The Russian government is set to launch a new and simplified electronic visa in the year 2021.
The plan was confirmed by Denis M. Karenin, Second Secretary of the Russian Embassy in the Philippines, in an interview with Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary JV Arcena in the online show The Virtual Presser on February 12, 2020.
Karenin said, "We are working on an agreement for simplification of visa procedures...
"So there's going to be much less requirements for Filipinos who want a Russian visa.
"Actually, we are also looking at opening a Russia visa center in the Philippines so it's going to make the application for Russian visa more accessible."
According to a report by Russia Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the order for the new electronic visa in June 2019.
This new e-visa allows travelers to enter the country for one time only, with a maximum stay of 16 days in all cities within Russia.
The current visa is only valid for eight days and limits visitors to the Russian Far East region. This is just "enough time to visit St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad," Second Secretary Karenin said.
With the newly signed order, Karenin said they hope "to be able to make a different kind of electronic visa that would be valid for the majority of Russia, in cities.
"We expect for this concept to be introduced by 2021."
Although he didn't disclose how short the new processing time will be, he assured, "For now it's one-week processing, two weeks processing, but we're always flexible when people actually have a flight to Russia..."
Karenin also highlighted the ease of applying for the visa.
"So this visa can be applied for online. You can find the information on our website and Facebook account.
"You can apply for it online, you don't have to go to the embassy. You will be given this visa four days prior to departure."
The new e-visa will cost up to 50 US Dollars (PHP2,530), and is set to take effect on January 1, 2021.