Russian Visa

Although there are some exceptions (see our visa-free travel page), the vast majority of non-Russian nationals wishing to enter the Russian Federation must bear a valid Russian visa. If you book a tour through a travel agency back home, then you shouldn't have to worry at all about visas and registration as reputable agencies should make all the necessary arrangements on your behalf. It is, of course, always worth checking.

If, however, you're traveling independently, then you have a number of more or less complicated and expensive options to choose from in order to get a valid visa for your trip. Browse through the links below to find out about the type of Russian visa you need for your trip, how to apply for your Russian visa, where to apply for your Russian visa, other paperwork required when visiting Russia, and what to do if anything goes wrong with your travel documents during your stay.

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Russian Visa Guide

  • Types of Russian VisaA guide to the different type of visa available for travel to the Russian Federation, plus the details of how to obtain them.
  • Migration cards, customs, and registrationOnce you receive your Russian visa, there are a few more minor formalities to get through on arrival.
  • Visa-free travelFind out whether or not you need a visa to enter the Russian Federation, and which nationalities enjoy visa-free travel to Russia.
  • Visa registrationOnce you arrive in Russia, you need to be registered with the Federal Migration Service within 7 working days. This should be a completely painless procedure.
  • Step-by-step visa guideDon't panic! Our simple guide will take you through every stage of obtaining a Russian Visa.
  • Dictionary of TermsUnsure what "visa support" actually means? Check here for an explanation of all visa-related terminology.
  • Possible Visa ProblemsWhat to do if you lose your travel documents or overstay your welcome in Russia.
  • Your nearest Russian ConsulateContact details for Russian consular departments around the world.
  • Russian visas in your countrySpecific Russian visa requirements for different countries, as well as details of where to apply for your Russian visa, and of agencies in your country that offer visa services.
  • Visas for cruise and ferry passengersVisa-free travel to St. Petersburg is available for cruise ship passengers and visitors who arrive by ferry. Find out whether or not you should apply for a Russian visa.
  • Answers to FAQ about Russian VisaMost common questions about Russian Visas answered in detail.