Visa to Russia
Visa to Russia
Invitation to Russia
Visa to Russia
HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH VISA I NEED?
You find information on all types of visa on our website in “Types of Visa” section or on website of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Czech
Republic or Consulate General of the Russian Federation in the Czech Republic.
WHICH TRAVEL INSURANCE DO I NEED?
Damage claim coverage of your travel insurance has to be minimum of EUR 30,000 to obtain a Russian visa. This insurance is for covering the cost which
could arise abroad in connection with sudden health complications or unfortunate events: - Costs of ambulatory medical treatment, medical care and hospital stay, - Patient repatriation; - Costs of accommodation and stay of an accompanying person; - In case of unfortunate event resulting in death, costs of burial abroad or corpse repatriation. A confirmation of travel insurance needs to be submitted to obtain a visa to the Russian Federation. The travel insurance has to be valid in the Russian Federation territory during the visa validity period. Applicants for multiple entry visa submit a confirmation of travel insurance only during the first entry.
WHEN SHALL I SUBMIT THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS?
The following documents have to be submitted in their original version: - A passport. The passport validity exceeds the visa validity by at least 6 months
(in case of student or labour visa the passport validity has to be 1.5 year from the beginning of visa validity); – A visa application form. Printed out, with an attached photo and signed by hand by the applicant. The signature has to correspond to the signature in the passport; A Photo; - A letter of invitation – if you apply for a labour visa, Federal Migration Service student visa, tourist or yearly multiple entry business visa or humanitarian visa. – A copy of the Federal Migration Service letter of invitation may be used only when applying for a single or double entry business or humanitarian visa. However, we would like to notify you that the Consulate might ask for an original document. NOTICE! The Consulate may ask for any original document which was submitted in its copy only.
WHICH CITIZENS DO NOT HAVE TO APPLY FOR A VISA TO ENTER THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION?
The citizens of countries which concluded a bilateral Agreement on abolishing the visa regime and symplifying the process of visa obtaining do not need
a visa to enter the Russian Federation. See the list here. The visa is usually issued only for short-term journeys (maximum of 90 days out of every 180 days a year). If a long-term visa is needed, a corresponding long-term visa will be issued. Participants of a “72-hour visa-free transit” programme do not need a visa as well (applies to cruises).
UNDER WHICH CONDITIONS MAY I OBTAIN A VISA TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IF I’M NOT AN EU CITIZEN?
Citizens of non-EU states may apply for a visa only on the basis of a tourist letter of invitation, the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation
(FMS RF) letter of invitation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (unless stated otherwise by international agreements). Citizens of non-EU states will prove their legal stay in the Czec Republic (a visa or a residence permit). Citizens of high-risk states may only apply for the visa in person. They will be asked to submit a residence permit in the Czech Republic and a return ticket/flight ticket.
WHICH DOCUMENTS SHOULD THE CITIZENS OF AUSTRALIA, THE USA, THE UK, CANADA AND GEORGIA SUBMIT?
The citizens of all above-stated countries will fill in a different online form which has two pages. The processing time of visa issuance cannot be shortened
for citizens of the USA and the UK who do not have a long-term residence permit for the Czech Republic. The processing time of visa issuance cannot be shortened for citizens of Georgia under any circumstances. Furthermore, they are asked to submit a long-term residence permit. Canadian citizens are not asked to submit a long-term residence permit for the Czech Republic.
HOW MANY DAYS IS A TOURIST VISA VALID FOR?
Tourists may stay in the Russian Federation territory for maximum of 30 days based on a tourist visa
I WILL CHANGE PLANES AT A RUSSIAN AIRPORT. DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR A TRANSIT VISA?
There is no need for a transit visa if the transit takes place in the transit zone within 24 hours or without a terminal change. However, you are not allowed
to leave the transit zone (e.g. for visiting the city). If a passenger has to leave the transit zone (e.g. changing the international terminal for a domestic one) or if the passenger stays in the transit zone for more than 24 hours, he/she has to apply for a transit visa before entering Russia. NOTICE! The visa may be arranged by means of consular airport service in case of involuntary transit.
I´M GOING TO TRAVEL ACROSS RUSSIA IN A CAR. WHICH ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS WILL I NEEDTO APPLY FOR A VISA?
Firstly we should explain that there is a difference between automobile transit in the Russian Federation and travelling by car. Transit means crossing
the Russian Federation territory by means of the shortest possible way. Especially in case there is no other possibility to get to the target country or the transit across the Russian Federation is shorter. Number of days which the transit visa is issued for is calculated as 500 km/day (the clients can easily calculate the distance on google.maps.com). Any other kind of travelling around the Russian Federation is regarded as tourism or automobile tourism. The client is obliged to submit a tourist letter of invitation on foreign tourist acceptance obtained from all destinations which will be visited. These letters of invitation are issued by tour operators registered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The purpose of the journey is „automobile-tourism“. The documents related to your vehicle are not needed for the visa application but may be important when crossing the borders and travelling around the Russian federation.
MAY I ASK FOR A VISA IN A SHORTER PERIOD OF ISSUANCE?
Humanitarian visa may be issued in a shorter period only in special cases (death or grave illness of a family member, immediate hospitalization) or by
a Consulate decision. A period of issuance within one or three days is understood under a shorter period of issuance. NOTICE! Purchased train tickets or flight tickets or a wish to travel to the Russian Federation as soon as possible may under no circumstances be regarded as reasons for a shorter period of visa issuance! Plan your trip well ahead, please. When filling in the visa application form processed within a shorter period please pay attention to a question regarding the place of submitting the documents. You may include more places. If you want to submit your documents in the “visa centre”, fill in “visa centre”. If you plan to submit the documents at the Consulate, fill in the particular Consulate. If you select one of the options (e.g. a visa centre) and you will need to have the documents sent to a different place (e.g. the Consulate General), there will be no possibility to accept this application. The selected place of submission will be stated in the right upper corner of the printed form. If you select more places, all the places will be stated in the form.