To obtain a Russian visa, the applicant is required to submit in advance to a Russian diplomatic representation or consular office the following set of documents:
a valid passport (diplomatic, official, ordinary). There should be no doubt as to the authenticity and ownership of the passport. The passport should not contain any unexplained erasures or corrections; photo without a seal or hologram; or ripped pages. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended departure date from Russia
visa application form. The form must be completed and printed out from the link at the section marked “Consular Information – Visa” on the website of the relevant Russian embassy or consulate, or at visa.kdmid.ru
one photograph, size 3.5 x 4.5 cm
health insurance. It must cover the full period of the applicant’s stay in the Russian Federation. This rule does not apply to the holders of diplomatic or official passports
an invitation from the Council of States of the Russian Federation and/or the IPU Convocation sent to all IPU Members and Permanent Observers
The above items should be sent directly to a Russian embassy or consulate either personally or through a nominated representative. Note verbales should be attached from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Parliament of the Assembly delegate’s country of citizenship; the Assembly delegate’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Parliament; or from the Assembly delegate’s parent international organisation. In exceptional circumstances, visas may be issued directly at the consular offices of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the airports in Moscow and St Petersburg (in this case, visa requests should be sent to the Russian authorities at least two weeks in advance).
It is strongly recommended to refrain from using tourist agencies or passport/visa services to avoid any problems in the transmission of documents.
No consular or express processing fees apply for visa requests by Assembly delegates. Visas are issued within a maximum of three days, and in exceptional cases, may be issued on the same day that the relevant documents are submitted. Citizens who are subject to entry restrictions into the Russian Federation or those who are uncertain whether they are subject to any such restrictions (e.g., their name appearing on a sanctions list, administrative breaches, etc.) must submit to a Russian embassy or consulate the complete set of documents 14 days prior to the presumptive date of entry into Russia, so as to allow for enough time for the visa processing.
Citizens of visa-exempt countries who are seeking to enter the Russian Federation, but are uncertain whether any entry restrictions apply to them should also submit the complete set of documents to a Russian embassy or consulate 14 days prior to their presumptive date of entry.
Citizens of countries which have concluded intergovernmental visa-free travel agreements with the Russian Federation are visa exempt. Information about the entry of foreign nationals into Russia is attached.