In order to apply for standard single-entry or double-entry tourist visas, you must provide:
- An invitation to enter the Russian Federation issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation;
A notarised application from a citizen of the European Union, who lives legally in the Russian Federation and invites his close relatives.*Close relatives shall be understood to mean parents, children, grandchildren, spouses, grandmothers, grandfathers and siblings. The copies of the documents confirming his legal residence must be attached to his application: residence permit, temporary residence permit, student or work visa;
*The copies of the certificates issued by the civil registry office or the similar documents issued by the appropriate authority abroad. In the case of the applications from grandparents or grandchildren there must be provided the copies of two certificates of the civil registry office or of the similar documents that are issued by the appropriate authority abroad. These documents must prove the kinship of the mentioned persons.
- A foreign passport containing at least 2 blank pages for visas, valid for a period of 6 months after the visa expires;
- A visa questionnaire completed on the website visa.kdmid.ru, printed and personally signed by the applicant;
- 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);
- 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;
For children under 18 years of age:
- Copy of the birth certificate.
- 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).
- 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 medical insurance policy must contain:
- the date when the agreement was signed;
- the policy number;
- the full name of the insured;
- full details of the insurer;
- 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;
- a list of medical and medical-transport services provided for, including repatriation;
- the territory must be Worldwide, the Russian Federation, or Europe including Russia;
- 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.
- A copy of a valid Swiss residence permit (it is not required, if you are nationals of the USA and Lichtenstein);
Important! Written invitation from a citizen of the Russian Federation has to be submitted to the Russian Visa Application Centre personally by a citizen of the Russian Federation.
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:
- 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.
- 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
(excluding shipping time)
|in case of applying at the Visa Centre||in case of sending documents by post|
|single-entry/ double-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.
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
Standard private visa is issued to citizens of Switzerland, other countries or stateless persons entering the Russian Federation as guests.
Foreign nationals may be issued also with a standard private visa due to the need to enter the Russian Federation because of the urgent treatment, or following the serious illness or death of a close relative if provided a written confirmation of the need to provide urgent medical assistance or of the serious illness or the death of a near relative.
Private visas are issued for a period of up to 90 days and may be either single-entry or double-entry.
The visa application center does not accept documents for a private visa on the application of a citizen of the Russian Federation on the joint entry into the Russian Federation of members of his family, spouse or minor children who are foreign nationals. Please, contact the consular offices in Bern or Geneva.
Individuals attending military or civil funerals must provide the following documents (*In accordance with the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the European Union on Simplifying the Process of Issuing Visas to citizens of the Russian Federation and the EU):
- The original or a notarised copy of the document confirming that the funeral is taking place. The document must have been issued by the Russian authorities or by the Red Cross;
- The original or a copy of the document confirming that the applicant and the deceased are related (next-of-kin*). *Next-of-kin shall be understood to mean parents, children, grandchildren, spouses, grandmothers, grandfathers and siblings.
Individuals attending military or civil funerals are, as a rule, issued with short-term private visas valid for 14 days.
For urgent treatment, or following the serious illness or death of a close relative, due to the need to enter the Russian Federation, foreign nationals may be issued with a standard private visa based on the decision of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation or the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, upon written application by the foreign national.
The application must have the following attached to it:
- written confirmation from the Russian medical institution, on the institution's official headed paper (stamped with its seal) of the need to provide urgent medical assistance, emergency hospital treatment or an emergency examination, or of the serious illness of the individual they are visiting, requiring constant care;
- or the death certificate of the person to whom the applicant is next-of-kin (next-of-kin shall be understood to mean spouses, children, parents, including parents-in-law if one half of a married couple is being accompanied, and siblings;
- or an international telegram confirming the death of a citizen, stamped by an authorized individual from the communications’ authorities;
- a document confirming the next-of-kin relationship between the applicant and the individual they are visiting, or the close relationship between the applicant and the deceased.