The Russian Federation offers different types of visa to travelers from all over the world, depending upon their specific travel needs. Japanese citizens traveling to Russia are advised to go over each visa type and select the one that best aligns with their reasons for visiting the country. It is also worth noting that there might be exemptions to each visa type and it helps to go over them as they might ask the traveler to provide a different type of travel document.
Russia Online Visa from Japan
Although there are certain countries whose citizens are allowed visa-free entry into Russia, Japan is on the list of 54 eligible countries that are allowed to apply for a Russia visa to visit the country.
In order to visit the country as a tourist, the traveler must know that there are two types of tourist visa offered by the Russian Federation. The type of tourist visa that a traveler needs depends on the region in Russia that they are traveling to. If the traveler intends to visit the Far East regions in Russia, then he/she will have to apply for a special type of visa called the Russia eVisa for the Far East. The regions in the Far East of Russia that require a traveler to apply for the Russia eVisa for the Far East include:
- Primorsky Krai
- Kamchatka Krai
- Sakhalin Oblast
- Amur Oblast
- Khabarovsk Krai
- Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
- Zabaykalsky Krai
The Russia eVisa for the Far East can be obtained ahead of time and does not require a visit to the Russian embassy/consulate. Travelers applying for the Far East visa also do not need a tourist invitation letter, or a travel itinerary, they are only required to complete the online eVisa application free of charge. This can be done up to 4 days in advance of the intended date of travel to the country.
Travelers to the Far East regions of Russia should note that even though this type of tourist visa is easier to obtain, the traveler must exit Russia from their port of entry of the Far East region. In the meantime, they are free to travel anywhere within the region(s) throughout the validity of the visa.
For all other regions of Russia, the traveler can apply for a regular Russia tourist visa.
Russia Visa Application from Japan
Once the application is completed, the traveler will then need to take a printed and signed copy with them to the Russian embassy/consulate in their country along with the other supporting documents to submit for processing.
Once the application is submitted, it can take up to 3 business days for the applicant to be granted a Russia tourist visa. In some cases, it can take longer depending on if there is any additional application processing required.
The Russian tourist visa will allow the traveler to stay in the country for up to 30 days.
How to Apply for the Russia Visa from Japan
To apply for the regular Russia tourist visa, the traveler will need to begin by creating a travel itinerary of places they want to see and activities they want to participate in while visiting the country. The traveler will then need to look up the Russian businesses that will be able to cater to their travel needs within Russia, create bookings with them and request a tourist invitation.
After the traveler has finalized their travel itinerary and received the tourist invitation from the Russian business(es), he/she can then fill out the online Russia tourist visa application. This can be done by accessing the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Consular Department section.
The Russia tourist visa application will allow the traveler to provide background and passport information as well as a detailed list of their travel itinerary.
Russia eVisa Requirements for Japanese Citizens
In addition to creating the travel itinerary, receiving a tourist invitation and submitting the supporting documents along with the Russian tourist visa application to a Russian embassy or consulate, there are some other visa requirements that travelers must fulfill. They include:
- Having a passport with a validity of up to 6 months from the date of application and at least 2 blank pages for entry/exit stamps
- Having a printed and signed tourist invitation
- Having a completed Russian tourist visa application
- Having a recent passport-style color photograph with 3.5 x 4.5 cm dimensions
- Having valid health insurance that covers the entire duration of the traveler’s stay in Russia
- Providing evidence of accommodation of each night of stay in Russia
- Providing supporting documents for the travel itinerary (tour/festival/show tickets etc.)
Russia Embassies in Japan
Embassy of the Russian Federation in Tokyo
Address: Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan, 1-1, Azabudai; 2-Chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 106-0041
Phone: +(81-3) 3583-4224, +(81-3) 3583-5982
Fax: +(81-3) 3505-0593
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Niigata
Address: Consulate General of the Russian Federation, FAI-BIRU, 1-20-5, SASAGUCHI, Niigata, Japan, 950
Phone: +(8125) 244-6015, +(8125) 244-6315
Fax: +(8125) 244-6077
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Osaka
Address: Consulate General of the Russian Federation, Toyonaka-shi, Nishi Midorigaoka 1-2-2, Osaka-fu, Japan, 560-0005
Phone: +(81-6) 848-3452, +(81-6) 848-3451
Fax: +(81-6) 848-3453
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Sapporo
Address: Consulate General of the Russian Federation, 826, Nishi 12-Chome Minami 14-jo, Chuoku, Sapporo, Japan, 064-0914
Phone: +(81-11) 561-317, +(81-11) 561-3172
Fax: +(81-11) 561-8897