If you plan to go to Russia for travel, you will need to obtain a visa document to enter the country. Citizens of Austria will be required to have a visa for Russian travel. Each type of visa is good for a specific region of Russia.
Once you are ready, you can get your visa in person at the nearest visa application center. The e-Visa program for Russia began in 2017 and will hopefully expand to citizens of Austria within the year.
The Russia e-Visa Program | Common Questions & Answers
Is the e-Visa for Russia a single entry visa or does it allow more entries?
While holding an e-Visa, it usually grants the holder one entry only per visa per trip. Some countries’ citizens may be allowed what is known as a double entry visa depending on your needs and clearance status.
What types of travel reasons are allowed as an e-Visa holder?
Business travel, tourism travel, some student travel, and humanitarian travel are all allowed with a Russian e-Visa. Some restrictions may apply based on your country of citizenship.
Do I need a specific type of permit for some areas of Russia?
Foreign citizens are restricted from entering the following regions without a special permit.
- Part of Primorsky Krai
- Part of Krasnoyarsk Krai
- Parts of Sverdlovsk Oblast
- Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, yet the Bilibino region is an exception
- Part of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug
- The Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, 45% of the territory. Transit to the border with Georgia and to the border with South Ossetia are possible along the main roads. Tsey Gorge is open to foreigners beginning in 2012.
- Part of Orenburg Oblast
- Part of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
- Part of The Republic of Mordovia
- Parts of Murmansk Oblast and the Republic of Karelia. Transit to and from Norway is likely by the primary roadway.
- Parts of Chelyabinsk Oblast.
- Within Leningrad Oblast region - all Russian islands of the Gulf of Finland, except Gogland, and a 12-mile (20 km) strip along the south coast of the Gulf of Finland
- Parts of Moscow Oblast
- Around 15% of Kaliningrad Oblast
- Part of Volgograd Oblast
- Part of Astrakhan Oblast
- Part of Kamchatka Krai
- Parts of Arkhangelsk Oblast (include South part of Novaya Zemlya island) and the Komi Republic
When will the e-Visa for Russia cease to be valid?
You will have 30 days to use your Russian e-Visa from the Date of Issuance listed on your visa. The Russian Federation generally only accepts visas that were issued under 20 days from the date of issuance. Check with your consulate or embassy for complete details.
What types of information do I need when applying for a visa and getting into Russia?
You’ll need to at least supply the following information to apply for a visa and travel in Russia:
- Invitation Letter - You can request an invitation letter from your Russian tour operator or the hotel or hostel you plan to stay at while in the country. In many cases, an invitation letter from a natural or legal person who currently lives in Russia is also accepted and can be used for business, study, tourism, or personal reasons. If you are lodging in different regions of Russia, you will need an invitation letter from each host of your stay.
- Valid Passport - Valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of entry
- Passport-Style Photo - Use a light, solid background and make sure the photo is a colored photo and the size of a normal passport photo.
- Health Insurance Policy - Have medical insurance for international travel before you leave for Russia.
What’s the maximum length of stay with an e-Visa when I travel to Russia?
You’re allowed up to 8 days in Russia once you enter the country and go through customs.
Get a Russia Visa | Citizens of Austria
When you are planning your Russia trip, getting a visa is at the top of the list. Once the e-Visa program is prepped for Austrian citizens, you’ll be able to apply for and receive your e-Visa online, which will save you time and effort.
Until then, check out the Visa Checker Tool to see which countries allow Austrians to get an electronic visa online. Our staff is here 24/7 to answer your questions about travel documents.