Business visa is required in case you wish to enter Russia for business purposes. Business visa can be valid for up to 3 months and can be issued for single or double entry. Also business visa can be issued for multiple entries and can be valid for up to 1 year. All applicants from EU countries wishing to apply for multiple entry visa should obtain direct invitation letter from the inviting company in Russia (INN Letter) or a letter of invitation issued by a Russian Federal Migration Service. Applicants should also have a single or double Russian visa in the last 1 year, without which they cannot apply for multiple entries. Visa copies need to be provided. 
Dates of validity of the visa will correspond with mentioned on your letter of invitation issued by a Russian Federal Migration Service agency or a telex from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Documents required 

  1. Original passport, which must contain at least 2 blank pages visa pages, and which must be valid for a period of 6 months after the visa expires.
  2. Online application form completed on the website, printed and signed in person by the applicant.
  3. One recent photograph as per photo specifications below.
  4. An original letter of invitation issued by a General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal affairs of the Russian Federation or a telex from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or a written request from the host organization, as it is stated in the Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to the citizens of the European Union and the Russian Federation (this option is also possible for citizens of Iceland, Norway and Republic of Korea). According to Article 4 of the Agreement, such written request shall contain the following items: for the invited person — name and surname, date of birth, gender, citizenship, number of the identity document, time and purpose of the journey, number of entries and name of minor children accompanying the invited person; for the inviting legal person, company or organization — full name, address of the company, the name and position of the person who signs the request, the tax identification number of the company or organization, and the statement, that the inviting party is in charge of financial, medical and all other costs related to the invited person during the whole stay in Russia.
  5. Please note, that applicants who are planning to participate in musical events on commercial basis should provide an official invitation issued by Migration Office.
  6. Insurance policy for the whole period of the stay in Russia. The policy document should show the name of the policy holder, validity for the duration
    of the journey as well as indicate the geographical area coverage as worldwide/including Russia, and cover medical expenses and repatriation.
    The insurance policy should contain a logo and a stamp of the insurance company along with a position and a signature of the insurer. If the policy
    document does not contain any logo, stamp or signature, the insurance should show the name and the contact details of the insurer. The insurance
    needs to be presented only by the citizens of the Schengen states, Iran, Israel and Ireland on the basis of reciprocity.
  7. a. Confirmation for continuous stay in Finland (permanent residence permit, pysyvä oleskelulupa) is required from the nationals of the following countries only: Algeria, Angola, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Georgia, Vietnam, Iraq, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Syria, Somalia, Chad, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia. b. Confirmation of stay in Finland for more than 90 days from the following nationals: UK and Northern Ireland, Ireland, Denmark. 
  8. Citizens of Albania, Bahrain, Venezuela, South Africa, Lesotho, Mali, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Egypt, Libya please contact Visa Application centre prior of document submitting.
  9.  To the attention of citizens of Australia entering Russia for business purposes: To ensure a principle of reciprocity citizens of Australia will need to submit detailed autobiography in Russian language only.
  10. For Minors:

    Children under 14 travelling alone or whose visa applications are unaccompanied with their parents’ are required to submit following additional documents:

    • Signed and dated permission letter  (letter of consent) from one of the parents giving permission to the child to apply for a visa or explaining that the parent would be travelling with the child
    • A copy parents’ passports (bio page and a page with the Russian visa).
    • If the child’s and parent’s surnames do not match, we would also require a copy of the birth certificate or an extract from the population register to confirm that the permission letter has been provided by the biological parent/guardian.

Please note that it might be required to provide a permanent residence permit for  some nationalities. 

Photo Specifications


Please provide one recent photograph (not more than 6 months old) of yourself. The photographs should be:

  • 3,5 x 4,5 cm taken against a light background (white or off-white) so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
  • Clear share quality and with the face in focus.
  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print).
  • Full face, non-smiling (without sunglasses, a hat/cap or other head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religious belief or ethnic background).
  • Please stick the Photograph on the Visa Application Form.Note: Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements your application will be considered incomplete

 Processing time

Dear applicants!

Please note that while applying for a Russian visa you will be requested to leave your passport for the whole period of the application process.

Processing times vary from application to application and are at the sole discretion of the Russian Consulate.

  • Normal applications submitted in Helsinki, Turku and Lappeenranta will take minimum 5 working days to get processed.
  • Single or Double Tourist visas for citizens of EU – 4 working days. 
  • Single and Double Entry visas – 3 Working Days (only aim-tourism)
  • For the citizens of Australia, Turkmenistan and Israel the visa processing time will take 10 to 15 calendar days (under normal circumstances) unless they have residence permit or long term work/student visa for the Finland for a term exceeding 90 days.
  • For citizens of USA visa processing time will take 15 calendar days not depending on the visa category and visa duration. Please note that citizens of USA can apply for urgent processing of visa application only at rare or emergency cases. 
  • For citizens of UK processing time will take not less than 10 working days.
  • For EU citizens applying for single or double entry visa with invitation letter containing Individual Tax Number (ИНН) visa processing time is minimum of 5 working days.
  • For EU citizens applying for multiple entries business or humanitarian visa with invitation letter containing Individual Tax Number (ИНН) visa processing time is minimum of 10 working days. Applicants should also have a single or double Russian visa in the last 1 year, without which they cannot apply for multiple entries.