APPLYING FOR A VISA
List of the documents to be submitted to the Consular Section:
- Passport must be valid within six months after visa expiry date and contain at least two blank pages.
- Damaged passports or passports with marks, reservations, records, erasures, corrections, torn pages are not acceptable.
- It must be properly and fully completed then printed out and signed by an each applicant. A hard copy of the electronic visa application form must contain a unique track-number on its top.
- Corrections and amendments in the application form made by hand are not acceptable.
3. One photo glued to the form.
All photos should meet the criteria described here.
4. A copy of travel/health insurance policy
- It must be valid in Russia for the whole period of the journey.
- Details of the policy including the policy number, dates of validity, etc. must be stated in the visa application form as well.
5. Appropriate payment (in EURO only)
- The Consular Section accepts only Postal Money Orders made payable to the "RUSSIAN EMBASSY".
- The fee is charged for checking the documents and it is not refundable in case of refusal.
6.Visa supporting documents depending on the main purpose of visit:
•BUSINESS, HUMANITARIAN, STUDY and WORK visas:
An official letter of invitation issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia or the Russian Federal Migration Service on request of the host organization.
- Only the original invitation is acceptable if you are applying for a multiple entry visa.
- Photocopies of invitations for single and double entry visas may be accepted in some cases.
- An HIV/AIDS negative test (not older than 3 months) must be provided when applying for STUDY and WORK visas.
• TOURIST visas:
A standard «tourist confirmation» and a «tourist voucher» issued by the authorized host Russian travel agency or the hotel only.
- The documents must contain an applicant's name, passport number, dates and points of arrival and departure, cities to be visited, agency's reference (registration) number.
- All the information in the documents as well as the stamps and signatures must be clearly readable.
- Applicants going for auto tourism should also enclose a photocopy of Vehicle Registration Certificate, travel itinerary and the names of the accompanying persons.
- Tourists on board of Cruise ships have the right to stay in the Russian Federation without a visa for up to 72 hours. They may leave the ship and come back on board as a part of an organized tourist group only. Tourists who would like to leave the ship on their own must apply for a tourist visa.
• PRIVATE visas:
An official letter of invitation (in original only) issued by a local branch of the Russian Federal Migration Service on request of the host person.
• TRANSIT visas:
Valid tickets for entry and exit from the Russian Federation or guarantees of its purchase in the Russian Federation, a valid visa of the country you want to enter after leaving Russia (if required by that country) or passport of that state.
- A Transit visa is not required if you remain in the transit zone of the airport within 24 hours in order to catch an onward or connecting flight. Transit visas can be valid for maximum of 3 days if travelling by air and 10 days if travelling by train.
- Passengers travelling to/from Belarus and Kazakhstan via the Russian Federation need to obtain the transit Russian visa irrespectively of their duration of stay in Russia.
7. Proof of permanent/long term residency in Ireland (for non-Irish Nationals only).
- It could be either Statement from local Garda Station or Cover Letter from the Employer or Educational Institution or GNIB card or Irish Driving License or Utility bills or Bank Statement.
- Non-Irish Nationals who reside in Ireland less than 90 days should apply for a visa at the Russian Embassy accredited in the country of their nationality.
- In some cases non-Irish Nationals must apply for a Russian visa in the country of their nationality irrespectively of the duration of their residency in Ireland.