VISA APPLICATION PROCESS
One of the most common mistakes applicants make is to book their travel plans without leaving sufficient time to apply for their visa. While we strive to process your visa applications in a quick and efficient manner, we cannot guarantee that you will receive it by a certain date. Some visas can be quickly processed, while others take time. As such, you may wish to avoid buying plane tickets until after you have received your passport back with the visa inside.
Step 1: Define your application procedure
If you want to apply for a short-term single, double or multiple entry visa for an intended stay of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days and you are a Danish citizen or a citizen of any other country of the European Community which has signed the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the European Community on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to the citizens of the Russian Federation and the European Union, please follow the standard application process, described below.
Citizens of the countries or those wishing to apply for a work or study , residence permit in Russia are recommended to consult the FAQ or contact us to get more information on the application process.
Step 2: Define your type of visa
Please study a “visa types” directory to decide which type of visa corresponds most to the purpose of your visit to the Russian Federation.
ATTENTION: if the applicant has ever been the USSR or Russian Federation citizen the Certificate of the Russian Federation or USSR citizenship renunciation should be submitted for the application!
Step 3: Make an appointment
Make an appointment at the Visa Application Center or at the the Consular Section. You can also submit the documents at the Visa Application Center during the working hours on the “first-come-first-served” basis.
Step 4: Submit documents
PLEASE NOTE: NO VISA APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED BY POST!
The required documents have to be submitted at the Consular Section in person at the appointed time or at the Visa Application Center either in person or by an authorized representative on behalf of the applicant (agency or a person with the power of attorney) not earlier than 3 months before the first entry into Russia.
The submitted documents will be thoroughly checked whether they comply with the requirements. In some cases you may be asked for additional documents or be invited for a personal interview at the Consular Section.
Please note that a personal application is required for work and study visas. If you are travelling together with your Russian spouse or parent residing in Denmark, their presence is also required.
Step 5: Visa procedure
Once your documents are submitted and all corresponding fees are paid, they are processed at the Consular Section for the final evaluation and issuing the visa.
The processing time depends on several conditions such as type of visa, applicant’s citizenship, etc. Please check information about consular fees and processing time.
Please note that the Consular Section can prolong processing time for up to 30 days.
After your case is submitted at the Consular Section you may not change the requested processing time or any other parameter of your application. If you decide for any reason to get your passport back before the estimated date of issuing the visa, you should turn to your application location. Then your application will be cancelled and no fees or any other submitted documents but passport will be returned.
Step 6: Pick up the visa
You pick up your visa on the estimated date at your application location. We advise you to check the data in your visa right upon collection. Information about how to read your visa can be found here.