In accordance to the legislation of Russian Federation (RF Government Resolution №397), foreign tourists and persons without citizenship or relevant visa and/or proper permission travelling on ferries may arrive to the Russian Federation without Russian visa for the period of 72 hours being part of organised excursion group. VISA-Free journey can lasts up to 3 days. According to the law a passenger must arrive at the port of St. Petersburg aboard a ferry of SТ PETER LINE Company and leave in the same manner, be part of organised excursion group ("Car Shorex” in this case) and comply with the rule of no longer than 72-hour stay. 72 hours period begins for the moment of crossing border control.
All passengers travelling on board from Stockholm, Helsinki or Tallinn to St. Petersburg are required to present a passport before entering the ship. All passengers travelling visa free have to reserve sightseeing program in St. Petersburg in advance. The most affordable way is purchasing city bus shuttle service offered by ST PETER LINE Mandatory shuttle bus ticket’s price is 25€ for adults and 12,5€ for children (0-12 years). Visa-free travelling concerns all passengers. If a passenger arrives from outside the Schengen area, the passenger must have a multiple entry Schengen visa to enter back to Finland after the cruise.
Passengers arriving under the VISA FREE regime must stay within the territory defined by the pre-paid excursion program (CityBusTour program).
If a passenger stays within the Russian Federation territory for longer than one day the passenger must present to the Border Guard Service a hotel voucher, a confirmation of payment for the booking. Passing the registration formalities at the hotel is obligatory.
All passengers who travel on board of Princess Maria and Princess Anastasia with car (drivers) must hold Russian visa. The carrier has the right to refuse in transportation to the passenger, who by understanding of ST. PETER LINE personal might break the rules of visa/visa free entry/leave to/from the Russian Federation/Finland.
In case for breaking the rule of 72h visa free staying in the Russian Federation all fees, penalties and other related expenses have to be covered by the passenger.
1.Sea Station Terminal, V.O.,1, Morskoy Slavy square
2. Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
3. Sokos Hotel Palace Brige
4. Saint Isaac’s Square