Visas

 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

         According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation, dated 16 March 2020, concerning the threat of Coronavirus COVID-19 Consular Section suspends the processing of any kind of visas except for:

1. Diplomatic visa

2. Service visa

3. Private visa in exceptional cases (death of relatives in the territory of the Russian Federation).

         This measure has been adopted so as to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. Thank you for understanding.  


Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia 
in the Republic of Guinea and the Republic of Sierra Leone 


In order to improve the quality of services please complete your online visa application: https://visa.kdmid.ru.

The applicants must submit the dossier to the Consulate by themselves. 

The booking of an appointment is required: https://q.midpass.ru

The decision to issue or refuse a visa always lays with the Consular Service. In order to avoid any fraud with the appointment booking system the Consular Section accepts the files of those whose data was indicated at the time of booking an appointment. In case of the presentation of a wrong data the file is rejected. A single appointment gives the right to submit a single file. 


PRIVATE VISA


Private visa is issued on the basis of:  

  • The invitation which is provided by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. Such an invitation may be issued on the demand of a Russian citizen, a permanent resident of the Russian Federation or a legal person. 
  • The decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 
  • An application request in a written form of a Russian citizen accompanying foreign citizens who are the members of his/her family (wife, husband, minor children or incapacitated children of majority age) to the Russian Federation. 
  • A notarized application in which a citizen of the European Union, who is staying in Russia on a legal basis, invites his/her close relatives (wife, husband, children (adopted), parents, grandparents) to the Russian Federation. 

Private visa is issued for the maximum period of 90 days and may be single or double. Please note that the validity of visa depends on the validity of health insurance which is presented by an applicant. 

The documents for this type of visa should be submitted not earlier than THREE months before the date of the trip but not later than 24 hours before the entry into the territory of the Russian Federation.

The visa-issuance process may be started by the Consular Section of Russian Embassy only after the submission of all the necessary documents. A dossier will not be accepted if one of the elements mentioned hereinafter is not presented. 

                                                                                                         

Necessary Documents

The following documents are to be submitted so as to apply for a single or double private visa: 

  1. An invitation provided by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation;
  2. A valid passport which contains at least two empty page spreads. The passport should be valid at least 6 months after the expiration of the visa;
  3. The application form which is to be fulfilled in Russian or English on the following website: https: //visa.kdmid.ru/;

    IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION:
    • The online application is to be printed, signed and dated. The data should be filled in by a ballpoint black pen. 
    • British, American, Irish, Georgian and Canadian citizens are to submit TWO identical visa application forms. 

  4. A colour photograph 3.5 x 4.5 on a white background, with a clear image of face, without any sunglasses and headgear (except for those who because of their national or religious affiliation are to be photographed with a headgear in their passport);
  5. The original of an insurance which covers the entire period of the validity of the visa. The certificate must include the contract number, the name of the insurance company, the duration of staying in Russia, the stamp and the signature of a head of an insurance agency (a photocopy of a printed certificate cannot be considered to be original and will not be accepted by the Consular Section). 

Warning! The Consular Service is entitled to request additional documents, to interview an applicant or even to increase the time of visa-issuing up to 30 days.

AN INCOMPLETE DOSSIER WILL BE REFUSED



PRIVATE VISA – SPECIAL CASES 

This type of visa is issued to the foreigners travelling to the Russian Federation following the need to receive an urgent treatment or because of a serious disease or on the reason of the death of a close relative. A supporting document is to be presented. Such a visa is issued on the bases of a written request to the Ambassador. 

Private visa is issued for the maximum period of 90 days and may be single or double. Please note that the validity of visa depends on the validity of health insurance which is presented by an applicant.

An applicant should address directly to the Consular Service of the Embassy during the working hours. The booking of an appointment for this type of visa is not required. 

The visa-issuance process may be started by the Consular Section of Russian Embassy only after the submission of all the necessary documents. A dossier will not be accepted if one of the elements mentioned hereinafter is not presented.


Necessary Documents

The following documents are to be submitted so as to apply for a single or double private visa – special cases: 

  1. The confirmation of an urgent need to travel to the Russian Federation:

    - The certificate of a Russian medical organization, which is issued on a form of the organization (certified by a seal), about the necessity to receive an urgent medical treatment, hospitalization or medical exam. Also if a person in Russia needs constant care an applicant is to present a certificate proving a serious disease of the person;

    OR

    - The death certificate of a close relative of an applicant (particularly spouses, children, parents, sisters and brothers).       

    OR  

    - An international telegram informing about the death of a person. The telegram is to be certified by an official of a telecommunication service. 


  2. A valid passport which contains at least two empty page spreads. The passport should be valid at least 6 months after the expiration of the visa;
  3. A photocopy of the passport pages: photo, signature and expiration date;
  4. The application form which is to be fulfilled in Russian or English on the following website: https: //visa.kdmid.ru/;

    IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION:


    • The online application is to be printed, signed and dated. The data should be filled in by a ballpoint black pen. 
    • British, American, Irish, Georgian and Canadian citizens are to submit TWO identical visa application forms. 

  5. A colour photograph 3.5 x 4.5 on a white background, with a clear image of face, without any sunglasses and headgear (except for those who because of their national or religious affiliation are to be photographed with a headgear in their passport);
  6. The original of an insurance which covers the entire period of the validity of the visa. The certificate must include the contract number, the name of the insurance company, the duration of staying in Russia, the stamp and the signature of a head of an insurance agency (a photocopy of a printed certificate cannot be considered to be original and will not be accepted by the Consular Section). 
  7. The document (original and photocopy) which confirms the kinship between an applicant and a person in Russia. 


Warning! The Consular Service is entitled to request additional documents, to interview an applicant or even to increase the time of visa-issuing up to 30 days.


AN INCOMPLETE DOSSIER WILL BE REFUSED

 


BUSINESS VISA 

This type of visa is issued to the foreigners traveling to the Russian Federation for business purposes (negotiations, seminars, conferences, meetings with business partners).

Business visa is issued on the basis of the invitation which is provided by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation or on the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation or on the basis of an official document of a legal entity, company or host organization. 

The documents for this type of visa should be submitted not earlier than THREE months before the date of the trip but not later than 24 hours before the entry into the territory of the Russian Federation.

The visa-issuance process may be started by the Consular Section of Russian Embassy only after the submission of all the necessary documents. A dossier will not be accepted if one of the elements mentioned hereinafter is not presented.


IMPORTANT:

                                                                                                          

If you need to submit several visa applications to the Consular Section, you are to book SEVERAL APPOINTMENTS.


Necessary Documents 

The following documents are to be submitted so as to apply for a single, double or multiple business visa:

  1. A written invitation (original, scanned or faxed readable photocopy) from a legal entity, company, host organization, Russian national or local authorities. The document is to be written on an official letterhead with the full contact details of the organization. The following data is to be also mentioned:

    Data about a person who is invited: surname, first name, date of birth, sex, nationality, passport number, duration and purpose of a trip, number of entries, travel itinerary;


    Data about an inviting organization: the full name of the legal entity, address, individual taxpayer number, the stamp of the organization, name and function of the person who signs the official document (if the person who signs the invitation is not a Russian citizen, a photocopy of the valid confirmation of legal stay in Russia is required). 


    OR


    An invitation provided by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.


    OR


    A telex (directive) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (this type of invitation is sent directly to the Consular Section).



  2. A valid passport which contains at least two empty page spreads. The passport should be valid at least 6 months after the expiration of the visa;
  3. A photocopy of the passport pages: photo, signature and expiration date;
  4. The application form which is to be fulfilled in Russian or English on the following website: https: //visa.kdmid.ru/;

    IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION:
    • The online application is to be printed, signed and dated. The data should be filled in by a ballpoint black pen. 
    • British, American, Irish, Georgian and Canadian citizens are to submit TWO identical visa application forms. 

  5. A colour photograph 3.5 x 4.5 on a white background, with a clear image of face, without any sunglasses and headgear (except for those who because of their national or religious affiliation are to be photographed with a headgear in their passport);
  6. The original of an insurance which covers the entire period of the validity of the visa. The certificate must include the contract number, the name of the insurance company, the duration of staying in Russia, the stamp and the signature of a head of an insurance agency (a photocopy of a printed certificate cannot be considered to be original and will not be accepted by the Consular Section). 


  • For single or double visa, the insurance is to cover the entire period of the validity of the visa;
  • For multiple visa, the insurance is to cover the period of the first stay in Russia.


Warning! The Consular Service is entitled to request additional documents, to interview an applicant or even to increase the time of visa-issuing up to 30 days.

AN INCOMPLETE DOSSIER WILL BE REFUSED


 

TOURIST VISA

This type of visa is issued to the foreigners travelling to the Russian Federation for tourist purposes (sightseeing, excursions etc.) on the basis of the Confirmation of the reception of a tourist which is provided by a tourist agency. The tourist agency is to be registered in the Uniform Federal Register of the Tour Operators of the Federal Tourism Agency. 

The duration of the stay in Russia on a tourist visa should not exceed 30 days. The tourist visa may be single or double. Double entry tourist visa is issued only to those foreigners who during their stay in Russia plan to visit the States which have common borders with Russia (for instance CEI or Baltic States) or to those who return via Russian territory from other States (for instance, China or Mongolia). These cases require the indication of the detailed itinerary in the tourist documents. 

The tourist visa implies the possibility of travelling to Russia for short-term business negotiations, participation in exhibitions and medical consultations. In such a case the purpose of travel – «targeted tourism» is to be indicated in the Confirmation of the reception of a tourist.

The documents for this type of visa should be submitted not earlier than THREE months before the date of the trip but not later than 24 hours before the entry into the territory of the Russian Federation.

The visa-issuance process may be started by the Consular Section of Russian Embassy only after the submission of all the necessary documents. A dossier will not be accepted if one of the elements mentioned hereinafter is not presented.


Necessary Documents

The following documents are to be submitted so as to apply for a single or double tourist visa:

  1. The Confirmation of the reception of a tourist which is issued in accordance with the provisions of Russian legislation and includes the consular reference number of a hotel or a tourist agency. If the duration of the stay in Russia exceeds 15 days, it is essential to present the detailed program of the stay with the signature and the stamp of the same Russian tourist agency.

    IMPORTANT: The hotel booking confirmation (for instance, Booking.com) does not replace the Confirmation of the reception of a tourist and is not valid for obtaining a tourist visa. 

  2. A valid passport which contains at least two empty page spreads. The passport should be valid at least 6 months after the expiration of the visa;
  3. The application form which is to be fulfilled in Russian or English on the following website: https: //visa.kdmid.ru/;

    IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION:

    - The online application is to be printed, signed and dated. The data should be filled in by a ballpoint black pen. 

    - British, American, Irish, Georgian and Canadian citizens are to submit TWO identical visa application forms. 



  4. A colour photograph 3.5 x 4.5 on a white background, with a clear image of face, without any sunglasses and headgear (except for those who because of their national or religious affiliation are to be photographed with a headgear in their passport);
  5. The original of an insurance which covers the entire period of the validity of the visa. The certificate must include the contract number, the name of the insurance company, the duration of staying in Russia, the stamp and the signature of a head of an insurance agency (a photocopy of a printed certificate cannot be considered to be original and will not be accepted by the Consular Section). 

Warning! The Consular Service is entitled to request additional documents, to interview an applicant or even to increase the time of visa-issuing up to 30 days.

AN INCOMPLETE DOSSIER WILL BE REFUSED

STUDENT VISA

(ORDINARY)

This type of visa is issued on the basis of the invitation which is provided by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation or on the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation or on the basis of an official document of a legal entity, company or host organization to the foreigners and political refuges travelling to the Russian Federation for educational purposes. 

Student visa is issued for the maximum period of 90 days and may be single or double. This is the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation which extends the visa.

The documents for this type of visa should be submitted not earlier than THREE months before the date of the trip but not later than 24 hours before the entry into the territory of the Russian Federation.

The visa-issuance process may be started by the Consular Section of Russian Embassy only after the submission of all the necessary documents. A dossier will not be accepted if one of the elements mentioned hereinafter is not presented.


Necessary Documents 

  1. An invitation provided by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation;
  2. A valid passport which contains at least two empty page spreads. The passport should be valid at least 6 months after the expiration of the visa;
  3. A photocopy of the passport pages: photo, signature and expiration date;
  4. The application form which is to be fulfilled in Russian or English on the following website: https: //visa.kdmid.ru/;

    IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION:

    The online application is to be printed, signed and dated. The data should be filled in by a ballpoint black pen.

  5. A colour photograph 3.5 x 4.5 on a white background, with a clear image of face, without any sunglasses and headgear (except for those who because of their national or religious affiliation are to be photographed with a headgear in their passport);
  6. The original of an insurance which covers the entire period of the validity of the visa. The certificate must include the contract number, the name of the insurance company, the duration of staying in Russia, the stamp and the signature of a head of an insurance agency (a photocopy of a printed certificate cannot be considered to be original and will not be accepted by the Consular Section). 
  7. HIV/AIDS test results (the results are valid only three months after the test)

Warning! The Consular Service is entitled to request additional documents, to interview an applicant or even to increase the time of visa-issuing up to 30 days.

AN INCOMPLETE DOSSIER WILL BE REFUSED

STUDENT VISA 

(ON A FEE BASIS)

This type of visa is issued on the basis of the invitation which is provided by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation to the foreigners travelling to the Russian Federation to study in private educational establishments. 

Student visa is issued for the maximum period of 90 days and may be only single. This is the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation which extends the visa.

The documents for this type of visa should be submitted not earlier than THREE months before the date of the trip but not later than 24 hours before the entry into the territory of the Russian Federation.

The visa-issuance process may be started by the Consular Section of Russian Embassy only after the submission of all the necessary documents. A dossier will not be accepted if one of the elements mentioned hereinafter is not presented.

                                                                                   

Necessary Documents

  1. Invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
  2. Current passport which must not expire before 1.5 years from the date of the entry to the Russian Federation and has at least two blank pages which do need to be consecutive. 
  3. Letter of guarantee issued by the Russian university.   
  4. Copy of the agreement which is to be signed between a student and a university. 
  5. Copy of the confirmation of a tuition payment.
  6. Copy of the confirmation of an accommodation payment.   
  7. Copy of the medical insurance which is to be valid in the Russian Federation.
  8. Original of a diploma which should be legalized by the the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone. 
  9. Visa application form filled in and printed out from the website of the Embassy of the Russian Federation (Consular Section).
  10. Two 3x4 photos with a white back and without sunglasses or hat (one of the photos should be sticked to the visa application form)
  11. Reservation of round-trip tickets.
  12. Statement of a bank account (if an applicant has a bank statement which belongs to a third party a sponsor letter is to be performed).
  13. HIV/AIDS test results.

Warning! The Consular Service is entitled to request additional documents, to interview an applicant or even to increase the time of visa-issuing up to 30 days.

AN INCOMPLETE DOSSIER WILL BE REFUSED

HUMANITARIAN VISA

This type of visa is issued to the foreigners traveling to the Russian Federation for humanitarian purposes (cultural or scientific ties).

The visa is issued on the basis of the invitation which is provided by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation or on the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation or on the basis of an official document of a legal entity, company or host organization.

(*) Only the citizens of the States of the European Union which have signed the EU-Russia Agreement on the facilitation of the issuance of visas of 25 May 2006 may obtain the visa on the basis of reciprocity to travel to Russia (particularly: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain, Estonia, Greece, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, the Czech Republic) as well as the citizens of Japan and the People’s Republic of China.  

The visa-issuance process may be started by the Consular Section of Russian Embassy only after the submission of all the necessary documents. A dossier will not be accepted if one of the elements mentioned hereinafter is not presented.

                                                                            

Necessary Documents

The following documents are to be submitted so as to apply for a single, double or multiple business visa:

  1. A written invitation (original, scanned or faxed readable photocopy) from a legal entity, company, host organization, Russian national or local authorities. The document is to be written on an official letterhead with the full contact details of the organization. The following data is to be also mentioned:


    Data about a person who is invited: surname, first name, date of birth, sex, nationality, passport number, duration and purpose of a trip, number of entries, travel itinerary;


    Data about an inviting organization: the full name of the legal entity, address, individual taxpayer number, the stamp of the organization, name and function of the person who signs the official document (if the person who signs the invitation is not a Russian citizen, a photocopy of the valid confirmation of legal stay in Russia is required).


    OR


    An invitation provided by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.



  2. A valid passport which contains at least two empty page spreads. The passport should be valid at least 6 months after the expiration of the visa;
  3. A photocopy of the passport pages: photo, signature and expiration date;
  4. The application form which is to be fulfilled in Russian or English on the following website: https: //visa.kdmid.ru/;

    IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION:

    - The online application is to be printed, signed and dated. The data should be filled in by a ballpoint black pen. 

    - British, American, Irish, Georgian and Canadian citizens are to submit TWO identical visa application forms.

  5. A colour photograph 3.5 x 4.5 on a white background, with a clear image of face, without any sunglasses and headgear (except for those who because of their national or religious affiliation are to be photographed with a headgear in their passport);
  6. The original of an insurance which covers the entire period of the validity of the visa. The certificate must include the contract number, the name of the insurance company, the duration of staying in Russia, the stamp and the signature of a head of an insurance agency (a photocopy of a printed certificate cannot be considered to be original and will not be accepted by the Consular Section). 


  • For single or double visa, the insurance is to cover the entire period of the validity of the visa;
  • For multiple visa, the insurance is to cover the period of the first stay in Russia.


Warning! The Consular Service is entitled to request additional documents, to interview an applicant or even to increase the time of visa-issuing up to 30 days.


AN INCOMPLETE DOSSIER WILL BE REFUSED