Visa Information

To enter the Russian Federation, citizens of the Republic of India need a visa. 

Visa-free entrance to the Russian Federation is granted to: 

- citizens of the Republic of India - holders of diplomatic and official passports for a period of up to 90 days; 

- citizens of the Republic of India - members of aircraft crews. 

From August 8, 2017, citizens of the Republic of India can receive an electronic visa to enter the Russian Federation through border checkpoints located in the territory of the free port of Vladivostok.

All other citizens of the Republic of India, depending on the purpose of the trip to the Russian Federation, must apply for a visa in one of the following categories: 

- business;

- humanitarian; 

- tourist; 

- private; 

- training; 

- working; 

- transit. 

I. In order to obtain a Russian visa it is recommended to apply through the official Russian Visa Centers established to enhance the quality of service, as well as to facilitate visa procedure (located in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai. Сontact details are available here). 

Russian Visa Centers operated by VFS Global are designated by the Russian Consular Institutions and are fully capable of accepting and processing documents required for a Russian visa forwarding them to the Russian Consular Offices from any individuals, organizations or companies (including travel agencies). 

Visa Centers can consult clients on visa application forms and other required documents, processing fees, time and other visa formalities. 

The final decision to issue or refuse a Russian visa lies with the respective Russian Consular Institutions. 

Russian Visa Centers in India collect service fee. 

The service fee is separate from the consular fee payable to the Russian Consular Institutions. 

II. Companies and organizations, including travel agencies and any other entities applying for visas on behalf of customers or employees, regardless of the purpose of visit to Russia, must apply through the Visa Centers only. 

Individual foreign citizens have the right to apply directly to the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata to obtain a visa for themselves and the closest relatives by making a prior appointment via the web portal (http://kolkata.kdmid.ru/). 

Certain categories of applicants including diplomats and officials can apply directly to the Russian Consular Institutions. 

In order to prevent cases of fraud with the pre-registration system, the consular institution accepts documents only of those, whose personal data were entered into the system during the registration of the application. In case of discrepancy of the information specified in the system with the data of the applicant, whose documents are submitted to the consular institution, they are not accepted for consideration. Only one set of submitted documents can be processed during a one reserved time slot.

More detailed information on the necessary documents for obtaining a visa to Russia can be found on the website of the Russian Visa Centers in India.



Documents Necessary for Visa application

Online Visa Application (https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx)


Tourist visa (single or double entry):

1. Valid Passport (+ a good quality scanned copy of the page with the photo and the address page). The passport should be valid for at least 6 monthsafter the expected visa expiry date and have at least two blank (without any stamps, inscriptions, etc.) pages facing each otherfor stamping by the Immigration Officer;

2. Visa Application form filled in on the website  visa.kdmid.ru, printed out and signed personally by the applicant in the due field of the form. When selecting the location for submission of the documents please specify the Visa Center/Russian Consular Institution you will be applying at;

3. One passport size good quality photo (35x45 mm) with the light background;

4. Confirmation of acceptance of a foreign tourist(good quality color scanned copy is acceptable) issued by a Russian organization which is authorized to carry out tour operator activities and is registered in the Unified Federal Register of Tour Operators under a unique reference number (MVT); the confirmation should contain:

confirmation number;

number of entries;

full name, date of birth, sex, citizenship and passport number of thetourist;

duration of stay (dates of entry and exit);

purposeof visit (specified by the current Russian legislation);

itinerary and places of accommodation;

receiving organization’saddress and its MVT;

signature of an authorized person of the tour agency and its official seal.



Business visa (single, double & multiple entry):

1. Valid Passport (+ a good quality scanned copy of the page with the photo and the address page). The passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the expected visa expiry date and have at least two blank (without any stamps, inscriptions, etc.) pages facing each other for stamping by the Immigration Officer;

2. Visa Application form filled in on the website  visa.kdmid.ru, printed out and personally signed by the applicant in the due field of the form. When selecting the location for submission of the documents please specify the Visa Center/Russian Consular Institution you will be applying at;

3. One passport size good quality photo (35x45 mm) with the light background;

4. The official original invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation upon the request of the Russian receiving organization/companysent to the applicant by post or courier

OR a good quality fax or scanned copy of the invitation issued by:

the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCI of Russia);

the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP);

the Russian Organization for Small and Medium Entrepreneurship (OPORA Russia);

theRussian Union of Manufacturers (Employers).



Private visa (single or double entry):

1. Valid Passport (+ a good quality scanned copy of the page with the photo and the address page). The passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the expected visa expiry date and have at least two blank (without any stamps, inscriptions, etc.) pages facing each other for stamping by the Immigration Officer;

2. Visa Application form filled in on the website  visa.kdmid.ru, printed out and personally signed by the applicant in the due field of the form. When selecting the location for submission of the documents please specify the Visa Center/Russian Consular Institution you will be applying at;

3. One passport size good quality photo (35x45 mm) with the light background;

4. The official original invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation upon the request of the receiving person/relative/friend in Russiasent to the applicant by post or courier.



Student visa (single or double entry):

1. Valid Passport (+ a good quality scanned copy of the page with the photo and the address page). The passport should bevalid for a period of 1.5 years from the first day of the visa validity periodand have at least two blank (without any stamps, inscriptions, etc.) pages facing each other for stamping by the Immigration Officer;

2. Visa Application form filled in on the website  visa.kdmid.ru, printed out and personally signed by the applicant in the due field of the form. When selecting the location for submission of the documents please specify the Visa Center/Russian Consular Institution you will be applying at;

3. One passport size good quality photo (35x45 mm) with the light background;

4. The official original invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation upon the request of the receiving educational institution/university/academy/college in Russia sent to the applicant by post or courier

OR original visa request/admission letter issued by a hosteducational institution/university/academy/college of the Russian Federation with the obligatory mentioning of:

a) for the invited person - name and surname, date of birth, sex, citizenship, number and type of the identity document, period and purpose of the travel, number of entries;

b) for the inviting organization - full name and legal and de facto addresses; name, surname and position of the authorized signatory of the letter, and his/her telephone number

OR original student card issued by a host educational institution/university/academy/college of the Russian Federation;

1. The HIV blood test certificate. The test is to be taken not earlier than 3 months prior to the application.



Employment visa (single entry):

1. Valid Passport (+ a good quality scanned copy of the page with the photo and the address page). The passport should be valid for a period of 1.5 years from the first day of the visa validity period and have at least two blank (without any stamps, inscriptions, etc.) pages facing each other for stamping by the Immigration Officer;

2. Visa Application form filled in on the website  visa.kdmid.ru, printed out and personally signed by the applicant in the due field of the form. When selecting the location for submission of the documents please specify the Visa Center/Russian Consular Institution you will be applying at;

3. One passport size good quality photo (35x45 mm) with the light background;

4. The official original invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation on request of the receiving organization/companyin Russia sent to the applicant by post or courier

5. The HIV blood test certificate. The test is to be taken not earlier than 3 months prior to the application.



Transit visa (single entry):

1. Valid Passport (+ a good quality scanned copy of the page with the photo and the address page). The passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the expected visa expiry date and have at least two blank (without any stamps, inscriptions, etc.) pages facing each other for stamping by the Immigration Officer;

2. A valid visa to the country neighboring the Russian Federation/country of the destination or the passport of this country;

3. Visa Application form filled in on the website  visa.kdmid.ru, printed out and personally signed by the applicant in the due field of the form. When selecting the location for submission of the documents please specify the Visa Center/Russian Consular Institution you will be applying at;

4. One passport size good quality photo (35x45 mm) with the light background;

Transit visa is not required in case a person does not leave the territory of the airport of arrival, joins the connecting flight at the same airport and the time period between the two connecting flights does not exceed 24 hours.



Humanitarian visa (single, double & multiple entry):

1. Valid Passport (+ a good quality scanned copy of the page with the photo and the address page). The passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the expected visa expiry date and have at least two blank (without any stamps, inscriptions, etc.) pages facing each other for stamping by the Immigration Officer;

2. Visa Application form filled in on the website  visa.kdmid.ru, printed out and personally signed by the applicant in the due field of the form. When selecting the location for submission of the documents please specify the Visa Center/Russian Consular Institution you will be applying at;

3. One passport size good quality photo (35x45 mm) with the light background;

4. The official original invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation upon the request of the receiving organization in Russia sent to the applicant by post or courier.

ORthe visa request letter (in original or a good quality color scanned copy) issued by a hostscientific/cultural/educational/sports/religious/philanthropic organization of the Russian Federation with the obligatory mentioning of:

a) for the invited person - name and surname, date of birth, sex, citizenship, number and type of the identity document, dates and purpose of travel, number of entries;

b) for the inviting organization - full name and legal and de facto addresses; name, surname and position of the authorized signatory of the letter, and his/her telephone number


Visa Fees for Citizens of India


ProcessingTime

Visa Fee for Citizens of India

Single-Entry Visa

4-20 working days

Rs 2130

1-3 working days

Rs 4260

Double-Entry Visa

4-20 working days

Rs 3408

1-3 working days

Rs 6816

Multi-Entry Visa

4-20 working days

Rs 6390

1-3 working days

Rs 12780

Visa reissue

4-20 working days
Rs 1988

In case of a foreign citizen entering the Russian Federation with a new passport and a valid Russian visa in the cancelled old passport, the foreign citizen will be denied entry to the Russian Federation.

We request you to pay head in advance to the transfer of the Russian visa from a cancelled passport to a new passport at any consular mission of the Russian Federation.