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How to get a Russian visa
25.09.2019

HOW TO GET A RUSSIAN VISA

People might think that getting a Russian visa is a hard and a time-consuming process when actually it is not.

In order to get a Russian visa, all you need to do is to follow these three simple steps:

  • Get a Russian visa invitation
  • Fill in the form on the web of the MFA of the RF
  • Apply to the consulate with all the required documents.

Or you can see: The 3 Steps to Get Russian Visa.

After applying, you will be given your visa within a few days. You may also be looking for: What Russian visa documents are required?

 

Preparing your documents does not take any longer than an hour in front of the computer. However, you may face some difficulty if you are a beginner. Therefore, our detailed manual below will describe the process step-by-step, containing the list of all necessary documents and examples on how to fill them. So, you are a beginner or not; our guide will make sure that you get everything right, ready and obtain your visa without any delay.

 

Here is our detailed yet quick guide to getting your Visa;

 

1. Do you actually need a visa to go to Russia?

First, you need to do is to find out if you really need a visa in order to travel to Russia. Obviously, you will require a visa to come to Russia as the document gives you the right to cross the Russian borders and live in the country for a while. If you’re a citizen of the EU, the USA, Canada, Great Britain or Australia, you will definitely need a Russian visa.

Your visa will be pasted into your foreign passport and will look like this:

Russian visa

However, some countries have signed a visa-free entry agreement with the Russian Federation. So, if you are a citizen of one of those countries, you can come to Russia without a visa. Find your country on the map below to determine if you need a visa. If you do, your next step is how to get it.

 

2. What visa do you need?

If you require a visa to enter in Russia, you will also need a visa invitation letter to apply for a Russian visa. Which you can get here;

Now, visa can be obtained in different forms and which one to choose entirely depends on the purpose of your tour. Here are the details of the two most common options for your help!

Tourist Visa

If you wish to have a click near the St Basil’s Cathedral, walk by the Nevsky prospect or visit other famous Russian places, your pick would be a tourist visa.

We would recommend you to apply for a tourist visa even if you are going to a conference or planning to visit your relatives /friends because issuance process for a tourist visa is the most simplest and the fastest.

Russian Tourist Visa is valid for up to 30 days. You can only prolong your stay in case of serious illness. Read more about Russian Tourist visa here.

 

Russian Tourist Visa
Russian Tourist Visa

Business Visa

If you have a business in Russia or having to expand one there, you need to arrange for a business visa. It is valid for up to one year. However, in special cases, your business visa can be valid for even up to five years.

Russian business visa allows you to visit Russia multiple times but you cannot stay in the country for more than 90 days every six months without leaving the country. Read details about Russia business visa here.

 

Russian business visa
Russian business visa

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