Russian Visa Requirements
For foreign visitors wishing to travel to the Russian Federation, there are different types and categories of e-visas. The type of visa you will be eligible for is determined according to your nationality, purpose, and duration of stay in the country.
For citizens of several countries including a majority of European Nation countries, South-East Asian countries, and some of the Asian countries, the process of Russian visa application has been revised recently to make it more flexible and convenient.
With the Russia eVisa program, eligible travelers don’t need to physically visit the Russian consulate or embassy at all and easily apply online, ideally, through a reputed and accredited visa facilitation agency.
Similarly, Russia visa requirements vary as per the type of visa and the nature of the visit. There are certain categories of Russia visa and applicants have to carefully select one of the following reasons before submitting the visa application:
- Russia tourist visa
- Russia business visa
- Humanitarian Visa
- To attend sports-related activities/events
- Cultural relations
- Scientific or technical events and relations
Documents Required for Electronic Visa Russia:
The most attractive aspect of Russian visa is that the entire application process can be completed online. All you need to do is submit the following documents:
- Application Form:
Fill out the Russian visa application completely and do not leave out anything or provide incomplete information.
- Valid Passport Copy:
To visit Russia, passport validity should be up to 6 months from the date you will be applying for the eVisa. You must present a copy of a valid passport issued by a country declared eligible by the Russian government for eVisa application. Additionally, your passport must have at least one empty page as it will be required for stamping.
You will need a recent, passport-size color photograph to be attached to your eVisa application. Make sure that the photograph has a 3.5x4.5 ratio and is taken against a full- white background.
You can read more about the Russia visa photo requirements
- Health Insurance Proof:
You must provide proof of a valid health insurance policy that will cover the time you will be staying in Russia. This is an important requirement, as without health coverage you may not get a Russia visa.
Points to Remember when Filling Out a Russian eVisa Application Form:
- Make sure that you enter your full name including surname and patronymic name exactly as it is indicated in your passport’s first machine-readable line and not the visual zone of the passport.
- If your surname has many parts/words and the name does not fit in the “Surname” field of the eVisa Russia application form, you should indicate the initial words/parts of the name in the same order as they appear in your passport’s first machine-readable line. Do not abbreviate the parts that cannot fit in the Surname field or enter them in the Given Name(s) field.
- You should enter your patronymic name or given name(s) in the Given Names field of the eVisa Russia application form in the same order as they appear in the first machine-readable line of your original passport.
- If your passport number has a symbol that appears like the Latin letter 'O,' make sure that you find it in the first nine symbols of the second machine-readable line of the passport and ensure that you don't enter the digit '0' but the correct letter 'O.' Similarly, if the passport number contains a symbol that appears just like the Roman numeral I, do not indicate it in the application form as the digit '1' because it isn't a number but a Latin letter 'I.'