Private visa to Russia
A private visa to Russia is one of the most popular visas to Russia, which is also known as a visitor visa. It is intended for foreign nationals who wish to visit relatives or friends in Russia.
To apply for a private visa, you need to provide a suitable invitation from relatives or friends living in Russia. This can be an invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation (MVD of Russia), which you need to request from the host country. Or a letter of invitation from the Russian Embassy in your country of residence, if you are invited by a Russian citizen who is staying with you. This letter must be legalized in a notary organization in Russia. In case an EU citizen legally residing in Russia invites a family member, a copy of his/her residence permit in Russia and proof of kinship with the visa applicant will be required.
Private visas can be single-entry or double-entry for up to three months and multiple-entry for up to one year. The validity of the visa depends on the specific invitation and can be extended at the request of the inviting party.
Instead of a visitor visa, you may also consider applying for a tourist visa to visit Russia.
Visa-Navigator.com will help you apply for both private and tourist visa to Russia. We will tell you about the required documents and provide detailed information about the procedure of obtaining the visa you need.
Basic information on a private visa
Stay: up to 90 days or up to a year
Validity period: depends on the specific invitation
Entry: single entry, double entry, multiple entry
The visa is pasted in the passport
Extension: possible at the local migration service
Application deadline: not earlier than 1 year 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 private visa to Russia
To travel to the Russian Federation, foreign citizens from the European Union and other countries are required to apply for a private visa. The visa application must be submitted prior to the start of the planned trip. Visa can be obtained through online service or by applying to diplomatic missions of Russia.
You can also apply for a private visa at our accredited visa agency Visa-Navigator.com. We take care of all visa formalities and procedures, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your trip.
Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply for a Russian private visa
Citizens of countries that are not on the list may enter Russia without a private or e-visa. The maximum total period of stay is from 30 to 90 days during any 180-day period, depending on their citizenship.
Belarusian citizens can travel freely in Russia and have no restrictions on their stay in the country.
After arrival in Russia
When staying in Russia for more than a week, foreign citizens need to register a private visa. If you will be staying in a hotel, the registration procedure is usually provided by the hotel itself. If you stay in a private house, the registration should be done by the host party. To register the visa, the owner of the private house or the hotel administration should provide copies of the pages with passport data, visa and immigration card.
Documents required to apply for a private 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
may be issued by a foreign or Russian insurance company
Invitations to enter the Russian Federation
issued by a territorial body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia or an application of a Russian citizen for entry into Russia of a foreign citizen - his close relative
Certificate of absence of HIV infection
when applying for a multiple-entry private visa for more than 3 months, except for spouses, children, parents of Russian citizens
If you need to apply for a visa to travel to Russia for urgent medical reasons (urgent treatment) or to visit a seriously ill or deceased relative, you need to provide the following documents:
- A certificate from a medical institution;
- A document confirming your relationship to the sick or deceased relative, a death certificate.
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