case a single entry visa will be sufficient.
2. Book an organised tour
There are several tours available in St Petersburg each of which do not require you to obtain a Russian visa of your own as you will be ‘covered’ under the tour organisers agreement. If you would like more information about any of these tours please call us on 020 7993 8027 or live chat with a member of our team.