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How to Apply

Russia visa application centre offers “Application by Post” – the most convenient way of obtaining visa for Russian Federation.

If you have no time available for visiting our Visa Application Centre, please take the advantage of our postal application service.

Alternatively, if you wish to apply In Person at the application centre, please follow the steps for in person application.

Step by step Guide to make your application by Post.

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    Select Visa Type

    Review the visa requirements and know your “VISA TYPE” as per your purpose of visit to Russia.

  • Online Form Icon

    Fill online application

    Complete your “Application Form Online” – as per your purpose of visit consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

    All applicants SHOULD complete their application form online and print it. Please note that the application form will be stored for 30 days from the moment of its last saving. All information submitted in the application form must be correct and complete. Handwritten application form is not accepted. Any false data can lead to your application being rejected.

    You SHOULD select the chosen application centre location, while completing your application online on visa.kdmid.ru – where you wish to send your application by post for processing and issuance of visa –
    Example: Visa Application Centre VFS (Berne) OR Visa Application Centre VFS (Geneva)

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    Prepare your documents

    Organise your supporting documents as per your visa category document checklist.

    All applicants SHOULD read the document checklist carefully and send their application with all supporting documents as per the checklist.

    Please download the checklists.

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    Make the payment

    Make yourself familiarise with the application fee, payment details and processing times and additional services for convenience.

    All applicants SHOULD make the payment for their application as per the fee table and SHOULD send the payment confirmation receipt with the application.

    Applicants can make payment via E-Banking or through Bank Transfer before sending their visa application by post. Applicants can also make the payment for their visa application via Die Post Office Outlets across Switzerland.

    Please do not enclose any cash in your Postal Application Envelope. VFS will not be responsible for the loss of cash.

    Please note that 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: VF Services (UK) Ltd Swiss Branch

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    Account Number

    IBAN

    UBS AG

    230 5583 7303 F

    CH64 0023 0230 5583 7303 F

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

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    Fee (in CHF)
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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

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    Most Express Visa Service applicants have the option to fast-track their application and obtain a visa the next working day for a nominal fee of CHF 50.
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    Send your application

    Send your application by post to the chosen Application Centre.

    You SHOULD send your application to chosen visa application centre, SELECTED during the online application.

    BERN GENEVA
    Russia Visa Application Centre
    Bolligenstrasse 54
    3006 Bern
    Switzerland
    Russia Visa Application Centre
    Charles-Giron 1
    1203 Geneva
    Switzerland
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Apply in Person at the Application Centre

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    Purpose of visit

    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 and the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Swiss Confederation to decide on granting a visa.

  • Visa

    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 and handwritten 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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