Foreign nationals who are citizens of the Cook Islands will need to obtain a visa in order to enter the Russian Federation. You can acquire a visa at your consulate or embassy. While some countries can take advantage of the e-Visa program for Russia, Cook Islands residents will need to check back here when we are able to provide the online visa application.
Until then, check out the information below to find out the details about how to apply for, receive, and use your e-Visa or paper visa. Use our Visa Checker Tool to find out about all of the visa options available to you.
The Russia e-Visa Program | Common Questions & Answers
Is medical insurance a necessity when going to Russia?
It is required for you to prove you have medical insurance to travel to Russia.
What will I need in order to fill out the Russia e-Visa application?
At the bare minimum, you will need the following documents and information to fill out the online application for a Russian e-Visa:
- Valid Passport - Your passport needs to be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the last day you plan to be in Russia. Have a couple of blank pages for stamping purposes.
- Invitation Letter - You should be able to acquire one from the hotel or hostel you are staying in. If you have booked a Russian tour of the region, the tour agency should also be able to provide one. Staying with friends or family? As long as they are Russian citizens currently residing in your region of choice, they can send you an invitation letter also. A PDF version is standard.
- Passport-Style Photo - Colored photos only, white background, ratio of 3.5 x 4.5
- Health Insurance Policy - You will need to prove you have reliable health insurance coverage for the length of your stay.
Can you explain the Russia e-Visa program?
In August 2017, the Russian Federation began accepting visa applications online to help streamline their visa program for foreign nationals. This e-Visa program is currently open to citizens of 53 countries looking to travel to specific regions of Russia such as the Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad, Saint Petersburg, and Leningrad Oblast.
Once citizens of the Cook Islands are allowed to apply for an electronic visa for Russia, it will be released on iVisa’s website. Until then, we can help you figure out the best way to apply.
Once there, when do I have to exit the Russian Federation with an e-Visa?
The e-Visa program currently allows visa holders to stay in Russia for up to 8 days from the date of entry in the country.
When will my e-Visa for Russia cease to be valid?
The Russian e-Visa will expire after 30 days from the date of issuance. This means that you will need to enter Russia with the visa within 30 days from the issuance date or the visa will become invalid.
It is currently required to apply no less than 4 days before you travel to Russia and no more than 20 days before your intended arrival date.
Be sure to plan your trip to Russia within this time frame so you do not make the mistake of allowing your visa to expire before you can use it.
What is the processing time of a Russia e-Visa application?
Usually, it takes no longer than 4 days to receive an e-Visa, but this depends on your visa operator and their e-Visa program requirements.
If I arrive in one region of Russia, will I be allowed to travel to other regions?
It depends on which region you enter and what the specific requirements are for that region according to Russian federal law. Most visas, though, are only good to use for the specific region that you chose to travel to.
What kind of entry restrictions does the Russia e-Visa have?
The Russian e-Visa is a single entry visa. So if you exit Russia after using the e-Visa to enter, you will not be allowed back in unless you obtain another, separate visa.
Get a Russia Visa | Citizens of the Cook Islands
We get it. The process of obtaining an e-Visa can seem challenging, but we are here to help. As soon as we get the green light from the Russian Federation, we will release the online e-Visa application for Russia immediately.
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