Your original passport with a validity of at least 6 months after the expiry date of your visa.
It is also important that your passport contains at least 2 empty visa pages that are opposite each other.
An official, color passport photo that meets the following conditions:
- Photo is less than 3 months old
- Background is white or light gray in color
- Dimensions are 3.5 x 4.5 cm
- There are no damages to the passport photo
- Passport photo is not stapled to the visa application form
- Person in the photo is looking straight into the camera
- No glasses are worn in the photo
A Tourist Voucher from the inviting organization in Russia. This is usually provided by the hotel or a local tour operator.
The Tourist Voucher consists of 2 parts: a voucher and a confirmation.
If you want us to provide your Tourist Voucher, you can select the Russia Invitation service when placing your online application on our website.
An insurance statement on the letterhead of the insurer.
This must state the following information:
- The full name of the traveler
- The commencement and expiry date of the insurance (These dates must cover the entire travel period)
- Indicate that the insurance is valid in Russia or worldwide
- A signature of the insurer
Entering by car or motorcycle
If you are traveling overland Russia, the following additional documents are required:
- Registration certificate
- Insurance certificate car / motorcycle
- Copy of driver’s license
- An itinerary with the planned route
- The Tourist Voucher must state “Auto Tourism”
Born in the former Soviet Union before 1991
If you were born before 1991 in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan then the following additional documents are required:
- An official waiver of your then citizenship
- If you do not have an official waiver then a completed questionnaire is required (you will receive this on your personal page)
- A copy of your then passport
- A copy of your birth certificate
Applicants for a double entry visa MUST provide a flight confirmation with both showing the entry and exit!
Applicants for a multiple entry visa must also meet the following requirements:
- The passport must be valid for at least 12 months on the date of arrival.
- The passport with the old visa for Russia.
- If this old visa is no longer in the current passport, a copy of the old visa and the information page of the old passport.
- A stamp on this old visa, which shows that the applicant has been in Russia at least once in the last 12 months.
What is a Visa Russia application and when do I need it?
Below you can read all the necessary information about the Russia visa.
What is a Russia visa?
The Russia visa is a consent document from the consulate to enter the Russian Federation. You can apply for the Russia visa through the Russian embassy or consulate. This consent document is a visa, which must be affixed to your passport before you can enter the country. This document is also called an (e-) visa Russia and you must always apply for the trip in advance. There are different types of visa Russia. On our website you can see exactly which applies to your trip or situation. In addition to the standard business and tourist visa Russia, we can also apply for a Russia visa for Medical or Journalistic purposes. If you are not sure which visa applies to your situation, we request that you contact us by telephone in advance.
Apply for a Russia visa online
You can apply for your Russia visa by filling in the application form on our website. You will then receive a personal e-mail containing an overview of the documents to be submitted by you for the Russia visa. We need these documents to be able to apply for your visa for Russia. You will also receive the consular form for the Russia visa. As a result, you no longer have to prepare the consular form for your Russia visa application yourself and you no longer have to deal with difficult or unclear government websites, which saves time. As soon as you have collected all the necessary documents for your Russia visa application, you must – depending on the type of visa – deliver them to us physically or by e-mail. Are you applying for an electronic visa for Russia? Then you can submit the application completely online and submit the documents by e-mail. Would you rather apply for a regular visa for Russia? Then, in addition to your passport, you must also physically deliver all necessary documents to us. This must be done together with your passport and passport photo. You can read above what supplies these are.
You no longer have to go to the consulate yourself.
Previously, the applicant had to travel to the consulate to issue the passport and documents and to collect them at the consulate in The Hague. Traveldocs takes that effort off your hands by doing this for you. You can also use our Pick-up and drop-off courier service. At an additional cost we can send a private courier to your home or office address, who will collect the passport and documents from you and bring them to us. Of course we also offer the possibility to receive the passport back by courier.
For this you pay additional costs of € 29.95 including VAT. If you have other wishes regarding the return of your passport, we offer various services for this. The costs of the courier service can be found in our rate overview. We will contact you upon collection to agree when and where our courier can report and of course also inform you by telephone as soon as the passport with visa is ready. Do you not yet know what your wishes are?
That is not a problem at all. You can always make your wishes known to us later in the process and make the payment via an online link. Contact us for the possibilities or take a look at our website.
Business or tourist, an invitation letter is required.
All travelers must submit with the application an invitation letter from the Russian organization, which will be visited by the traveler. Tourists can often obtain an invitation letter from their travel agent or overnight place in Russia. Do you not have an invitation letter? You can have the invitation letter provided by Traveldocs for an additional fee. To make this possible, you must tick this when placing the order on our website. We will then add the letter to the application as soon as we have received all the necessary documents from you.
What types of Russia visas are there?
Which variant of the Russia visa you have to apply for depends on your travel purpose.
Electronic visa Russia
Russia has recently introduced an electronic visa variant, the so-called e-visa Russia. This is an online visa Russia, which is intended for the regions of Kaliningrad Oblast, Leningrad Oblast or St. Petersburg. With this electronic visa you may enter one of these countries by plane and you are not allowed to leave the city limits of the city. You are therefore not allowed to go to both Moscow and St. Petersburg with this visa. You must enter and exit the city from the same point (airport). Your stay may also not be longer than 8 consecutive days. Do you want to visit several places in Russia or do you want to stay longer than 8 days in Kaliningrad Oblast, Leningrad Oblast or Saint Petersburg? Then you should opt for the regular visa for 9 to 30 days. This electronic visa Russia will be sent to you by e-mail after approval and can be applied for completely online. You do not need to physically supply any documents for this. The advantage of the electronic visa Russia is that this is a free visa, without consular costs. At Traveldocs you only pay the mediation costs for processing your electronic visa Russia application.
Apply for a regular visa for Russia
The most famous variant is the regular visa Russia, which is applied as a sticker in your passport. This allows you to travel freely in Russia for a period of 30 days and you can travel in and out of the country by land, sea and plane. You are also not bound to a fixed entry and exit point. You must, however, physically deliver the documents in the supplies to us and you will lose your passport during the processing time. Traveldocs submits your Russia visa application for you and collects it for you, so your work is minimal. You only need to provide the correct documents and we will take care of the rest for you.
You can apply for both visa variants for Russia on our website.
Other visa for Russia variants
The most common visa applications for Russia are tourist and business. In addition, we also provide medical visa applications for Russia and visa applications for journalists, crew members and technical employees. If you wish to make use of the last 4 options, we request that you contact us in advance by telephone or e-mail. The documents to be supplied may differ.
You can arrange the tourist and business visa for Russia via this website.
Traveling to Belarus
Currently, Russia is rolling out a new type of visa, which will allow you to travel to Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan on one visa. When this visa will be available has not yet been announced by the Russian government. It is certain that this Belarus – Kazakhstan – Russia visa is coming, but we do not yet know when. As soon as this Belarus visa will be available, we will make this known on our page and social media channels.
Processing time. How long does it take to apply for my Russia visa?
On average, applying for the Russia visa takes between 7 and 10 working days after the moment of submission, before you receive the passport with visa back. Is your application in a hurry? Then we also offer an urgent visa, in many cases, where the processing time is only 4 days from the moment of submission at the consulate. You do pay a surcharge for this.
Business travelers can get a visa Russia with a validity between 3 months and 12 months. The validity of the visa is ultimately decided by the consulate, with the letter of invitation always leading. Do you want to stay in Russia longer than the dates stated in your invitation letter or do you want to have multiple entries and these are not mentioned in the invitation letter for Russia? In that case, you will first have to adjust it (or have it adjusted), because the consulate will still retain the travel details in the invitation letter for the Russia visa.
Tourist travelers can get a visa with a validity of 3 months. If it concerns a trip to family or a medical, in some cases it is also possible to obtain a visa of 3 to 6 months. In addition, there are options for multiple entries. There are specific requirements and conditions for this and we do not offer this as standard on the website. For information about this visa, please contact us first.
The costs for the visa Russia.
The costs for applying for a visa for Russia are € 109.95 per person, including VAT. These costs include consular fees for the Russia visa and our brokerage fee. Depending on your chosen visa type, delivery time and any urgency, a surcharge may be added. If you want your passport to be returned by standard courier after obtaining your visa for Russia, you will pay an additional cost. If you want a faster delivery, an additional cost can be charged for this, depending on your wishes. We also offer the option to have your passport ready for you at Schiphol, where you can collect it immediately before departure. You pay € 45.00 for this, including VAT.
Why apply for your Russia Visa at Traveldocs?
At Traveldocs we guarantee professional, correct, smooth and reliable service.
Our experienced experts check the application before it is submitted to the consulate of Russia. Only in this way can you be 100% sure that your application will be submitted correctly and securely.
Traveldocs makes the procedure easier for you, so no more complicated website procedures.
You will be kept informed of the status of the application by e-mail or telephone. You can also follow your request at any time via the Tracking function on our website.
Traveldocs is a Dutch company with years of experience and the right connections to handle your documents correctly. We work together with various tour operators, top clubs, large (international) companies and NGOs. Your documents are in safe hands with us at all times.
Apply for Russia visa now.
You can take care of your Russia visa application yourself by placing the application for the (online) visa Russia on our website and answering all necessary questions.
You can do this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will guide you step by step through the process and support you where necessary. Can’t find a solution on our website? Then you can contact us via our contact page. We like to help you!
Do you want to apply for the Russia visa immediately? Then go directly to the online application form for a visa Russia. Would you like to know more about the visa and the procedure first? Read our FAQ visa Russia page, or contact us via the online contact form.
Would you like to use the Trans-Siberian Express?
Then, in addition to the Russia visa, you must also apply for a visa for China and a visa for Mongolia. You can apply for the China visa in addition to the Russia visa via our website. You can apply for the visa for Mongolia via the other countries page.
Traveldocs is happy to help you take care of all your necessary visa applications, so that you can travel with peace of mind!
Traveldocs helps companies and private individuals to apply for a visa or legalization. As a recognized legalization agency, we assist you administratively and we take care of the complete settlement at the relevant embassy or consulate. We charge agency fees for this service. We are not a government agency or affiliated with it. All costs to be paid by you are clearly visible and completely transparent and Traveldocs uses competitive prices, a professional service with adequate know-how within the world of legalisations. Of course you also have the option to submit your application directly to the relevant government agency. When you submit an application via visum-legalisatie.nl, you never pay more for the consular costs than at the embassy / consulate.