Russia open to the world

Russia is the largest country in the world incorporating a wide range of environments and landforms.

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Russia has infrastructural possibilities and the event potential in 85 regions

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100+

Cities with infrastructure allowing to host events

20 000+

Hotels with over 780,000 rooms

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International Airlines with connections worldwide

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Airports throughout the country

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Russia is a big country

Russia extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, spanning 11 time zones, and incorporating a wide range of environments and landforms. Russia is the largest country in the world with area amounting to 17 million sq. km that covers 11.5% of the Earth territory.
Its climate ranges from humid continental in much of European Russia through steppes in the south, subarctic in Siberia to tundra climate in the polar north. Winters vary from cool along the Black Sea coast to severe in Siberia; summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along the Arctic coast.

Russia is a rich culture

Russian culture is considered one of the richest and most influential around the whole world. Russian literature is famous all over the world with writers like Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. The rich tradition of ballet and famous ballet dancers are cultural symbols of Russia. The development of Russian culture is closely linked to its religious traditions and one gets to examine this better while travelling to this country.

Russia is the native country of many renowned scientists. They made discoveries in various fields, from physics to ophthalmology, and found practical application of their theories. People across the world use their inventions.

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Russia is a country of diversity and enormous vitality

Russia is a nation of diversity and tremendous vitality. There are over 1000 towns and cities, including 14 cities with a population of 1 million people or more. Russia contains 23 World Heritage Sites, 40 UNESCO Biosphere reserves, 40 National Parks and 101 nature reserves.

Visa regime

To come to Russia it is required to have a visa

There are several types of Russian visas depending on the aim of the trip, the amount of times you will enter the country and the duration of stay in the country. The list of documents required, the duration of the process and the consulate fee all depend on the type of visa.
Information on obtaining and issuing a visa to enter Russia on the Consulate portal:

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for a single visit

RUSSIAN TOURIST VISA

(max stay 30 days - one-two entries)

A tourist visa is the easiest visa to get and the cheapest. It is intended to be used by foreign tourists wishing to come to Russia on holiday for a short period of time. Despite being designated for tourists, business people often use this type of visa when they need to visit Russia for a single short business trip.



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Usually a tourist visa will allow you to enter Russia just once (single-entry) and remain there for up to a month. It is the cheapest and easiest Russian visa to get.

for multiple visits

RUSSIAN BUSINESS VISA

(validity period of 30, 90, 180 or 365, but with a max length of stay 30 or 90 days)

The idea behind business visas is for business people, who are employed abroad but come to Russia on several business trips. Foreign people visiting Russian on business visas are not permitted to work and receive payments in Russia. Business visas take longer to get than tourist visas and are also more expensive.

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Business visa is valid for three months, six months or one year. However even if your visa is valid for a year you are not permitted to spend more than 90 days in Russia within a 180 day period. Such visas can be single-entry (allowing to enter and leave the country once, for three-month visas), dual-entry (allowing you to enter and leave the country twice) or multi-entry (allowing you to enter and leave the country as many times as possible, usually only for year-long visas).

VISA FREE ENTRY for citizens of more than 30 countries.

  • up to 90 days Residents of Abkhazia, Argentine, Brazil, Columbia, Chili, Ecuador, Fiji, Israel, Nicaragua, Peru, South Ossetia, Uruguay and Venezuela are allowed to stay in Russia for 90 days with their regular passports
  • up to 30 days Citizens of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Cuba, Macao, Montenegro, Serbia, Thailand. Turkey may stay in Russia for 30 days with the opportunity of visa-free entrance
  • 14 days Residents of Hong Kong may stay for 14 days
  • 72 hours Visitors arriving in cruise liners are given 72-hour visa-free regime
  • During major events During significant international events, visa regime is simplified for organizers, operators and participants. For instance, for St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 and FIFA World Cup in 2018. In addition, such a regime was granted to participants and members of award panel of International P. I. Tchaikovsky contest in 2015. Russian Convention Bureau is working over the issue of providing the ICCA Congress members fast-track visas.
National Congress Bureau is working on the expedited provision of visas to delegates of international events.

SPECIAL VISAS

Electronic visa to Vladivostok

From August 8, 2017, citizens of 18 foreign countries can obtain an electronic visa to enter the Russian Federation through border checkpoints located on the territory of the free port of Vladivostok.

The deadline for applying for an electronic visa is no more than 4 calendar days, regardless of weekends and holidays.

The validity of an electronic visa is not more than 8 calendar days.

Electronic visas are issued free of charge.

One-entry business or humanitarian e-document visa may be filed for by citizens of Alguire, Bahrein, Brunei, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, North Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunis, Turkey, Qatar, UAE arriving through checkpoints of Free Port of Vladivostok.

Electronic visa to Kaliningrad

From July 1, 2019, electronic visas are valid for citizens of 53 countries when entering the territory of the Kaliningrad Region.

A visa fee is not charged; a visa is issued at all border crossings in the region.

Citizens of Austria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Vatican, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Qatar, Cyprus, China (including Taiwan), Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Philippines, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia and Japan can obtain e-visas arriving through checkpoints of Kaliningrad region.

Electronic visa to St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region

From October 1, 2019, electronic visas are introduced to visit St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

The list of countries is being specified.

E-visas can be obtained for visiting Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad region. The list of countries is being specified.

Electronic visa application

To apply for a visa, you do not need an invitation or confirmation of your reservation, you must fill out an application on the website of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation — evisa.kdmid.ru