Humanitarian visa


Humanitarian visa


Required documents

To apply for a single-entry, double-entry or multi-entry humanitarian visa you must provide:

  1. An invitation to enter the Russian Federation issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation; or

  2. A decision from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation to issue a visa; or

  3. A written letter from the host organization or institution;

  4. A foreign passport containing at least 2 blank pages for visas, valid for a period of 6 months after the visa expires;

  5. A visa questionnaire completed on the website, printed and personally signed by the applicant;
    (When selecting the location where you are going to submit your documents, you must state the Visa Centre where you intend to submit your documents)

  6. A colour photograph measuring 3.5 x 4.5cm with a light background, with a clear full-face image of the applicant, in which the person is not wearing dark glasses or any headgear (with the exception of persons who, due to their nationality or religious affiliation, are allowed to wear headgear in their passport photo);

  7. A medical insurance policy, valid on the territory of the Russian Federation and covering the entire duration of the visa, except in cases based on reciprocity;

  8. A copy of a valid Swiss residence permit (it is not required, if you are nationals of the USA and Lichtenstein).

For children under 18 years of age:

In addition:

  1. Copy of the birth certificate.
  2. If a child travels alone or is only accompanied by one parent: an authorization (in German or English) and signed in front of a notary public by the parents/the parent who is not travelling is required (original).
  3. Copies of the valid Russian visas of the parents travelling together with the child, if the parents submit their applications not at the same time.

Please note! The consulate may require additional documents before issuing a visa, invite you to an interview or extend the time required for consideration of your visa application.

Payment of the consular and service charges may be made at the Visa Centre.

Please note! If you are not a national of Switzerland, you need to provide the following documents:

1. Swiss permanent residence permit which is valid for more than 90 days and is required from the nationals of the following countries: Albania, Bahrain, Venezuela, Haiti, Egypt, Ireland, Lesotho, Libya, Macedonia, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Japan.

According to the national legislation the documentary evidence for the permanent stay in Switzerland for more than 90 days can be a student visa or work visa, a work permit, a short-term residence permit, a limited residence permit etc.

2. Swiss unlimited residence permit or other equivalent document are required from the nationals of the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Georgia, India, Iraq, Iran, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ruanda, Syria, Somali, Chad, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia.

Rates and terms

These tariffs are valid for citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the European Union (excepted citizens of Ireland and the United Kingdom) in case of submitting the full package of documents

Processing time
(excluding shipping time)
in case of applying at the Visa Centre in case of sending documents by post
single-entry/ double-entry/ multiple-entry visa    
10-12 working days 98 CHF 141 CHF
5 working days 153 CHF 186 CHF
2 working days* 253 CHF Check the possibility of issuing visa with an operator

*Attention! Not all types of visas can be issued in 2 working days.

If you are citizen of the country not mentioned above or stateless person, please specify the cost of your visa by contacting an operator by phone or e-mail.

Please note!

The decision whether to issue or refuse to issue a visa is taken by the Consular institution. The Consular institution may also invite an applicant to an interview or extend the visa processing time.

Important to Know

Humanitarian visa issued to citizens of Switzerland, other countries or stateless persons entering the Russian Federation with the aim of establishing, renewing or strengthening academic, cultural or socio-political ties, taking part in sports, religious activity or charitable work or supplying humanitarian aid.

This visa is issued on the basis of an invitation submitted by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation (FMS of Russia), or on the basis of a written invitation from an organization or an authority, or on the basis of a decision by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MFA of Russia).

Humanitarian visas may be single-entry or double-entry with a period of validity of 90 days, or multi-entry and valid for 1 year (unless stipulated otherwise under an international agreement with the Russian Federation).

Please note! On a multi-entry, standard humanitarian visa you may not stay in the Russian Federation for more than 90 days in each 180-day period.

Please note! The tourist’s medical insurance policy must contain:

  1. the date when the agreement was signed;
  2. the policy number;
  3. the full name of the insured;
  4. full details of the insurer;
  5. the policy must cover the entire period of stay in Russia for single-entry and dual-entry visas, and the duration of the first trip for multi-entry visas;
  6. a list of medical and medical-transport services provided for, including repatriation;
  7. the territory must be Worldwide, the Russian Federation, or Europe including Russia;
  8. the signature of the insurer.

Insurance policies and confirmation letters which do not contain the information above and standard forms stamped by the insurer will not be accepted.