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Russians and Visa Travel…

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Russian Passport…

I try to keep information posted on visa free travel for Russians. This is important to Sveta and I because as we travel we like to only go to places that allow Russians to freely cross borders…

So as of June 2010, holders of the ordinary International Russian passport for traveling to other countries abroad as tourists:

Russians may visit at least (?) 54 countries visa-free and an additional (?) 34 countries with a visa-on-arrival. As of now agreement are in various stages of development with Turkey, Panama, Uruguay, Mongolia and Chile to scrap visa requirements and they are expected to enter into force in the nearest future…

The charts below will give you an idea of who, what and how countries are in conjunction with Russia on visa’s…

Africa

CountryAcceptable passport types
InternalFor travel abroadLength
AngolaNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
BeninNoPre-issued visa required. A 2 day transit visa (extending) may be available unofficially on a case-to-case basis at land border crossings90 days
BotswanaNo90 days (with return ticket and proof of sufficient monetary means)
Burkina FasoNo30 day visa on arrival (10 000 CFA francs)90 days
Cape VerdeNoIn most cases visa on arrival is possibleYes
ComorosNo2 week visa on arrival
DjiboutiNo10 day or 1 month tourist visa on arrival
EgyptNo1 month visa on arrival for $15; free 15 day visa on arrival for southern Sinai Peninsula only90 days
EthiopiaNo1–6 month visa on arrival90 days
GuineaNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
KenyaNo90 day tourist visa on arrival ($50)visa required
MadagascarNo30 day visa on arrival for free; 90 day visa issued on arrival (with return ticket; 140 000 Malagasy ariary or $66)visa required
MauritiusNo60 day visa on arrival (with return ticket and letter of invitation or tourist voucher)visa required
MoroccoNo90 days (with return ticket and proof of sufficient monetary means)
MozambiqueNo30 day visa valid for one entry issued on arrival at the airport only for $25 (extension up to 60 days is possible)visa required
NamibiaNo90 days
Sao Tome and PrincipeNoVisa on arrival (arrangements should be made by the carrier up to 24h prior to flight departure; $100)visa required
SeychellesNo30 days
SwazilandNo30 daysvisa required
TanzaniaNoVisa on arrival (with return ticket and proof of sufficient monetary means; $50)visa required
TunisiaNoVisa not required if one travels in a group or individually on a tour organised by a travel agency, and holds a hotel voucher. Otherwise must apply for visa in advance.visa required
TogoNo7 day visa on arrival (10 000 CFA francs)visa required
UgandaNoVisa on arrival ($30)visa required
ZambiaNoVisa on arrival (single for $50, double for $80, multiple for $160)visa required
ZimbabweNoVisa on arrival ($30–$55)Yes

Americas

CountryAcceptable passport types
InternalFor travel abroadLength
Antigua and BarbudaNo30 days
ArgentinaNoup to 90 days every 180 days
BahamasNo90 days (tourism only)visa required
BarbadosNo28 days (with return ticket, proof of sufficient monetary means)
BoliviaNoVisa is granted upon arrival for a fee of US$5190 days
BrazilNoup to 90 days every 180 days
ChileNoagreement for visa-free travel signed on 24.9.2010, but it is not in force yet
90 days
ColombiaNo90 days
Costa RicaNoMust apply for a visa in advance (but holders of U.S., Canada or EU visa valid for at least 3 months can stay for 90 days without a visa)90 days
CubaNo30 days
DominicaNo21 days (with return ticket, proof of sufficient monetary means, and hotel reservation or tourist voucher)visa required
Dominican RepublicNo30 day tourist card issued on arrival for $1090 days
EcuadorNo90 days
El SalvadorNo90 days
GrenadaNo90 days
GuatemalaNo90 days
GuyanaNo90 daysvisa required
HaitiNo3 month visa on arrival?
HondurasNo3 months90 days
JamaicaNo30 day visa on arrival (with return ticket, hotel reservation, and proof of sufficient monetary means)90 days
MexicoNoMust apply for a visa in advance
Multiple entry visas for 5-10 years available via the internet application form: Iniciar solicitação de visto
From May 2010 holders of a valid US visa is visa exempt for a max. stay of 180 days
90 days
NicaraguaNo90 days
PanamaNoMust apply for a visa in advance (but holders of used U.S., Canada, Australia or EU visa can purchase a Tourist Card upon arrival and stay for 30 days). Agreement for visa-free travel under negotiation90 days
ParaguayNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
PeruNo90 days tourism only (with return ticket)90 days
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNo30 days visa on arrival (with return ticket)visa required
Turks and Caicos IslandsNo30 days (with return ticket, proof of sufficient monetary means)?
UruguayNoMust apply for a visa in advance. Agreement for visa-free travel under negotiation90 days
VenezuelaNo90 days

Asia

CountryAcceptable passport types
InternalFor travel abroadLength
AbkhaziaUnrestricted access for Russian citizens via Psou/Adler Checkpoint or railway; Russia-Georgia transit is prohibited
Armeniadual90 days
AzerbaijanNo90 days
BahrainNo14 day visa available on arrival for BHD 5visa required
BangladeshNo90 day visa available of arrival for $50visa required
CambodiaNo1 month tourist visa on arrival (with photograph; $20); 3 month business visa on arrival (with photograph; $25)Yes
ChinaNoMust apply for a visa in advance, except for Russians from the regions bordering with China and Sakhalin. Hainan Island is visa-on-arrival.visa required
East TimorNo30 day visa on arrival ($25)visa required
GeorgiaNo360 day visa on arrival in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi airports and at some land and sea border crossings; 100 GELvisa required
Hong KongNo14 days
IndiaNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
IndonesiaNoVisa on arrival (with return ticket; 30 days for $25; extension of extra 30 days is possible)14 days
IsraelNoTourism: no visa required up to 90 days every 180 daysvisa required
IranNo14-day tourist visa issued upon arrival at any international airport. Fee 60 EUR30 days
JordanNo1 month visa issued on arrival for 10 Jordanian Dinar, can be extended for up to 6 monthvisa required
KazakhstanYes
KyrgyzstanYes
LaosNoTourism: no visa required up to 15 days30 days
LebanonNo1 month visa on arrival, free at the airport, USD 17 at the land crossings with Syriavisa required
MacauNo30 days visa on arrival (with return ticket, proof of sufficient monetary means; 100 Macanese pataca)Visa on arrival for 30 days
MalaysiaNo30 days[1]
MaldivesNo30 days visa on arrival (with return ticket)visa required
MongoliaNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
MyanmarNo28-day visa on arrival in Yangon and Mandalay International Airport (with 2 photos 4x6cm, return ticket and proof of financial means; $30, $18 for a 24-hour transit visa)[32]90 days
NepalNoVisa on arrival (with 2 photographs; $30 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $90 for 3 month)90 days
North KoreaNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
PakistanNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
PhilippinesNo21 days90 days
SingaporeNo96 hour transit only30 days
South KoreaNo15 days ONLY if having visited South Korea 5 times in the past two years or 10 times in total. 30 days for visiting Jeju Island only.90 days
South OssetiaUnrestricted access for Russian citizens. This country can’t be used in Russia-Georgia transfer because Georgia refuses the visa
Sri LankaNo30 days, return ticket requiredvisa required
SyriaNoMen can usually get a visa on arrival ($20). Women are recommended to apply for a visa in advance.30 days
Tajikistan90 days + visa-free Russia-Tajikistan train
ThailandNo30 days tourism only90 days
TurkmenistanNoeither pre-issued visa or invitation letter by MFA stating visa will be stamped at airport needed30 days
United Arab EmiratesNoMust apply for a visa in advance. Russian citizens qualify to apply for an online 30 days visa if flying with Emiratesvisa required
UzbekistanYes
VietnamNo15 days
90 days

Europe

Country/TerritoryAcceptable passport types
InternalFor travel abroadLength
AlbaniaNoYes, from 30 May to 31 October [35]. Visa-free for Schengen visa holders.90 days
AustriaNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
BelarusRussia and Belarus form a Union State; citizens of Russia and Belarus have the right to reside and work in either country without a visa or immigration procedures
BelgiumNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
Bosnia and HerzegovinaNo30 days (travelling with an organised tourist group or holding letter of invitation)90 days
BulgariaNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
CroatiaNo90 days from 1 April to 31 October (at other time original letter of invitation or tourist voucher required)Yes
CyprusNoMust apply for a visa in advance (online e-ProVisa 90 days). Visa-free for Schengen visa holders.90 days
Czech RepublicNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
EstoniaNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
FinlandNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
FranceNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
GermanyNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
GreeceNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
HungaryNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
ItalyNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
KosovoNo90 days; tourists only need a hotel reservation; business travelers need to inform Kosovo authorities in advance?
LatviaNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
LithuaniaNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
LuxembourgNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
Republic of MacedoniaNoTemporary visa-free entry for all Russian citizens until 15 October 2010. At other times, visa-free entry for Schengen visa holders. In other cases, getting a visa in advance is required. In practice, one can get a visa on arrival (with letter of invitation, tourist voucher and “poslovno” or “podelovno” stamp).90 days
MaltaNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
MoldovaNoYes
MontenegroNo30 days (hotel reservation and proof of sufficient monetary means occasionally required)90 days
The NetherlandsNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
PolandNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
PortugalNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
RomaniaNoMust apply for a visa in advance90 days
Russian FederationRussian citizens/nationals have right of abode.
SerbiaNo30 days90 days
SlovakiaNoMust apply for a visa in advanceYes
SloveniaNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
SpainNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
SwedenNoMust apply for a visa in advanceNo
TurkeyNoVisa on arrival for 60 days (fee: 20 USD). Visa-free agreement signed (30 days only), but not yet in force.No
UkraineYes. Internal passport is valid only to cross Russia-Belarus and Ukraine borders. The citizens can’t cross external borders unless they show foreign passport to enter. Some border crossings require registration in adj. regions, at some others Russian or Belarus citizens are allowed

Oceania

CountryAcceptable passport types
InternalFor travel abroadLength
Cook IslandsNo31 days (with return ticket, hotel reservation or tourist voucher, and proof of sufficient monetary means)?
FijiNo4 months (with return ticket and proof of sufficient monetary means)
Federated States of MicronesiaNo30 days tourism onlyvisa required
NiueNo30 days (with hotel reservation)?
Northern Mariana IslandsNo45 days (with confirmed non-refundable return ticket and sufficient funds)?
PalauNo30 day visa on arrival (with return ticket and proof of sufficient monetary means)?
SamoaNo30 day visa on arrival (with return ticket and proof of sufficient monetary means or tourist voucher)visa required
TongaNo31 day tourist visa on arrival (with return ticket and proof of sufficient monetary means)visa required
TuvaluNo1 month tourist visa on arrival (with return ticket, hotel reservation or tourist voucher, and proof of sufficient monetary means)?
VanuatuNo30 days (with return ticket and proof of sufficient monetary means)?

Well that is fairly up to date and is data is compliments of Wikipedia

Have a nice day! 🙂

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