Russian Visa

Russian Tourist Visa is required for the foreign tourists except countries having a visa-free Agreement with Russia.

A Russian Tourist Visa can be issued for either single (or double entry depends on travel itinerary), but only for a validity of no more than 30 days. The Russian Tourist Visa cannot be extended while the holder is in Russia.

Applications for Russian Tourist Visas require an invitation (visa support letter) to be granted by local travel agency (Fremad Russia) approved by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When applying for visa at the Russian Consulate at your country you have to provide a current passport from your country of residence with a validity of at least six months after the expiry of the Russian visa and some other documents. You should always with your local Russia Consulate Service https://www.mid.ru/en/maps what documents are required; if copies of invitations are accepted or only originals; how long does it take to issue visa and how much does it cost.

In accordance with Russian Law, foreign citizens have to make a registration within 72 hours upon arrival. Usually the hotel's administration takes all the necessary steps regarding the registration. Hotel has the right to charge a fee for these services. This fee ranges from 200 to 500 Russian roubles and has to be paid at the place of the hotel.

Fremad Russia agency provides the tourists with Visa support documents (voucher + confirmation) free of charge,  if a client/agent books and pays the accommodation or excursion tours  through Fremad Russia for the whole period of stay in Russia.

E-visa for foreign tourists:

Since 2019/2020 it is possible to visit 3 of regions of Russia with E-visa: the Far-Eastern Federal District,  Kaliningrad region, Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad region. An E-visa issued for a visit to one of the three above-listed regions is not valid for visits to other regions of the Russian Federation. E-visa allows to stay in the country up to 8 days of the 30-day validity period. 

All information reagrding E-visa processing as well as the list of the countries whose citizens can apply for E-visa you can find here: https://evisa.kdmid.ru/en-US/Home/Index

E-visa can be used for entering and leaving the Russian Federation at the following checkpoints:

  • air checkpoints «Vladivostok (Knevichy Airport)», «Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo Airport)», «Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo Airport)», «Blagoveschensk», «Khabarovsk (Novy Airport)», «Anadyr (Ugolny Airport)», «Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)», «Ulan-Ude (Muhino)», «Chita (Kadala)», «Pulkovo»;
  • naval checkpoints «Vladivostok», «Zarubino», «Posiet», «Korsakov», «Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky», «Kaliningrad (checkpoints in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly)», «Vysotsk», «Big port Saint Petersburg (Marine Station)», «Passenger port Saint Petersburg»;
  • railroad checkpoints «Pogranichny», «Khasan», «Makhalino», «Mamonovo», «Sovetsk»;
  • automobile checkpoints «Poltavka», «Turiy Rog», «Bagrationovsk», «Gusev», «Mamonovo (Grzechotki)», «Mamonovo (Gronowo)», «Morskoje», «Pogranichny», «Sovetsk», «Chernyshevskoye», «Ivangorod», «Torfjanovka», «Brusnitchnoe», «Svetogorsk»;
  • pedestrian checkpoint «Ivangorod».

E-visa is free. Invitations, hotel booking confirmations or any other documents that confirm the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation are not required for an e-visa. The time period for issuing an e-visa is no longer than 4-5 calendar days from the date of submission of the complete application.

E-visas can be of the following categories only: ordinary business visa (purpose of journey is business), ordinary tourist visa (purpose of journey is tourism)  and ordinary humanitarian visa (purposes of journey are sports, cultural, scientific and technological ties). If the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation does not correspond to any of the above, you should apply for a traditional (non electronic) visa at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.

Starting from the 1st of January 2021 you may travel all over Russia with E-visa up to 16 days! 

An electronic visa will be available along with a diplomatic, service, ordinary, transit and temporary resident visa.

The e-visa will be a single-entry visa valid 60 days and it will allow to stay in Russia up to 16 days. The application form to fill out will be placed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The e-visa processing will take not more than 4 days. The list of countries whose citizens may apply for the e-visa will be published later. 

Visa-free regime of entry to Russia for Cruise Ship passengers

Foreigne tourists are able to stay on the territory of the Russian Federation visa-free up to 72 hours when entering Russia by ferry (large cruise ships) through the following ports: Sochi, Novorossiysk, Vladivostok, Korsakov, Kaliningrad, Vyborg, St.Petersburg. This is valid for people travelling with authorised local travel Agency. 

Fremad Russia provides all visa-free formalities for Cruise passengers efficiently and free of charge!

Visa-free policy for citizens of foreign countries

Depends on definite situation and country relations on current date there could be changed the rules and terms for entry to Russia, please kindly check visa information and particular case before your travel.

What are migration risk countries?

Russia’s list of migration risk countries changes on a regular basis and is updated depending on global changes. For risk migration countries’ nationals, an invitation for applying for an entry visa is issued after more thorough background checks, followed by preliminary interviews with the applicant and the hosting party. 

The list of risk migration countries includes countries that:

  • are currently at active war;
  • pose threat of a terrorist attack;
  • have poor central authority or lack thereof;
  • have a high percentage of those wishing to leave the country;
  • have non-existent diplomatic relations with Russian Federation.

Citizenship

Do foreign citizens need a visa to enter Russia?

Migration Risk Level

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Azerbaijan

No visa required

Normal

 Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Argentina

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Armenia

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Belarus

No visa required

Normal

 Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Bolivia

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Bosnia and Herzegovina

No visa required

Normal

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay, original tourist invitation is required

Brazil

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Brunei Darussalam

No visa required

Migration-dangerous

Up to 14 days of simultaneous stay

Vanuatu

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Venezuela

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Guyana

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Guatemala

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Honduras

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Grenada

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Dominica

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Israel

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Kazakhstan

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Kyrgyzstan

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Colombia

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Costa Rica

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Cuba

No visa required

Normal

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay, original tourist invitation is required

Laos

No visa required

Migration-dangerous

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay

Mauritius

No visa required

Normal

Up to 60 days of simultaneous stay

Macedonia

No visa required

Migration-dangerous

Original invitation required

Republic Of Maldives

No visa required

Migration-dangerous

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Moldova

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Mongolia

No visa required

Normal

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay

Nauru

No visa required

Normal

Up to 14 days of simultaneous stay

Nicaragua

No visa required

Migration-dangerous

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

U.A.E.

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Palau

No visa required

Normal

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay

Panama

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Paraguay

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Peru

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

The Republic Of Korea

No visa required

Normal

Up to 60 days of simultaneous stay

El Salvador

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Samoa

No visa required

Normal

Up to 60 days of simultaneous stay

Seychelles

No visa required

Migration-dangerous

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Saint Kitts and Nevis

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Serbia

No visa required

Normal

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay

The Special Administrative Region Hong Kong S.A.R.

No visa required

Normal

Up to 14 days of simultaneous stay

The Special Administrative Region Macao

No visa required

Normal

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay

Tajikistan

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Turkey

No visa required

Normal

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay

Thailand

No visa required

Migration-dangerous

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay

Uzbekistan

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Ukraine

No visa required

Normal

Original invitation required. Up to 90 out of 180 within each period of stay (as of 20.03.2014)

Uruguay

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Fiji

No visa required

Migration-dangerous

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Montenegro

No visa required

Normal

Up to 30 days of simultaneous stay

Chile

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Ecuador

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

South Ossetia

No visa required

Normal

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay

Jamaica

No visa required

Migration-dangerous

Up to 90 days of simultaneous stay