Documents for visas are not accepted from August 28 until September 7.
1. Passport valid for not less than six months after visa's expiration date and has at least 2 blank pages.
Note: Applicants with an exception of citizens of the Republic of Cyprus must submit residence permit with a period of legal stay in the Republic of Cyprus exceeding 3 (three) months.
2. One application form filled in.
3. One recent passport size (35x45 mm) photograph glued to the indicated space on the application form.
4. Invitation or other documents which can serve as a basis for issuing a visa to the Russian Federation:
a) For PRIVATE VISA - Original invitation letter issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service. (For urgent trips for medical reasons a certificate from a medical institution).
b) For BUSINESS/ HUMANITARIAN VISA - A letter of invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service or a telex from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For EU citizens – a written invitation from a Russian host entity. The invitation must contain: name, date of birth, citizenship, passport number, time and purpose of the journey, number of entries; for the inviting organization – full name and address, signature and name of the official authorized to invite foreigners to Russia.
c) For WORK VISA - A letter of invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service or a telex from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
d) For STUDY VISA -A letter of invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service or a telex from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
e) For TOURIST VISA - A 'Tourist voucher' and a 'Confirmation of reception of foreigners' stamped and signed by an authorized person. The documents can be provided by a hotel booked or a travel agent. Tourist visa can be issued for a maximum period of one month.
Tourists on board of large cruise ships can stay in Russia without a visa for up to 72 hours and leave the ship only as part of an organized tourist group. Tourists who wish to leave the ship on their own or in a group of less than 5 tourists must have a visa.
f) For TRANSIT VISA - Photocopies of tickets to and from the Russian Federation and a valid visa (if required by that country) to the country (countries) of destination. Transit visa is not required for stays in the airport transit zone not exceeding 24 hours.
5. Travel insurance (for EU citizens only).
NOTICE: Visa applications take from 3 to 20 days depending on type of visa. The processing time may be extended with a relevant notification to the applicant.
Details of all documents should be clearly readable.
All the above mentioned requirements are subject to change without prior notice.
The Russian Federation reserves the right to deny granting a visa without explanations.