I want to visit Russia

One day you woke up with strange feeling. Maybe it came into your mind after you have watched  a documentary on TV, or after chatting with your Russian friend on the Web? Nevermind. You woke up with a strong desire to visit a far country called RUSSIA.

You start searching for some information, and first unpleasant moment is that you need visa for entering Russia. If you are from USA or EU, you are like O_O Visa? Really? Some countries are still using visas? Unfortunately, yes. You can't enter Russia without visa, except if you are from 
some special country. 

Which countries have benefits?
Group 1
Citizens of the countries of the 
CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States) are permitted to stay in the Russian Federation for up to 90 days without a visa. Then they have to go home for next 90 days, if they haven't found work or study place.
Countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine.

Group 2
Citizens of these countries are allowed to stay in the Russian Federation without a visa for up to 90 days in each 180-day period, provided they will not be involved in any commercial or work-related activities during their stay.
Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela.

Group 3
Citizens of the countries in this group can stay in the Russian Federation for up to 30 days without a visa. They are not entitled to work while in Russia.
Countries: Cuba, Montenegro, Serbia (with biometric passport), Thailand, Turkey (total amount of days in Russia not exceeding 90 in each 180-day period), Hong Kong (up to 14 days).

Group 4
Citizens of these Balkan countries can also stay in Russia without a visa for up to 30 days, but must also show tourist documents (voucher) or official invitation to immigration officials.
Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia.

Most part of EU countries citizens have to apply for a visa even they would like to visit Russia  for a short-time period. 

1 comment:

  1. Sometime it takes lot of times on visa approval, having no knowledge of visa process make it more difficult. So I always encourage people who keep sharing their experience on visa process. Thanks for sharing your great opinion which relate to visa process.
    Best Regards, Ale Rossi
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