In Search of University Excellence: Perspectives from Russia and Central Asia

Visa to Russia

Visa Free Regime

Citizens of the following countries enjoy visa free regime hence do not require a visa to enter the Russian Federation. Please take note of the terms below each country accordingly.

Click here for the list of country visa free countries

Pre-Arranged Visa

Business visa is required in case you wish to enter Russia for business purposes. Business visa can be valid for up to 90 days and can be issued for single or double entry. Also, business visa can be issued for multiple entries and can be valid for up to 1 year. Dates of validity of the visa will correspond with the dates of your legal invitation issued by the General Directorate for Migration for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

Russian visas can be obtained your local Russian Embassy or Consulate. Please click here to locate the nearest one in your country. To have a visa issued, an official invitation processed by Russian governmental or officially authorized companies is required.

To find out more on the visa requirements to Russia, please click on this link.

Visa Application Process

The actual visa is issued in a Russian embassy or consulate in the country where you currently reside. Depending on the purpose of your visit, there are several types of Russian visa including tourist visa, business visa, student visa, personal (private) visa, and transit visa.

The following documents should be submitted to obtain a visa according to its category:

  1. Valid national passport (original only and it should have at least two clear visa pages).
    It must be valid for no less than six months after the visa expiration date.
  2. One picture of an applicant (Russian visa photo specifications)
  3. Official invitation to Russia from a host person or organization.

Should you require any further assistance regarding your visa application, please contact the below:

Head of Protocol Office

Chetiy Inna Sergeevna

tel.: +7(495)7873803 ext. 1113
fax.: +7(495)4347445

Head of Russian students’ Academic Mobility Sector

Syrovaya Alexandra Sergeevna

tel.: +7(495)7873803 ext. 1113
fax.: +7(495)4347445