Visa to Russia from China – How to get it cheap in 2020?

Visa to Russia from China

Do Chinese need Visa to Russia?

Yes. Visa to Russia for citizens of China is a permit to enter the Russia which chinese citizens can obtain from the consulates of Russia. In order to obtain visa to Russia from China you must have an Invitation to Russia sent by an inviting party.

Visa for citizens of China which can be obtained in the consulates of the RF is in the form of a stamp which is glued into a passport. It contains the following information:

  • Visa’s date of issue and its number;
  • Passport information of the citizen of China – Surname and all other names (both in Russian and English), citizenship, sex and passport number;
  • Term of a visa;
  • Number of entries;
  • Purpose of a trip;
  • Name of the company which sent the invitation;
  • Number of an invitation if it was sent on the FMS form.

Citizens of China can obtain an invitation upon application to an organization accredited at the Federal Migration Service or from a travel company.

How to Get Russian Visa from China?

The requirements may vary depending on purposes of travel:

  • Tourist visa is intended for those who travel for tourism and wish to see sights.
  • Private visa is good for visitors who would like to meet Russian friends (however, it is recommended to apply for the tourist visa instead as it is a more easy and reliable way to take a trip to Russia).
  • Electronic visa – for example: short-term trips;
  • Business visa suits the foreign applicants who are concerned in exploring business opportunities of Russia.
  • Work visa is necessary for the citizens of foreign countries who seek to endeavour in career and professional development in Russian enterprises.

Where to apply for a Russian visa in China ?

You can obtain a visa to Russia in any of the Consulates of the Russian Federation located in China . See the list of Russian Consulates in China, along with their phone numbers and location indicated on this page below.

Russian visas quick comparison

Type of VisaDurationPurpose
Tourist visa1-30 daysSightseeing, visiting friends in Russia
Business visa30-90 days (up to 5 years)Search of business partners, attending conferences, long trips, long-term visits of friends in Russia
Electronic visa8 daysTrips for a short period of time
Private visa30-90 daysOfficial visits to meet with friends in Russia (Not recommended! See why)
Work visa1-3 yearsEmployment in Russia or permanent residence

Russian Tourist Visa from China

Citizens of China who want to visit Russia for a holiday or sightseeing need a Tourist Visa. In this case an invitation is issued by a Russian travel company registered in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the RF and has its own reference-number.

The format of an invitation is not specified by law so it can be in any form chosen by a tour operator. Such an invitation should contain all the necessary following information:

  • Details of the travel company issuing the invitation (its name, legal address and a reference-number);
  • Full name of the person invited, his/her citizenship and passport information;
  • Date of entry to and departure from Russia of the applicant;
  • The location in Russia where the tourist will stay (a hotel address);
  • The itinerary (towns to visit) the tourist is planning to follow.

The Tourist Invitation consists of two parts – a tourist voucher and a confirmation on the acceptance of a tourist. This type of invitation to visit Russia for Chinese can be made within 1 working day. In order to obtain an invitation in most Russian consulates you may present a copy of the invitation. However the applicant could also be asked to show the original invitation, an air ticket, an insurance policy and the hotel reservation.

A travel company is not responsible for checking whether a foreign citizen has any violations, penalties or deportations. This would be checked at the embassy of the RF where a foreign citizen would submit the documents to apply for a visa. Therefore the issued tourist invitation doesn’t guarantee that you will receive your visa. A foreign citizen will be denied a visa if it is discovered that he/she broke any Russian laws during their previous visits.
A Tourist Visa (single and double entry) is issued for citizens of China for a maximum period of 30 days.

Get a Tourist Invitation to Russia from China

Russian Private Visa for Chinese citizens

Foreign citizens who would like to visit their relatives or friends in Russia have to apply for a Private visa. The invitation for a Private visa should be issued and sent by the inviting party. Such invitation will be received at the Federal Migration Service on a special form. It must contain the purpose of visit, some essential information about the foreigner (Name(s) and Surname, passport data), the information about the inviting party, validity of visa and number of entries.

A private invitation will be issued after receiving of an application from the inviting party as well as after the foreign tourist was checked on having any criminal convictions, unpaid penalties or deportations during his/her previous visits to Russia. One can be refused in having such invitation in case any of these will be found.

Private visa to Russia for Chinese citizens can be obtained for a maximum period of 90 days. It can be single or double entry.

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Russian Business Visa from China

A Business Visa to Russia is given to the foreign citizens who are planning to participate in an exhibition, to extend or sign an agreement, to conduct marketing research or have any other commercial purposes other than being employed in Russia. In these cases an invitation will be issued by an authorized state body (the FMS). The basis for issuing an invitation is a completed application from an accredited organization.

The business visa invitation letter can be obtained by either of these ways:

Our company recommends the citizens of the EU, the United States, Japan and China to choose the invitation letter issued by an organization, because:

  1. Issuing an invitation letter is cheaper than arranging an invitation by Telex or at the FMS.
  2. It can be issued online in 5 minutes and will be sent to you by email immediately after payment.
  3. Also, it is not required to submit the original invitation to the Consulate, which saves you the money you will otherwise have to spend on postal services for sending the original invitation.
  4. A 3-year visa invitation and visa can be obtained with this type of invitation if the applicant has previously held two or more Russian business visas.

Consider taking these three simple steps:

  • Step 1:Fill out the form
  • Step 2: Pay $55 USD by credit card or via PayPal
  • Step 3: Receive your invitation on your email instantly after payment

The Invitation to receive a Business Visa is printed on a special form from the FMS which is protected against forgery. It has the following information:

  • Full name of a foreign citizen, his/her citizenship, date of birth, place of residence;
  • Information about the company which invites a foreign citizen to Russia;
  • Date of estimated trip, number of entries;
  • A serial number of the invitation.

As China is a migration risk country the inviting party will have a special interview before giving in the documents where it is necessary to explain the purpose of the visit of a citizen of China. The documents should be given in only if permission for the visit was obtained. When issuing an invitation a foreign citizen would be checked for any previous convictions, deportations or penalties. Therefore the issuing of a business invitation takes a long time: 16 days for 1 or 2 trips and 21 days in the case of multiple entries. If it is discovered that a foreign citizen had any breaches of the law during his/her previous visits, the inviting party will be refused an invitation and the reason will be explained.

In order to obtain a visa a citizen of China should go to a consulate or embassy of Russia where he/she will have to fill in the application form and pay the consulate fee. The visa if issued will be pasted into the passport.

Business Visa for citizens of China can be issued for a period from 1 month (30 days) to 1 year. It can be single, double-entry or multi-entry.
Please, note that according to Russian visa policy maximum stay in Russia without leave is 90 days in 180-period days.

Get a Russian Business Invitation from China on the letterhead of an accredited company

Issuing of a Business Invitation to Russia for Chinese citizens on the FMS form

Get a Business Invitation to Russia for Chinese citizens by a Telex

Work visa for Chinese citizens

A Work Visa is a whole pack of documents which a citizen of China needs in order to be able work in the RF. This pack includes a Russian visa, a work permit and a migration registration. A Work Visa differs from other types as a foreign citizen can remain in Russia for the whole term of the visa. In other cases – not longer than 90 days in any 180 days.

A Work Visa for citizens of China is drawn up by a company providing the applicant with work. This company should be accredited by the FMS and have a permit to engage foreign workers.

The FMS issues a Work Invitation if a foreign citizen has a work permit. This invitation is valid for 90 days during which period the applicant has to arrive in the RF and to be registered at the migration service. After that the company-employer must extend his/her visa for the period of the work permit. It is not necessary to leave Russia in order to extend the term of this visa.

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Russian Electronic Visa from China

An electronic visa (hereinafter referred to as “e-visa”) is a new type of a visa document. A visa invitation to Russia is not required for obtaining an e-visa. To obtain an e-visa to Russia use our “E-visa to Russia” service.

An e-visa can be only single-entry. The permitted stay in Russia on an e-visa is up to 8 days from the date of entry within its validity period.

The validity period and/ or permitted stay on an e-visa cannot be extended. To obtain an e-visa a foreign citizen needs a digital passport photo and a completed application form containing full and valid data at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Russian consulate in China:

Chinese citizens may obtain Russian visa in these Consular centers of the Russian Federation:

How to get Visa to russia from EU in 2020

Is it necessary to have visa to Russia for citizens of EU?

Yes, citizens of EU have to get visa if they want to visit Russia.
Visa is a document for foreigners which allows to cross the border of Russia legally.
For getting visa to Russia you need to get an invitation for visa and health insurance. These documents must be submitted to the Russian Consulate abroad.

Information on this website is available in the following languages:
Russian, English.

For getting visa an EU citizen should know:

The European Union (EU) is a formation with the characteristics of an international organization and a state. It consists of 28 states (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden) with a population of about 500 million people.

Short list of steps-to-do for European:

  1. To have valid passport
  2. To get an invitation to Russia
  3. To get a medical insurance
  4. Fill in the form on visa.kdmid.ru and print it
  5. Paste your photo 3,5х4,5 cm in form
  6. Pay consular (visa) fee ≈ 40$ (35€)
  7. Bring or send documents to the Russian Consulate (passport, invitation, insurance, application form, receipt)
  8. Wait for 1 to 10 calendar days and get a passport with visa

You can get visa at the Russian consulates in the EU or at any Russian Consulate abroad. Before visiting the Consulate, you need to get an invitation, medical insurance for a visa and complete the online form on the website of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

There are next types of visas and purposes for visiting Russia:

  • tourist visa – tourism, visiting of museums, architectural and historical sightseeing;
  • business visa — execution of the contracts, participation in auctions;
  • private visa — visiting relatives or friends living in Russia;
  • work visa — employment in a company operating on the territory of Russia;
  • e-Visa — for short trips.

Comparison of length of stay and price of visa:

Duration of stay and visa prices for EU citizens

Type of visaLength of stayFull processing price
Touristfrom 1 to 30 days *≈85$
Businessfrom 30 days to 1 year **from 125$
Privatefrom 30 to 90 days≈162$
Workfrom 1 to 3 yearsfrom 1220$
Electronicfrom 1 to 8 days≈17$

* – for EU citizens is possible to issue a tourist visa for 6 months!

* – visa can be valid up to 5 years, but it is possible to stay in Russia continuously for no more than 90 of 180 days

Cost example of visa for an European

Cost example of single tourist visa to Russia for 14 days (2 weeks) for EU citizen:

The cost of visa is always calculated individually. Using this example, you can calculate the cost of your visa.

Invitation to Russia15$ (≈13€)
Medical insurance≈1,5$ per day * 14 days ≈ 17$ (≈15€)
Photo 3.5 x 4.5 cm8$ (≈7€)
Consular fee40$ (≈35€)
Postal services (optional)5$ (≈4€)
Total:85$ (≈74€)

Consular fee for tourist visa
(the main expense)

The visa fee has a fixed value and depends only on the multiplicity of the visa issued.

The size of the consular fee depends on the multiplicity of the issued visa to Russia:

Visa fee for citizens of the EU in 2020 (check on the website of the Consulate)

Ordinary *Urgent **
Single40$ (35€)80$ (70€)
Double entry40$ (35€)80$ (70€)
Multi-entry40$ (35€)80$ (70€)

* Normal processing time – from 4 to 20 working days

** Urgent processing time – from 1 to 3 working days

Tourist visa to Russia for EU citizens

If a citizen of one of the EU countries wants to come to Russia for a short trip, the easiest way to issue a tourist visa. He will need a tourist invitation for this.

Tourist invitation can be made by any company providing travel services in the territory of the Russian Federation under condition that company are registered in the Unified Federal register of tour operators. This invitation consists of two parts:

  1. Tourist voucher indicating that you have bought a tourist ticket to Russia.
  2. Confirmation of tourist admission — the Consulate is requested to issue a visa to a foreign citizen.

These documents must contain information about the tour operator who issued the invitation to Russia to an EU citizen (the number of the tour operator in the Unified Federal register, its name, contact details), passport data of the foreign tourist and information about the route of his travel in Russia, places of residence during the trip. Also, the invitation indicates the dates of the planned trip and the multiplicity of the visa needed for this trip.

The invitation, which is required to get tourist visa to Russia, will take no more than five minutes to apply at the tour operator. The visual appearance of the tourist invitation is not regulated, so each tour operator issues it on its own form.

If the package of documents presented by an EU citizen to get visa to Russia doesn’t cause complaints, the tourist visa is issued for the period specified in the invitation within 30 days. At the same time, this visa can be single or double.

For citizens from the EU is possible to get tourist visa to Russia for 6 months!

Business visa to Russia for EU citizens

A business visa to Russia can be useful for citizens of the European Union who have interests related to their business in Russia. This type of visa allows EU citizens to cross the borders of the Russian Federation when they need to negotiate, sign contracts, participate in auctions and other similar events.

Besides of business trips, this visa is very attractive for a longer (up to 90 days) continuous stay in Russia. Business visa is free of problems that private visas have and at the same time it allows to stay in Russia continuously 3 times more compare to tourist visa.

You need a business invitation to Russia for receiving business visa. There are different types of business invitations for EU citizens, each of which has its pros and cons:

A letter from a Russian organization

The invitation to Russia by the form of a letter from a Russian organization doesn’t have an official form. However, it must contain information about the inviting party (company name, invoice details, contact details), information about foreign citizen invited to Russia and visa data (type of visa, purpose of travel, validity of visa, multiplicity). The letter should include information about the Consulate of Russia to which it is sent, the name of the head of the organization, his signature and seal of the organization, the justification for the purpose of the foreigner’s trip to Russia.

Invitation to Russia by the letter has a lot of advantages to the other types of invitations and it will take about 5 minutes to complete it online. When you submitting a package of documents for visa to Russia, many consulates do not even require the original invitation: enough to have an e-mail copy from the inviting party.

If an EU citizen has two previously issued visas to Russia without violations of the visa regime during his previous visits, then Russian Consulate can issue a business visa for up to 5 years on the basis of such a letter. This type of invitation is not suitable for citizens of Great Britain and Ireland, because these two countries didn’t support the agreement on visa facilitation, signed between the Russian Federation and the EU countries in 2006.

The form of Ministry of Internal Affairs

Invitation to Russia on the form of the MINISTRY of internal Affairs is issued on the basis of documents submitted by the representative of the inviting foreign organization. For this purpose, the inviting party must submit information about the foreigner to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and wait the time designated by the law (from 7 to 21 working days), while the evaluation of the foreigner will be conducted on the existence of facts of administrative penalties or expulsions from the country in the past his visits to the Russian Federation. If such facts are not found, the invitation for the foreigner will be issued on a protected from counterfeiting form, which the inviting organization will send to the EU citizen.

Electronic invitation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Telex)

Telex is an invitation that is sent via internal communication channel from the Russian Foreign Ministry to the Russian Embassy abroad. The convenience of this kind of invitation is that invited person enough to tell only the number of the invitation and the data of the organization that issued it. EU citizens can obtain single, double and multiple entry visas valid from several days up to 5 years to enter Russia on the basis of business invitations. The duration of the visa is determined by what is written in the invitation issued for the foreigner by the inviting organization, located in the Russian Federation (the purpose of the visit, its justification, the date of the planned trip to Russia). It will take from 7 to 21 working days for registration. The benefit of this invitations is that you do not need to send an original by mail.

Private visa to Russia for EU citizens

If EU citizens want to visit their relatives or friends in Russia, they can apply for private visa. Citizen, permanently residing in Russia, who wants to invite a foreigner, must apply to the Territorial head of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and submit the application for the issuance of a private invitation. In addition to this request he must present an identity document and a copy of the invited person identity document. Also, a person who invites an EU citizen, must provide a letter of guarantee for the commitment of material, housing and medical support of the invited foreigner, as well as information about their income. And he must pay the state fee for issuing the invitation.

After submitting such an application with package of documents, the applicant will have to wait for 20 working days. A private invitation on a protected from forgery form will be issued to the applicant after checking previous visits of this foreigner to Russia for violations of visa regime or deportation.

After receiving this invitation, the inviting party sends it to the invited person. On the basis of such an invitation, a private visa to Russia, issued by the Consulate, may be valid up to 90 days and be single or double-entry.

Work visa to Russia for EU citizens

Working visa to Russia can be valid for 1 year or 3 years, depending on the qualification of the specialist. You can stay with this kind of visa in the territory of the Russian Federation for the entire period of validity without leaving, or enter and leave any required number of times.

For receiving work visa at the Russian Consulate, you will need the help of an employer. And you have to find him in advance, before the start of processing of work visa. A company that wants to hire an EU citizen must have a permit for recruiting foreign labor. Also, company has to issue a work permit and invitation for a single work visa for a foreign specialist.

This set of documents is sent to an EU citizen who has to get a 90-day work visa first. He will enter Russia on the basis of this visa, after the employer must register him in migration office and take care of the extension of the visa for a period of 1 or 3 years. The employer must to ensure that the employee renews his visa in time, otherwise employer will get a large fine and the foreigner will be deported outside the country.

E-visa to Russia for EU citizens

Europeans who want to stay in Russia for a short period of time can do it with an electronic visa. With this type of visa document EU citizens can go to Russia and stay from 1 to 8 days.

This visa format was introduced as an experimental, but it continues up to now. To get an e-Visa, EU citizens don’t need an invitation, they need to have only a digital photo and a completed questionnaire on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With an electronic visa, a European citizen can visit only the Kaliningrad region (St. Petersburg will also be included in this list from October 1, 2019).

If you have any questions ask them in the comments to this article. I will try to answer them all.

How to get Visa to russia from China in 2020

Is it necessary to have visa to Russia for citizens of China?

Yes, citizens of China have to get visa if they want to visit Russia.
Visa is a document for foreigners which allows to cross the border of Russia legally.
For getting visa to Russia you need to get an invitation for visa and health insurance. These documents must be submitted to the Russian Consulate abroad.

Development of good relations between China and Russia allows to make possibility of visa-free entry to these countries as part of tourist groups.

Also, for permanent residents of the administrative regions of Hong Kong, Macau and citizens of the Russian Federation there is the practice of visa-free travel.

Information on this website is available in the following languages:
Russian, English.

For getting visa an China citizen should know:

China (People’s Republic of China) is a country that occupies the 3rd place in the world in territory and the 1st place in population (about 1.4 billion people). More than 1.1-1.2 million Chinese come to Russia annually to satisfy their curiosity, get training, get a job or sign an agreement.

Short list of steps-to-do for Chinese:

  1. To have valid passport
  2. To get an invitation to Russia
  3. To get a medical insurance
  4. Fill in the form on visa.kdmid.ru and print it
  5. Paste your photo 3,5х4,5 cm in form
  6. Pay consular (visa) fee ≈ 50$ (340 renminbi)
  7. Bring or send documents to the Russian Consulate (passport, invitation, insurance, application form, receipt)
  8. Wait for 1 to 20 calendar days and get a passport with visa

To obtain a Russian visa, you need to contact the Embassy or Consulate General of Russia in China. Before visiting the Consulate, you need to get an invitation, medical insurance for a visa and complete the online form on the website of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

There are the following types of visas and purpose of visiting Russia:

  • tourist visa for sightseeing and immersion in the cultural environment;
  • business visa for conferences, exhibitions, auctions, signing contracts;
  • private visa for visiting relatives permanently residing in Russia (tourist visa is also suitable for this);
  • work visa for work in a Russian company;
  • e-Visa for short trips.

Comparison of length of stay and price of visa:

Duration of stay and visa prices for China citizens

Type of visaLength of stayFull processing price
Touristfrom 1 to 30 days≈95$
Businessfrom 30 days to 1 year *from 155$
Privatefrom 30 to 90 days≈175$
Workfrom 1 to 3 yearsfrom 1220$
Electronicfrom 1 to 8 days≈17$

* – visa can be valid up to 1 year, but it is possible to stay in Russia continuously for no more than 90 of 180 days

Cost example of visa for an Chinese

Cost example of single tourist visa to Russia for 14 days (2 weeks) for China citizen:

The cost of visa is always calculated individually. Using this example, you can calculate the cost of your visa.

Invitation to Russia15$ (≈103 renminbi)
Medical insurance≈1,5$ per day * 14 days ≈ 17$ (≈113 renminbi)
Photo 3.5 x 4.5 cm8$ (≈50 renminbi)
Consular fee50$ (≈340 renminbi)
Postal services (optional)5$ (≈30 renminbi)
Total:95$ (≈636 renminbi)

Consular fee for tourist visa
(the main expense)

The visa fee has a fixed value and depends only on the multiplicity of the visa issued.

The size of the consular fee depends on the multiplicity of the issued visa to Russia:

Visa fee for citizens of China in 2020 (check on the website of the Consulate)

Ordinary *Urgent (3 days)Urgent (1 day)
Single50$ (340 renminbi)80$ (550 renminbi)120$ (825 renminbi)
Double entry100$ (685 renminbi)130$ (900 renminbi)170$ (1160 renminbi)
Multi-entry150$ (1030 renminbi)180$ (1235 renminbi)220$ (1510 renminbi)

* Normal processing time – from 4 to 20 working days

Tourist visa to Russia for Chinese citizens

Chinese citizens who want to travel to Russia to satisfy their curiosity must apply for a tourist visa. They can do this only with a tourist invitation.

You can get a tourist invitation by contacting any tour operator registered in the Unified Federal Register. Each travel agency has the right to issue a tourist invitation on its letterhead, so it will take about 5 minutes to write it. At the same time, each invitation consists of two parts:

  1. Tourist voucher indicating that you have bought a tourist ticket to Russia.
  2. Confirmation of tourist admission — the Consulate is requested to issue a visa to a foreign citizen.

The tourist invitation issued to the Chinese must indicate the details of the tour operator, passport details of the invited person, dates of the planned trip, Russian cities that the Chinese are going to visit, and the hotels in which he will stay. In addition to the invitation, other documents will be required to get visa (you need to clarify the list at the consulate where the foreigner is going to apply for a visa, since, depending on the consulate, the package of documents may change).

If you have all the necessary documents for obtaining tourist visa, it will be issued for entry to the territory of the Russian Federation for a period not exceeding 30 days. Visa can be single or double.

Business visa to Russia for Chinese citizens

Business visa is useful to those Chinese who are going to Russia to participate in a conference or to sign an agreement. You can get a business visa at the Russian consulate if you have a special invitation and some other documents.

Except of business travel, this type of visa is attractive for a longer (up to 90 days) continuous stay in Russia. A business visa is relieved of the problems of private visas and with this visa allows to stay in Russia continuously 3 times more than a tourist visa.

Based on a business invitation and other necessary documents, business visa can be issued to a Chinese citizen for a period of 30 days to 1 year. Depending on this, visa can be single, double or multiple.

To receive a business visa is required a business invitation to Russia. For the Chinese, there are different types of business invitations, all of them have their pros and cons:

A letter from a Russian organization

When you issue a letter invitation, it takes no more than 5 minutes to issue it online. However, only companies with special accreditation are entitled to issue such invitations.

I recommend choose the letter form from the organization for inviting foreigners. The benefits of this kind of invitation are:

  • low price (cheaper than Telex or form of the Central Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation);
  • speed of doing (a letter will be sent to your email in 5 minutes after payment for the service);
  • opportunity to get a long-term visa on the basis of business invitation (if you have 2 previous business visas to Russia).

The form of Ministry of Internal Affairs

Invitation issued on the form of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation on the basis of a request from the inviting party. It can take up to 17 days to complete.

Electronic invitation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Telex)

In case of issuing an electronic invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Telex), it will be sent to the Russian Consulate in China through a special communication channel. In this case, the inviting person will need to inform only the Telex number. Registration will takes from 7 to 21 business days.

Private visa to Russia for Chinese citizens

The guest visa is intended for foreigners with one purpose is to travel to Russia to visit relatives or friends. They will need a private invitation definitely for this visa type, which can be issued and sent only to the Chinese party interested in the Chinese arrival.

For doing this person who invites foreigner, reached the age of 18 and has citizenship of the Russian Federation or a residence permit, must apply to the regional branch of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation with a request for a visa to a foreigner. At the same time the inviting person must also submit a letter of guarantee, in which he will promise to take upon himself the provision of a foreign guest with housing and in case of emergency medical assistance. It will take about 30 days to wait for an answer.

If verification of information about a foreigner does not show that he did not register at the right time for migration services in his previous visits to Russia, an invitation for him will be issued on a special form with all the necessary signatures and seals, which will need to be sent to the foreigner in China.

If you have an invitation and other documents, private visa to Russia will be issued to the Chinese up to 90 days. Visa can be single or double.

Work visa to Russia for Chinese citizens

If Chinese citizen wants to have the right to work on the territory of the Russian Federation, he will need a work visa. It is impossible to get it without the help of the employer, who will take upon himself the registration of a work permit and a work invitation. The employer will have to spend about 1.5 months on the execution of these papers.

After receiving these documents from the employer, the Chinese will be able to receive visa to Russia with a validity period of 90 days. During this time, he will have to come to Russia, get a job with the employer who invited him and register for migration, as well as extend the validity of his work visa for 1 or 3 years.

The holder of a work visa can stay in Russia for the entire duration of its validity. If he works for the same employer, he will be able to renew his visa for another year every year without leaving Russia. If he finds another company that offers him more favorable conditions, he will have to quit, leave Russia and reissue a work visa based on new documents.

E-visa to Russia for Chinese citizens

The Chinese who want to stay in Russia for a short period of time can do this with an electronic visa. This type of visa document allows Chinese citizens to visit Russia and stay in from 1 to 8 days.

This visa format has been introduced as an experiment that continues to this day. To get an electronic visa, Chinese citizens do not need an invitation, just only a digital photo and a completed application form on the Foreign Ministry website. With electronic visa Chinese can visit only the Far Eastern District and the Kaliningrad Region.

The Complete Guide To Applying For A Russia Visa For Indians In 2020

It hardly comes as a surprise to us that Russia is high up on every traveler’s bucket list. Its rich history, vibrant culture and famous art and architecture is undoubtedly delightful and engaging in equal measure. The breathtaking scenes of the snow-covered peaks of Mountain Elbrus and the mesmerizing natural valley of geysers in Kamchatka leave a vivid impression on your mind. If you’re planning to visit the country and are confused about how to get a Russia visa for Indians, allow us to take you through the quick and easy process.

Russia Visa For Indians

A Russia visa for Indians should be applied for by the citizens of India who are planning to visit the country for holidays or sightseeing. The longest period of stay on a tourist visa is 30 days. It is not possible to extend a tourist visa. Also, a Russian visa on arrival for Indian passport holders is not available. Please note that the visa is issued based on a supporting invitation letter issued by a tourist company. The R ussia visa fees in Indian rupees is mentioned below:

R ussia visa fees for Indian passport holders (single entry) : INR 1300/-
R ussia visa fees for Indian passport holders (d ouble entry): INR 2080/-

Where To Get It

You can obtain a Russia visa for Indians in any of the Consulates of the Russian Federation located in India. The embassies close their office for national holidays in Russia as well as holidays in India. During that time, you won’t be able to get your passport back. The processing times, procedures, and Russian tourist visa fees for Indian vary from place to place, depending upon which embassy handles your application.

Here’s a complete list of Russian Consulates in India, along with their phone numbers and location:

  • Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of India, Embassy Consular Section
    Address: Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
    Phone: (8-10-91-11) 2611-05-60, 2467-85-64
  • Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai
    Address: 42, Jagmohandas Marg (Nepean Sea Rd), Mumbai 400036
    Phone: (8-10-91-22) 2363-36-27, (8-10-91-22) 2363-36-28
  • Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata
    Address: 22A, Raja Santosh Road, Alipore, Calcutta 700027
    Phone: (8-10-91-33) 2479-70-06
  • Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai
    Address: No 33 (old 14), Santhome High Road, Chennai 600004
    Phone: (8-10-91-44) 2498-23-20, 2498-23-30

Types Of Russia Visa

Russia visa for Indian nationals can be classified into four categories, tourist visa or visitor visa, business visa, work visa and transit visa.

1. Tourist Visa: A tourist visa is granted to a traveler who wants to visit the country for tourist purposes. If you opt for the single entry visa, it will be valid only for 30 days from the day of issue for the sole purpose of tourism.
2. Business Visa: Business visa is suitable for those people looking to travel temporarily for business purpose in Russia.
3. Work Visa: A Russian work visa for Indian is only allotted if the traveler wishes to travel to the country for the work purpose temporarily.
4. Transit Visa: Russia transit visa is provided to the people who are traveling to a third country but will spend a short stay in Russia before travelling.

What Is Tourist Invitation

To apply for a Russia visa for Indians, you require a tourist invitation. Getting a Russia visa for Indian passport involves a tourist service agreement between a foreign citizen and a Russian travel company. This invitation is issued by a travel company which is included in the United Register of Tour Operators. Arranging a tourist voucher at the office of a travel company usually takes less than 10 minutes. There is also a faster way of obtaining it by filling out an online form and making a payment.

A tourist invitation consists of a tourist voucher and a confirmation of your arrival from the receiving company. It is drawn on the letterhead of a travel company. Therefore, its outward appearance can differ greatly. The invitation should be certified with a signature of the senior manager and an appropriate stamp. It also must have the following information for you to get a Russian private visa for Indian:

  • Name of the inviting travel company and its reference number
  • Full name of Indian citizen and their passport information
  • Purpose of visit
  • Terms of visit
  • Number of entries (single or double)
  • Dates of entry and exit
  • Cities which you plan to visit

Documents Required

Please go through the R ussian tourist visa requirements carefully. The following documents should be submitted to the Russian Embassy or Consulate to obtain a Russia visa for Indians :

  • Original passport with at least 6 months validity and 2 blank pages.
  • Two copies of Russian visa application form, completed and signed.
  • Two passport-size photos signed on the back.
  • Original tourist invitation along with a copy.
  • Proof of funds amounting to living expenses in Russia.
  • Confirmed return ticket.

Russia, the world’s largest country, is a conglomeration of idyllic villages and cities throbbing with history and culture. It is an year-round destination. The snow-dusted cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow in the winter season will offer you several avenues for adventure and photography. In summer, you can go sightseeing in St. Petersburg and admire the baroque architecture of palaces. Apply for a Russia visa for Indians at the earliest and once you get it, book your vacation in Russia with TravelTriangle.

Frequently Asked Questions About Russia Visa For Indians

A. Applicants applying for a Schengen visa have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data which includes fingerprints and photograph. This biometric data will be valid for 5 years. Children under the age of 12 do not have to go through this process for procuring a Russian tourist visa for Indians.

A. Students travelling to Russia for education will have the Russian visa for Indian citizens valid till the duration of the education. In case, the student is travelling to Russia for exams or study are required to show related documents along with details of the place they’ll be studying or giving their exams.

A. It is advisable to convert Indian currency to Russian ruble. You can also buy Forex online with Thomas Cook and get it delivered at your home.

A. No, a third party is not allowed to collect visa. However, there are certain exemptions like an immediate family member like parents or children can visit the office and get the visa done on behalf of the concerned person.

A. Visa to Russia for Indian citizens can be acquired from the consulate or an embassy of Russia. Indian nationals can either get a private, tourist, or business visa depending on their purpose of visit. The invitation to Russia for the citizens of India must be issued by the country.

A. To have a valid passport, set the itinerary, get a letter of invitation or visa support, fill out the visa application form, print the form, sign it, attach a photo, and take all of the documents to the Russian Visa Center, collect your passport and have travel insurance.

A. All foreign nationals must register by providing their passport and the migration card to the hosting organization within 7 days of arriving in Russia. Indians need to pay INR 2, 480 for a single entry common tourist visa to Russia.

A. Yes, Moscow is a safe place for people and tourists. They don’t bother anyone and they mind their work. you need to be clear of the dodgy areas, however. The places like Moscow and St. Petersburg are pretty safe and they are major tourist attractions too.

A. The total cost of a tourist visa at the Russian Embassy or Consulate is $198. There are $160 for consular taxes, $38 for administrative fees, $18 for the letter of invitation. The total is $216 per visa per single entry visa for a person.

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How to get Visa to russia from UK in 2020

Is it necessary to have visa to Russia for citizens of United Kingdom?

Yes, citizens of United Kingdom have to get visa if they want to visit Russia.
Visa is a document for foreigners which allows to cross the border of Russia legally.
For getting visa to Russia you need to get an invitation for visa and health insurance. These documents must be submitted to the Russian Consulate abroad.

Information on this website is available in the following languages:
Russian, English.

For getting visa an United Kingdom citizen should know:

The United Kingdom (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is the 78th largest country in the world by territory and 22nd largest by population. In this country lives over 63 million people, 170 thousands of which is annually visit Russia.

Short list of steps-to-do for british:

  1. To have valid passport
  2. To get an invitation to Russia
  3. To get a medical insurance
  4. Fill in the form on visa.kdmid.ru and print it
  5. Paste your photo 3,5х4,5 cm in form
  6. Pay consular (visa) fee ≈ 80$ (63£)
  7. Bring or send documents to the Russian Consulate (passport, invitation, insurance, application form, receipt)
  8. Wait for 1 to 10 calendar days and get a passport with visa

You can get visa at the Russian consulates in the United Kingdom. Before visiting the Consulate, you need to get an invitation, medical insurance for a visa and complete the online form on the website of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

There are the following types of visas and purposes of visiting Russia:

  • tourist visa – tourism;
  • business visa — meetings with Russian business partners;
  • private visa — for visiting friends or relatives living in Russia (more rational to use a tourist visa);
  • work visa — official employment in Russian company.

Comparison of length of stay and price of visa:

Duration of stay and visa prices for UK citizens

Type of visaLength of stayFull processing price
Touristfrom 1 to 30 days≈125$
Businessfrom 30 days to 1 year *from 200$
Privatefrom 30 to 90 days≈203$
Workfrom 1 to 3 yearsfrom 1220$

* – visa can be valid up to 1 year, but it is possible to stay in Russia continuously for no more than 90 of 180 days

Cost example of visa for an British

Cost example of single tourist visa to Russia for 14 days (2 weeks) for United Kingdom citizen:

The cost of visa is always calculated individually. Using this example, you can calculate the cost of your visa.

Invitation to Russia15$ (≈12£)
Medical insurance≈1,5$ per day * 14 days ≈ 17$ (≈13£)
Photo 3.5 x 4.5 cm8$ (≈6£)
Consular fee80$ (≈63£)
Postal services (optional)5$ (≈3,5£)
Total:125$ (≈97,5£)

Consular fee for tourist visa
(the main expense)

The visa fee has a fixed value and depends only on the multiplicity of the visa issued.

The size of the consular fee depends on the multiplicity of the issued visa to Russia:

Visa fee for citizens of the United Kingdom in 2020 (check on the website of the Consulate)

Ordinary *Urgent **
Single80$ (63£)160$ (126£)
Double entry128$ (101£)256$ (202£)
Multi-entry240$ (188£)480$ (376£)

* Normal processing time – from 4 to 20 working days

** Urgent processing time – from 1 to 3 working days

Tourist visa to Russia for United Kingdom citizens

If a British citizen is going to come to Russia to study culture and sightseeing, he will need a tourist visa to Russia. He will be able to get it only if he has a tourist invitation.

Tourist invitation is issued quickly enough: in just 5 minutes. The right to issue this document have tour operators registered in the Unified Federal Register of tour operators. Invitations are printed on the forms of the tour operators, so they look different from company to company. At the same time, the invitation always consists of two parts:

  1. Tourist voucher indicating that you have bought a tourist ticket to Russia.
  2. Confirmation of tourist admission — the Consulate is requested to issue a visa to a foreign citizen.

The documents contain the same information: the tour operator (name, address, reference number), info about invited foreigner, the route of his journey and the dates of entry and exit.

If British citizen have tourist invitation, he will have no problem to issue a visa to Russia (unless, of course, he did not violate the laws of the Russian Federation in his past visits). Tourist visa to Russia for British is usually issued for the period specified in the invitation. The validity of such a visa may not exceed 30 days. Tourist visas can be single-entry and double-entry.

Business visa to Russia for United Kingdom citizens

If the British is going to hold a meeting with their business partners, he will need a business visa in Russia for visiting them. He will be able to issue it only if he has a business invitation, which should be issued to him by persons interested in his arrival in Russia.

In addition to business trips, this visa is very attractive for a longer (up to 90 days) continuous stay in Russia. Business visa doesn’t have problems that private visas have. And you can stay continuously in Russia 3 times more than a tourist visa allow.

Business visa for British citizens can be issued for 1 year, if they have 2 russian business visas in passport. Depending on the validity period, business visa can be single, double and multiple.

To get a business visa, you need a business invitation to Russia. British, there are different types of business invitations, they all have their pros and cons:

A letter from a Russian organization

An invitation letter from the organization is a petition to the Consulate of the Russian Federation in the UK to issue a business visa to a specific citizen of the United Kingdom. Only organizations with special accreditation to the Interior Ministry have the right to issue such an invitation.

In order to issue a business invitation for a foreigner in the form of a letter from the organization, you need to fill out a questionnaire and pay by credit card or PayPal. The invitation will come to your e-mail within 5 minutes.

The form of Ministry of Internal Affairs

A business invitation on the form of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, based on a statement from the inviting party, is issued within 7-21 business days. During this time, the information submitted by the inviting company is checked and, if a British citizen is not included in the list of persons who are denied entry to Russia due to deportations or the presence of fines, an invitation is issued for him on a form protected from counterfeiting. If a British citizen violated Russian laws on his last visit, his invitation will be denied.

Electronic invitation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Telex)

An electronic invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Telex) is an instruction, received via a special communication channel from the Consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation to the Russian Consulate. In this case, the British citizen needs to provide only the Telex number and information about the inviting company, when he will be filling out the visa application form. Registration takes from 7 to 21 business days. The benefit of such an invitation is they do not require sending the original document by mail.

Private visa to Russia for United Kingdom citizens

British who have relatives or friends in Russia can make a long visit to them by issuing a visitor’s visa for themselves. For doing this, they will need to present to the consulate a guest invitation, which should be sent to them by the invited party in Russia.

In order to be able to send a guest invitation to the UK, a person interested in a foreigner’s arrival, should contact the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation at his place of residenceand submit an appropriate application, also include a copy of his passport and the passport of the foreigner invited by him, a receipt for payment of state duty and some others documents. It will take about 1 month to wait for an invitation. During this time, Ministry of Internal Affairs will check the violation of the visa regime during the previous visits of a foreigner to Russia.

If the check doesn’t show that the foreigner is on the list of undesirable persons, an invitation will be issued for him on a form protected from counterfeiting. It will contain the passport data of a British citizen, information about the inviting party, and also the dates of his planned trip to Russia, the required number of visits, the signature of the authorized person and the seal of the issuing body of the Main Department of the Interior Ministry of the Russian Federation in the guest invitation.

Private visas to Russia are single and double. They are issued for a period not exceeding 90 days.

Work visa to Russia for United Kingdom citizens

If the British found in Russia a company that wants to officially hire him, he needs to apply for a work visa. With such a visa, he will be able to travel to Russia without a break throughout the duration of its validity, as well as cross the borders of the Russian Federation as many times as he needs.

To get a work visa, a British citizen will need the help of his Russian employer, who will have to apply for a work permit and a work invitation, as well as send him the originals of these documents using international mail services. Based on these documents, a foreigner will be issued a short-term work visa (valid for 90 days).

After arriving of foreigner in Russia, he will have to register with the migration authority and then extend the validity of the visa for the entire duration of the work permit (1 year or 3 years). You can extend your work visa without leaving Russia.

E-visa to Russia for United Kingdom citizens

An electronic visa is a new experimental format of visa. You don’t need an invitation for this visa, but you can apply for it through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For now, the electronic visa is only a single entry and cannot be extended. Based on this document, you can stay in Russia up to eight days. You need only a digital photo and a completed application form for getting this visa.

It is important that obtaining an electronic visa is available only to citizens of some countries. Currently, UK citizens cannot get an electronic visa to Russia. Full list of countries which Russia has an agreement about electronic visas with, is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Russian visa invitation letters for Chinese citizens

A citizen of China can not stay in Russia for more than 90 days for each half-year on tourist, guest or business visas.

The benefits you get by ordering an invitation for Russian visa for Chinese at our agency:

If you apply at our agencyIf you apply at other companiesIf you ask your Russian friend / business partner
Term of registrationstarting from 1 working daystarting from 1 working daystarting from 20 working days
You or your russian friend do not need to submit documents personally
Payment on receipt*
Free shipping to more than 70 cities in Russia
10% off medical insurance for visa
Shipping invitation straight to your address abroad**
We have accreditation in Russian Federal Tourist Organisation
We have accreditation in Russian Federal Tourist Organisation?
Discounts on registration of 5 or more invitations?

* – For tourist invitations.

** – You’re charged only with the cost of express delivery services.

For Chinese citizens wishing to visit Russia, “Vita Travel” tour operator offers its services in preparation of all necessary documents for obtaining an invitation and a visa. Thanks to accurate work of our professional team, you don’t have to stand in line to get an invitation for a citizen of Australia, the issue will be solved as soon as possible.

Types of invitation letters for a citizen of China and required documents

We provide visa invitation letters to Russia for Chinese nationals in the following cases:

  • Business trip;
  • Tourism.

Business visa invitation to Russia can be issued either as Telex or on the FMS (Federal Migration Service) letterhead for term up to 3 months (1 or 2 trips), as well as for multiple trips for up to 1 year.

The first way is available for representatives of the countries where there telex is available (the Consulate has the technical ability to accept telex). Documents go directly to the Russian Consulate through the MFA ( The Ministry of Foreign Affairs), so it is enough to report the number of the invitation when you submit other documents. The FMS forms are submitted to the Consulate in original personally when applying for a visa.

We will help you choose the appropriate option, and do everything according to the requirements of the normative documents.

Invitation for employment is valid for 3 years. Documentation is issued within 1 month, the original is sent to the citizen of China. Additionally a high quality passport scan and a photo 3,5х4,5 are required.

If you need a tourist invitation, it will be ready within 1-2 days after applying to our company. In the invitation (or voucher) our reference number, the data from the tourist passport, his travel route and hotels data. The tourist invitation to Russia is issued for up to 30 days.

List of the required documents for obtaining a Russian visa for Chinese citizens

Russian visa for Chinese citizen is issued in case of the availability of a passport, which is valid for at least six months prior to the end of staying within the Russian Federation borders.

  • Passport (ordinary, foreign, diplomatic or official);
  • Visa application form filled in with reliable information;
  • One picture with the size 3,5х4,5.
  • Fee payment receipt (consular fee);
  • The original invitation.

Depending on the type of visa you may need health insurance, tickets, hotel reservations, letter of guarantee, financial documentation.

Necessary documents for issuing the invitation at our company for the Chinese citizen to obtain a visa to Russia:

  • high-quality copy of the main page of your passport (travel passport)
  • an application form filled in online (for tourist invitation in Russian or English, for business invitation in Russian or English) on our site
  • copies of previously issued Russian visas (for multiple-entry invitations)

If you cannot determine the type of an invitation that fits you more, read our article.

Sample of Russian visa issued on the basis of our invitations

A sample of a tourist invitation to Russia, issued by our company

Sample business invitation to Russia, issued by our company

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