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Russia is the world’s largest country in terms of area and ninth largest in terms of population. It is a transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. About 77% of Russia’s population lives in the western and European parts of the country. Its capital Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world.
Russia is famous for its cold climate, vodka, great literature, unique architecture, beautiful nature and bears. That is why the number of foreign tourists coming to Russia is increasing every year. In 2017, 24. 5 million foreign tourists made trips throughout the Russian Federation. Most of them had to apply for a visa to Russia before starting their trip.
A Russian visa is an authorization in the form of a sticker affixed to the traveler’s passport. It allows its holder to enter, stay and leave Russia for a certain period of time. It contains the following information:
Russia has a very strict visa policy. Most countries in the world will need to apply for a visa to enter Russia, even for tourist purposes. Some others fall under Russia’s visa-free regime. This means that citizens of these countries do not need a visa to visit Russia.
In addition, Russia has waived visas for up to 72 hours for passengers traveling on cruise ships and ferries through certain ports. Visa-free transit is possible through some airports. People with diplomatic status from certain countries are also exempt from visa requirements in some cases.
Depending on the purpose of traveling to Russia, there are many types of Russian visas. Each of them has its own requirements, application processes and specifications. Types of Russian visas are:
On the other hand, depending on the number of times you want to enter Russia with a single visa, there are the following visa types:
When applying for a Russian visa, you will need to submit a number of documents as part of your application. Based on these documents, the Russian embassy in your country of residence will make a decision regarding your case. You must pay special attention to these documents and submit all of them as required.
Note that the list of documents required to apply for a Russian visa varies depending on your nationality and the type of visa you are applying for.
The standard documents required to apply for a visa to Russia are:
Depending on your country of residence and the type of visa you are applying for, you may also need to submit the following documents to apply for a Russian visa.
The cost of applying for a visa to Russia depends on many factors, which are:
The average processing time for a Russian visa is 10 days. However, processing may take 7 to 20 business days. Those in a hurry can request expedited processing, which takes three business days. Applicants who wish to benefit from expedited processing of their visa application will have to pay higher fees.
Unlike most countries where you will be deported if your visa expires, in Russia you must apply for an exit visa to leave. An exit visa from Russia is issued to foreigners in two cases:
To apply for an exit visa from Russia, you must contact Contact your country’s embassy in Russia. Applying for an exit visa can take up to 20 days.