The Russian Government has made it possible for people, who intend to travel to Russia for Tourism, to get a VISA.
This article will guide you on how to apply for Russian Tourist VISA.
Russia Tourist VISA
The Russia Tourist VISA is a short stay Russian VISA, for people who wants to enter Russia for Tourism.
Before you apply for the Russian Tourist VISA, you will have to know that there are some Countries that are exempted from using a VISA to enter Russia for Tourism purpose, and also there are Countries that can apply for e-VISA.
List Of Countries That Are Exempted From Using A VISA To Enter Russia
- El Salvador*
- Estonia (holders of an alien passport)
- Latvia (holders of a non-citizen passport)
- Saint Kitts and Nevis*
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines*
- South Africa*
- United Arab Emirates
*Nationals of these Countries can enter Russia without a VISA only for non-commercial purposes.
For up to 60days
- South Korea
For up to 30 days
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Macao (Persons holding a Macau Special Administrative Region passport)
- North Macedonia*
*A letter of Guarantee/Invitation, and a Tourist Voucher are compulsory for citizens of North Macedonia, in order to be permitted to enter Russia.
Note: Nationals of Belarus and South Ossetia can enter Russia and remain there for an unlimited time.
Required Documents For The Russian Tourist VISA
There are several documents you will submit for the VISA application. You will need to submit the following;
- VISA Application Form; Make sure your answers are correct, and then print the form.
- Valid Passport; There are some criteria that your passport must meet, in order for your application to be valid. These criteria are:
- Your passport must be valid for at least six more months after the expiration of the VISA you are applying for.
- Your passport must have at least two blank pages, which do not have to be consecutive.
- A recent passport size photo; Make sure this photo complies with the requirements for a Russia VISA photo. Glue this photo to the indicated space in the printed application form.
- Proof of residence; If you are not applying from your Home Country, but rather from a Country where you are residing, you should submit proof of residence in that particular Country for the last 90 days. Date on proof of residence should be no older than one month. This document could be any of the following:
- A valid VISA in your passport issued by the Country where you are residing.
- Utility bills with your Name and Address.
- Bank Statements for the last three months; Required only if you are self-employed, a Company Director, working from Home, or unemployed. These Bank statements must prove you have at least €115, for each day you plan to stay in Russia.
- VISA Support for Tourism; VISA support or invitation is among the most important documents required. You should submit one of the following documents, to prove you intend to travel to Russia for Tourism:
- Letter from the Tour Company or cruise line; The letter must confirm the itinerary, and include a copy of the confirmation from an authorized Russian Travel Company. It must show the reference number and confirmation number for the VISA.
- Confirmation of Hotel arrangements; A Russian Travel Company or the Hotel in Russia, where you will stay, while they issue you this confirmation. It must contain the reference number and confirmation number for the VISA.
- Vehicle Registration Certificate; When traveling to Russia for auto Tourism, submit a Car Registration Certificate. A cover letter with the details on the Journey, and itinerary will be required. Submit a list of the names of other Travelers accompanying you, as well.
If there’s any other documents, the Consulate or Embassy you Lodge your application will let you know.
Pre-conditions For Application
Before you Apply for the VISA, there are certain conditions you must meet.
Check if you need a VISA: You have to be sure that you are not from any VISA-free Countries.
Passport Validity: You must check very well and confirm if your passport is valid for at least 6 months, before the day you want to apply for the VISA. If it is less than six months, then you will not be able to apply for the VISA.
Possession of an invitation letter: You must have an invitation letter, to prove your purpose of visit to Russia. You can get the letter, First, from the Tour Company or cruise line, with which you are traveling to Russia. Second, from the Hotel where you will stay.
Application Procedures For The Russia Tourist VISA
When applying for the Russian Tourist VISA, there are some steps you will need to follow.
Complete the Russian Tourist VISA application form, and fill it correctly online: The form contains questions on your background and your purpose of travel.
Compile the all Required Documents for the Russian Tourist VISA. You can see the form above.
Submit your application at the Russian Embassy or Consulate in your Home Country.
Note: depending on your Home Country, you may have to book an appointment first.
After submitting the application, proceed to pay your VISA fee.
- The cost of a Russian Tourist VISA fee for citizens of the European Union, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland is 35 EUR.
- The cost of the Russia Tourist VISA fee for citizens of Japan is 32.8 EUR.
- The cost of a Russian Tourist VISA for citizens of Angola, Cambodia, India and Vietnam are as follows:
- Single entry VISA – 37.6 EUR
- Double-entry VISA – 60.2 EUR
- Multiple entry VISA – 112.8 EUR
- The cost of a Russian Tourist VISA for citizens of China are as follows:
- Single entry VISA – 47 EUR
- Double-entry VISA – 94 EUR
- Multiple entry VISA – 141 EUR
- The costs of the Russia Tourist VISA for citizens of North Macedonia are as follows:
- Single entry VISA – 47 EUR
- Double-entry VISA – 75.2 EUR
- Multiple entry VISA – 141.1 EUR
- The cost of a Russian Tourist VISA for citizens of all other Countries are as follows:
- Single entry VISA – 75.2 EUR
- Double-entry VISA – 120.3 EUR
- Multiple entry VISA – 225.7 EUR
After paying the VISA fee you will have to wait for your VISA to be processed.
When You Arrive Russia
When you arrive at the Russian Port of Entry, the Border Police will give you an Immigration Card. The card consists of two identical parts, which you should fill in with your information.
The Border Police will keep one part of the card, and the other one is for you. If you will be staying more than seven days in Russia, you will need to register your VISA.
If you are planning to stay at a Hotel, the Hotel is responsible to register your VISA.
If you intend to stay at a private house, your host/the property owner is responsible to do it. They will need a copy of your Passport, VISA and Immigration card for the registration.
Important Thing You Need To Know About The Russian Tourist VISA
The processing time for a Russian Tourist VISA application is as follows:
- For Citizens of the European Union, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland – 7 to 20 working days.
- For Citizens of Angola, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, North Macedonia and Vietnam – seven calendar days.
- For Citizens of all other Countries – 7 to 20 working days.