Russia updates rules for visiting St. Petersburg on your own

Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has issued an advisory to guests who wish to tour the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, on their own.

Guests will now be required to have an E-visa for the port, and must apply via the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

The issued E-visa will be valid for 30 days, allowing a single entry for stays up to 8 days. Applicants must apply for the E-Visa within 20 days of their intended arrival and no later than 4 days before.

Although the E-visa is single entry, this will allow the guests to go through the St. Petersburg immigration check points multiple times during any stays that are multiple days long.