To Enter The Russian Federation a Foreign Citizen Needs a Visa…

This information only pertains to going to Ukraine and getting a visa, it also only pertains to the consulate in Kiev.

Citizens of countries who have bilateral or multilateral visa agreements with the Russian Federation may be exempted from visa requirements.

Foreign nationals, residing in Ukraine permanently or having permission for continuous stay for a period more than 90 days may apply to the Consulate. Permanent or temporary Residence Permit in Ukraine, Working Permit, long-term Ukrainian visa or registration with a local Ministry of Interior may serve as such permission. Citizens of some countries are exempted from this provision in conformity with the reciprocity principle.

Effective February 1, 2012, all foreign nationals applying for a Russian visa to the Russian Consulate in Kiev (as well as other Russian Consulates in Ukraine), should complete an electronic visa application form (EVA) posted at: HTTP://EVISA.KDMID.RU

Having completed the EVA in Russian or English, it should be printed out and submitted to the Consulate on the appointment day. Application form must be signed personally by the applicant.

From February 1, 2012 the Consulate accepts visa applications by appointment only. To make an appointment an applicant may:

Impotant! Please, be informed that due to technical reasons from July, 16 till August, 12 applicants are encouraged to make appointment requests by phone from 10:00 am to 13:00 pm only. E-mail requests will not be entertained during this period! Meanwhile, ordinary requests will still be possible.

1. Call (044) 286-45-04 from 10.00 am to 13.00 pm (visa officers speak English)
2. Send an e-mail to (in Russian or English)
3. Visit the Consulate in person at office hours.
Full name, citizenship, contact phone number and number of applicants (for families or groups) should be specified. If you send an appointment request by e-mail a desired date of submission should be indicated.

Without an appointment, but during submission hours only, we accept:
1. Members of foreign diplomatic missions and recognized international organizations accredited in Ukraine, holders of diplomatic and official passports.
2. Foreigners who need to enter the Russian Federation for emergency treatment or in case of serious illness or death of a close relative.








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Required Documents:

Regardless of the category of visa foreign citizens need to submit the following documents to the Consulate (located at 8 Kutuzova street, Kiev):

Visa processing normally takes 3 business days (urgent processing) or 7 business days (normal processing). Documents submission date is excluded from this term. Term of processing in some cases may be extended up to 20 business days. Citizens of some countries (Australia, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, USA, Turkmenistan, France), staying in Ukraine temporarily (with allowed period of stay not exceeding 90 days) are subject to longer processing term. Visa processing starts only after a complete package of documents is submitted to the Consulate and a visa fee is paid.

A package of documents for visa should be submitted by the applicant in person or by his/her legal representative. A permission to submit an application by the third person (a power of attorney should be attached) may be granted when an applicant schedules an appointment. Yet if the papers are submitted by the third person, the interview of any foreign citizen may be solely appointed by the Consul.

Having submitted the papers and paid the visa fees, an applicant gets the receipt that specifies the visa issue date. The receipt must be submitted on the specified date of visa issue. When an applicant collects a visa, he/she should check that it contains correct personal data, such as: name and surname in Latin script, validity term, passport number, date of birth, sex and number of entries. If any misprints occur, the visa should be returned in due term for correction
The Consulate is not responsible for any mistakes or incorrect information that an applicant has failed to inform the Consulate upon the visa collection!

The visa may be extended only during the stay of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation, ordinary for a period not exceeding 10 days due to well-founded impossibility of leaving the country. The exceptions are training, working and temporary residence visa. Consulates outside the Russian Federation are not authorized to extend visas. If visa is expiring or a foreigners need to change the purpose of stay in the Russian Federation they should re-apply to the Consulate for a new visa, presenting a new set of documents. A new visa is issued subject to cancellation of previous visa if the latter still remains valid.

If a foreign citizen who is a holder of a valid Russian visa gets a new national passport and the previous is declared void, the visa may be restored in the new passport upon a written request of an applicant. A fee will be charged for the restoration of the visa.

Regardless of number of entries and validity of visa foreign citizens are permitted to stay on the territory of the Russian Federation for no more than 90 days within each period of 180 days. This provision does not apply to holders of working and student visas.
The Consulate may refuse an applicant a visa in the cases determined by the Russian Legislation. The disclosure of the reason for refusal may be withheld.
In case of refusal visa fee is not refundable.
The documents may not be submitted or accepted by mail.
Additional visa information on visa issues is provided by phone: (044) 286-45-04 at the fixed hours or by e-mail:

Prior to calling or mailing us, please read carefully the above information. Prepare your query indicating your citizenship, scheduled dates of visiting Russia and purpose of entry.

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