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General information on VISAS

GENERAL INFORMATION ON VISAS

Travel to Russia requires an entry visa. The Consular Department issues different categories of visas to Russia based upon the purpose of the trip and the duration of stay in Russia. Official invitations are required for all types of visas.

On 1st June 2007 the Russia–EU Visa facilitation agreement came into force, and visa processing are changed for the citizens of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia.

Holders of diplomatic passports of the mentioned countries will not need a visa to enter Russia for 90 days.

However this agreement is not valid for the countries which did not sign the Agreement: the United Kingdom, Ireland, as well as Iceland which is not EU member state and did not sign the Agreement with Russia.

The following documents should be submitted in order to obtain a visa

regardless of its category:

  1. Completed visa applications, signed by the Applicant. All entries on the form must be typed or printed in block letters in English. Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed.

    Effective June 15, 2009 a new visa application form has been put into effect. Complete it and print it out according to the requirements enclosed.

Be informed, that we do not accept Visa Application Formes printed out of rules

Visa Application Form for citizens of EU countries for computer printing/for handwriting

Russian Visa Photo Specifications.

Visa Application Form for US, UK and Georgian citizens for handwriting

Russian Visa Photo Specifications.


All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he/she should put "N/A".
An application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally.

2 Valid national passport (original only and it should have at least two clear pages). It must be valid no less than six months after the visa expiration date. Holders of passports must submit valid polish Resident Card.

3 One picture of the applicant. Russian Visa Photo Specifications.

4 Medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay.

Visa processing starts only after the Consulate have collected all the necessary documents.

Visa Processing Fee is not Refundable.

Type of visa or dates of entry/departure can not be changed or extended.

Once application is accepted, a numbered receipt indicating visa ready date is issued. The receipt must be presented for a visa pick-up.

Documents for visa must be submitted by an applicant in person, through an authorized travel agency or by an applicant's legal representative. Documents delivered by messenger services are not accepted. The Consular Department does not provide copy, photo or other services.

The Consular Department assumes no responsibility for any loss, damage or delay of the documents sent by mail.

After the visa is received it should be checked by the traveler (spelling of the name, dates of travel, passport number, date of birth) and, if necessary, returned to the Consular Department for corrections.

 

Processing time, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice.

Please note that we do not accept cash, credit or debit cards, personal or company checks.

In accordance with the International Law, the Consular Department reserves the right to consider visa applications in certain cases as long as it feels necessary. Visa can be denied if the Consular Department has serious reasons to believe that an applicant's entry into or stay in Russia will not be desirable.

TYPES OF VISAS
Tourist Visa

To apply for a tourist visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Department a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport picture, as well as:

  1. Standard tourist confirmation (visa support letter) from the authorized hosting Russian travel agency, registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The confirmation should contain full name of the traveler, date of birth, passport number, date of entry/departure, itinerary, the agency's reference number, registration number, official seal and signature of the authorized person;
    Hotel reservation alone is not valid for obtaining a tourist visa.
  2. Voucher issued by an authorized travel agency, indicating full name of the traveler, date of birth, passport number, dates of entry and departure, name of the hosting Russian Tourist Company.

Russian tourist visa can be issued for not longer than 30 days! When entering Russia with a tourist visa, you could be also asked to present at the border checkpoint your tourist confirmation, voucher and a return ticket with a fixed date of departure from Russia. You also will have to prove that you have sufficient funds for your travel.

Business Visa

To apply for a business visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Department a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport pictures, as well as Invitation:

  • Citizens of US and UK submit original visa support letter (issued by a Local Visa Office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs) or Telex Confirmation. All state and private companies/organizations based in Moscow and other regions should process their invitations through the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/its regional representative offices or Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs/its local visa offices.
  • Citizens of EU-countries (adopted the Russia–EU Visa facilitation agreement) submit one of following documents: original visa support letter (issued by a Local Visa Office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs); Telex Confirmation; a Copy (or original) of Invitation letter issued by state or private company/organization.

Multiple re-entry visas are valid for a one-year period, starting not earlier than the date, indicated in the confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign or Internal Affairs of Russia.

Student Visa

To apply for a student visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Department a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport pictures, as well as:

  • Citizens of EU-countries (adopted the Russia–EU Visa facilitation agreement) submit one of following documents: original visa support letter (issued by a Local Visa Office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs); Telex Confirmation; a Copy (or original) of Invitation letter issued by state or private company/organization.
  • Citizens of US and UK submit original visa support letter (issued by a Local Visa Office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs) or Telex Confirmation.

If you submit the documents for the student visa, please be aware that the national passport has to be valid for no less than one and a half-year.

Work Visa

To apply for a work visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Department a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport pictures, as well as:

  1. Original letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or its Regional Office.

No copies are accepted.

Transit Visa

Transit visa is required if period of stay in Russia exceeds 24 hours or a traveler needs to change the airport or the railway station.

Transit visa can be issued for not longer than 3 days (in case of flight) and 10 days (if it travels by train or a car)!

To apply for a transit visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Department a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport pictures, as well as:

  1. Visa of the country of destination;
  2. Tickets for the whole itinerary.
Diplomatic and Official Visa

Diplomatic visa is granted for foreign citizens upon the receipt of a "note verbale" from a diplomatic/consular representation or permanent mission to international organization and the follow-up authorization of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Important Notice

In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation as of February 10, 2003 Migration Card (part A and B) should be completed by all foreign Citizens in Russian/English language in BLOCK LETTERS.

The Card is to be presented to the Russian Border Control officer along with a national passport and travel documents.

Migration Card can be obtained aboard a plane, on a train or at a Border Control Office.

Please be advised, that you should register with a local office of the Ministry of the Interior within three working days of arrival at the hotel or other organization rendering hotel services (this rule is applied to all foreign Citizens except those arriving at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). It is not necessary to register if the visa is for two to three days only. (Central Moscow Registration Chamber Tel: 202 29-63).

Negligence can result in penalties and fines.

Registration outside the territory of the Russian Federation is illegal and may entail serious consequences and penalties.

Please keep part B of the Migration Card along with your passport until the departure passport control procedure.

Migration Card sample

Please be advised that one can not have two valid visas in one passport; in this case the first visa will be cancelled.

Additional Information
Citizens of non-EU countries as well as of the UK, should also provide proof of legality of their stay in Poland (Resident card valid more then 90 days) when applying for a visa.

Citizens of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay.

The Consular Department reserves the right to call the applicants for an interview and ask questions on personal, financial, business, corporate related issues as well as on applicant's Russian contacts and relatives.