You have to present the following documents upon your arrival to a Russian Federation border:
- Valid Passport (6 months)
- Russian Visa
- for stay over 90 days – HIV clearance, Migration card
The nationals of the following countries can enter Russia visa-free:
Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia (Hrvatska), Cuba, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela
In high-risk countries, Russian Consulate may require the following:
- medical insurance,
- work permit,
- HIV clearance (for stay over 90 days),
- proof of funds for stay in Russia,
- other documents, depending on your situation.
Please check with the Russian Consulate near you for further details.
The process of getting Russian visa consists of the following steps:
- Getting Russian Visa Support document
Any visa to Russia, except for the Transit visa requires Russian Visa Support document. Every visa type has a corresponding Visa Support Document :
- For Russian Tourist Visa – Tourist Confirmation and Voucher – Apply
- For Business Visa to Russia – Business Invitation – Apply
Please note that a personal letter from a Russian friend or Russian business partner does not qualify as a Russian Visa Support Document .
- Completing Russian Visa Application Form
- Submitting your Russian Visa Support document and Russian Visa Application Form along with your passport and a photo (1.5 x 2 inches)
- Getting Russian Visa from a consulate
You will also get Migration card, which you should staple to your passport, to present at a Russian border.
Please check your visa for any mistakes, right at the Russian Consulate, when you receive it – this is the only authority that can make changes to your Russian visa.
- Temporary Registration in Russia
Under Russian law, your Russian visa must be registered within 72 hours of arrival. [more info…]