Transit visa


Transit visa


Required documents

In order to apply for a standard single-entry or double-entry transit visa, the following must be provided:

  1. Valid tickets for entry into and exit from the Russian Federation;

  2. An entry visa for the country next after the Russian Federation en route, or a visa for the final port of call, or a passport from that state, or a request, stating reasons, and documents confirming the need to make the stop, unless otherwise allowed for under an international agreement. No visa is required for citizens of countries which have the right to visa-free entry into a neighbouring state or final port of call under agreements that are in place between them;

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

  4. 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)

  5. 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);

  6. 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;

  7. 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.

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 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

Standard single-entry transit visa issued to citizens of Switzerland, other countries or stateless persons entering the Russian Federation for the purposes of passing through the territory of the Russian Federation, for a period of up to 10 days (by road or rail) or for a period of up to 3 days (by air), on the basis of valid tickets for departure from the Russian Federation, and possession of a valid visa for entry into the next state en route, or a visa for the final port of call, or passport for that country.

Foreign citizens passing through the Russian Federation to the country of their destination in a motor car or heavy goods vehicle are issued with a transit visa for the period of time required in order to complete the journey by the shortest routes (but in no case for a period longer than 10 days). The period of validity of the visa in such cases shall be calculated based on a theoretical average daily distance being equal of 500 km.

The period of validity of double-entry transit visas must not exceed one month. In cases when foreign nationals need to pass through Russian in transit on their way to a third country, then come back through Russia more than a month later, they must apply for a single-entry transit visa and obtain a second transit visa at the Russian consulate in the country which was the foreign national's initial destination.

Foreign nationals flying over the territory of the Russian Federation without changing flights in the country do not require a transit visa.

Foreign nationals flying with an international airline and changing flights in the Russian Federation, at the same airport on both the outward journey and the inbound journey (on condition that this airport has a transit area), in possession of properly completed documents confirming their right to enter the destination country, and an airline ticket with a confirmed departure date, from the airport in Russia where they changed flights, no more than 24 hours after their arrival date, do not require a transit visa.

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 minimum amount of cover must be 30,000 EUR;
  8. the territory must be Worldwide, the Russian Federation, or Europe including Russia;
  9. the signature of the insurer.

Only insurance policies from russian insurance organizations or those insurance organizations which have entered into reinsurance agreements with Russian insurance organizations licensed to provide this kind of insurance, or have an agreement with a service (assistance) organization which arranges medical assistance (medical and transport services), to the same extent or greater than that stipulated in the list of minimum requirements will be accepted.

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