If you have decided to travel to Russia, you should make sure to get your visa in advance. The type of visa you need is determined by the purpose and duration of your trip. To apply for a Russian visa, you may contact the licensed Visa center of the Russian Federation in Estonia VFS Global or apply directly at the consulate of the RF in Estonia.
|Visa type||Duration of stay||Purpose of the trip||Visa/Service Fee|
|Tourism||Up to 30 days||Tourism, visits to family or friends, seminars, exhibitions, short-term events||Price of invitation 1190 Rubles.|
|Business||From 30 days to 3 years||Conducting business negotiations, meetings, long trips to relatives and friends, participation in conferences, looking for business partners, etc.|
|Private||Up to 90 days||Complicated and long processing, we recommend you to apply for a tourist or business visa instead
Officially formed at federal migration service invitation to relatives and friends
|State duty: 800 rubles|
|Work||Up to 3 years||Employment in the RF, business activities, long stays in Russia||Upon request|
In case of standard visa processing time (up to 10 calendar days), Estonian citizens should pay consular visa fee of € 35
In case of express processing (1-3 days), the consular fee is EUR 70. When applying at the Visa Center, it is also necessary to pay the service fee of the center, which is 21 euro.
It is interesting to know that the total number of Russian visas issued to Estonian citizens in 2016 was 37445. The data taken from Source: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The simplest and fastest visa is the tourist one. Obtain such a visa for a journey of no longer than 30 days for tourism purposes, visits to short-term events such as exhibitions, seminars, etc. With this visa, you can enter Russia once or twice within 30 days.
Main documents for tourist visa
- The applicant’s passport
- Application form printed from the visa.kdmid.ru site and filled out by you
- Colour photograph 3.5 x 4.5 glued in a form
- Travel voucher (copy).
Travel Insurance for Russia (in original)
Get a tourist invitation
Order your tourist invitation with us. This invitation is a voucher with the stamp and the requisites of the official Russian tour operator, which contains the hotel where the tourist in Russia will reside, the dates of travel and his passport data.
If you haven’t booked a hotel in Russia yet, or if you’re going to stay in a private apartment with your friends or relatives, we’ll provide you with the reservation at the hotel for the time of your visa application process.
You need to get a business visa if you’re going to Russia for a business purpose from 90 days to 1 year. A business visa allows single, double or multiple entry into Russia. The official reason for obtaining a business visa is an invitation from the FMS RF or from a Russian organization.
Main documents for Business Visa
- The applicant’s passport
- Application form completed on the visa.kdmid.ru/site
- Colour Photo 3.5 x 4.5
- An invitation issued by the FMS.
- Medical insurance, with a minimum coverage of 30 000 €
Get a business invitation eFMS
Since 2015, the FMS of Russia has introduced a new electronic version of business invitations. If you’re going to get a business visa for your trip, we’re ready to provide you with the necessary business electronic FMS invitation. One copy of the official electronically encoded FMS invitation is sent to the traveler, and the second copy is sent to the appropriate consular office of Russia at the state where you plan to apply for visa.
Business letter of invitation from the Russian organization
As a citizen of the EU Member State, you have the right to request a business visa on the basis of an official written letter of invitation from the Russian host organization. In order to issue such an invitation, the Russian organization should have appropriate license with the FMS bodies. The invitation letter should be provided in copy or in original together with the rest of visa documents package.
Are you going to enter Russia for work and stay in the country for a long time? In such a case, you must apply for a work visa. However, before you contact the consulate for a work visa, you will first need to obtain a work permit and a work invitation. The work visa is issued for a long period from three months to three years.
Main documents for Work Visa
- The applicant’s passport
- A form completed on the site visa.kdmid.ru, printed out and signed by you
- Color photo 3.5 x 4.5 on a light background
- Official work invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service
- Original medical insurance for overseas travellers functioning on the territory of Russia
- Valid HIV/AIDS certificate.
Would you like to visit your family in Russia? You may apply for a private visa for a journey of up to 90 days. A private visa gives you the right for a single or double entry into Russia. Before applying for a private visa, you will need to obtain an official invitation issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation on the basis of the personal request of the person inviting you to the FMS authority.
Main documents for Private Visa
- An invitation issued by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the relevant Russian Federal Migration service on the basis of a request by: a citizen of the RF, a foreign citizen with a residence permit in Russia, a legal body.
- The applicant’s passport;
The form filled in on the site visa.kdmid.ru, printed out and signed by the applicant
- Health insurance for travellers
To make a private invitation, your host will need to present to the federal migration service the following documents:
- Letter of Guarantee
- Bank Statement
- Pay the duty of 800 rubles
We want to warn you that the process of obtaining a private visa is long and difficult, so we suggest you to apply for a tourist or business visa instead. If you sill have decided to obtain a private visa, you must ask the person inviting you to apply at the FMS authority of the RF at the address of his registration.
Addresses of visa centers and consulate services of the Russian Federation in Estonia
VFS Global Visa Center
Estonia Street, 9 (Solaris Centre), 5th Floor
Office 208, 2nd Floor, Ülikooli 2a
Phone: + 372 880 1603
Consular Agency of the Russian Embassy in Estonia (Visa department)
10133, Tallinn, str. Pikk, 23
Phone: (+ 372) 61 81 266