Visa requirements

About e-visas for visiting Russia's Kaliningrad Region please read here.

Please note that Russian entry visas cannot be issued solely on the ground of availability of a flight ticket to Russia, proof of cash or a hotel booking.

To obtain a Russian entry visa the following set of documents must be submitted to the Consular Section:

1. Passport

2. One (1) professional passport size photo of the applicant (the photo can be black-and-white or color). Please, attach the photo to the application form below.

3. Visa application form should be completed online, printed out and signed with a date by the applying person.
IMPORTANT! Application forms filled in by hand will not be accepted!

4. Travel insurance (for EU citizens except the UK)

5. Visa processing fee

For citizens of the European Union (except the UK) the fee for processing visa applications (short stay visa) shall amount to EUR 35.

A fee of EUR 70 will be charged in urgent cases, when the period of time for taking a decision on a visa application is three working days.

A fee for long stay visas for Maltese citizens will be: for single entry visa EUR 51 (non-urgent)/EUR 105 (urgent); for double entry visa EUR 74 (non-urgent)/EUR 150 (urgent); for multiple entry visa EUR 127 (non-urgent)/EUR 256 (urgent).

Please check with a consular officer about visa processing fees for nationals of other countries.

6. Flight tickets to Russia (or at least booked tickets)

7. Visa support document

a. For Tourist visas:

- Original or copy of a formal confirmation from the receiving Russian travel agency or hotel, which is registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a voucher from a Maltese travel agency or the receiving Russian travel agency.

b. For Business visas:

- The original letter of invitation issued by the local office of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

- A telex from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the inviting organisation/company can arrange for the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia to send the appropriate instructions to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia in Malta).

- A written request from a host legal person or company, organisation, or an office or their branches, state and local authorities of the Russian Federation or the organising committees of trade and industrial exhibitions, conferences and symposia held in the territory of the Russian Federation.

c. For Private (Homestay) visas:

- The original letter of invitation issued by the local office of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

- A written request from the host person made in front of a consular officer (for close relatives: spouse, children or parents). It is important to bring a document from the public registry proving the relations with the applicant, apostiled and translated into Russian as well as confirmed tickets.

- In case of an emergency (unexpected illness, death of relatives) visas can be obtained upon submitting a notary certified cable from a doctor of a Russian clinic or a notary certified copy of the death certificate.

- An official document confirming the existence and preservation of a grave as well as family or other relationship between the applicant and the buried (for visiting military and civil burial grounds).

d. For Humanitarian visas:

- The original letter of invitation issued by the local office of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

- A telex from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the inviting organization/company can arrange for the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia to send the appropriate instructions to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia in Malta)

- A written request from the host organisation to participate in scientific, cultural or artistic activities (for persons participating in scientific, cultural or artistic activities, including university and other exchange programmes).

- A written request from the host organisation: competent authorities, national sport federations of the Russian Federation and the National Olympic Committee of the Russian Federation (for participants of international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity)

e. For Education visas:

- The original letter of invitation issued by the local office of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

- A written request or a certificate of enrolment from the host university, academy, institute, college or school or student cards or certificates of the courses to be attended (for pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programmes as well as other school related activities)

Please note that applicants are required to submit their HIV-negative test certificate when applying for an education visa (for a stay of more than 90 days).

f. For work visas:

- The original letter of invitation issued by local office of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

- A telex from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Work visa can be valid for up to 3 months and can be a single or double entry. There is also a multiple-entry work visa which can be valid for up to 3 years.

Highly skilled specialists are not required to provide a covering letter only when applying for a 3-year multiple-entry work visa. 

Please note that applicants are required to submit their HIV-negative test certificate when applying for a work visa. 

g. Transit visas:

- Confirmed tickets to and from the Russian Federation and a valid visa of the country of your final destination.

Other important information regarding visas:

Visa processing will start only after the payment is made and all required documents are submitted.

The Consular Section doesn't issue visas on behalf of other former USSR Republics.

After receiving the visa, please check it for mistakes (especially your passport number, date of birth, dates of entry and departure) and, if necessary, return it to the Consular Section for corrections.

Please note that after the submission of documents visa processing fee is not refundable.

IMPORTANT! If you have a valid Russian visa in your old (annulled) passport, you need to have it transferred to your new passport at the Consular Section. You will not be admitted to the Russian Federation if you present at the border checkpoint an old passport with a valid visa together with a new passport which does not have a visa.

 

Please also note the following information:

On bringing goods in and out of Russia >>>

 On the Tax Free System in Russia >>>

Information on the Migration Card for Foreign Nationals

In accordance with the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 413 of August 16, 2004 “On the Migration Card”, migration cards are distributed free of charge by immigration officers at all ports of entry to the Russian Federation.

A filled-in migration card should be presented at the check-point to the immigration officer for official stamping.

A foreign national must carry his/her migration card during the whole period of stay in the Russian Federation and submit it along with other documents for migration registration at the place of sojourn.

In case of loss or damage of the migration card a foreign national must notify an appropriate local office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation within three days. Provided that travel documents used to enter Russia are presented, a free of charge duplicate card is issued.

When leaving the Russian Federation, a foreign national must submit the card to the immigration officer at the point of exit.

Absence of a migration card during the stay in the Russian Federation or at the time of exiting the Russian Federation may lead to an administrative liability.

For more information on the migration registration of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation please refer here.