Types of Russian Visa

Before applying for your visa to the Russian Federation, applicants should decide the visa category under which they wish to lodge their visa application.

Visa Types

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Travelers should ensure that their visas reflect intended activities in Russia (e.g., tourism, study, business). Before applying for your visa to the Russian Federation, applicants should decide the visa category under which they wish to lodge their visa application.

Please make sure you familiarize yourself with the information on the visa category you are applying for.

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The different categories that are catered to are:

 

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Tourist Visa

Type of invitation: Tourist Invitation

Period of Stay: 1 to 30 days (up to 36 months for US Citizens)

Entries: Single/Double

Purpose: Tourism

Who can provide? A Russian tour company which is registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and possesses a valid ‘tour reference’ number. Company must register you once you are in Russia and provide other support services.

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Business Visa

Type of Invitation: Business Invitation

Period of stay:  1 day to 12 months

Entries: Single, Double or Multiple entry

Purpose: Research trip, exploring business opportunities, business meetings, visiting conferences, etc.

Corresponding Authority: The Passport and Visa Service (PVU) of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs or the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (for telexes).

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Private Visa

Type of Invitation: Private Invitation

Period of stay: up to 3 months.

Entries: Single

Purpose: Visit friend, relative

Corresponding Authority: The local department of the Passport and Visa Service (PVU) of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs or OVIR. Allow 4–6 weeks for approval and obtain the original invitation to apply for a visa at the Russian embassy/consulate.

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Transit Visa

Type of Invitation: No invitation required

Period of stay: up to 72 hours at 1 point.

Entries: Single

Purpose: Transit

Corresponding Authority: Present your travel tickets and visa for your country of destination (if required).

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Student Visa

Type of Invitation: Student Invitation

Period of Stay: 1 year/length of studies.

Entries: Multiple

Purpose: exchange or study.

Corresponding Authority: The ‘foreign department’ of the university/school should take care of all the formalities.

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Humanitarian Visa

Type of Invitation: Humanitarian Invitation

Period of Stay: up to 1 year

Entries: Multiple

Purpose: scientific, or cultural, or political, or sports, or religious etc.

Corresponding Authority:  Federal Migration Association or Host Organization.

Once you know the visa type you need to apply for, you need to check the information about visa fees, visa service charges, documents required, photo specifications and processing time along with the visa application form within that category. Contact the Visa Application Centre, Consulate or Embassy in your country to confirm the list of required documents. 

The compulsory documents for visa of any type are:

You can order the Invitation to Russia and Medcal Insurance certificate online on our website.

Once all requirements corresponding to the visa category under which they wish to lodge their application are fulfilled, you are ready to apply for your visa to the Russian Federation.

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