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

Authority to apply.
Foreigners, residing in Ukraine 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 may serve as such permission. Citizens of some countries (eng) are exempted from this provision in conformity with the reciprocity principle.

Click E-application to complete the Electronic Visa Application form (EVA)
Hard copy of the EVA in Russian or English needs to be submitted to the Consulate on the appointment day along with other papers. Applications are not accepted by mail.




Required Documents (please, click items for further description):

1) Visa Support Document depending on the visa category

Business and Humanitarian visas*

The original invitation - issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia or the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs of Russia, or the number of decision (Telex) issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
Visa support invitation for business and humanitarian visas for the EU passport holders(except the UK and Ireland) may be issued directly by the host organization. The form of the invitation is free, yet it should contain the following obligatory data:
1. For the invited person - name, birth date, sex, nationality, number of identity document, dates and purpose of trip, number of entries, names of children under 18 years accompanying the invited person;
2) For the host organization - a full name of legal entity, address, individual tax identification number (ИНН), name and position of a person who signs the appeal.
This type of invitation is acceptable for the EU citizens to apply for a multiple-entry visa valid for up to 1 year, provided an applicant is granted a Russian visa at least once during the previous year (transit visa excluded) and this visa has been used.
Business and humanitarian visas can be single- or double-entry valid up to three months and multiple-entry valid up to one year.

Tourist visa

‘A Tourist Confirmation’ by the authorized Russian travel agency. 
Confirmation should be submitted in original. Copies of the Confirmation may be submitted by the Ukrainian tour operators, registered at the Consulate as well as Russian tour operators capable to on-line process Confirmation authenticity.
Hotel-booking is not considered a sufficient support to obtain a tourist visa.

Tourist visas can be single- or double-entry valid up to 30 days. If a foreign citizen applies for a double-entry tourist visa, an applicant must submit the papers confirming the necessity to re-enter the Russian Federation for tourism purposes.

Private Visa

The original invitation issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia.

Private visa may be issued to foreign citizens, who are the family members (spouse (wife), minor children, disabled adult children) of a Russian citizen (residing abroad) upon a formal request of the latter. A decision to issue visas upon such an application is made solely by The Ambassador.

Private visas can be single- or double-entry valid up to three months

Working and Student Visas

The original invitation issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia;

HIV certificate (valid for 3 months).

If you apply for a working or student visa, the passport must be valid no less than 18 months.
Student visas can be single-entry; working visas can be single- or multiple-entry (granted to high-skill personnel).

Transit visa

Air or railway tickets valid for travel to and from the Russian Federation;

An entry visa to the state of destination or the national passport of the destination state.
If a person travels by air, a transit visa is issued for no more than 3 days.

Foreign nationals, travelling by air via the territory of the Russian Federation are exempted from visa requirement, in case they stay within the transit area of the airport, provided their stay in the transit area does not exceed 24 hours.
Transit passengers using Terminal C of Moscow “Sheremet’evo” International Airport (SVO), arriving to or departing from any other Terminal of this airport are recommended to get a transit visa.

Note! Foreigners, transiting to Belarus or Kazakhstan by plane via the territory of Russia need to get Russian transit visa. Flights to these countries of the Customs Union depart fromdomestic terminals of Russian airports. Therefore, plane-travellers have to transfer from international to domestic terminals, and subject to passport control. Foreigners need to have valid Belarus or Kazakh entry visa before applying for Russian transit visa.

      2) Passport

A valid foreign (ordinary/diplomatic/service) passport or other travel document recognized as such by the Russian Federation.

The authenticity of the passport should not arise any doubts. The document should not contain any marks, reservations, records, erasures and corrections that are not authorized by the competent bodies of the foreign state. It should not contain torn or unbound pages. At least two blank pages valid for visas should be reserved. The passport should be valid six months further after the visa expiry date.
If a foreign citizen enters the Russian Federation for emergency treatment or in case of serious illness or death of a close relative the validity of the passport should not expire before the expiration of a visa.
For a working or student visa passport should not expire earlier than 18 months since the visa entry date.
All passports (except for Diplomatic, Service or Official) are kept by the Consulate for the whole term of processing.

3) Electronic visa application form (EVA)


    - Application form must be signed personally by the applicant. Applications for minors (under the age of 18) must be signed for by the parent or guardian.

    - Please, glue your photo to a designated area of the application form beforehand. Do not use a stapler.

    Important tips!

    - Completing the EVA questionnaire item ‘Country (select the country where you will be applying for your visa’ please indicate: UKRAINE, for ‘Select the location where you will be applying for your visa’ – CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN LVOV. It is crucial for proper submission.

    Choosing type of passport in the EVA, please, select ‘tourist’ for ordinary passports. Select ‘official ‘– for official or service passports only. Official/Service passports are held by Embassy non-diplomatic staff, members of official delegations, military, etc. ‘SERVICE’ or ‘OFFICIAL’ is usually written on the passport front-cover or front-page.

    - If you experience problems with item “Invitation number”, leave it blank or insert “-”

    - Completing item ‘Appointment date’ in the EVA just means a desirable date of your appointment and does not automatically mean that you registered for submission. To fix an appointment please call the Visa section by phone or send an e-mail.

4) One photo sized 3,5 x 4,5 cm

  • A recent photo may be black and white or in color taken in full-face view directly facing the camera; glasses with tinted lenses, hat or  head- covering are not acceptable (excluding foreign citizens who mandatory wear head-covering as their national or religious attribute provided that the foreign citizen is taken in a similar headgear on the photograph in the passport).
    Please glue a photo to a designated area of the application form before documents submission.

5) Health Insurance (EU citizens only)

  • Citizens of the European Union and the State of Israel must submit health insurance valid in the Russian Federation. The insured sum should be no less than 30 000 Euro. The insurance must be valid for the whole visa term or for the period of the first entry to the Russian Federation. In the latter case, the applicant shall sign a receipt, binding him/her to get a new insurance or to prolong the one in action for all subsequent trips to Russia.

6) Copies

  • Applicants need to provide the following copies:
    - passport front page with personal data; a page with the latest Ukrainian Immigration stamp; a page with long-term Ukrainian visa (if applicable).
    - EU passport holders, applying for multiple-entry visas should also provide a copy of the latest used Russian visa. Other passport pages should not be copied!
    - a copy of permission for long-time(for a period more than 90 days) stay in Ukraine (if applicable).


  • In accordance with the ‘Agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on the simplification of visa formalities’ 3 years multiple-entry business, humanitarian, guest/private and tourist visas may be granted to American citizens.
    As a ‘Visa Support Document’ American citizens may present a written statement (invitation) from organizations or individuals based in Russia (originals or electronic copies).

    1. For Business or Humanitarian Visas
    A written statement (invitation) from the host organization, indicating the following.
    - for the host organization: its name, official address and contact information, full name and position of a person who signed the statement, the individual taxpayer number (if the host organization is a legal entity or enterprise, an institution or their affiliate established in Russia);
    - for the visa applicant: full name, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number, multiplicity of the visa, purpose of travel, requested period of entry, location of intended residence of the visa applicant, and places of visit.

    2. For Guest/Private Visas
    A notarized statement (invitation) from the hosting individual, containing the following information.
    - for the host: his/her full name, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number, registration address, residence address (if different).
    - for the visa applicant: full name, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number, multiplicity of the visa, purpose of travel, requested period of entry, location of intended residence of the visa applicant, and places of visit.

    The host individual could be either a Russian citizen registered on the territory of the Russian Federation or a US citizen who has permission to stay on the territory of Russian Federation for more than 90 days (residence permit, working permit, working/student visa, diplomatic/service card). A copy of a permit must be attached.

    3. For Tourist Visas

  • - a ‘Tourist Confirmation’ by the authorized Russian travel agency


  • Register number from Russian Tourism Agency’ Register and the seal of the host organization must be indicated on the above tourist documents. Register number confirms that a hotel or an agency has a license to perform touristic services in Russia.

    The other papers are enlisted on the main page 


  • Permitted period of stay:


    not more than 6 months starting from the date of each entry

    Visa fee:
    CALL (032) 244-74-40


Visa fee.

The amount of visa fee depends on citizenship, category of visa, number of entries, processing urgency. Certain categories of foreigners may be exempted from charges on the base of reciprocity.
Visa fee is paid in cash in Ukrainian currency (UAH) on the day of submission after documents verification by a consular officer.
The fee for short-term stay visas for the EU citizens (excluding the UK and Ireland) is 35 or 70 Euro equivalen depending on processing urgency.

Visa processing.
Processing normally takes 7 business days (standard processing) or 3 business days (urgent 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, staying in Ukraine temporarily (with allowed period of stay not exceeding 90 days) are subject to longer processing term (namely Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Turkmenistan - 7 business days). Visa processing starts only after a complete package of documents is submitted to the Consulate and a visa fee is paid.

Authority to submit.
A package of documents for visa should be submitted by the applicant in person or by his/her legal representative (for minors). 

Visa collection.
Having submitted the papers and visa fees paid, an applicant gets the receipt that specifies the visa collection date. The receipt must be presented to the Consulate on the specified date to collect visa.

Visa verification.
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. How to read Russian visa. The Consulate is not responsible for any mistakes or incorrect information that an applicant has failed to inform the Consulate upon visa collection!



Visa extension.
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. Russian Consulates abroad 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.


Visa transfer.
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 (USD 40) will be charged for visa restoration.


Permitted period of stay.
Single and double-entry visas may be valid for up to 90 days maximum. Regardless of number of entries and validity of visa foreign citizens are permitted to stay on the territory of the Russian Federation for not more than 90 days within each period of 180 days. This provision does not apply to holders of working and student visas. Some bilateral Agreements may also exempt from this requirement.


Visa refusal.
The Consulate may refuse to grant 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.


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Yet, prior to mailing us, please read carefully the above information. Prepare your query indicating your name, citizenship and purpose of entry. We reserve the right not to comment the issues explained in detail on this page.