Private visa to Russia

Published by Stanislav August 8, 2017

Private visits to Russia can be caused by the desire to visit friends or relatives. That in the case when you issue a private visa a.k.a. host visa. The mandatory condition for the issuance is a presence of an invitation from a private person or, in special cases, from the receiving organization.

What is a private visa to Russia?

Russian private visa for foreign citizens allows them to enter Russia lawfully and stay in the country for the whole period of permission’s validity. This visa has a determined purpose, which is a private visit to relatives living in Russia.

Pay attention! The issuance of a private visa to Russia implies the presence of the receiving party that undertakes the issues connected with the invitation to Russia.

Private visa to Russia has a particular purpose and can’t be used for other purposes (for example, in order to work in a Russian company).

Documents for the issuance

Private visa is issued only after the appliance to the consular authority or to the Visa Center. In order to do it, you have to present the following documents:

  • Filled application form with the indication of purposes of a trip, duration, and timing of the visit
  • Invitation from the Russian party containing the same data
  • Medical insurance valid within the whole period of the trip
  • Color photos 35mm x 45mm
  • Valid passport of foreign citizens
  • Receipt confirming the payment of a consular fee/service fee

Since the issuance of a Russian host visa is undertaken on the ground of an invitation, this document should contain particular information

  • Personal data of the foreigner
  • Duration of the visa you apply for
  • Visit relatives indicated as a purpose of a trip

The document will be issued by the migration service of the MIA on the ground of the request from the receiving party. The issued invitation gives a foreigner an opportunity to apply for a Russian private visa.

The specialists of our company will help you to collect and arrange the required documents for a private visa to Russia. In order to get our assistance, use the application form on our web.

The order and duration of the issuance

How to issue a host visa to Russia if the invitation has already been received by a foreigner? He/she has to apply to the consular authority in the country where he/she lives. The reception days and hours can be clarified on the website of the particular consulate or in the appropriate section on our web.

The appliance launches the verification of the documents and the presented information. If there is no reason for a denial, a Russian private visa is issued for a period indicated in the application.

Pay attention! If the mistake was made during the filing of the application, you would get a denial of a visa. In this case, you will have to provide the same package of documents again.

How to arrange a private visa to Russia if the violations have been made during the issuance of the invitation? In this case, the receiving party has to arrange the invitation again and send it to a foreign national. While re-applying all the information will be checked again.

When applying to a consulate, you have to pay a consular fee. The size of it depends on the urgency of the issuance. If the issuance is carried out by a standard procedure, its duration won’t exceed 10 days. In some cases, the fast-track issuance is available, which means that the document will be issued within one day.


The validity of a private visa to Russia is determined by the employees of the consular authority. It can amount:

  • up to 30 days
  • up to 90 days

A foreign national has a right to indicate the desired validity of a private visa but he can’t insist on the maximum duration.

Pay attention! A foreign national has to follow the registration rule within the whole period of a trip and register with the authorities of the MIA or in a hotel. Also, he can’t violate the claimed purpose.

When the visa ends it can be prolonged. In order to do it, you will have to obtain a new invitation from a Russian citizen and re-apply to the consulate by the standard procedure.

If you have any troubles while issuing a private visa, connect our specialists/fill in the feedback form on our web. We will consult you on any issues connected with a Russian private visa.