Visa Policy for Russian Federation
The Russian Federation visa policy is a document that permits a stay in Russia for a certain period. According to Russian Visa Policy, every foreign national is required to have an entry visa to travel to the Russian Federation except for the citizens having an exemption.
A Russian Visa can be obtained either through the embassy or consulate or via the E-visa application form. Apart from that, an E-visa is an online visa that functions as a tourist visa, a business visa, a transit visa, or a visa for humanitarian purposes.
Tourist Visa Policy for Russian Federation
The Russian Federation visa policy states, for tourism purposes, a Russian Tourist Visa is required to be obtained by foreign nationals.
Types of Russian Tourist Visa:
- Single entry, valid up to 30 days
- Double entry, valid up to 30 days
As per the Russian Federation visa policy, to apply for a Russian Tourist Visa, the following documents are required:
- Original passport, with at least 2 blank visa-designated pages having a minimum 6 months validity
- Two copies of the Russian visa application form completed and signed
- Two passport-size photos signed on the back.
- Tourist visa support documents ie hotel voucher and confirmation of tourist acceptance.
A Russian tourist visa cannot be extended.
Russian Visa Policy permits citizens of the following countries to visit Russia without obtaining a visa, provided they do not exceed the permitted period of stay:
- Andorra (up to 90 days in any 360-day period)
- Antigua and Barbuda (up to 90 days in any 180-day period).
- Argentina (up to 90 days in any 180-day period)
- Bolivia (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (tourists -up to 30 days and others up to 90 days)
- Botswana (up to 30 days in a single trip, not more than 90 days in a 180-day period).
- Brazil (up to 90 days in any 180-day period)
- Brunei (up to 14 days)
- Cabo-Verde (up to 60 days)
- Chile (up to 90 days in any 180-day period)
- Colombia (up to 90 days in any 180-day period)
- Costa Rica (up to 90 days in any 180-day period)
- Cuba (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Croatia(tourists -up to 30 days and others up to 90 days)
- Dominica (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Ecuador (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Fiji (up to 90 days)
- Grenada (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Guyana (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Guatemala (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Hong Kong (up to 14 days)
- Honduras (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Israel (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Jamaica (up to 90 days in 1 year)
- Kirghiz Republic
- Korea South (up to 60 days)
- Laos (up to 30 days)
- Macao (up to 30 days)
- Macedonia (tourists -up to 30 days and others up to 90 days)
- Maldives (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Mauritius (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Moldova (up to 90 days in any 180-day period)
- Montenegro (up to 30 days)
- Nauru (up to 14 days)
- Nicaragua (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Peru (up to 90 days in any 180-day period).
- Palau (up to 30 days)
- Panama (up to 90 days in any 180-day period)
- Paraguay (up to 90 days in any 180-day period)
- Qatar (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
- Serbia (Citizens with biometric passports obtained after 9 April 2008- up to 30 days.
Diplomatic or Official passport holders without accreditation in Russia -up to 90 days. Serbian nationals with temporary and permanent resident permits- no time limit.
Salvador (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
Samoa (up to 60 days)
Seychelles (up to 30 days)
The Republic of South Africa (up to 90 days)
Suriname (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
St Kitts and Nevis (up to 90 days)
Thailand (up to 90 days)
Ukraine (up to 90 days in 180-days period)
United Arab Emirates (up to 90 days in 180-day period)
Uruguay (up to 90 days in any 180-day period)
Vanuatu (up to 90 days in a single trip)
Venezuela (up to 90 days in 180-days period).
Cruise and ferry passengers visiting the country for not more than 72 hours as long as they stay overnight onboard or in accommodation approved by the travel agency.
Crew members working for certain airlines, sea, river, and rail companies. Russian Policy states that whether crew members require a visa or not depends on the company they work for.
As per Russian Visa Policy, if foreign national wishes to stay in Russia for more than the exempt period, a Russian visa will be required to be obtained.
Depending upon the territory of Russia,Russian Federation visa policy provides 3 types of Russian E-Visa to visitors:
St Petersburg E-visa It permits eligible citizens to visit Russia’s St. Petersburg and Leningrad regions of Russia.
The Kaliningrad E-visa It permits eligible citizens to visit the Russian Kaliningrad Exclave located on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.
Far East E-visa It permits the holder to visit any of the following regions in the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia:
Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
Republic of Buryatia
As per the Russian Federation visa policy, below is a list of all the nationalities to which a Russian E-visa is available.
- Czech Republic
- North Korea
- Republic of Cyprus
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Vatican City
However, a traveler should apply for a visa at the Russian Government Diplomatic office if, he
- requires a longer period of stay
- seeks to visit Russia for another purpose not listed above such as to work or study
- seeks to visit the territory of Russia not permitted by an eVisa
Russian Business Visa
In line with Russian Federation visa policy, Russian business visas are issued to nationals visiting Russia for official or private business purposes.
Types of Russian Business Visa:
- Single entry, valid up to 3 months
- Double entry, valid up to 3 months
- Multiple entries, valid for 1 year
To apply for a Russian Business Visa, the following documents are required:
- Original passport, valid for at least 6 months
- Application form
- One passport-type photograph
- Letter from your employer
- Invitation from the Ministry of Interior
A Russian business visa can be extended through the organization which provided the invitation for your current business visa.
Embassy or Consular Visa
As per Russian Federation visa policy, travelers from around 135 countries are required to apply for an embassy visa to visit Russia, irrespective of the period or purpose of the stay.
Below is a list of countries whose nationalities are required to obtain a visa from a Russian embassy.
- Aland Islands
- American Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- The British Virgin Islands
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands
- The central African Republic
- Christmas Island
- Cocos Islands
- Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- French Guiana
- French Polynesia
- The Gambia
- Isle of Man
- Ivory Coast
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Norfolk Island
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Palestinian Territory
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Helena
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Martin
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Maarten
- Solomon Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen
- The Syrian Arab Republic
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom
- United States
- United States Virgin Islands
- Wallis and Futuna
Other Visas for Russian Federation
Russian Federation visa policy also provides other visas based on the purpose of the visit. They are as follows:
3 months validity, based on an invitation from friends or relatives in Russia
3 months validity, based on a private invitation from a spouse traveling with the applicant or a parent traveling with their children.
Single entry is valid for up to 3 months
Double entry is valid for up to 3 months
Multiple entries are valid for 1 year
Work visa Based on a work invitation from any company in Russia, it is valid for up to 3 months
Student visa Based on an invitation from any college/ University in Russia, it is valid for up to 3 months.
Transit visa Based on the tickets to a third country destination it is valid for up to 3 days.