There are around 60 nationalities which are not required to have a visa to enter Russia (visa waiver). If you are not a citizen of any of these countries (and you don’t have a diplomatic passport), then you need to apply for a visa to Russia before departure. However, there are some minor exceptions to this general rule, for example, travelers arriving to Russian ports in a cruise or those
1.1. Visa to Russia from India
Applying for a visa to travel to Russia from India, whether for work, business, study, transit or tourism, is not as complicated a process as it may seems. In this section, I explain how to gather all of the documents you’ll need to apply for a visa from your computer in a way that is quick (less than 1 hour) and cost-effective.
I also explain how you can travel to Russia without a visa (in some cases) and how to get a Russian visa if you are abroad.
Obtaining the e-visa (or electronic visa) to Russia is very simple and quick: you will only need your passport and a digital photo. However, the e-visa can only be requested by some nationalities and at the moment it is only available to visit the regions of Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Kaliningrad and the Far Eastern Federal District. The electronic visa is not valid to travel to Moscow, Kazan or
Applying for a visa to travel to Russia from India, whether for work, business, study or tourism, is not as complicated a process as it may seems. In this article, I'll explain how to gather all of the documents you'll need to apply for a visa from your computer in a way that is quick (less than 1 hour) and cost-effective. Updated on February 4, 2020. Originally written in September
Since September 2012, American citizens can apply for a 3-year multiple-entry Russian visa. In this article I explain step by step how to apply for this type of visa and how to obtain the visa support documents. 1. Agreement between Russia and USA on the simplification of visa formalities Despite the bad news that usually comes in the media about relations between the United States and
A very frequent question when it comes to getting an invitation to Russia is if I need the original or if a hard copy is enough. It depends: some consulates only require a hard copy while others request the original. In this article I explain how to know in which countries a copy is sufficient and in which countries the original invitation is necessary. I also explain how to request the original
A frequently asked question is where to apply for a Russian visa if you are in a foreign country. Well, to request and process the Russian visa in a foreign country, you must have legal residence in that country, and go to the Russian consulate or the Russian visa center. To process a Russian visa in a foreign country, you need to have legal residence in the country for more than 90 days,
In this section I have compiled the official websites of the Russian Embassies and Consulates located worldwide (from New York to Sydney, passing through London, Paris, Berlin or New Delhi), as well as the existing Russian Visa Centres, sorted by county and city. Below you can see the list that I will try to keep updated. Introduction Russia is present in some 150 countries around the
Getting an invitation to Russia is usually easy for citizens of many countries. However, there are some countries, called “migration risk countries” by the Russian authorities (such as Pakistan, Algeria, Vietnam or Turkmenistan) for which additional documentation is required. In this article I explain what are migration risk countries and how to get an invitation (visa support voucher) for these
In this article I explain how to obtain valid medical insurance to travel to Russia to enter the country with your electronic visa (or paper visa). 1. Is it mandatory to have insurance to travel to Russia? The governments of some countries require foreigners who cross their borders to have travel medical insurance. This way, if you have an accident (or die during the trip), it will be your
If somehow you have made a mistake in requesting your invitation, or you simply want to change your hotels, it is possible to modify your invitation letter before submitting your visa application at the visa center or at the Consulate. In this post I’ll explain you how to do it with these three tour operators: iVisa, Russia Support and HotelsPro. When requesting your invitation letter to