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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.

In case you are making a collective application on behalf of a group of people, for a faster and more convenient service, please apply by post.

Important Note: Applications sent without mandatory information as per the Document Checklist and without Contact Information will not be processed.

Important Note: Nationals of United Kingdom, United States Of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand cannot apply for an express visa service, except for cases when they are applying for a Russian visa with a telex , issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Important Note: All applicants who are applying for an express (1-3 days) or urgent next day visa need to provide letters of explanation about the need of an urgent visa.

This is valid for all visa types, including tourist visas.

Exceptions can be made in case of invitations issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation or the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In addition, an explanation letter from the inviting party in Russia might be required in order to justify the urgency and confirm the relationship between the applicant and that party.

Unless the request is properly justified, visa applications will be considered under a standard (4-20 working days) term.

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Step by step Guide to make your application by Post.

  • Visa Icon

    Select Visa Type

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

    • Tourist Visa - for applicants with a 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.

  • 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. All applicants SHOULD provide the below MANDATORY INFORMATION, while filling their online application form
      • Home Address, Contact phone number and email address
      • Place of work with contact number and contact email address – In case you are retired or unemployed currently, you should provide details of your last employment.
    • You SHOULD select the chosen application centre location, while completing your application online on – 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)
  • Documents Icon

    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.

    Important Note: Applications sent without mandatory information as per the Document Checklist and without Contact Information will not be processed.

    Please download the checklists.

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    Make the payment

    Please familiarise yourself 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.

    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.

    Please note - Payment should be made in favour of:
    VF Services (UK) Ltd Swiss Branch
    Weststrasse 2, 3005 Bern.

    VFS Global Logo
    Partnering Governments. Providing Solutions.


    Account Number


    UBS AG

    230 5583 7303 F

    CH64 0023 0230 5583 7303 F

    Please note, the processing time starts the next working day after your visa application has arrived at the Russian visa centre in Bern or Geneva. The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Swiss Confederation 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.

    Listed delivery prices apply to Switzerland only. Courier charges for deliveries outside Switzerland will vary, please contact our call-centre staff for detailed information.

    Additional Delivery Charges will be applicable for Deliveries – OUTSIDE SWITZERLAND. Please CLICK HERE for details on Additional fee.

  • Post Icon

    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.

    Russia Visa Application Centre
    Bolligenstrasse 54
    3006 Bern
    Russia Visa Application Centre
    Charles-Giron 1
    1203 Geneva

    Important Note for Applicants applying for Express Service in Geneva. Kindly CLICK HERE

    Important Note: Applications sent without mandatory information as per the Document Checklist and without Contact Information will not be processed.

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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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