Applying for a visa to Russia may appear complicated, but
the invitations and advice needed for you to easily obtain your visa to Russia.
This information is appropriate for most Russian Embassies and Consulates.
To apply for a
Russian Visa submit the following to either:
The Embassy of the Russian Federation
Consulate General of the Russian Federation:
completed Visa Application Form from the Embassy,
(some Embassies now have an on-line form).
(must be valid for minimum of 6 months after leaving Russia or the visa expires)
(in some countries 3 may be required)
the Consular fee
(cash, postal order or money order only. NO CHECKS)
prepaid self-addressed envelope, using secure postal method
and one of the following official invitations for the appropriate visa
Private invitation (Izveshenie)
Period of validity stated by OVIR/PVD
Issued to your friends in Russia by the OVIR/PVD.
This must be the original document, not a fax or photocopy.
Maximum period of 30 days.
Issued by a company registered
with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
You require both the official confirmation and a hotel voucher bearing the reference number
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the company.
This may be faxed or sent by email to you from a registered organization in Russia, but some
Embassies may require the original documents from Russia. Check with the Embassy you will be
applying to. Hotel vouchers alone are not acceptable.
3 month double-entry; 6 or 12 month multi-entry.
A business or organization, registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can issue the invitation
processed by the MofFA, with the official reference number* on it.
Most Embassies require the original, but there are a few which will accept a TELEX from the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Russia.
Maximum period 72 hours.
An invitation is not required, but a copy of the onward travel tickets, and a valid visa (if needed)
for the country of entry and exit from Russia is required. Check
with the airline about the requirements.
Card of Insurance
The regulations require that citizens from most EU, Shengen States, Estonia,
Finland or Israel must send details of their Insurance with their visa application.
Check the exact requirements with the Russian Embassy you will be applying to.
If you are a
citizen of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal,
Spain, Estonia, Finland or Israel, failure to provide correct details of your insurance cover
could lead to the refusal of your visa. Some other
nationalitoes also have to provide insurance
documents, check with the Embassy you will be using if
(and some other nationalities) generally have to complete
a revised FORM, check with the Consular Department where you are applying.
* The reference number for the tourist and business visa invitation supports the information given to the
Russian Embassy's Consular Department where appropriate.
You must have an official invitation in order to apply for a
Business Visa Support page.
fees. There is an extra fee payable for the visa, and possible
reference number for the tourist and business visa invitation supports the
given to the Russian Embassy's Consular
Department where appropriate.
** Please check with the
Russian Consular office that you will be using for the current fees.
*** There may be also be an
extra Consular fee for citizens of other nationalities not applying
in their own country; OR The Embassy may only
issue visas to residents of that country;
OR the Embassy may require the original documents
CHECK THE EMBASSY'S REQUIREMENTS IF APPLYING IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY