Visa to Russia
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.
From July 1, 2019, 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 Kaliningrad region.
Starting October 1, 2019, citizens of the Republic of India are able to apply for e-visas to visit St Petersburg and the Leningrad region!
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. E-visa validity and/or the permitted stay under it cannot be extended.
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. Please note, that E-Visa cannot be issued for WORKING purposes. All E-Visas for WORK Category are fake.
!!! The Russian Embassy in India does not deal with E-visas to Russia. The matter of E-visa issuing is regulated by the Consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. You may proceed to the following web-site: https://evisa.kdmid.ru to receive necessary information regarding the procedure and the rules.
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:
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.
Also read about visa support agencies and errors in e-visa applications for trips to certain regions of the Russian Federation.
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.
According to the Article 5.3 of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of India on simplification of requirements for mutual travels of certain categories of citizens of the two countries states that the period for taking a decision on a visa application may be extended for up to 30 days, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed. Thus, the passport may be held for the mentioned period.
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 Consular Division of the Embassy of the Russian Federation or the nearest Consulate General of the Russian Federation to obtain a visa for themselves and the closest relatives by making a prior appointment via the web portal (http://new_delhi.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.
III. If you have any complaints or comments against Russian Visa Centers in India you may address the Consular Division of the Embassy of the Russian Federation at Shantipath, Chanakyaprui, New Delhi-110021, or to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your questions and comments will be carefully considered for a comprehensive response.
All the necessary info regarding Russian Visa Center in New Delhi you may find here.
All questions regarding Visa application process and the procedure should be addressed to the Russian Centre – VFS Global Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place New Delhi- 110001
Submission Timings 09:00 - 15:00 (Monday - Friday)
Collection Timings: 09:00 – 17:00 (Monday - Friday),