Cruise Fever reported a few weeks back that Royal Caribbean issued an update that now requires all passengers to have a passport on cruises booked to the Caribbean island of Martinique. The cruise line has issued another travel document update for cruisers visiting a second cruise port.
Cruisers who are visiting St. Petersburg, Russia will now need an E-visa if they wish to explore the port/city on their own. The E-visa is not needed for shore excursions booked through the cruise line.
The E-visa is free of charge as long as guests apply through 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.