Russia Visa
If spending a few days/weeks in Russia is on your travel bucket list, you’re lucky in the right place! This post has exclusively been created to walk you through the steps involved in the application for a Russia visa. This mainly covers procedures that you should know when you

apply for Russia visa

from Dubai or UAE.

Why Russia

Sprawling across Northern Asia and Eastern Europe, Russia (officially the Russian Federation) is the world’s largest country; so you can imagine its sheer vastness and astonishing contrasts. It, therefore, goes without saying that you’ll find it here all – be it laid-back serene settings, history-drenched cities or artsy and contemporary sights. Precisely, whether you’re traveling to Russia for its nature, culture, history, fun or thrill, you can rest assured of the best of both worlds once in Russia.

Things To Know Before Your Russia Travel

  • Russia is a year-round travel spot. But if you’re looking for a budget holiday, consider traveling here in winter season (from December to February). It will be extremely cold; but if you can brave it, you’re in for a treat.
  • Alternatively, if you’re here for its pleasant outdoors and exciting experiences, the best time to visit Russia is during the summer months or early fall or late spring months.
  • Plan in advance every aspect of your Russia travel. Yes, make sure that you pre-book your accommodation, airline tickets, and sightseeing tours all at least three to four months before your travel. This is particularly essential when you visit here during peak season.
  • Get the right Russia visa and apply for it in advance (detailed information follows; just scroll and read on).

Steps Involved In The Application Of Russia Visa Online

Step 1: Know Whether Or Not You Need a Visa For Your Russia Travel

This is one of the most vital steps as people traveling from certain countries or regions don’t need a visa to enter Russia. And they are allowed for a stay of up to 30 to 90 days (depending on their nationality)in Russia without a visa but for tourism or business purposes only. Apart from these, the nationalities of certain countries are eligible for some visa-free visits such as short-term transit, cruises, and attending international events such as Olympics.

Nationalities of these two countries are eligible for a visa-free entry to Russia with the unlimited stay here:
  • Belarus
  • South Ossetia
  Nationalities of the following countries are eligible for a visa-free stay in Russia for up to 90 days
Abkhazia Andorra Antigua and Barbuda Argentina
Armenia Azerbaijan Bolivia Brazil
Chile Colombia Costa Rica Cuba
Dominica Ecuador Estonia Latvia
El Salvador Fiji Grenada Guatemala
Guyana Honduras Israel Jamaica2
Kazakhstan Maldives Moldova Nicaragua
Panama Paraguay Peru Qatar
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Vincent and the Grenadines South Africa Suriname
Tajikistan Ukraine United Arab Emirates Uruguay
Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela
  Nationalities of the following countries are eligible for a visa-free stay in Russia for up to a period of 60 days
Cabo Verde Dominican Republic Mauritius
Samoa South Korea
  Nationalities of the following countries are eligible for a visa-free stay in Russia for up to a period of 30 days
Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana   Laos Macao[c   Mongolia
Montenegro North Macedonia Palau Serbia Seychelles
  Nationalities of the following countries are eligible for a visa-free stay in Russia for up to a period of 14 days
Brunei Hong Kong Nauru
  • The majority of the above nationalities are eligible for a stay of not more than 90 days mostly within 180 days.
  • Overstaying in Russia is a serious offense and can result in an entry ban for a period ranging from three to ten years.

Step 2: Gather All Documents

If you’re not eligible for a visa-free stay in Russia, you’ll have to mandatorily apply for a visa for your Russia trip. And the next step is to amass the following documents for your Russia travel.

  • Choose the right visa: Single, Double Entry or Multiple Entry (issued to US passport holders only)
  • Duly filled out and signed Russia Visa Application form
  • Applicant’s original valid passport. Make sure that your passport is valid for six months after the visa expiration date. It should also have at least two blank pages for visa stamping.
  • Copy of the passport’s bio page.
  • UAE Residence Visa (if it’s stamped in your old passport, be sure to submit both your old and new passport)
  • Copy of Emirates ID (in case of GCC nationals)
  • Tourist Voucher and Confirmation Letter issued by a Russian accommodation or tour service provider in the Russian language. This should include all details such as the applicant’s name, DOB, travel itinerary, transfer details etc.
  • Medical insurance that offers international coverage.
  • One passport-size color photograph capture in the white background within a period of fewer than six months. Its dimension should be 4.5 centimeters x 3.5 centimeters.
  • Copies of roundtrip airline tickets.

 Step 3:  Make Visa Fee Payment

When you make your visa application through Rayna Tours, our visa specialists will help you to choose the right visa and take care of your entire document processing for a nominal rate of AED 750. You can pay this amount using your valid credit, debit card, or any other desired payment mode.

Step 4: Submission Of Russia Visa Application & Documents

Upon the receipt of your visa fee payment, our specialist team will review the documents including your original passport send them to us by courier or in person. It’s then submitted to the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Dubai on your behalf.

 Step 5: Approval Of Russia Visa & Collection Of Passport

You can conveniently track the status of your visa application online and all you will need for this is your unique reference number. It normally takes 3 to 5 days for your Russia visa processing. When your Russia Visa is approved, it will come stamped in your valid passport. And as for your original documents such as passport, it will be couriered back to your address or the desired collection center.

Important Russia Visa Information

  • Before you submit your Russia visa application, it’s vital to ensure that all info that you’ve provided is legit and is free of any error. Even a minor slip can lead to the rejection of your visa application.
  • Equally vital is to make sure that the application is properly signed and this should be the same as the applicant’s signature on the passport.
  • For minors below 18 years, it’s enough one of the parents sign their
  • As visa rules change from time to time, make sure that you stay abreast of the latest visa rules and regulations before its application.
  • Once you make the visa fee payment, it’s non-refundable and this is applicable even if your visa application gets rejected.
  • Your visa gets rejected mostly due to the following reasons:
    • Your passport’s validity is less than six months or doesn’t match the requirements.
    • Failing to duly compile and submit all documents as stipulated by the authorities.
    • You have a criminal background and earlier banned from entering Russia.
  • Russia visa is issued based on entry and exit dates mentioned on your Tourist Voucher and its duration at most is 30 calendar days.

Now that you’re aware of all important travel procedures, start planning your Russia holiday without any hassle. But if you want to leave this intricate task of visa application to an expert, our visa specialists at Rayna Tours is just a call or a convenient click away!

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