According to the law of the Russian Federation, passengers arriving by sea can stay in the arrived area for 72 hours without a conventional Russian visa.  Visa free services for cruise passengers offered on this website are provided by Palladium Travel Company.

The following are some of the criteria for visa free entry

- Only for those arriving by sea
- You must be with an authorized guide at all times when you are off the ship
- You are allowed to be in the arrived area of the Russian Federation less than 72 hours
- If you are a cruise passenger you are required to sleep on the ship.
- If you are a ferry boat passenger you are allowed to stay at a hotel.

* There are many other criteria, but these are some of the most important to consider.