General Information on Visas
Travel to Russia requires an entry visa. The Consular Section issues different categories of visas to Russia based upon the purpose of the trip and the duration of stay in Russia.
The following documents should be submitted in order to obtain a visa according to its category:
1. Completed visa applications, signed by the Applicant only. All information must be typed or printed in block letters in English. Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed.
A new visa application form has been put into effect June 15, 2009. Complete it and print it out according to the requirements enclosed.
All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he should put "N/A".
Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally.
2. Valid national passport (original only and it should have at least two clear visa pages). It must be valid no less than six months after the visa expiration date.
3. Two pictures of an applicant.
Visa processing fees for citizens of the Republic of Iraq are:
Single Entry Visa:
70 USD – for four - twenty business days
140 USD – for one - three business days
Double Entry Visa:
112USD – for four - twenty business days
224 USD – for one - three business days
Multiple Entry Visa:
210USD – for four - twenty business days
420USD – for one - three business days
Information for EU passport holders
On the 1st of June, 2007 the Russia–EU Visa facilitation agreement came into force and according to its provisions visa processing fees are changed for the citizens of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia.
Holders of diplomatic passports of the countries mentioned above do not need a visa to enter Russia for 90 days.
Citizens of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay. Medical insurance certificate should contain Russian contact number for emergency or assistance.
However these provisions are not valid for the countries which did not sign the Agreement: the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark, as well as Iceland and Norway which are not EU member states and did not sign the Agreement with Russia.
Visa processing starts only after the Consular Section has collected all necessary documents.
Visa Processing Fee is not refundable.
Type of visa or dates of entry/departure can not be changed or extended.
Once application is accepted, a numbered receipt is given to an applicant. The receipt must be presented to a diplomat for a visa pick-up.
Documents for visa must be submitted by an applicant in person or through an applicant's legal representative. Documents delivered by messenger services are not accepted. The Consular Section does not provide copy, photo or other services.
After the visa is received it should be checked by the traveller (spelling of the name, dates of travel, passport number, date of birth) and, if necessary, returned to the Consular Section for corrections.
Processing time, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice.
In accordance with the International Law, in certain cases the Consular Section is entitled to consider visa applications as long as it necessary. Visa can be denied if the Consular section has serious reasons to believe that an applicant's entry into or stay in the territory of the Russian Federation will not be desirable.
To apply for a tourist visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport-size picture, as well as:
1. Standard tourist confirmation (visa support letter) from the authorized hosting Russian travel agency, registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The confirmation should be and contain full name of the traveler, date of birth, passport number, date of entry/departure, itinerary, the agency's reference number, registration number, official seal and signature of the authorized person;
Hotel booking statement is not valid for obtaining a tourist visa.
2. Voucher issued by an authorized travel agency, indicating full name of the traveler, date of birth, passport number, dates of entry and departure, name of the hosting Russian Tourist Company. A tourist confirmation always goes with a voucher.
The abovementioned documents should be applied only in original.
Fax or e-mails copies will not be accepted.
Russian tourist visa can be issued for not longer than 30 days! When entering Russia with a tourist visa, you could be also asked to present your tourist confirmation, voucher and a return ticket with a fixed date of departure from Russia at the border checkpoint. You must also prove that you have sufficient funds for your trip.
To apply for a business visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, two standard passport pictures as well as:
1. Original letter of Invitation or Telex Confirmation. All state and private companies/organizations based in Moscow and other regions should process their invitations through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation/its regional representative offices or Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs/its local visa offices.
2. Original of HIV negative certificate, that should be issued not earlier than 1 month before submitting the visa application.
Multiple re-entry visas are valid for a one-year period, starting not earlier than the date, indicated in the confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign or Internal Affairs of Russia.
To apply for a student visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport picture, as well as:
1. Original letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or its Regional Office.
If you apply for a student visa, you should submit original HIV blood test (AIDS) Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 month only.
If you submit the documents for student visa, please be aware that the national passport has to be valid for no less than one and a half-year.
To apply for a work visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport picture, as well as:
Original letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or its Regional Office.
If you apply for a work visa, you should submit original HIV blood test (AIDS) Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 month only (HIV blood test should be taken not earlier than 3 months before applying for a visa).
If you submit the documents for work visa, please be aware that the national passport has to be valid for no less than one and a half-year.
Diplomatic and Official Visa
Diplomatic visa is granted for foreign citizens upon the receipt of a "note verbale" from a diplomatic/consular representation or permanent mission to international organization and the follow-up authorization of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Non-Iraqi citizens should also provide proof of legality of their stay in the Republic of Iraq(Resident Permit, CPR Card) when applying for a visa.
Applicants who used to be citizens of the USSR or of the Russian Federation and then emigrated from the USSR or from Russia must submit one of the documents which confirms that they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (so called "Visa to Israel" or stamp in their passport saying that they left for "permanent residence abroad" before the 6th of February, 1992 or official document certifying that their Russian citizenship was renounced), otherwise the applications will not be accepted.
The Consular Section is entitled to call the applicants for an interview and ask questions on personal, financial, business, corporate related issues as well as on applicant's Russian contacts and relatives.
You may contact us via telephone or e-mail:
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