Applying for Russian Tourist Entry Visa
Foreign citizens and stateless persons.
A visa is required for foreign citizens and stateless persons to enter the Russian Federation. A foreign citizen should apply for visa in the Russian consulate at the place of his permanent residence. Russian consulates issue visas in accordance with the purpose of visit and duration of the foreigner’s stay on the territory of the Russian FederationRequired documents:
A valid foreign passport (diplomatic, service, or ordinary) or any other ID recognized as such by the Russian Federation.
The passport should not raise doubts about its authenticity nor its ownership. It should have no marks, reservations, notes, erasements nor corrections unauthenticated by the pertinent foreign authorities, missing or unbound pages. It should have at least two empty pages intended for visas. As a rule, it should be valid six months beyond the visa’s expiration date. If a foreign citizen is issued an ordinary private visa due to a necessity for his/her entry into the Russian Federation for an urgent medical treatment or a serious illness or the death of his/her close relative, the passport should be valid at least until the visa’s expiration day. In case of the issuance of a student’s or working visa, the passport should be valid a year and a half beyond the visa’s expiration date.
2. Filled out visa application form
The sample of the visa application form (except citizens of the US, Great Britain and Georgia)
3. One photo 3,5 х 4,5 cm
A photo 3,5 х 4,5 cm (black-white or color) with a sharp full-face image with no tinted glasses nor a head-dress (except foreign citizens for whom wearing a hair-dress at all times is an obligatory attribute of their national or religious identity, but under the condition that the foreign citizen is depicted in such head-dress in his passport).4. Confirmation of the reception of the foreign tourist by an organization that carries out tour operator’s activities (If you buy a tour package this document will be provided by us)
Without regard to the number of entries specified in the issued visas, the total duration of all visits of a foreign citizen should not exceed 90 days during each period of 180 days. This provision does not apply to the foreign citizens, who travel with student’s or working visas.
Consulates reserve the right to deny visa application if there are serious grounds.
If the applicant is denied a visa, the fees that have been paid are not refunded.
The cost of Russian tourist visas for foreigners in the consulates of Russia depends on the citizenship of the visa applicant. The cost of a tourist visa for foreign citizens is determined by bilateral intergovernmental agreements and is always based on the principle of reciprocity. For example, for most citizens of the Schengen countries the cost of a tourist visa to Russia is 35 Euros for non-urgent issuance (from 4 to 10 days) and 70 euros for the issuance in 3 days or less.
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