Business visa
Business visa
With a business visa to Russia, you can engage in commercial activities, act on behalf of a company or carry out entrepreneurial activities. Apply for a business visa quickly and inexpensively at Visa-Navigator.com.

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.

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Basic information on business visa

Ordinary business visa
Ordinary 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

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Business e-visa
Business e-visa

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

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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

Foreign nationals from 57 countries can obtain an e-business visa
Aruba
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Bulgaria
Cambodia
China
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Greenland
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
Myanmar
Netherlands
North Korea
Norway
Oman
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Slovakia
Spain
St. Maarten (Netherlands)
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Turkey
Vatican City
Vietnam
Foreign nationals from 103 countries must obtain a business visa from the relevant Russian embassy or consulate
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Anguilla
Australia
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bouvet Island
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Canada
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Christmas Island
Comoros
Congo
Cook Islands
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Gibraltar
Guam
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Heard and McDonald Islands
Iraq
Isle of Man
Jordan
Kenya
Kiribati
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mayotte
Micronesia
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Nepal
New Zealand
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Northern Mariana Islands
Pakistan
Palestine
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn
Puerto Rico
Rwanda
Saint Lucia
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
St. Helena
Sudan
Syria
Tanzania
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
United States of America
United States Virgin Islands
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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

Passport

valid for at least 6 months from the date of visa expiry

Completed visa application form

Two photos

3.5 x 4.5 cm (black-and-white or color) with a clear image of the face

Visa fee

Invitation to enter the Russian Federation

issued by a territorial FMS of Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia or a Russian organization

Medical insurance

required for multiple-entry visas valid for one year or more

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