VISA INFORMATION

Travel to Russia requires an entry visa. The Consular Section issues various categories of Russian visas based upon the purpose of the trip and the duration of stay in Russia.

The Consular Section issues the following types of visas:

Visa categories:

  • "1" - single entry visa,
  • "2" - double entry visa,
  • "M" - multiple entry visa (duration of stay must not exceed 90 days of each 180 days).

Visa types:

  • Tourist (when traveling on a tour program for maximum of 30 days),
  • Business (for business purposes),
  • Private (a visit to a friend or relative),
  • Educational (to study in Russia for a long-time period),
  • Work (to work in Russia for a long-time period),
  • Transit (to go through the territory of Russia to other country).

TOURIST VISA

To apply for a tourist visa an applicant should submit the following documents to the Consular Section:

1.       Valid national passport with at least two free pages. The date of expiry of the passport should not be less than six months from the date of departure from the Russian Federation (according to an application form and tourist voucher);

2.       Copy of the passport;

3.       Completed visa application form. All entries on the form must be written by a black pen or printed in block letters in English. All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he should put "N/A". Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed. Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally;

4.       One passport-size photo (color, white background);

5.       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;

6.       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. No copies are accepted.

Hotel reservation alone is not valid for obtaining a tourist visa.

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.

BUSINESS VISA

To apply for a business visa an applicant should submit the following documents to the Consular Section:

1.       Valid national passport with at least two free pages. The date of expiry of the passport should not be less than six months from the date of departure from the Russian Federation (according to an application form and tourist voucher);

2.       Copy of the passport;

3.       Completed visa application form. All entries on the form must be written by a black pen or printed in block letters in English. All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he should put "N/A". Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed. Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally;

4.       One passport-size photo (color, white background);

5.       Original letter of invitation. All state and private legal entities based in Russia should process their invitations through the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (if not in Moscow - its regional representative offices) or Russian Ministry of Interior (if not in Moscow - its local immigration offices). No copies are accepted.

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 Affairs or Internal of Russia.

PRIVATE VISA (HOMESTAY VISA)

To apply for a Private Visa an applicant should submit the following documents to the Consular Section:

1.       Valid national passport with at least two free pages. The date of expiry of the passport should not be less than six months from the date of departure from the Russian Federation (according to an application form and tourist voucher);

2.       Copy of the passport;

3.       Completed visa application form. All entries on the form must be written by a black pen or printed in block letters in English. All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he should put "N/A". Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed. Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally;

4.       One passport-size photo (color, white background);

5.       Original visa support letter (invitation) issued by a Local Visa Office of the Russian Ministry of Interior. Applicant's relatives or friends can obtain such invitations. No copies are accepted. The invitations must contain full name of the invited person, his/her date of birth, passport number, duration of stay in Russia and cities to be visited. The invitations must be signed and sealed by authorized persons.

EDUCATIONAL VISA

To apply for an educational visa an applicant should submit the following documents to the Consular Section:

1.       Valid national passport with at least two free pages. The date of expiry of the passport should not be less than six months from the date of departure from the Russian Federation (according to an application form and tourist voucher);

2.       Copy of the passport;

3.       Completed visa application form. All entries on the form must be written by a black pen or printed in block letters in English. All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he should put "N/A". Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed. Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally;

4.       One passport-size photo (color, white background);

5.       Original visa support letter (invitation) issued by a Local Visa Office of the Russian Ministry of Interior. No copies are accepted. The invitation must contain name of inviting educational facility, full name of the invited person, his/her date of birth, passport number, duration of stay in Russia. The invitation must be signed and sealed by authorized persons.

If you submit the documents for the student visa, please be aware that the national passport has to be valid for no less than 18 month.

WORK VISA

To apply for a work visa an applicant should submit the following documents to the Consular Section:

1.       Valid national passport with at least two free pages. The date of expiry of the passport should not be less than six months from the date of departure from the Russian Federation (according to an application form and tourist voucher);

2.       Copy of the passport;

3.       Completed visa application form. All entries on the form must be written by a black pen or printed in block letters in English. All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he should put "N/A". Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed. Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally;

4.       One passport-size photo (color, white background);

5.       Original visa support letter (invitation) issued by a Local Visa Office of the Russian Ministry of Interior. No copies are accepted. The invitation must contain name of inviting employing company, full name of the invited person, his/her date of birth, passport number, duration of stay in Russia. The invitation must be signed and sealed by authorized persons.

If you submit the documents for the work visa, please be aware that the national passport has to be valid for no less than 18 month.

TRANSIT VISA

To apply for a transit visa an applicant should submit the following documents to the Consular Section:

1.       Valid national passport with at least two free pages. The date of expiry of the passport should not be less than six months from the date of departure from the Russian Federation (according to an application form and tourist voucher);

2.       Copy of the passport;

3.       Completed visa application form. All entries on the form must be written by a black pen or printed in block letters in English. All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he should put "N/A". Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed. Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally;

4.       One passport-size photo (color, white background);

5.       Visa of the country of destination;

6.       Tickets for the whole itinerary.

Transit visa can de issued for no longer than 3 days.

Foreign nationals which have the transit via the Russian Federation territory to the Republic of Belarus or the Republic of Kazakhstan should have Russian transit visa.

 

VISA PROCESSING FEES

*for the citizens of the Lao PDR

Visa Type

Processing Time

4 - 20 days

up to 3 working days

Regular single entry visa (private, business. educational, work, humanitarian, asylum, tourist, including group visa )

USD 50

USD 100

Regular double entry visa

USD 80

USD 160

Regular multiple entry visa

USD 150

USD 300

Transit single entry visa

USD 50

USD 100

Transit double entry visa

USD 80

USD 160

 

Citizens of other countries should apply for the information about visa processing fees to the Consular Section of the Embassy.