Visa

FOR TOURISTS

Visa to Russia

A foreign national or stateless person needs a visa to enter the Russian Federation, except for citizens of the states with which the Russian Federation concluded an agreement on visa free travel.

To apply for and obtain a visa to enter the Russian Federation it is necessary to

1)   Contact a consular office of the Russian Federation at the location of your habitual residence;

2)   Review the list of the documents necessary to apply for a visa and the amount of the consular fee;

3)   Submit the documents necessary to apply for a visa:

1. Passport.

2. A filled-out visa application form.

3. One 3.5 x 4.5 cm photograph.

4. Proof of payment of the consular fee.

5. Documents depending on the purpose of the visit and the visa category:

5.1. for business and humanitarian visas (a single or double entry visa for up to 3 months or a multiple entry visa for up to one year):

  • an original invitation letter registered with a branch of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation or a decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

5.2. for tourist visas (a single or double entry visa for up to 30 days)

  • a tourism services agreement
  • a confirmation of reception of the foreign tourist by the tour operator company

Note: a hotel booking confirmation cannot serve as the ground for issuing a visa

5.3. for private visas (a single or double entry visa for up to three months):

  • an original invitation letter registered with a branch of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation

5.4. for a student visa:

  • an original invitation letter registered with a branch of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation
  • a negative HIV certificate (valid for 3 months)

Note: when applying for a student visa make sure that your passport is valid for at least one and a half years

5.5. for work visas:

  • an original invitation letter registered with a branch of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation
  • a negative HIV certificate (valid for 3 months)

Note: when applying for a work visa make sure that your passport is valid for at least one and a half years

5.6. for transit visas (for not more than 3 days for foreign nationals traveling by air through the territory of the Russian Federation to the country of destination):

  • a valid transport ticket for departure from the Russian Federation
  • a visa to enter the country adjacent to the Russian Federation on the route or a visa of the country of destination or a passport issued by such country

Note: a foreign national travelling by a non-stop air flight over the territory of the Russian Federation does not need a transit visa

More detailed information on the requirements to the documents necessary for issue of a visa can be found on the websiteof the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

4)   Get a receipt showing the date of the visa readiness after the respective documents have been accepted.

5)   Obtain the visa; please provide the receipt to obtain your visa.

6)   Upon obtaining of the visa, check if the details are filled in correctly, including the name, date, passport number, date of birth, etc. and, if necessary, promptly return the visa to make the respective amendments.

Regardless of the number of entries of the visa, the total period of stay of a foreign national in the Russian Federation may not exceed 90 days per each period of 180 days (except for holders of work and student visas).

The consulate reserves the right to refuse to grant a visa on serious grounds.

Should the visa be refused, the fee paid will not be refunded.

Visa-free travel

According to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, citizens of 27 states that hold all types of passports are eligible for visa-free entrance to Russia for a period of 30 to 90 days.

These countries are:

Item No. Country Type of passport Period of stay
1 Abkhazia Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports (including internal passports) up to 90 days
2 Azerbaijan Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
3 Argentina Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
4 Armenia Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
5 Brazil Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
6 Venezuela Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
7 Guatemala Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
8 Honduras Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
9 Colombia Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
10 Nicaragua Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
11 Paraguay Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
12 Peru Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
13 Ukraine Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports (including internal passports)
14 Uruguay Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
15 Fiji Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
16 Chile Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
17 Ecuador Up to 90 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
18 Cuba Up to 30 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports up to 30 days
19 Seychelles Up to 30 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports
20 Mauritius Up to 60 days without a visa for holders of all types of passports up to 60 days
21 Belarus Without a visa for holders of all types of passports (including internal passports) More than 90 days
22 Kazakhstan Without a visa for holders of all types of passports (including internal passports)
23 Kyrgyzstan Without a visa for holders of all types of passports (including internal passports)
24 Moldova Without a visa for holders of all types of passports
25 Tajikistan Without a visa for holders of all types of passports
26 Uzbekistan Without a visa for holders of all types of passports
27 South Ossetia Without a visa for holders of all types of passports (including internal passports), except for entrance commercial or employment purposes

For the legal stay in Russia, all foreign nationals are required to obtain a voluntary health insurance policy.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS ON BOARD OF CRUISE SHIPS

Tourists on board of large cruise ships when entering Russian Federation through the following ports: Sochi, Novorossiysk, Vladivostok, Korsakov, Kaliningrad, Vyborg, St.Petersburg have the right to stay in the Russian Federation without a visa for up to 72 hours. They have the right to leave the ship and come back on board only as part of an organized tourist group. Those willing to leave the ship on their own or in a group of less than 5 tourists must have a visa.