Private visa
Private visa
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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.

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Basic information on a private visa

Ordinary private visa
Ordinary 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

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Private electronic visa
Private electronic 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 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

Foreign nationals from 57 countries can obtain an electronic private 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 private visa from the appropriate 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 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

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

Medical insurance

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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