General information

About our work

The most important and top-priority task of the Russian Visa Office is the facilitation and acceleration of an entry visa to the Russian Federation obtaining process.

It becomes possible due to the collaboration of the Russian Visa Offices with Russian Federation consular institutions, modern material and technical base as well as the employment of the newest technologies in document receipt and processing.

The operators of the Visa Office are ready to consult the applicants on the issues regarding the Russian Federation visa processing and necessary documentation package for obtaining a visa to the Russian Federation.

In order to save your time the reception of applicants in the Visa Offices is carried out by appointments.

For your convenience a multi-channel call-centre (Contact information) has been created in the Visa Office in order to consult you on all the issues you may be interested in.You may also send us your questions via email or by using the electronic Feedback system on our website. 

About the schedules of visa processing

The Embassy and the Consulate General of the Russian Federation consider visa applications and decide either to issue or to decline to issue a visa within the term established for the requested visa type (usually from 4 to 20 calendar days) after the full documentation package is submitted and consular fees are paid.

In individual cases the period for the visa application consideration may be changed due to a consular institution decision.

In case of an emergency requiring an urgent entry into the Russian Federation a citizen may request visa processing on expedite basis, the period for visa application consideration may be reduced to 3 business days and less due to a decision made by the Ambassador or Consul-General of the Russian Federation.

Consular institutions reserve a right to extend or change the duration of a visa to the Russian Federation processing up to 30 days if necessary, or on the basis of the principle of mutuality.

About fees

During the submission of the documents to obtain an entry visa to the Russian Federation through the Russian Visa Office, consular and service fees are collected.

The consular fee is collected by a consular institution for the consideration of any visa application. The fee may vary depending on a visa category, type, number of entries, as well as applicant’s citizenship.

The service fee is collected by the Visa Office for the documents receipt, procession, submission to a consular institution and the issuance of the documents back to the applicant.

The fee may be paid in the Visa Office.

The service and consular fees are paid before the consideration of the documents, and in case of a decision to decline to issue a visa, the fees are not refunded.

For more information on consular and service fee please see Visa types”/“Fees and time schedules.