Tourist Visa is issued for a period no longer than 30 days and is valid for single and double entry.


Tourists travelling on cruise ships and ferries are eligible to visit Russian ports without visa if the following conditions are met:

  • overall period of their stay on the Russian territory is no more than 3 days (72 hours)
  • stay overnight on board
  • go ashore only as a part of a group of passengers on the excursions


  1. Visa application form

It must be filled out online and printed out double-sided from PDF format. One per person. No blank spaces must be left. If a question does not apply, please type "N/A". If the answer is none, write "None". Kindly ensure that the dates of your entry and exit, as entered in the application form, match with or fall within the period specified in the supporting documents. The form should bear the original signature of applicant. Application form of children under 18 must be signed by one of the parents. Question no.25: 30 entries is sufficient. Incomplete forms, forms without signature, forms with corrections will be returned to the applicants unprocessed. Please choose "visa application centre" from dropdown menu as the place of submission.


  1. One photograph 

size: 3.5 by 4.5 cm, less than 6 months old, in colour, with a light background. The photo must be glued (not stapled or attached using adhesive tape) on the form strictly at reserved place. Please find photo requirements here.


  1. Passport 

or other travel document recognized as such in the Russian Federation with at least 2 blank pages for visas. The passport should be submitted in original only and should be valid for at least 6 months after planned departure date from Russia.


  1. Tourist confirmation letter

or letters (Подтверждение) issued by an authorized Russian travel agency or Hotel. Not to be confused with the booking confirmation. Foreign visitors are not permitted to enter Russia independently without being hosted by the authorized Russian travel agency or hotel during the whole period of their stay. A copy of good quality is accepted. The confirmation letter(s) must contain the agency's/hotel's special reference number and should cover the whole period of the applicant’s stay in Russia. The number of confirmation letters from different travel agents/hotels per person is limited by two. 


  1. Visa fee payment

Visa processing fees and time can be found on the website


Additional requirements for double-entry visa application:


  1. Itinerary and tickets


Attention to non-Australian passport holders: please read additional requirements