Entry into the country – Visas

Passport & Visa

The following details relate to holders of adult normal passports (requirements for children may be different), if any other type of passport or travel document is held, entry requirements should be checked with the relevant embassy or consulate. Please note – see United Kingdom entry for complete list of EU members, Schengen State & EEA Countries

Passports required by all

Passport Validity: Passports must be valid 6 months after date of return

Passport Notes: Visas

The following DO NOT require a visa for visiting the country for tourist purposes: Nationals of Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine,  Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela,  Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela.

Notes: Nationals not referred to the above are advised to contact the embassy or high commission to check visa requirements. Entry requirements may change from time to time and should be checked with the Embassy of Russia

Special Notes: Visas must be obtained prior to arrival

Types of visas:

Tourist visa (Good for scouting or just visiting the country. Also works for crew members not involved in the filming process)

Business visas (Main choice for all film crews. Allows you to realize any filming except life broadcasts or visiting official events)

Journalist visa (Mandatory for life broadcasts and filmings at places like railroads, military zones, etc.)

Air Transit

Required by all except:

Persons remaining in the transit zone with an onward or connecting flight within 24 hours of arrival
Notes: Valid onward tickets are required, except for Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine & Uzbekistan
Exit Permits
Special Notes: Visas must be obtained prior to arrival

Transportation

Saint Petersburg is a major transport hub. The first Russian railway was built here in 1837, and since then the city’s transport infrastructure has continued to develop and keep pace with the growth of the city. Petersburg has an extensive system of local roads and railway services, maintains a large public transport system that includes the Saint Petersburg tram and the Saint Petersburg Metro, and is home to a number of riverine services that convey passengers around the city efficiently and in relative comfort.

The city is connected to the rest of Russia and the wider world by a number of federal highways and national and international rail routes. Pulkovo International Airport serves the majority of air passengers departing from or arriving to the city.

Railways

ThSapsan - russian speed traine Sapsan high-speed train runs between Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow and Saint Petersburg

Today, the city is the final destination of a web of intercity and suburban railways, served by five different railway terminals (Baltiysky, Finlyandsky,

Ladozhsky, Moskovsky, and Vitebsky),as well as dozens of non-terminal railway stations within the federal subject. Saint Petersburg has international railway connections to Helsinki, Finland, Berlin, Germany, and all former republics of the USSR. The Helsinki railway was built in 1870, 443 kilometers (275 mi), commutes three times a day, in a journey lasting about three and a half hours with the new Allegro train.

The Moscow-Saint Petersburg Railway opened in 1851, 651 kilometers (405 mi); the commute to Moscow now requires from three and a half to nine hours.

Vitebsky railway stationIn 2009 Russian Railways launched a high speed service on the Moscow-Saint Petersburg route. The new train, known as Sapsan, is a deriative of the popular Siemens Velaro train; various versions of which are already in service in a number of European countries. It set records for the fastest train in Russia on May 2, 2009, travelling at 281 km/h and on May 7, 2009, traveling at 290 kilometers per hour (180 mph).

Since December 12, 2010 Karelian Trains, a joint venture between Russian Railways and VR (Finnish Railways), has been running Alstom Pendolino operated high-speed services between Saint Petersburg’s Finlyandsky and Helsinki’s Central railway stations. These services are branded as ‘Allegro’ trains.
Intercity and suburban rail terminals of Petersburg

 vitebsky railway station  moskovskiy railway station  Baltiyskiy railway station  Finlyandskiy railway station  Ladozhskiy railway station
 Vitebsky Station Moskovsky Station  Baltiysky Station  Finlyandsky Station  Ladozhsky Station

Waterways

Meteor shipThe city is also served by the passenger and cargo seaports in the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland, Baltic Sea, the river port higher up the Neva, and tens of smaller passenger stations on both banks of the Neva river. It is a terminus of the Volga-Baltic and White Sea-Baltic waterways.

In 2004 the first high bridge that doesn’t need to be drawn, a 2,824-meter (9,265 ft) long Big Obukhovsky Bridge, was opened. Meteor hydrofoils link the city centre to the coastal towns of Kronstadt, Lomonosov, Petergof, Sestroretsk, and Zelenogorsk from May through October. Throughout the city, smaller boats and water-taxis maneuver the many canals in the warmer months.

The shipping company St Peter Line operates two ferries which sails from Helsinki to St. Petersburg and from Stockholm to St Petersburg.

Roads and public transport

Metro st petersburg Saint Petersburg has an extensive city-funded network of public transport (buses, trams, trolleybuses) and several hundred routes served by marshrutkas. Trams in Saint Petersburg used to be the main transport; in the 1980s, Leningrad had the largest tramway network in the world, but many tramway rail tracks were dismantled in the 2000s (decade).

Buses carry up to three million passengers daily, serving over 250 urban and a number of suburban bus routes. Saint Petersburg Metro underground rapid transit system was opened in 1955; it now has five lines with 64 stations, connecting all five railway terminals, and carrying 3.4 million passengers daily. Metro stations are decorated in marble and bronze.

trolleybus in st petersburgTraffic jams are common in the city.

Saint Petersburg is part of the important transport corridor linking Scandinavia to Russia and Eastern Europe. The city is a node of the international European routes E18 towards Helsinki; E20 towards Tallinn; E95 towards Pskov, Kiev and Odessa; E105 towards Petrozavodsk, Murmansk and Kirkenes (north) and towards Moscow and Kharkiv (south).

Air travel

Pulkovo airportSaint Petersburg is also served by Pulkovo International Airport (http://www.pulkovoairport.ru/en/), and by three smaller commercial and cargo airports in the suburbs. Lappeenranta Airport, which is located near Saint Petersburg in Finnish side of the border, is also popular among Russian travellers.

Pulkovo airport opened to passengers as a small aerodrome in 1931. As of 2011, the airport is the 3th busiest in Russia after Moscow’s Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports. With two main terminals (one domestic, one international), Pulkovo is widely regarded as one of the larger and more modern airports in the Russian Federation. However, as it is anticipated that by 2025 Pulkovo airport will handle around 17 million passengers annually, plans have been laid out to build a new mid-field terminal extension directly to the north of Terminal 1 (domestic); it is planned to contain 18 gates. Construction began in November 2010, and is scheduled to complete in 2013.

There is a regular, 24/7, rapid-bus transit connection (marshrutka) between Pulkovo airport and the city center