Business visa to Russia
A business visa to Russia is an official permit allowing foreign nationals to enter Russia to engage in commercial activities, participate in business negotiations, conferences, fairs and other business-related events. A business visa is also required for truck drivers, crew members and their families entering Russia. To obtain a business visa, the purpose of the trip must be specified in a special visa application form.
When applying for a business visa, it is necessary to make sure that you have all the required documents, including the business invitation. The validity period of a business visa is determined by the business invitation.
Business visas can be single-entry or double-entry visas for up to three months and multiple-entry visas for up to one year. You can apply for a visa at the Russian Embassy or use an electronic visa.
Our visa agency Visa-Navigator.com provides services for obtaining business visas and official invitation.
Basic information on business visa
Stay: up to 90 days per entry
Validity period: up to 5 years
Entry: single entry, double entry
The visa is pasted in the passport
Extension: not possible
Application period: max. 365 days / min. 3 days before departure
Stay: up to 16 days
Validity period: 60 days from the date of issue
Entry: single entry
Visa is sent electronically
Renewal: not possible
Application period: max. 50 days / min. 4 days before departure
Apply for a business visa to Russia
Business travelers from the European Union and other countries require a visa to enter Russia. To obtain a visa, an application must be submitted prior to travel. You can obtain a business visa online or at diplomatic missions in Russia.
If your country allows electronic visa, you can apply through the Internet portal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. If an e-visa is not available, EU residents can apply in any EU country at the nearest Russian embassy or consulate. In Germany, the Russian Embassy in Berlin and the Russian Consulate General are responsible for processing business visas and other necessary documents for visits to the Russian Federation.
Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply for a Russian business visa
Citizens of countries not on the list may visit Russia without the need to apply for a regular business visa or an e-business visa. The period of stay is from 14 to 90 days during any 180-day period. The period of stay depends on citizenship.
Citizens of Belarus can move freely within Russia, which means that there are no restrictions on the length of stay and the ability to engage in various activities.
There is also no need to obtain a business visa for APEC Business Travel Card holders.
Invitations to enter the Russian Federation
Visa support for business visits includes the provision of an invitation from a Russian company or organization that wishes to invite a foreign national to attend a business meeting or event in Russia. Participants of such events must obtain a business visa to enter Russia, so an invitation is required.
Visa support (invitation letter) can be obtained:
- from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, which is usually requested from the Russian business partner.
- from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. This invitation is also requested through the Russian partner and given to the embassy of the respective country.
- from a Russian organization, which is provided to participants of events in Russia by the respective organization. These requirements apply only to countries that have agreed simplified visa procedures with Russia.
Our visa agency is also pleased to offer you the opportunity to issue a business visa to Russia with an official invitation. Our team is ready to provide all the necessary documentation for your visit, making your trip as comfortable as possible. Contact us for more information.
Upon arrival in Russia
Upon arrival in Russia, foreign citizens need to register a business visa if their stay in Russia exceeds a week. If staying in a hotel, the registration will be carried out by the hotel itself. If staying in a private house, the registration must be done by the host party. In this case, the hotel and the owner of the private house must provide copies of the pages with passport data, visa and immigration card.
Documents required to apply for a business visa
valid for at least 6 months from the date of visa expiry
Completed visa application form
3.5 x 4.5 cm (black-and-white or color) with a clear image of the face
Invitation to enter the Russian Federation
issued by a territorial FMS of Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia or a Russian organization
required for multiple-entry visas valid for one year or more
Reliable and fast processing of business visa for your trip to Russia
Applying for a business visa and invitation through our visa agency Visa-Navigator.com will help you save a lot of time and ensure that all your documents are correctly filled out and submitted to the Russian Embassy in full. We take care of the administrative procedures and check your documents.
We will contact you as soon as possible.