Russian Transit Visa for Foreign Citizens

Foreign citizens have the right to apply for a transit visa only upon presentation of a valid visa for arrival in the country of destination. A foreign citizen will also be required to present tickets to the country of destination. This procedure is necessary in a situation where a foreigner does not have citizenship in the country of destination or is not a citizen of the country that has a visa-free regime with Russia.

What is the Russian transit visa?

The transit visa is an authorization document permitting a foreign citizen to cross the Russian border for further entry into another country. The basis for issuing a transit visa are travel tickets of a traveling foreigner.

Before applying for a transit visa, we recommend that you study the following sections:

  • Validity period of transit visas;
  • Required package of documents for a transit visa;
  • Cost of transit visa application.

Validity period of transit visas

The validity period of a transit visa is up to 10 days. This period is quite sufficient for a foreigner to successfully cross the borders of Russia and enter the country of his/her destination. Moreover, before determining the validity period of a transit visa, the authorized officers examine the data specified in the travel tickets. The transit visa also allows staying in a village, but not longer than for 3 days.

If a foreign citizen transits through Russia in his/her personal car, the number of days is calculated by dividing the total distance between the points of entry and exit to/from the Russian Federation by 500 km.

If the validity period of a transit visa does not suit you for any reason, you can study information about other types of visas.

Required package of documents for a transit visa

To obtain a transit visa, you must submit the following documents to the Russian consulate:

  • Passport and visa to the country of destination (if required);
  • Filled visa application form;
  • Three photos;
  • Travel documents (must contain information about the date of departure);
  • Medical insurance policy.

Cost of transit visa application

You can find out the cost of a transit visa by calling the consulate of the Russian Federation in your country of residence or on its website online. Our company does not provide services for transit visa application. Rating: 9.4 out of 10 based on 1311 reviews by Trustpilot score Trustpilot score