Russia e-Visa

Application Form

The majority of foreign citizens who wish to enjoy a stay in the Russian Federation are required to apply for a visa Russia, although the type of travel document required will depend on nationality, as well as the purpose and duration of the stay. At the moment, the visa application process involves going to a Russian Embassy or Consulate and providing supporting documentation, so applicants are advised to become familiar with travel info for Russia before applying.

From 2021, it is expected that eligible citizens traveling for short stays for tourism and business purposes will be able to apply for the Russia visa through a simple online application form, eliminating the need to apply for a visa in person.

Who Needs a Visa to Enter Russia?

As of June of 2019, there are only 54 countries whose citizens can travel to Russia visa-free for different periods depending on the nationality, including many South American nations and former Soviet states. All other foreign passport holders need to get a Russian visa to visit the country, although the type of visa for Russia required will depend on the duration and purpose of the stay.

This is very likely to change come January 1, 2021. It’s been reported that Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed an order to introduce an electronic single-entry visa for foreigners willing to enter the country. The list of eligible nationalities is still a work in progress but it might include nationals of Japan, China, South Korea and New Zealand, as well as EU members and Schengen Area participants.

It is important to check exemptions for each visa type before applying in case a different travel document is required. Citizens of the following eligible countries and territories are able to get either a single or double-entry tourist visa for Russia valid for a stay of up to 30 days in the country:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Botswana
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • French Antarctic Lands
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Heard Island
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin (French)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch)
  • Slovenia
  • Soloman Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Georgia
  • South Sudan
  • Slovakia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad And Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam

The countries not expected to benefit from this new Russia electronic visa are United States, Canada, and the U.K. due to the tense political relationships with Russia.

Russia Visa Process

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The tourist visa Russia is expected to be implemented as an Electronic Travel Authorization and will be available through a simple online application by 2021.

Currently, citizens who need a Russia visa for tourism purposes are required to complete an online application for a tourist invitation, then print and sign a copy. Applicants are then required to present the copy, alongside their passport and some supporting documentation, at a Russian Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.

It is also possible to apply for a group tourist invitation in order to be issued a tourist Russia visa for a group consisting of at least 7 people traveling to Russia together with the same travel itinerary. The fees for the Russian visa for groups are lower than individual applications, although all of the travelers must apply at the same time in the same Russian consulate.

Travel Information about Russia

It is also required to present the following supporting documentation at a Russian Embassy or Consulate when applying for the tourist visa Russia:

  • The printed signed tourist invitation
  • A recent passport-sized color photo with the applicant’s signature on the reverse side
  • Proof of valid health insurance to cover the duration of the stay in Russia
  • Proof of Hotel, hostel or other accommodation bookings for every night of the stay in Russia (these must be made before applying for the visa)
  • Any documentation which supports the stated purpose of the trip as being for tourism (such as tickets for guided tours, attractions or events such as concerts, festivals, etc.)

Russia eVisa for “Far East” Countries

Citizens of 18 countries, including China, India, and Mexico, are required to apply for an eVisa for Far East Countries if traveling to certain regions in the extreme eastern territory of Russia for up to 8 days.

The Russian Visa for Far East countries is available through a simple online application that only takes minutes to complete. Eligible travelers can submit the application between 20 days up to 4 days prior to the intended entry date.
The regions for which eligible citizens require a Russia visa for Far East countries are:

 

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  • Primorsky Krai
  • Kamchatka Krai
  • Sakhalin Oblast
  • Amur Oblast
  • Khabarovsk Krai
  • Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
  • Zabaykalsky Krai
  • Buryatia

The Russia eVisa for Far East countries is only valid at select ports of entry in the aforementioned regions and is available through a simple online application. Supporting documentation such as an invitation or hotel booking confirmation is not required for the Russian visa for Far East regions.