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Before applying for your visa to the Russian Federation, applicants must decide the visa category under which they wish to lodge their visa application.

Please be advised that the actual purpose of your travel to Russia must correspond to the type of visa you are applying for. Failing to observe this rule will lead to rejection of your visa application, rejection to enter or deportation from Russia.

Please make sure you familiarize yourself with the information on the visa category you are applying for.

Depending on the purpose of entry of the foreign citizen into the Russian Federation and the purpose of his stay in the Russian Federation visas are subdivided into the following categories:


  • Once you know the visa type you need to apply for, please read all relevant information to that category which includes its visa fees, VFS service charges, documents required, photo specifications and processing time along with the visa application form within that category. Applicants must read all the instructions carefully and then fill in the visa application form. Upon completion of your visa application form please print it out, sign it and submit at the Russia Visa Application Centre together with all the supporting documents, payment and passport. Please make sure that the signature of your application form is identical to the one in your passport.
  • Please note: all visa supporting documents must be in English, Arabic or Russian language only.
  • Please note the Visa Application Centre employees can only provide you with information for Russian visas, but they are not able to provide you with advice regarding which visa you should apply for.