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Visa to Russia

There are six main types of visas issued depending on the purpose of entry to Russia: Tourist, Business (Commercial), Student, Work, Private, Transit.

Tourist visa. This is the most common type of visa. It is issued to enter the country with tourist purposes for a stay of up to 30 days. Applying for such a visa is the easiest and fastest way. Tourist visa can be for a single or double entry.

Business visa (the other name – Commercial visa). This visa is issued for foreigners to enter Russia with commercial purposes of the visit or on business. For example: to sign a contract, to hold a presentation or an exhibition, to participate in business negotiations, seminars, exhibitions, to search for new partners or to exchange experience. With this visa you cannot be employed for work in Russia, but you can conduct business activities that will bring you profit. Business visa can be for a single or double entry with a valid term of 1 month and 3 months and for multiple entries (that is without limiting the number of visits) with a valid term of 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 5 years. Business visa allows you to stay in Russia for up to 90 days out of every 180. Business visas to Russia are issued for a period of 1 month to 5 years.

Work visa. Visa, with which you can officially find a job and work in Russia. It is issued for a period of 1 to 3 years. In order to get this visa your employer must officially invite you to Russia. To search for an employer, we recommend a business visa with a duration of 3 months or a tourist visa with a duration of up to 1 month.

Student (Academic) visa. It is issued for studying and receiving higher education in the Russian Federation. It is issued at the invitation of a higher educational institution.

Private visa. Issued for foreign citizens who are invited by a Russian citizen. The invitation is issued under the responsibility of the inviting citizen of the Russian Federation and the address of residence is indicated in the visa - the apartment is owned by the inviting person. A lot of foreign citizens want to issue a private invitation, but it takes much longer than the issue of the tourist invitation.

Transit visa. Visa for a transit to the country of destination through the territory of the Russian Federation (Attention! This type of visa is not required for foreigners who make a stop at the airport and are not going to leave the transit zone, as well as for those who make a non-stop flight over the territory of Russia).


Types of visas to Russia for foreigners



Purpose of entry


1-30 days


Business (Commercial)

30-90 days        (up to 5 years)

Holding business meetings and negotiations, search for business partners, attending conferences.


30-90 days

Officially registered visits to friends who live in Russia


1-3 years

Employment in Russia or a permanent residence

If you are a foreign citizen you can apply for a visa to Russia Consular Department of the Russian Embassy in your country.


Tourist visa for Japanese citizens

A tourist visa can be obtained by those foreign citizens who want to visit Russia to get acquainted with the historical heritage of the country.

To apply for a single, double or multiple three year Tourist visa, an applicant should submit a completed visa application form, passport, one standard picture, the invitation from a tourist company (must contain the company’s reference number and other essential information as well as the passport details of a citizen who applies for the invitation, hotel information, dates of the trip).

The cost for tourist invitation (visa support letter)–RUB 2500/USD 35 for one person

In case of the booking request for hotel accommodation, tourist invitation is issued free of charge.

 If You need the original tourist invitation- there is additional expenses for the express delivery.


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