Foreign citizens arriving to Russia or leaving it, with some exceptions, must have a valid Russian visa. A visa is permission to enter/leave Russia, to stay in the country and to transit through its territory. It is not possible to obtain a visa at the airport, when entering the Russian Federation. Russian Visa can be obtained at Russian consulate or embassy in the country of your residence.
The procedure for obtaining a Russian visa consists of several steps, some of these may require time .
But there is a list of countries with which international agreements on visa-free entry into Russia operate. As a rule, visa-free visits are limited in time - from one month to 90 days.
Below is a list of countries whose citizens, when visiting the Russian Federation, do not need to apply for a visa:
Countries signed agreements with Russia to allow visa-free travel for their citizens
Please note this list may vary. For more information contact the representative office of the Russian Federation in your country.
If you've found your country in visa-free list, please read the section “Visa-free participants”, othewise section “Optaining visa support” is for you.
Optaining visa support
Even if you don't need to obtain visa to visit Russia, please, read next topic.