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Apply today for the Russia Business Visa with us! | iVisa

Last updated: February 2024

Heading to Russia on business? Secure your Russia Business Visa with ease through our user-friendly platform or app. We streamline the application process, offering you a fast and simple way to get your visa.

Our expertise and handy platform allow you to focus on your business dealings while we take care of the visa complexities. We’re here to simplify your travel documentation for Russia, ensuring a smooth start to your business journey.

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What is the Russia Business Visa?

The Russia Business Visa is a type of travel authorization that allows foreign nationals to visit Russia for business purposes. The process includes dropping off supporting documents and submitting biometrics at the nearest Russian Embassy.

Don’t forget to secure a Russian Business Invitation Letter in addition to the visa, which is necessary for certain nationalities. You can easily apply for both documents through us!

What can I do with the Russia Business Visa?

With this visa, you’re allowed to:

  • Do business negotiations

  • Hold seminars

  • Attend conferences

  • Meet with Russian business partners

What can’t I do with the Russia Business Visa?

Keep in mind that foreign citizens can’t:

  • Take up employment and/or work full-time in Russia

If you’re looking to work, live, or study in Russia, apply for the appropriate visa or Russian citizenship on the Russian government website or at your nearest embassy.

Eligibility criteria to apply for the Russia Business Visa

To be eligible for this Russian Visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You’re from one of the eligible countries.

  • You currently don’t have another valid visa for Russia.

  • You are visiting Russia for business and have an invitation letter.

Who must apply for the Russia Business Visa?

To find out if you need this visa for Russia to do business, use our Visa Checker Tool and apply instantly from the comfort of your own home!

Russia Business Visa validity: How long is the Russian visa valid?

Choose from the following options:

  • Single-entry: You must use the visa within 90 days of being issued, and you can stay up to 90 days in the country.

  • Double-entry: Stay up to 90 days in the country on each visit. Valid for 2 separate entries.

  • Multiple-entry: Valid for 1 year, allowing the traveler to enter the country for 90 days every 180 days.

Russia Business Visa: Required documents

When applying with us today, you only need the following documents to apply:

  • Passport valid for at least six months from arrival, with two blank visa pages.

  • Applicant photo.

However, during the application process, we’ll send you a complete list of documents that must be submitted during your government appointment, which typically includes:

  • Your original passport

  • Your application form: Checked, printed, signed, and dated. You’ll receive this during the application process on our website based on the answers you provided.

  • Color photo: Not older than 6 months, glued (not stapled) to your application form.

  • Travel insurance: Covering at least €30,000 in medical expenses in Russia in the case of emergencies.

  • Flight details and itinerary

  • Business invitation letter and number: The original letter issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry or its regional representatives or by an appropriate Russian Federation Migration Service branch.

The invitation letter must include:

  • Official seal and legal address of the host institution.

  • Document registration number and date of registration.

  • Signature and name of the official authorized to invite foreigners to Russia.

  • Your purpose of visit.

  • Your travel dates.

  • Your name.

iVisa tip: Get your Business Invitation Letter number before you start the application for a smooth process. Some nationalities can apply for their business invitation letter via our platform.

How to apply for the Russia Business Visa

With our simplified application and constant guidance, you’ll be surprised at how hassle-free this entire process is:

  • Step 1: Fill out your information on our simplified visa application form on our website or through the [iVisa app]](https://app.adjust.com/10grvaif). Always double-check all information to avoid errors.

  • Step 2: Select your preferred processing time and pay the processing and visa fees securely online using a debit or credit card, Venmo, or PayPal.

After the payment, we’ll send you a complete document checklist with instructions to guide you through the next steps. We’ll also make an appointment at the embassy on your behalf to submit your documents and biometrics.

  • Step 3: Upload a copy of your passport and photo on our platform, and bring the required supporting documents to the visa appointment.

Await the approval of your business visa. You’ll receive a notification by email once it’s ready to be picked up!

Russia Business Visa costs and processing times

The Russia Business Visa fees vary based on the applicant's nationality, type of visa, the number of entries required, and how fast you need it.

  • The official government visa fee must be paid during your appointment at the Russian Embassy or Consulate.

  • The iVisa processing fee can be paid securely online and includes a review of your application and complete instructions with the required documents and steps to apply.

We recommend applying for your business visa for Russia at least two months before departure.

Start your application now and check the total costs and exact processing time for your specific circumstances.

Russia entry requirements or restrictions

There are currently no COVID-19 requirements for entering Russia.

Differences between the Russian Business Visa and Russian Business Invitation Letter

The Russia Business Visa and the Russia Business Invitation Letter are two essential components of the process for international business travelers planning a trip to Russia.

  • Russia Business Visa: A Russia Business Visa is an official document that allows you to enter and travel within Russia for business purposes, such as attending meetings, conferences, negotiations, or exploring business opportunities.

  • Russia Business Invitation Letter: The Russia Business Invitation Letter, also known as a visa support letter, is a document required to apply for a Russia Business Visa. It's an official invitation from a Russian company or organization that's hosting you, approved by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or its regional representatives.

In summary, while both the Russia Business Visa and the Business Invitation Letter are essential for your business trip to Russia, they serve different purposes within the visa application process.

Note that in addition to the above documents, we can also help you get the following travel documents:

Need more info about the Russia Business Visa?

Do you have questions about the application for the Russia Business Visa, invitation letter, or another document? Contact our customer support team via online chat or email us at [email protected] for assistance.

Required Documents to Apply

Note, additional documents may be required during the process.
  • Valid passport
  • Photo
  • Invitation letter Issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry or its regional representatives or by an appropriate Russian Federation Migration Service branch.

Important Instructions

The Russia Business Visa:

  • Allows travelers to enter Russia for business purposes.
  • single-entry and double-entry: Valid for 90 days.
  • Multiple-entry: Valid for 1 year allowing the traveler to enter the country for 90 days every 180 days.
  • Application takes less than 20 minutes, and government processing time can be anywhere between 14 and 25 business days.
  • The government visa fee is paid at the embassy during your appointment.


  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your travel dates.


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We recommend you apply 2 months in advance.
  • Step 1: Secure an Invitation letter issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry or its regional representatives or by an appropriate Russian Federation Migration Service branch.
  • Step 2. Complete our simplified application form with your personal details, and submit the required documents, and travel information. Review all your application information carefully.
  • Step 3. Attend the appointment. Don’t worry, we guide you along the way.
  • Step 4. Obtain your visa, and get ready to travel!
Before applying for the Russia Business Visa, you’ll need an Invitation letter Issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry or its regional representatives or by an appropriate Russian Federation Migration Service branch. Once you’ve obtained that letter, the number can be found on that document.
Need help? Message us on WhatsApp or visit our Contact us page.
  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This app does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: http://www.gov.ru

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