Visa to Russia for citizens of Latvia

Published by Natalia Goncharenko October 6, 2017

If a citizen of Latvia has decided to make a journey to Russia, he should take care of getting a visa in advance in accordance with the purposes and dates of his travel. It is possible to obtain a visa on the territory of Latvia in the official visa centre of the Russian Federation VFS Global. The visa may also be obtained if you are on the territory of another state in the nearest Russian consulate service.

Tourist Visa

Фото туристической визы в Россию

The simplest and fastest visa type is a tourist visa. You can apply for it if you plan to travel for a period not exceeding 30 days with the purpose of tourism or for participation in short-term events. This visa implies a single or double entry into Russia.

Get tourist visa
invitation for €19

Curious fact: The total number of Russian visas issued to Latvian citizens amounted to 30933 for 2016. Source: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The cost of tourist visa in VFS Global service center: 35 EUR + EUR 25 service fee

Standard Processing time: 10 working days

Express processing in 3 days: 70 EUR +  25 EUR service fee

Main documents for tourist visa

  • Your valid passport
  • Application form filled in on the site
  • 2 colour photographs 3.5 x 4.5-paste in the form
  • Tourist invitation (copy of voucher).
  • Medical travel Insurance, with a coverage of not less than 30 000 €

Obtain a tourist invitation

We offer you to order a tourist invitation from us for a journey of up to 30 days for tourism, or visiting friends and relatives. Your invitation will be issued by the official Russian tour operator, indicating your accommodation during your trip to Russia, dates of stay and your passport details. If you have not yet determined where you are going to stay in the Russian Federation, we will provide you with a reservation in a Russian hotel for the time of your visa application processing.

Business Visa

Russian business visa photo

If you are planning to make a business trip to Russia and stay from 90 days to 1 year, you should obtain a business visa in advance. This type of visa allows single, double and multiple entry.

The cost of business visa in VFS Global: 35 EUR + EUR 25 service fee

Standard Processing time: 10 working days

Main Business Visa Documents:

  • Your valid passport
  • Application form filled in on the site
  • Two new colour photographs 3.5 x 4.5
  • An invitation on the official FMS form.
  • Medical travel Insurance, with a coverage of not less than 30 000 €

Obtain electronic business invitation eFMS

Since the end of 2015, the Russian Federal Migration Service has allowed a new electronic form of business invitations. If you are going to stay in Russia from 90 days to one year with a business purpose, we are pleased to offer you a business electronic invitation. This invitation will be sent to you as an official electronically encoded document on the FMS form, the second copy will be sent electronically to the appropriate consular service of Russia in the foreign State where you are planning to apply for your visa.

Business letter of invitation from the Russian company

Apart from the invitation on the form of FMS, Latvian citizens may apply for a business visa through a simplified procedure if they have an official written letter of invitation from the Russian host company. This company should be licensed by the FMS to be allowed to issue such invitations. The letter of invitation is provided in a copy or in original written on the official company form.

Work Visa

If your plans include employment in the Russian Federation you will need a work visa, which allows to stay in the country for long periods of time. To apply for a work visa, you must first obtain a work permit and a work invitation. Work visa is issued for a period from 3 months to three years.

Main documents for the work visa:

  • Your valid passport
  • Filled in form from the site
  • Colour photographs 3.5 x 4.5
  • Official work invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service
  • Medical travel Insurance, with a coverage of not less than 30 000 €
  • HIV/AIDS certificate, which is valid for 3 months. Mandatory when applying for a visa from 3 months stay.

Private Visa

Do you want to visit your family in Russia? In this case, you may apply for a private visa. A private visa gives you the right to stay in Russia for up to 90 days, with the possibility of single or double entry.  In order to obtain a private visa invitation, the inviting party must contact the local federal migration service office.

Main documents for a private visa:

  • An invitation issued by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the relevant Russian Federal migration service. This invitation is issued on the basis of a petition from: a citizen of the RF, a foreign citizen with a residence permit in Russia, a legal body.
  • Your valid passport
  • Application form completed on the site
  • Medical insurance policy valid in the territory of Russia for the entire period of your trip

To get a private invitation, you will need to provide:

Income Statement

  • Letter of Guarantee
  • Bank Statement
  • Pay for the state duty of 800 rubles

We want to warn you that applying for a private visa is a complex and long-term process, so we recommend you to apply for a tourist or business visa instead. If you still have decided to get a private invitation, you can do so by asking your host to write a petition at the Russian FMS office at the place of his/her residence.

Addresses of visa centers and consular services of the RF in Latvia

VFS Global Visa Center

in Riga

Skolas iela 20-16, LV-1010

in Liepāja

10 Kursu Iela LV-3401

in Daugavpils

61 Rigas Iela LV-5401


+ 371 6616 4052 (Russian-speaking, English-speaking operator)

+ 371 2484 4453 (Latvian-speaking operator)



Consular Service of the Russian Embassy in Latvia


LV-1050, Smilšu iela 3, Rīga, Latvijas Republika

Phone: (+371) 6721-25-79