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Destination Russia: A guide to St. Petersburg and e-visas


A view shows the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in central Saint Petersburg on June 19, 2017. Mladen Antonov, AFP

MANILA — Russia started offering free electronic visas on arrival to citizens of 53 countries including the Philippines, hoping to spur tourism while shaking off the villainous image from Western films.

The e-visas, issued from Oct. 1, cover the Leningrad region and the ancient port city of St. Petersburg, which boasts of grand canals, golden-spired cathedrals, sprawling parks, and palaces that are home to a treasure trove of art. 

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