Transit visa

A transit visa allows a single entry into Russia on a transit trip. Passengers traveling by aircraft are issued a visa for up to 72 hours only. Passengers traveling by land transport are issued a visa for a period sufficient to proceed through the territory of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) by the shortest route possible, but not over 10 days.

No transit visa is required for international flight passengers making a stopover for no longer than 24 hours without leaving the transit zone of the airport in Russia.

Passengers of cruise vessels should apply for a tourist visa (if required).

Foreign nationals traveling along the Transsiberian Railway should apply for a tourist visa.

Requirements for transit visas:

  1. Visa application form with 1 recent photo, size 3x4 cm.
  2. Passport valid for at least 6 months from the visa expiry date with at least 2 empty pages and copies of the personal data page and the page with the current Thai visa.
  3. Paid tickets (not booking) to Russia and from Russia to the country of destination.
  4. Hotel booking for the period of stopover (if available).
  5. Copy of a valid visa to the country of destination (if required).
  6. Copy of medical insurance policy covering the period of stopover.

 

Tourist visa

A tourist visa allows a single or double entry into Russia for tourism, short-term business negotiations, participating in exhibitions and auctions or medical consultations (not treatment). It is issued for up to 30 days.

A double-entry tourist visa is issued only in case the applicant is planning to visit a CIS country between the two stopovers in Russia (proof required). In all other cases a single-entry tourist visa is issued.

Information for passengers of cruise vessels only:
Cruise vessel passengers get a visa waiver for 72 hours if they have a valid passport, are accommodated on board the vessel during the whole period of stay, come ashore with a group to travel along the specified tourist routes only (please ask your travel agent for more information), and if master of the vessel submits the passenger list 72 hours prior to the arrival of the vessel at the port. In all other cases you have to apply for a tourist visa.

Requirements for tourist visas:

  1. Visa application form with 1 recent photo, size 3x4 cm.
  2. Passport valid for at least 6 months from the visa expiry date with at least 2 empty pages and copies of the personal data page and the page with the current Thai visa.
  3. Tourist voucher from a licensed Russian travel agent (original or copy).
    A tourist voucher IS NOT hotel booking. It is issued only by certified Russian travel agents (for more information on obtaining a voucher please contact your hotel in Russia).
    Item “Russian host organization” of the application form must contain the name of the said agent and its Reference Number (MBT).
  4. Confirmation of reception from a licensed Russian travel agency (original or copy). This document is issued together with the tourist voucher by the travel agent.
  5. Copy of medical insurance policy covering the period of the trip.
  6. Purchased tickets confirming date of entry to and exit from Russia.

 

Business visa

A business visa allows single, double or multiple entries into Russia for business purposes (including crew members and journalists). Single- and double-entry visas are issued for up to 3 months. Multiple-entry visas are issued for up to 1 year and allow staying in Russia up to 90 days within every 180-day period. Employment in Russia with a business visa is prohibited.

For information on long-term (over 1 year) multiple-entry business visa for EU citizens go to Specific information for EU citizens.

Requirements for business visas:

  1. Visa application form with 1 recent photo, size 3x4 cm.
  2. Passport valid for at least 6 months from the visa expiry date with at least 2 empty pages and copies of the personal data page and the page with the current Thai visa.
  3. Letter of invitation (LOI) issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (original only).
    LOI is issued by a regional division of the Federal Migration Service of Russia at the request of the hosting organization.
    If you have a visa reference number provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia please inform the consular staff when applying for the visa (no LOI required).
  4. Copy of medical insurance policy covering the period of the trip.
  5. For Australian citizens only: detailed curriculum vitae in the RUSSIAN LANGUAGE.

 

Employment visa

A work (employment) visa allows a single or multiple entries into Russia for employment with a Russian entity. It is issued for up to 3 months (single-entry visas) and up to 3 years (multiple-entry visas).

Requirements for employment visas:

  1. Visa application form with 1 recent photo, size 3x4 cm.
  2. Passport valid for at least 6 months from the visa expiry date with at least 2 empty pages and copies of the personal data page and the page with the current Thai visa.
  3. Letter of invitation (LOI) issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (original only).
    LOI is issued by a regional division of the Federal Migration Service of Russia at the request of the hosting organization.
  4. A valid HIV certificate issued by a hospital in Thailand.
    An HIV certificate must be made out in English, contain the examinee’s passport data, birth date, country of residence, planned period of stay in Russia, date and description of the test method, and bear the signatures of the examinee and the doctor who conducted the test, with the official seal of the medical institution affixed. An HIV certificate is considered valid for 3 months from its date of issue.

  

Private visit visa

A private visa allows a single or double entry into Russia for visiting family or friends (including cases of a severe disease or death of next of kin – proof required), as well as for receiving urgent medical treatment. It is issued for up to 3 months.

If you are a foreign national having a Russian spouse or parent traveling together with them to Russia with a private visit please see information below*.

Requirements for private visas:

  1. Visa application form with 1 recent photo, size 3x4 cm.
  2. Passport valid for at least 6 months (except cases of a severe disease or death of next of kin) from the visa expiry date with at least 2 empty pages and copies of the personal data page and the page with the current Thai visa.
  3. Letter of invitation (LOI) issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (original only).
    LOI is issued by a regional division of the Federal Migration Service of Russia at the request of the hosting organization or organization. The request for issuing an invitation can also be submitted by a foreign national who lives in Russia under a Residence Permit.
  4. For guests of foreign diplomats and embassy staff accredited in Russia: Verbal Note with a request to grant a visa.

For guests of members of diplomatic missions and embassy staff accredited in Russia: if you have a visa reference number provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia please inform the consular staff when applying for the visa (no LOI required).

* Foreign nationals being spouses and children of Russian citizens can obtain a private visa for traveling together with their family to Russia by submitting the following documents:

  1. Visa application form with 1 recent photo, size 3x4 cm.
  2. Passport valid for at least 6 months from the visa expiry date with at least 2 empty pages and copies of the personal data page and the page with the current Thai visa.
  3. Original of passport of the Russian family member who you are planning to travel with and a copy thereof.
  4. A valid document certifying close relation between you and your Russian family member (original only).
  5. Paid air, train or other tickets to Russia and back or to a third country (copy of a valid visa to such country also required) for you and your Russian family member traveling with you.
  6. Copy of medical insurance policy covering the period of your stay in Russia.
  7. A written visa request made out by your Russian family member at the Consular Section (a sample of request is available at our office only).

 

Humanitarian visa

A humanitarian visa allows single, double or multiple entries into Russia for making contacts and developing ties in science, culture, education and sports, doing charity, engaging in religious activities, including pilgrimage, or delivering humanitarian aid. Single- and double-entry visas are issued for up to 3 months. Multiple-entry visas are issued for up to 1 year and allow staying in Russia up to 90 days within every 180-day period.

Requirements for humanitarian visas:

  1. Visa application form with 1 recent photo, size 3x4 cm.
  2. Passport valid for at least 6 months from the visa expiry date with at least 2 empty pages and copies of the personal data page and the page with the current Thai visa.
  3. Letter of invitation (LOI) issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (original only).
    LOI is issued by a regional division of the Federal Migration Service of Russia at the request of the hosting organization.
    If you have a visa reference number provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia please inform the consular staff when applying for the visa (no LOI required).
  4. Copy of medical insurance policy covering the period of the trip. 

  

Education visa

An education visa allows a single entry into Russia for studying at an educational institution (including short-term courses). It is issued for up to 3 months and can be extended to each subsequent year (but not beyond the tuition contract expiry date) by the division of the Federal Migration Service of Russia located in the foreign student’s registered place of stay.

Requirements for education visas:

  1. Visa application form with 1 recent photo, size 3x4 cm.
  2. Passport valid for at least 18 months from the visa issuing date with at least 2 empty pages and copies of the personal data page and the page with the current Thai visa.
  3. Letter of invitation (LOI) issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (original only).
    LOI is issued by a regional division of the Federal Migration Service of Russia at the request of the hosting organization.
  4. A valid HIV certificate issued by a hospital in Thailand.
    An HIV certificate must be made out in English, contain the examinee’s passport data, birth date, country of residence, planned period of stay in Russia, date and description of the test method, and bear the signatures of the examinee and the doctor who conducted the test, with the official seal of the medical institution affixed. An HIV certificate is considered valid for 3 months from its date of issue.

 

Diplomatic and Service (Official) visa

A diplomatic visa allows a single or double entry into Russia to holders of diplomatic passports. It is issued for up to 3 months and can be extended to each subsequent year by obtaining a multiple-entry visa (only for officers of foreign diplomatic and consular missions in Russia and their family members).

A diplomatic visa may also be issued to holders of ordinary passports who are recognized as having a diplomatic status by the Russian authorities.

A service (official) visa allows a single or double entry into Russia to holders of service (official) passports. It is issued for up to 3 months and can be extended to each subsequent year by obtaining a multiple-entry visa (only for personnel of foreign diplomatic and consular missions in Russia and their family members).

A service (official) Visa may also be issued to holders of ordinary passports who are recognized as having an official status by the Russian authorities.

Requirements for Diplomatic and Service visas:

  1. Visa application form with 1 recent photo, size 3x4 cm.
    Heads of state and government are not required to attach a photo to the application form.
  2. Passport valid for at least 6 months from the visa expiry date with at least 2 empty pages and copies of the personal data page and the page with the current Thai visa.
  3. Verbal Note with a request to grant an appropriate type of visa.
    If you have a visa reference number provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia please inform the consular staff when applying for the visa.
  4. For Australian citizens only: detailed curriculum vitae in the RUSSIAN LANGUAGE.

 

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