Russia e-Visa for Citizens of Iran
iVisa | 4 min read | Updated on Oct 04, 2023

The Russian government is expected to announce the Visa program restart date by 1 June. Citizens of the specified countries may get a visa for up to six months if they have a hotel reservation.

The countries include: India, Bahrain, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Iran, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Türkiye and the Philippines.

Whenever you make plans to go from Iran (as a citizen) to Russia, you need to consider how to get your visa for entry. It is required, and you may not have the option to use the e-Visa program at this time.

Either way, read below to find out more information about getting a visa for Russia. We will have an e-Visa, or electronic visa, application available as soon as it is prepared for citizens of Iran.

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The Russia e-Visa Program | Entry Limits, Restrictions, Documents, and More

Am I allowed to enter Crimea or Ukraine with a Russian e-Visa?

Crimea falls under the jurisdiction of Russia, so most likely you will just need a Russian e-Visa to enter Crimea. Be sure to ask your visa provider before buying a visa if you plan to go to Crimea.

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.

How long do I have to explore Russia once I enter the country with an e-Visa?

The e-Visa grants you up to 8 days of travel within Russia before it expires.

When will my e-Visa no longer work after I receive it?

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 type of limits on entering and exiting Russia are there with an e-Visa?

Typically, the Russian e-Visa is a single entry visa. This means you are permitted entry in the Russian Federation one time. If you exit or leave Russia, you will not be allowed to reenter the country without another visa.

Sometimes you can get a double entry or multiple entry visa, but it will require more information from you.

What types of information and documentation is required to fill out an application online?

At the bare minimum, you will need the following documents and information to fill out the online application for a Russian e-Visa:

  • 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.
  • International Health Insurance - This is to cover you in case of a medical emergency.
  • Passport that is Valid - 6 months of validity are required; two pages for stamping
  • Passport-Style Photo - Colored photos only, white background, ratio of 3.5 x 4.5

Please, explain the Russia e-Visa Program.

It started in 2017 and has slowly expanded to allow residents of over 50 countries to apply online for an electronic visa. e-Visas are attached digitally to your passport, and you will normally get a digital version of your visa in your email once approved.

Iran citizens will have access soon to the e-Visa program for the Russian Federation. Check back periodically.

What type of travel is allowed while holding an e-Visa for the Russian Federation?

Currently, the Russian e-Visa can be used for various purposes: business travel, tourism, and humanitarian reasons (in sports, culture, science, and technology).

Citizens of Iran | The e-Visa Program Requirements for the Russian Federation

Deciding how to get a visa should not be a hassle. In the near future, our hope is that Russia will release the e-Visa application for citizens of Iran. Until then, we can provide complimentary assistance to help you figure out the best way to get a visa.

When you are ready with a question, chat with us using the chat feature below or simply email us your concerns, and we will answer them as quickly as possible.

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