We know you want the fastest way to get a visa for Russia. Citizens of the Czech Republic will soon join the 50 plus countries that already have online visa application access for the Russian Federation.
Until the e-Visa program is extended to include the Czech Republic, though, you can get a paper visa application from the nearest Russian embassy. Once the e-Visa application is ready, it will be on the iVisa site for you to use.
The Russia e-Visa Program | Common Questions & Answers
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 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:
- Payment Methods - Each visa provider will accept different payment methods, so before you assume they take debit or credit cards, you may want to call and check with them to see what they actually do take.
- 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.
Am I allowed to enter Crimea or Ukraine with a Russian e-Visa?
Russia still enforces its visa policy within Crimea, so it is likely that you can travel there. It is recommended to verify with your Russian connections whether or not it is allowed as the state of politics is volatile at the moment.
Traveling to Ukraine requires foreign citizens to follow Ukraine’s visa policy. Use our Visa Checker Tool to see if you are required to get a visa for Ukraine.
What is the deal with the visa program online for Russia?
The Russian Federation began accepting online applications for visas and distributing visas online. These online visas are called electronic visas, or e-Visas. The process is much simpler and is slowly being released to other nationalities.
Once citizens of the Czech Republic are allowed to apply for an electronic visa for Russia, it will be released on iVisa’s website. Then we can help you more to 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.
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 visa.
Get a Russia Visa | Citizens of the Czech Republic
Getting a visa for Russia shouldn’t be hard. It may be a little tedious, but we at iVisa always strive to make the process easy to get travel documents for your international adventures.
As soon as the visa application is released to the public for Czech citizens, it will be on our website. Bookmark the Visa Checker Tool page so you can check back frequently for new e-Visa programs.