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. 

Сitizens of the Republic of India can receive an electronic visa to enter the Russian Federation through http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/index_en.html located in the territory of the Far East., Kaliningrad region and St Petersburg and Leningrad region.

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 https://russia-visacentre.com/en/visa/india/russia). 

Russian Visa Centers operated by Russian Visa Centers in India  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  https://russia-visacentre.com/en/visa/india/russia



Documents Necessary for Visa application

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;

5. Tickets with fixed/confirmed departure date from the Russian Federation.

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.

E-visa to Russia

I. E-visa characteristics of and conditions for issuing an e-visa 


1.An e-visa is only issued for visits to one of the following three regions of the Russian Federation: the Far-Eastern Federal District, or Kaliningrad Oblast, or Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. An e-visa issued for a visit to one of the three above-listed regions is not valid for visits to other regions of the Russian Federation.

2.An e-visa is free. Invitations, hotel booking confirmations or any other documents that confirm the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation are not required for an e-visa. The time period for issuing an e-visa is no longer than 4 calendar days from the date of submission of the complete application.

3.E-visa can be used for entering and leaving the Russian Federation at the following checkpoints at the national border of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad Oblast, Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast: 

-  air checkpoints «Vladivostok (Knevichy Airport)», «Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo Airport)», «Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo Airport)», «Blagoveschensk», «Khabarovsk (Novy Airport)», «Anadyr (Ugolny Airport)», «Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)», «Ulan-Ude (Muhino)», «Chita (Kadala)», «Pulkovo»;

- naval checkpoints «Vladivostok», «Zarubino», «Posiet», «Korsakov», «Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky», «Kaliningrad (checkpoints in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly)», «Vysotsk», «Big port Saint Petersburg (Marine Station)», «Passenger port Saint Petersburg»;

- railroad checkpoints «Pogranichny», «Khasan», «Makhalino», «Mamonovo», «Sovetsk»;

- automobile checkpoints «Poltavka», «Turiy Rog», «Bagrationovsk», «Gusev», «Mamonovo (Grzechotki)», «Mamonovo (Gronowo)», «Morskoje», «Pogranichny», «Sovetsk», «Chernyshevskoye», «Ivangorod», «Torfjanovka», «Brusnitchnoe», «Svetogorsk»;

-  pedestrian checkpoint «Ivangorod».

только для Санкт-Петербурга:

Please note: Entry and exit on an e-visa by means of rail transport is currently unavailable.

4.E-visa is a single-entry visa and issued for 30 calendar days from the date of its issuance. The permitted stay in the Russian Federation with an e-visa is up to 8 days starting from the date of entry, within its validity period

The e-visa validity period and (or) the allowed period of stay under the e-visa are not subject to extension, except in cases where it is impossible to leave the territory of the Russian Federation due to medical emergency, or force-majeure circumstances, or natural hazards.

ATTENTION! The allowed period of stay in the Russian Federation of up to 8 days under an e-visa does not imply that one can stay for the entire 192 hours (24 hours multiplied by 8). The day of entry and the day of exit are counted as two days. You can use the visa calculator to determine how long you will be allowed to stay in the Russian Federation.

Just remember one simple rule: if you, for example, passed through the passport control when entering on Monday, you must pass the passport control for exit no later than the next Monday. If you entered on Tuesday, you must exit no later than the next week's Tuesday (and so on for each day of the week). In any case you must exit no later than the visa expiry date, even if your period of stay is less than 8 days. For instance, you entered on Monday and the validity period of the visa expires on Sunday: in this case, you must exit no later than Sunday.

5.E-visas can be of the following categories only: ordinary business visa (purpose of journey is business), ordinary tourist visa (purpose of journey is tourism), and ordinary humanitarian visa (purposes of journey are sports, cultural, scientific and technological ties). If the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation does not correspond to any of the above, you should apply for a traditional (non electronic) visa at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.

6.Foreign citizens who have arrived in the Russian Federation with e-visas issued for the Far-Eastern Federal District are entitled to move freely only within the territory of the constituent entity of Russian Federation (making part of the Far-Eastern Federal District) of their entry. Foreign citizens may only exit from the Russian Federation through border crossing points of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation of their entry.

7.Foreign citizens who have arrived in the Russian Federation with e-visas issued for Kaliningrad Oblast are entitled to move freely only within the territory of Kaliningrad Oblast. Foreign citizens may only exit from the Russian Federation through border crossing points of Kaliningrad Oblast.

8.Foreign citizens who have arrived in the Russian Federation with e-visas issued for Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast are entitled to move freely only within the territories of Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. Foreign citizens may only exit from the Russian Federation through border crossing points of Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.

9.You can fill in an application form for an e-visa on this website not earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days before the intended date of entry into the Russian Federation

10.Indication of date, month and year of birth is mandatory when filling out the application form. If your full date of birth is not specified in your passport, the e-visa application cannot be accepted for processing. In this case you need to contact a diplomatic mission or a consular office of the Russian Federation and apply for a regular visa (not an e-visa).

11.If you are traveling with your minor children indicated in your passport, a separate e-visa application must be submitted for each child. All minor children traveling with their parents must have their own e‑visa.

12.Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you applied for an e-visa. Your passport must have free space for border crossing stamps.

13.Foreign citizens who have arrived to the Russian Federation with e-visas are required to have a medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation's territory for the entire period of stay.

14.There is no need to apply for an e-visa to enter the Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad Oblast, Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast if you already have a valid Russian visa in your passport. You are allowed to enter the said regions using a regular visa within its validity period with no limitations provided for by an e-visa. An e-visa does not extend the validity period of a regular visa.

15.Before you apply for an e-visa you are required to agree to the automatic processing, transfer and storage of data provided in your application for the purpose of the e-visa issuance.

16.Your application must contain full and valid data. Any incorrect information, including passport data and photo, could cause revocation of an already issued visa at the national border checkpoint of the Russian Federation.


II.Procedure for Filling out an E-Visa Application Form


1.      Your surname, given name(s), and patronymic name (if any) must be indicated in the application form precisely as they are indicated in the first machine-readable line of your passport, irrespective of how they are indicated in the visual zone of the passport.

2.      In the machine-readable line of the passport, the surname always starts with the 6th character of the first line. The surname in the machine-readable line is separated from the given name(s) by the << symbols. The < symbol serves to separate parts of the surname (if there are more than one) and given names (if there are more than one). The patronymic name (if any) is considered one of the given names.

3.      If your surname consists of several parts (words) and they do not fit in the "Surname" field of the application form, you should indicate all the initial parts (words) of your surname that can be entered in full in this field, in the same order and exactly as they appear in the first machine-readable line of your passport. Parts (words) of the surname that could not be entered in full in the "Surname" field of the application form may not be abbreviated and/or entered in the "Given Name(s)" field.

4.        Your given name(s) and patronymic name (if any) must be entered in the "Given Name(s)" field of the application form in the same order and exactly as they are written in the first machine-readable line of your passport, even if they appear in this line as separate letters.

5.      If your passport number contains a symbol that looks like the Latin letter "O", be sure to find it in the first nine symbols of the second machine-readable line of your passport and make sure that it is really the letter "O" and not the digit "0".

6.      If your passport number contains a symbol that looks like the Roman numeral "I", do not indicate the digit "1" in the application – it is not a number but the Latin letter "I".


Please be very careful!Even one incorrect letter or digit in your passport details is a reason for denying entry into the Russian Federation and cancelling your visa at a checkpoint.


III.E-Visa Application Process


1.      Before you fill in your application form, make sure you have the following: 

oA web browser with JavaScript. Our website currently supports the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge. We cannot guarantee that the site would function correctly with other browsers.

oSoftware for PDF files viewing and printing. Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended.

oYour valid national passport.

Choose the tips language from the relevant drop-down list. Tips will clarify the meaning of the questions you need to answer. If you have chosen Russian as the tips language all answers to the questions in the application must be entered only in Russian, with the exception of surnames, given names, addresses and names of institutions that are required to be entered in English. If you have chosen English all your answers must be only in English with the use of the Latin alphabet characters.

2.      Confirm that you agree to the automatic processing, transfer and storage of data provided in your application for e-visa purposes.

3.      To start a new application, click the "Proceed to Fill in the Application" button.

4.      To continue filling in, edit, review or print the completed application choose the "Retrieve application" menu item.

5.      Enter your personal e-mail address and confirm it, then enter your password for this site and confirm it. Write down your password!

6.      Write down or print the Application ID displayed in the top right corner of the page. It will be required to continue your application if the session has been disconnected. To save your draft application, click the "Save the Draft" button. Your e-visa application form will be available within 30 days since its last save.

7.      Proceed to fill in the fields of the application. Follow the tips on each page of the application. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. If you have made any errors while filling in the form or have not filled in the required fields, they will be highlighted and a message will appear under them indicating the error you need to fix.

8.      Upload your digital color photo in the JPEG format. The photo must meet the following requirements. 

9.      Click the button sending the application and wait for the confirmation of its acceptance for processing.


IV.After sending your application


You can use this site to follow up on the status of your application. Once a relevant decision is taken, the status of your application will be changed to “Visa issued” or “Visa denied”. You will be able to download a PDF file with the information concerning the decision on the application thereafter. Automatic messages concerning the status of your application and the decision thereon as well as detailed instructions for further steps will be sent to your personal e-mail.

Download and print the notification with your e-visa. Otherwise, save the information set out in the notification, so that you could visually present it to representatives of a transport company when getting on a vehicle and passport control officers at a national border checkpoint when entering the Russian Federation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not save the PDF file with the result of your application examination on the computer that can be accessed by those who have no permission to view or record your personal data. If you save the file to the hard drive of a public computer, for instance, in an Internet café or a library, other users may find and open it.

If you have not received a notification of e-visa grant or e-visa refusal within four days, you can apply for a visa as per standard procedure at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.

ATTENTION! Notification of e-visa grant does not guarantee your entry into the Russian Federation. You can be denied entry at a border crossing point should the circumstances referred to in Federal Law No. 114 FZ "On the Procedure of Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry into the Russian Federation" of August 15, 1996 arise.

Visa Support Agencies and Errors in E-visa Applications

Information about visa support agencies and errors in e-visa applications 

for trips to certain regions of the Russian Federation


We are carefully monitoring the situation with e-visas for visiting certain Russian regions. Recently there have been reports of various travel agency websites and questionable agents that offer visa support services, including profiting from Russian e-visa application services. The cost of these services ranges from 15 to 40 euros. Of course, we are not disputing foreign nationals’ right to spend money as they see fit, but we would like to remind that e-visas for visiting selected Russian regions are free and can only be obtained via the Russian Foreign Ministry’s special website, evisa.kdmid.ru. E-visa applicants do not have to provide invitations, hotel booking confirmations or any other documents proving the purpose of their travel to the Russian Federation.

All e-visa documents are processed within 4 calendar days from the date of submitting a duly filled-in application. Therefore, any promises by ‘intermediaries’ to expedite the process and obtain an “express visa,” including for an additional fee, are unsubstantiated. Moreover, there is no guarantee that an agent completing an e-visa application on behalf of somebody else will not make errors in their personal data, which may result in the applicant being denied entry at the Russian border.

It should also be remembered that neither an e-visa nor a paper visa guarantees entry to the Russian Federation. The decision on whether or not a foreign national is admitted to the country is made at the port of entry, which is generally in line with international practice. 

There have also been reports in the media on the difficulties visitors face when crossing the Russian border, as well as on the deportation of foreign nationals from Russia due to errors in their e-visas, and duration of stay violations. The analysis of these reasons indicates one common circumstance, which is simply lack of attention and disregard for e-visa application guidelines that are an integral part of the application process. The guidelines contain very detailed explanations with examples of how to correctly fill out one’s first and last names, including how to use characters of national alphabets and how to enter other personal data. A major part of the guidelines describes how to correctly determine one’s period of stay and exit dates in order to prevent administrative charges for violating Russian immigration law.