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  • Russia people - Russian
  • Russia capital / capital of Russia - Moscow
  • Russia language - Russian
  • Russia population / population of Russia - 2017 estimate 144,554,993
  • Russia currency - Russian ruble

Russian country Visa

  • All applications for Russian visas (with the exception of a transit visa) require a specific visa support document – a visa invitation. This is often called ‘visa support’ or ‘invitation letter’, and must be issued by the party inviting you to Russia, whether a tour company, employing company, educational institution, relative, or a friend.
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  • In order to do so, you will have to leave the country and apply for a new visa.
  • It is vital to bear in mind that the validity and type of Russian visa you are issued should be strictly adhered to. Once you are in Russia, you can neither change your visa status (e.g. from tourist to business, business to educational, or vice versa), nor extend the validity of your visa (except in an emergency).

TYPES OF VISAS

Russian visas are classified according to the following:

Number of entries:

  • A single-entry visa permits ONE entry to Russia within the specified period of time.
  • A double-entry visa permits ONE or TWO entries to Russia within the specified period of time.
  • A multiple-entry visa is valid for several visits to Russia over a period of 3, 6, or 12 months.

Purpose of travel:

Tourist visa

  • Cheapest and easiest to obtain.
  • Best visa type for short visits.
  • Single or double entry visas available for a maximum stay of thirty day.
  • Issued on the basis of an invitation and voucher provided by an authorized Russian tourist company.
  • Non-extendable – if you wish to prolong your stay in Russia, you must leave the country and obtain a new visa.
  • Often recommended instead of a private or homestay visa, which is much more difficult to obtain.

Business visa

  • Issued for foreigners who enter Russia for business purposes, (e.g. representatives of foreign governments, members of official delegations, cultural or sports exchange visitors, etc.). Tourists who intend to stay in Russia for more than 30 days often use this type of visa.
  • Issued on the basis of a business invitation from a Russian company authorized by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The invitation normally takes 20 working days to issue. The original invitation is required to accompany the visa application.
  • Valid for up to 12 months with single, double or multiple entry visas available. However, visitors are restricted to a maximum of 90 days in a 180-day period when using a multiple entry visa.
  • An original HIV Certificate showing a negative result is required for stays of over 3 months.

Private or homestay visa

  • An option if you have friends or relatives in Russia who can host you during your trip.
  • Requires the original personal invitation letter from your Russian host, obtained at the local Visa and Registration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (OVIR).
  • Single or double entry visas available for a maximum stay of 90 days.
  • Extremely time-consuming –it can take anything from 45 days to four months to obtain your visa with a private invitation.
  • Granted solely for visiting the city where the invitation has been issued.

Transit visa

  • Required when you are travelling through Russia on your way to another country without staying in Russia.
  • No invitation required.
  • A copy of the air, rail, or other ticket with ‘confirmed’ status and a visa to the country of estination (if necessary) is required.
  • For travellers with flight connections in Russia a transit visa is issued for 72 hours. For transit by car the maximum validity of a transit visa is 10 days. The precise period of validity is determined by the ratio of the shortest transit distance and daily run equal to 500 km.
  • Not necessary if you are passing over Russia on a direct flight to another country.

Student visa

  • Granted to students enrolled on academic or language courses in Russia.
  • Issued on the basis of an invitation and contract of study with an educational institution.
  • Valid from three months to one year in the first instance, but extendable depending on how long you will be studying in Russia.
  • An original HIV Certificate showing a negative result is required for stays of over 3 months.

Employment visa

  • Granted to foreign employees of Russian companies.
  • Valid from three months to one year with multiple entries.
  • Can be issued on the basis of a Russian work permit, an employment agreement, and an official Russian visa invitation. The company must also be in possession of a license to employ foreign nationals.

Other types of Russian visa

  • There are other types of Russian visa for very specific cases (diplomatic visas, refugee visas, visas for humanitarian and religious purposes, etc.).

Don’t forget:

  • The validity and type of visa should be strictly adhered to. Once in Russia, you cannot change your visa status (i.e. from tourist to business, from business to educational, or vice versa). The only to do so is by leaving the country and applying for a different visa.
  • If the visa type is non-extendable, you must also leave the country within the expiry date specified in order to apply for a new Russian visa, which can be of the same type or different from your original visa.

STEPS FOR APPLYING VISA

Laid out below are the steps you need to take to obtain a standard Russian Travel Visa (single- entry or double-entry, also called a Tourist Visa) without using an agency or visa broker. If you are traveling to Russia for more than 30 days, or to work or study, then you will need a different type of visa. If you are a US citizen, then successful applicants will be issued with a three-year multi-entry visa whatever the purpose of their trip.

  1. Decide on the dates
    • Before you try to apply for a Russian Visa, you should decide exactly when you are going to be traveling and which cities you are going to visit. This information must be included on your visa application
  2. Check your passport
    • Make sure your passport is valid for the dates you are planning to travel. Most consular departments will require that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned departure date from Russia. You also need to ensure that you have the required number of clear pages in your passport (this also varies at different consular departments, but two is normally enough).
  3. Find your nearest Russian consular department or visa center
    • The next step is to find the nearest Russian consular department or visa center which will accept your visa application. If you are unsure where that is, check the Russian Consular Locator. Some nationalities (UK citizens, for example) may only be able to apply in their home country or the country where they are officially resident.
    • You will need to check the processing times, application rules and visa tariffs for each consular department separately.
  4. Book accommodation
    • In order to apply for a Russian Travel Visa, you need first to book accommodation. The law requires that you have accommodation booked for every night you spend in Russia (excluding nights spent traveling by train). You can book hotel or apartment accommodation in St. Petersburg directly with SAINT-PETERSBURG.COM, and/or book accommodation of any variety in St. Petersburg and elsewhere in Russia on Booking.com.
  5. Get visa support documents
    • Once you have booked accommodation, you need to ensure that you get the correct official documents required to support your visa application (visa support documents).
    • If you applying for a Tourist Visa, you require the following relevant documents:
      • Tourist Voucher
      • Tourist Confirmation
    • These documents should be issued by whoever is providing you with accommodation in Russia. If you book accommodation via this website, SAINT-PETERSBURG.COM will issue you with visa support documents free-of-charge. Find out here how to get your free visa support documents. If you have not booked accommodation with SAINT-PETERSBURG.COM, you should contact the agency or hotel/hostel with whom you book to find out how to get your visa support documents (this may be a paid service). You can also buy visa support documents without booking accommodation.
    • Both these documents fit on to one side of an A4 sheet of paper, and they can be presented to most Russian consular departments as a faxed or emailed copy. Some African and Asian nationals, however, need to present the original stamped and signed documents. Check with your nearest consular department or visa center to ensure that a copy is acceptable.
  6. Get health insurance
    • Most Russian consular departments will require you to have health insurance covering the dates of your proposed trip and valid in Russia. If you already have travel health insurance, you will need to confirm that it covers the Russian Federation. You may also have to fill in an Insurance Card, noting the number and validity of your insurance policy.
  7. Get your picture taken
    • Your visa application must be accompanied by a recent photo of yourself. In most cases, you will need to submit one passport-size color photograph taken against a white background. You must remember to sign the back of the photograph.
  8. Fill in the application form
    • Along with your passport and your visa support documents, you will need to submit a completed Visa Application Form. All applicants for Russian visas now have to fill out their application on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Note that you will still need to print out a copy of the application form, sign it and submit it along with passport and visa support documents.
  9. Submit your application
    • Now you have everything ready, you can submit your documents to the nearest Russian Consular Department or Visa Center. If you have the time and the opportunity, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by post. It's cheaper and considerably easier than applying in person. However, the process can take up to one month and, as a rule, consular departments do not issue urgent visas by post. If you need a visa urgently, then check the opening hours of your nearest consular department, turn up as early as possible and, in many places, expect to queue. Don't forget that your application must be accompanied by the following documents:
      • Your passport
      • A completed Visa Application Form
      • Relevant visa support documents
      • Details of health insurance
      • One color photograph
      • A postal or money order for the cost of your visa (if applying by post)
      • A self-addressed envelope with pre-paid postage (if applying by post)
    • NB: UK and Danish citizens can no longer make postal applications for Russian visas as they are required to attend a Russian visa centre to be fingerprinted before their application will be considered.
  10. Obtain your visa
    • Now all you can do is wait until your visa is issued. There is little point in trying to contact most Russian Consular Departments before the date you have been told your visa will be ready. In most cases, they will not answer any queries about the status of applications.
  11. Obtain a Migration Card
    • Along with your Russian Visa, you will need to obtain a Migration Card at your point of entry into Russia. This is a form in English and Russian which you must complete and present at passport control. Half will be stamped and returned to you, and you must keep it with your visa until your departure. If you are arriving at Pulkovo Airport or other major Russian airports, the migration card is now printed automatically and handed to you at passport control. If you are entering Russia across a land border, you will still have to find the form and fill it out yourself by hand.
  12. Register your visa
    • Once you're inside the Russian Federation, the party that provides you with accommodation is obliged to register your visa within seven working days of entry. If you are traveling on a Tourist Visa and staying in a hotel, then it is almost certain will be able to register your visa at reception. In this case, the hotel will issue you with proof of registration, which you will be required to submit at passport control when you leave Russia.
    • If you book apartment accommodation for your visit to St. Petersburg, it is also the responsibility of the apartment owner or management company to register you on arrival. If this proves to be a problem, however, you can contact SAINT-PETERSBURG.COM by email or telephone (+7-812-380-2478), and we will ensure that you are properly registered (this incurs an extra fee).
  13. Make copies
    • We strongly recommend that you make photocopies of all your travel documents, including the main pages of your passport, your Russian Visa, and your migration card. Should you lose your passport or migration card during your stay, copies are almost certain to make things easier. They can also be carried with you instead of the original documents in case the Russian police wish to check your identity.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • The documents a consular official will want to see will depend on the type of visa you are applying for. Visa processing only starts after the embassy/consulate has received all the necessary documents.

Documents needed for a tourist visa

  • An original, valid, and signed passport with at least one blank page, valid for at least 6 months after the end of your stay.
  • Two signed copies of the Russian visa application form (questionnaire), with all fields completed.
  • A passport-size photo (some embassies/consulates ask for two copies), signed on the reverse
  • A tourist invitation.

Documents needed for a Business Visa

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  • An original, valid, and signed passport with at least 2 blank pages, valid for at least 6 months after the end of your stay.
  • Two copies of the Russian visa application form, completed and signed.
  • A passport-size photo, signed on the reverse (some embassies/consulates ask for two photographs).
  • An original HIV certificate showing a negative result is required for stays of more than 3 months.
  • An official invitation from an organization which is authorized to invite business visitors to Russia.

Documents needed for a private visa

  • An original, valid, and signed passport with at least one blank page, valid for at least 6 months after the end of your stay.
  • A photocopy of the details pages of your valid passport (showing your name, date of birth, passport number, and expiry date).
  • A copy of the Russian visa application form, completed and signed.
  • Three passport-size photos
  • A Russian visa entitlement certificate from the local OVIR in Russia (this must be the original – copies are not accepted).
  • An original HIV Certificate showing a negative result is required for stays of more than 3 months.
  • All visa documents must be accompanied by a covering letter specifying the purpose of your visit, dates of arrival and departure, cities to be visited in Russia, and a telephone or fax number where you can be reached once in Russia.

Documents needed for a student visa

  • An original, valid, and signed passport with at least one blank page, valid for 6 months after the end of your stay.
  • A copy of the Russian visa application form, completed and signed.
  • Two passport-size photos, signed on the reverse.
  • A letter of invitation from a university/school in Russia, which can only be issued by the local Visa Service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (OVIR).
  • An original HIV Certificate showing a negative result is required for stays of more than 3 months.
  • A copy of your diploma/certificate or examination results from your previous or current place of study.
  • A copy of the invoice issued by the university/school in Russia proving that you have already paid for tuition.

Documents needed for a transit visa

  • An original, valid, and signed passport with at least one blank page, valid for 6 months after the end of your stay.
  • A copy of the Russian visa application form, completed and signed.
  • 2 passport-size photos, signed on the reverse.
  • A copy of your airline ticket.
  • A visa in your passport for the country of your final destination (if required).

Don’t forget:

  • Photos must be matt-finish (not glossy), in order for the embassy/consulate stamp to adhere properly! The usual size required is 3 x 4 cm, or 1.5 x 2 inches.
  • The passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the expiry date of your Russian visa!
  • Some embassies/consulates require a photocopy of the details pages of your passport in addition to the original, together with the personal data of the bearer (including amendments, passport validity extension, changes of name, etc.)
visa requirements
  • Visa application forms for US citizens and non-US citizens are different.
  • Citizens of Schengen countries must send a ‘card of insurance’ with their visa application.
  • For some types of visas, and for citizens of some countries, embassies/consulates may demand additional documents, such as evidence of medical insurance, an employment or residence permit, or evidence of sufficient funds for your stay in Russia. Failure to provide the correct information could lead to the refusal of your visa.
  • It is always advisable to consult your local Russian embassy/consulate to find out whether any additional documentation is required.

VISA FEE

Charges for visa processing for Indian nationals:

  • With effect from 29 July 2016, visa fee will be applicable as per below mentioned chart (Indian nationals).
Type of Visa Embassy Visa Fees (INR) IFS Charges (INR) Total (INR) including Salvia Services Charges + Govt Tax.
Single Entry Visa 3015 1150 4700
Double Entry Visa 6030 1150 7700
Multi Entry Visa 7772 1150 9400
Transfer Visa 6030 1150 7700
  • Express Charges - INR 3000 extra over the visa fee
    • Visas issued on the basis of direct invitations (Business, Humanitarian and study visas), falling under provisions of the Agreement 2010. In normal process, it will take 4-5 working days and in urgent process, it will take 3-4 working days.
    • Visas issued on the basis of UFMS invitations, Electronic invitation, Telex no. and Transit visa, falling under provisions of the Agreement 2010. In normal process, it will take 10-11 working days and in urgent process, it will take 3-4 working days.
    • In case of Transfer visa, cost is INR 7700. It will take 3 - 4 working days but if visa is issued from Russia, then it will take 7 to 10 working days.
    • No fee is charged in case of diplomatic and official visas.
    • For diplomatic and official passport holders visa is not required if the duration of stay does not exceed 90 days.
    • For information on visa fees and visa processing time for other foreign nationals feel free to contact the Visa section

PASSPORT AND RUSSIA VISA

Passport

  • All national’s passport must be valid for at least six months after your supposed date of departure from Russia. When applying for the visa, at least two pages of the passport should be free of any notes, stamps and visas.

Russia Visa

  • To be able to apply for a Russia visa your employer must apply and receive an “Invitation”. This takes about one month.
  • Only then, you will be able to apply (only in person or by mail) for the visa to the Russia Consulate in your country.
  • The following documents will be required:
    • Visa application form with attached photo (matt finish), size 3x4 cm,
    • Original Passport,
    • Photocopy of information pages of the passport,
    • Original Invitation,
    • The health insurance that is valid in Russia,
    • Consular fee,
    • Self-addressed prepaid return envelope for your passport if applied by mail,
    • Applicants planning to stay in Russia for more than 3 months (work or study) must submit HIV Test Certificate issued not earlier than 3 months before the visa application.
  • All documents must be submitted at once. Payment for the visa must be exact, made by certified check, money order or bank draft payable to the Embassy of the Russian Federation.
  • Processing time of visa application is 15 working days.
  • Visa requirements depend upon the foreign individual’s citizenship and his or her intended length of stay in Russia.

OTHER RUSSIA VISA INFO

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  • Do not forget to take a look at Russia dress code because how you dress is the one of the most important attribute in being hired.
  • Check the job interview tips do's and don'ts, and find out why people are not hired for available jobs.
  • In addition, on the international info, job search, visa, work permit, cover letter, CV & resume, job interview and dress code pages you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.

Good luck with your Russia visa!



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