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How to Apply

The Russian visa application centre offers “Russian visa application by post” service – the most convenient way of obtaining a Russian visa. If you have no time available for visiting the visa application centre, please take advantage of our visa application by post service.

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    Select Visa Type

    Review the visa requirements to find out your “VISA TYPE” with regard to your purpose of visit to the Russian Federation. .

    • Tourist Visa - For applicants with touristic purpose of visit
    • Business Visa – For business, commercial, and technical (service provided by technicians) purposes
    • Humanitarian Visa– For social, scientific, cultural, sports and youth relations
    • Private Visa– For guest visits (children and spouses); for emergency treatment,

      either as a result of a serious illness or the death of a close relative

    • Work Visa – for official employment by Russian companies
    • Student Visa – for educational purposes
    • Transit Visa– for the purposes of passing through the territory of the

      Russian Federation or for a short stop over the territory of the Russian Federation.

      Before applying, please, make sure you are very clear on your ‘Purpose of Visit’. The Russian visa application centre is here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process. However, the visa centre is not permitted to recommend or guide you on choosing a visa category.

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    Fill online application

    Complete your “ Application Form Online” –on the website of the Consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation .

    The application form will be stored in the system for 30 days from the moment of its last saving. All fields in the application form are Mandatory to fill out. All information submitted in the application form must be correct and complete. Select “Visa Application Centre VFS (PORTUGAL)” as your visa application centre destination in the last question in your application form. Once you finish, print and sign your application form.

    Printed application forms without a signature and the date will not be considered. Handwritten application forms are not accepted. Any false data can lead to your visa application being rejected.

    Example: Visa Application Centre VFS (PORTUGAL)

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    Prepare your documents

    Collect ALL required supporting documents indicated in the visa category checklist of your visa type. Read carefully the requirements in the visa checklist before sending your application. Visa checklists for all visa types are available to download:

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    Make the Payment

    Learn more about visa fees, processing time, and payment details to proceed with your visa application by post. All applicants SHOULD make the payment for their application in accordance with the fee table and SHOULD send the payment confirmation receipt along with the visa application. The payment can be done though Bank Transfer.

    Please do not enclose any cash in your Postal Application Envelope. VFS will not be responsible for the loss of cash. Please note, that visa applications will not be processed until the correct visa fees as shown in the table below are paid.

    Payment should be made in favour of VFS GLOBAL PORTUGAL LDA

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    Please indicate your First Name, Second Name and your Application ID Number in the reference of your payment for us to be able to allocate your payment. Your application ID number can be found in the top right-hand corner of your online application form that was filled out on website.

    Please note, the processing time starts the next working day after your visa application has arrived at the Russian visa centre in Berlin. The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Germany may ask for additional documents before issuing a visa and/or invite you to an interview and/or extend the time required for consideration of your visa application.

    Please select your Nationality and Visa Category to view the applicable fees

    Fee (in EURO)
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    Processed passports for visa applications received by post will be returned to the preferred delivery address through Secured Express or Regular Delivery only (CTT). For your convenience email notifications about delivery status from CTT will be sent

    Total Fees Payable - Inclusive VAT
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    Send your application

    Check your visa application and supporting documents once again. Send your printed and signed application form along with ALL required supporting documents as per the document checklist by post to the “Visa Application Centre VFS” in PORTUGAL ONLY.

    Av. Defensores de Chaves 15, 6D
    1000-109 Lisboa Portugal

    If the visa application cannot be processed for any reason, your passport and supporting documents will be kept at the visa centre for Not more than 7 days after the date of notification from the visa centre.

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Apply in Person at the Visa Application Centre

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    Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ - we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa as this is entirely the prerogative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Federal Republic of Portugal to decide on granting a visa.

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    Select Visa Type

    Please go to the link “ Visa Types” to understand details of short stay visas.

  • Online form

    Fill online form

    The application form for all nationalities is available on this website in the section ‘ Online Application Form’. Please complete the application form online from this website only and print it. Postal applications are not accepted.

  • Appointment

    Schedule an Appointment

    Please Schedule an Appointment at the visa application centre to submit your application. You should submit your visa application no more than 90 days prior to your date of travel.

    Please ensure that you print your Appointment Letter and bring it with you when attending the visa application centre.

  • Application Centre

    Visit the Application Centre

    Please submit your printed and signed application form with all the additional documents to the Russia Visa Application Centre. Please note that every visa application needs to be accompanied by a visa fee for the amount applicable to your chosen visa category. Please note handwritten changes in the printed form are not accepted.

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