We are pleased to inform you that the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in Malta has resumed its operation. Please schedule an appointment for your visit here. 

Business visas are issued to citizens of foreign countries and stateless persons entering the Russian Federation with business purposes (conducting negotiations, holding seminars, conferences or meetings with Russian business partners).

This visa is issued on the basis of an invitation of the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation (MVD of Russia) OR of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MFA of Russia) or on the basis of an inviting letter from an organisation based in Russia (this last option is only valid for countries that signed visa facilitation agreements with Russia).

Business visas can be single-entry, double-entry or multiple-entry. Single-entry and double-entry visas can be valid for a period up to 3 months. Multiple-entry business visas are normally valid for a period up to 1 year. In accordance with Russia-EU Visa facilitation Agreement multiple-entry business visas can be valid for a period up to 5 years.

Foreign citizens and stateless persons may not stay in the Russian Federation with a multiple-entry business visa for more than 90 days in any 180-day period.

List of required documents

1. Visa invitation of one of three kinds:

- an invitation of the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation (MVD of Russia) – in a paper form (the original is required) or an electronic form. Ask for this kind of invitation from your Russian business partner;

- a telex invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MFA of Russia). This type of invitation can be requested by your Russian business partner at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (if available). Such invitations are sent to the Consular section directly by the Ministry, the applicant is required to provide only the number (6 digits) of the invitation;

- a copy of a direct inviting letter: a written request of your Russian business partner signed by the Head of the Russian inviting company, with a stamp. Such an invitation shall be printed on the official paper of the Russian host organisation. If necessary, the Consular section may request the original of the inviting letter. See the specimen.

2. Travel passport (original). The passport must contain at least 2 blank visa pages and must be valid 6 months after the last day of the required visa validity;

3. Visa application form printed and signed personally by the applicant .

4. 1 recent passport photo. The photo must be glued (not stapled!) on the visa application form;

5. Medical insurance policy document (copy or original) issued by a foreign insurance company or a Russian insurance company. This document is required only from the citizens of all EU countries (except Great Britain), Iran, Iseland State, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and SwissThis document must contain: 

- the date when the agreement was signed;

- the policy number;

- the full name of the insured person;

- full details of the insurer;

- the dates of validity: the policy must cover the entire period of stay in Russia for single-entry and double-entry visas, and the duration of the first trip for multiple-entry visas;

- the list of medical services covered by the insurance, the repatriation must be included;

- the geographical area coverage: worldwide or including the Russian Federation or Europe including the Russian Federation;

- the insurance coverage amount must not be less than 30.000 Euros;

- the signature of the insurer.

Insurance policies and confirmation letters which do not contain the above information and standard forms stamped by the insurer are not accepted.

Insurance cards are not accepted;

6.    Original and copy of a valid Malta permanent residence permit (not required if the applicant is a citizen of the EU or the USA).

 The Russian Consulate may request additional documents before issuing a visa, invite any applicant to a personal interview or extend the time required for the visa consideration.

 To be noted that the law of the Russian Federation empowers the Russian Consulate to refuse to issue any visa without explaining the reasons of the refusal. 

 

Additional requirements for a multiple-entry business visa

If the applicant wishes to apply for a 1 year multiple-entry business visa on basis of a direct inviting letter in accordance with the Russia-EU Visa facilitation Agreement he will be required to prove the visit of Russia during the previous 12 months. Transit visits are not considered.

In this case a copy of that visa with stamps of the Russian border service are to be submitted to the Consular section together with the visa application.

                          Important information

 

Processing time

The processing time for the issuance of a business visa in the Consular section depends on the invitation:

- for invitations of the Russian MVD: 3 working days – 20 calendar days;

- for telex invitations of the Russian MFA: 1 working day – 5-7 calendar days; 

- for inviting letters from organizations based in Russia:

- single-entry and double-entry visas: 3 working days-20 calendar days,

- multiple-entry visas: only 10 calendar days (may not be reduced).

The Article 7 of the Russia-EU visa facilitation Agreement authorizes the Russian consulate to extend the time processing of a visa application up to 30 working days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed..

 

General rules

1. The Consular section is authorized to give visas only for the Russian Federation.

2. The Consular section does not accept any visa documents sent by post and never sends passports with visas by post.

3. The visa application is to be introduced not later than 5 calendar days and not earlier than 3 months before the trip to the Russian Federation.

4. All payments in the Consular section must be done only in cash. Bank cards money and other means of payment are not accepted.

5. The fee paid for a visa is not refundable.

6. When obtaining a passport with a visa, we recommend that you carefully check the personal data specified in the visa.

7. The law of the Russian Federation empowers the Consular section to refuse to issue any visa without explaining the reasons of the refusal.

8. Before you make an appointment we recommend you to read the information about the required documents first.

9.A foreign citizen or a stateless person (who does not have the Russian citizenship) must be present in the Consular section in personThe applicant is authorized to apply for a visa for himself and his/her children under 18 y.o. for a joint trip to Russia (for the same dates)Documents proving the degree of relationship are required (originals from the Gemeente). The applications on behalf of a third person (even with the power of attorney) are not accepted.

10. VERY IMPORTANT ! The visa procedure that is underway in the Russian consulate may be cancelled (stopped) by the applicant. For that the candidate for a visa has to apply with a written statement to the organisation where he has submitted his/her visa documents. All paid fees in that case are not refundable. The passport without a visa will be returned to its holder not earlier than after 2-3 working days

11. VERY IMPORTANT ! ARE YOU BANNED TO ENTER THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION?
In case of non-payment in due time by a foreign citizen during his/her stay in the Russian Federation of customs duties and taxes, including the cases of temporary import of vehicles for personal use into the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union, the competent authorities of the Russian Federation may take a decision to prohibit the entry of such foreign citizen to the Russian Federation.