Where can Russian citizens go without a visa in 2021?

Today I have prepared a list of visa-free countries for 2021. Countries that have been affected by changes compared to 2021 are highlighted separately, and I have provided explanations for them. Very often, visa issues become an obstacle to a good holiday. Firstly, additional funds are needed to obtain a visa, secondly, processing and collecting documents takes time, thirdly, a visa may simply be refused, and then this threatens the loss of not only your vacation, but also part of the paid funds (if you have already bought a voucher or tickets). And you can only dream about buying a last-minute tour without a visa. Therefore, countries with which we have visa-free relations and are suitable for inexpensive beach holidays are traditionally popular among Russians.

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2021 opens a new stage of impressions and travel. If you look at the calendar of holidays and weekends, you can add a few more days of rest provided by the state to the traditional vacation. To plan your trips, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the visa requirements of countries. I divided them into several parts:

  • Countries you can travel to without a passport;
  • Countries where a visa is not required for Russians;
  • Countries where a visa is issued on arrival (conditionally visa-free);
  • Countries where you can get a visa online.

I also provided information about the maximum period of stay on the territory of the state without a visa. The specified data is relevant for holders of Russian citizenship. Currently, the list of countries that provide Russian citizens with the opportunity to enter without a visa is quite impressive.

Countries where Russians do not need a passport

If you still don’t have a passport or it’s expiring, don’t worry. There are countries where entry is carried out with a Russian passport and without visas in 2021. There are not many of them, but they exist. Visiting them is very easy as no other documents are required. You simply buy a plane, train or bus ticket and head off to new adventures. So, where to go without a passport.

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Country you can enter with a Russian passportHow many days can you stay
3BelarusNo restrictions, no registration for up to 90 days.
5Kyrgyzstan30 (for a longer stay you need to register within 5 days)
6South Ossetia90


Visa-free countries of the former USSR

You can travel to some countries of the former Soviet Union in 2021 using an internal Russian passport

Countries you can enter without a passport

Abkhazia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan allow tourists from Russia to stay on their territory for no more than 90 days. After this, you need to register or leave the countries.

You can enter these states using an internal passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation.


Russians can stay in the Republic of Belarus for up to 90 consecutive days. You don't need a passport for this.

After the specified period, you must extend your stay or leave the country.

Most tourists go to the Republic of Belarus for shopping. The goods there are high quality and inexpensive. The country has many natural, architectural and historical monuments. Belarus has cheap housing, public transport and food.


One of the main attractions is Joseph Stalin's dacha on the shore of Lake Ritsa. Holidays at the seaside resorts in Pitsunda and Gagra are popular among tourists.

No visa or passport is needed. You can enter the country with a Russian passport.


Main attractions:

  • Ascension Cathedral;
  • Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi.

Tourists can enter the country with a Russian passport for 90 days.


The main natural monument is Mount Muztag-Ata. Osh Bazaar allows you to immerse yourself in local flavor.

Mount Muztagh-Ata

Mount Ala-Too in Kyrgyzstan


When traveling by plane, a citizen of the Russian Federation can enter Armenia without a foreign passport. The maximum period of stay is 90 days.

The country has very beautiful nature. Walking and horseback excursions through flowering mountain meadows are common.






Visa-free countries for Russians 2021: list of destinations

Many countries have a visa-free regime with Russia. Among them are European countries, Asian countries and even America. No, the United States has not yet introduced visa-free entry, but many countries in Latin America will not require it. Entry rules are constantly changing, the list of visa-free countries is expanding. For example, from 2021 Dubai has become visa-free for Russians. This means there is one more country without a visa for a beach holiday. Let's see which countries do not require a visa for Russians in 2021.

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Visa-free countriesHow many days can you stay
2Antigua and Barbuda30
4Albaniavisa-free from May 15 to November 15, you can stay in the country for no more than 90 days
7Bosnia and Herzegovina30
19Hong Kong14
20Grenada90 (from 2021)
24Dominican Republic30
27IranOnly as part of tourist groups from 2021
28Qatar30 (from 2021)
30Costa Rica30
46UAE30 (from 2021)
47Cook Islands31
52Samoa60 (from July 2021)
55Northern Mariana Islands45
56Northern Cyprus (Turkish territory)90
57Saint Kitts and Nevis90 (from November 2021)
58Saint Lucia42
59Saint Vincent and the Grenadines90
61Suriname60 days (from 2021)
63Taiwan14 (test mode until July 31, 2021)
65Turks and Kaikom90
66Trinidad and Tobago90
68Türkiye90 (length of stay increased from 2021)
77South Korea60
78South Africa90 (from March 30, 2021)


Visa-free countries in Europe and Asia

Russian tourists can enter many foreign countries without a visa, using only one foreign passport.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, ancient buildings coexist with modern buildings. There are restaurants, hotels, and souvenir shops at every step. Disneyland is open in the city.

Without a visa, Russians can stay in Hong Kong for 14 days.

Night Hong Kong

Panorama of Hong Kong at night


To visit, Russians need an electronic visa to India. An entry permit is issued at the airport upon arrival.

The visa is issued for 30 days, 1 year or 5 years at the request of the applicant. You can stay in the country for no more than 90 days during one trip.

The e-Visa application must be submitted at least 3-4 days before travel at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. Payment also takes place online. The fee for an e-visa for 30 days is 25 USD. To fill out the electronic form, you will need a valid foreign passport.

Video: applying for an electronic visa to India

Find out from the video:

  • how to fill out an application for an electronic visa to India;
  • what documents are needed for a visa;
  • the amount of the visa fee and methods of payment;
  • How to obtain an electronic permit.


Tunisia is one of the popular summer holiday destinations. One of the main attractions is the water amusement park Carthageland. Also worthy of attention:

  • Uqba Mosque;
  • St. Vincent's Cathedral;
  • Archaeological Museum of Sousse.


Laos, where Russians can stay for up to 30 days without a visa, is a people's republic that preaches Buddhism. There are vatas at every step - places for prayer and worship of the gods.

Buddha Park is located on the banks of the Mekong River. The Phu Chi Fa Nature Reserve is popular among tourists.

nature of Laos

Waterfalls in Laos


The Blue Mosque is of interest to Muslim and Christian tourists. The Suleymaniye Mosque can accommodate up to 5,000 worshipers at a time.

Other architectural monuments:

  • St. Peter's Castle - a medieval fortress on the territory of an ancient settlement;
  • Galata Tower, named after the hill on which it is located. Its impressive size allows it to be seen from any part of the city.

Entry into Turkey is permitted without a visa if you have a foreign passport. The maximum period of stay is 60 days.

Galata Tower in Turkey

View of the old city in Istanbul


Montenegro is home to the second largest Tara Canyon in the world. Its length is about 82 kilometers, maximum depth is about 1,300 meters. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Spur Monastery, as if carved into a rock, is located at an altitude of about 900 meters above sea level. The country has many picturesque lakes where you can get a good fishing catch.

Entry and stay in Montenegro without a visa is possible if you have a foreign passport. The maximum stay is 30 days from October to May.

In summer, citizens of the Russian Federation can stay in the country for up to 90 days.

Serbia and Montenegro on the map of Europe

Map of the countries of the Balkan Peninsula


A visa to Serbia is not required. A foreign passport is enough, which allows you to stay in the country for 30 days.


A single-entry visa to Cyprus for Russians is issued online within 1 business day. You can stay in the country for 90 days. There is no visa fee. The rules for entering Cyprus with a pro-visa allow crossing the border only upon arrival at the airport from Russia.

Cyprus has the longest summer weather for beach holidays of any European country. You can swim here even in October. The air temperature at this time will be 26-30 degrees.

Visa at the border

Russia has a conditional visa-free regime with some countries. This means that the tourist will be given the required stamp at the airport upon arrival or when crossing the border. Sometimes entry may be free, sometimes you will have to pay for a visa. It all depends on the specific country and the purpose of visiting it.

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Countries where a visa is issued at the borderHow many days can you stay
1Bangladesh15, cost 50$
2Bahrain30, price 75$
3Belize30, price 50$
4BurundiSubject to special permission from the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Visa cost: 90$
5East Timor30, only at Dili International Airport and Seaport
6Ghana90, if you have a visa permit
10Zimbabwe90 tourist, 30 business
11India30, if you have an online visa at some airports
12Jordanunder a number of conditions, including arrival in Aqaba
13Iraq14 days, applies only to the Kurdistan Region, requires visa permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kurdistan Region
15Cape Verde30
17Kenya90, with evisa
18Cyprus90, if you have a pro visa
19Chinaonly about. Hainan - up to 15 days, Dalian airport - transit 7 days, a number of ground checkpoints for residents of border areas
21Kuwait30 under some conditions
25Myanmar28 days if you have evisa
29Pitcairn14 under certain conditions
30Samoa Western60
31Sao Tome and PrincipeIf you have a visa permit issued online
32Saint Helena Islandup to 183 days, does not apply to o. Ascension and the Tristan da Cunha archipelago
34Tanzania90 tourist visa, 14 days transit
35Togo7, visa cost $17
36Topga30, visa free
38Turkmenistan10, under a number of conditions
40Central African Republic7
41Sri Lanka30, visa cost $30
42Ethiopia30, visa cost $30


Countries for which visas are issued online

For some countries, you can apply for a visa online via the Internet without leaving your home. This significantly simplifies the life of a tourist.

Cheap flights

Last minute tours

Countries for which visas can be issued onlineHow many days can you stay
1AustraliaDepends on the consulate
13New ZealandDepends on the consulate


Visa-free countries for Russians 2021 in Asia

Asian countries are visited for a limited number of days:

  • 14 – Hong Kong, Taiwan (in the form of an experiment);
  • 15 – Vietnam (the next visit is allowed after 30 days), Laos;
  • 30 – Maldives islands (documentary proof of departure from the republic and hotel reservations), Macau, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia (entry through specific ports, for example, Bali, Denpamsar).
  • 90 for a period of 180 days – Mongolia (up to 30 days), South Korea (60 days).

If the purpose of visiting Singapore is transit (tickets are required), then there is a limited time period of up to 96 hours. But it’s worth considering that you need to apply for a visa to this country if there is no transit, or you decide to stay for a period exceeding the limit.

It is worth visiting Singapore for at least a week, but there are difficulties in obtaining a visa. Details can be found on the official website of the Singapore Consulate.

Where can you go with a visa from other countries 2021

There are several countries for which you do not need to obtain a visa if you have entry permits from other countries. This rule often applies to closely located neighboring countries. Thus, in one trip, without unnecessary paperwork, you can visit several countries at once.

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A countryIn the presence of
1AlbaniaSchengen multiple visa, US and UK visas
2BulgariaDouble or multiple entry visas for Romania, Cyprus and Croatia
3IrelandUK visas
4ZambiaKaza visa
5ZaimbabweKaza visa
6OmanWith UAE visa
7RomaniaWith a double or Schengen multiple entry visa, national visas of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia
8French GuianaSchengen
9CroatiaWith a double or Schengen multiple entry visa, national visas of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania

In this article, you learned about visa-free countries for Russians in 2021: the list of destinations is constantly changing. The list of world powers with free entry is expanding. For travelers, the absence of a visa means, first of all, freedom of choice and freedom of movement. And it’s also a great opportunity to fly quickly using great deals from airlines or last-minute tours. All that remains is to decide on a place where you can go without a visa from Russia.

If changes occur during 2021, I will add to the list of countries for visa-free entry.

Have a nice trip!

About the author: Ekaterina

On the pages of my blog you will find information about the places I have been, secrets and life hacks of independent travel.

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Which European countries can Russians visit without a visa?

list of countries without a visa for Russians

Let's look at which European countries require a visa for Russians

. In 2021, few countries have yet allowed visa-free entry for Russian travelers. As a rule, a Schengen visa is required. But their list is gradually increasing. Today these are 5 countries, but it’s a pity that Croatia has canceled entry without a visa.

Consider European countries without a visa

and duration of stay on their territory:

  • Macedonia – the total number of days must be no more than 90 days out of 6 months;
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – visit up to 30 days;
  • Montenegro – visit up to 30 days;
  • Serbia – visit up to 30 days;
  • Turkey – tourist trip up to 2 months.

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Discussion: 17 comments

  1. Tatiana:
    27.11.2017 at 19:41

    The list of visa-free countries is quite impressive. Which makes traveling a lot easier.



    12/06/2017 at 01:10

    It's true. True, many countries are far away. There are many trade-free countries in Latin America, but you can also choose interesting ones from among our closest neighbors and visit them.


  • Ollie:

    27.11.2017 at 20:08

    How many countries, it turns out, can be visited without visas! if I had money

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