IMPORTANT! Address for postal applications

Due to high security measures all postal applications must be mailed strictly to the following postal address :

Interlink Service Australia
PoBox 482
Pyrmont NSW 2009


Russia has lifted restrictions on the entry of foreigners

By the Russian Government Decree from 14 June 2022 all restrictions for foreign citizens to enter Russia by air or sea are lifted.

Russian consular offices in Australia have resumed issuance of all types of visas to the Australian nationals and citizens of other foreign countries with residence status in Australia.

To enter Russia a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 is required to be presented upon arrival. Test must be taken no earlier than 48 hours before arrival.

Visa applications lodgement are done through the Interlink Service Australia, Russian Visa Center in Sydney.

Lodgement of all visa categories are accepted by post:

Interlink Service Australia
Russian Visa Center
PoBox 482
Pyrmont NSW 2009

Lodgement of all visa categories by personal attendance:

Interlink Service Australia
Russian Visa Center
Shop 2 / 209 Harris street
Pyrmont NSW 2009

Interlink Service
Phone: +61 279 667 997


Australian and Russian public holidays in April-May 2022

Dear Applicants,

Please be informed about the working schedule of the Visa Application Center and the Russian Consulate in April and May, 2022.

Russian Visa Application Center will be closed on the following public holidays in Australia:

15th April – Easter Friday
16th April – Easter Saturday
17th April – Easter Sunday
18th April – Easter Monday

25th April – ANZAC

Russian Consulate will be closed on the following public holidays in the Russian Federation:

2nd May – Labor Day (Visa Application Center will be open)
3rd May – Labor Day
9th May – Victory Day (Visa Application Center will be open)
10th May – Victory Day

Please find below the standard opening hours of the Russian Visa Application Center in Sydney, not including weekends and public holidays:

  • Monday: 9.00 AM - 2.00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9.00 AM - 2.00 PM
  • Friday: 9.00 AM – 2.00 PM


Temporary Changes in the rules for issuing visas for close family members

Due to irregularities in the work of international postal services from Russia , it is possible to obtain a visa for close family members of Russian citizens on the basis of notarised copies of documents.

The Consulate General of Russia in Sydney has temporarily allowed the issuance of visas for close relatives of Russian citizens on the basis of high-quality colour electronic copies of documents: an invitation certified by a notary service in Russia and notarized copies of documents of kinship.

If a Russian citizen lives in Russia and issues a visa invitation for their close relatives who are foreign citizens at a Russian notary and cannot send this invitation and notarized copies of documents of kinship to their relatives in Australia by international mail, then, as an temporary exception, issuing a visa to close relatives is allowed based on high-quality colour electronic copies of these documents.

At the same time, the applicant (that is, a foreign citizen applying for a visa to Russia) must additionally write a statement addressed to the Consul General of Russia in Sydney stating that, upon returning from Russia, they undertake to hand over the original notarized invitation to the Consulate General.

In case of violation of this obligation, a foreign citizen may be denied the issuance of the next visa to Russia in future.

An example of statement can be downloaded here.


Facemasks cancelled

On March 15, the mandatory use of masks in public places was canceled in Moscow. This decision is due to the steady improvement of the epidemiological situation. Thus, masks are not required to travel on public transport, visit museums, shops and cafes. Other anti-COVID measures are also canceled for organizations: measuring temperature of employees, installing dividing partitions at workplaces, etc.


Working schedule for March holidays

Dear Applicants!

Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule during March holidays in 2022.

07.03.2022: Visa Application Center operates as usual; the Russian Consulate is closed.

08.03.2022: Visa Application Center and the Russian Consulate are closed.


Weekends and holidays of the Russian Consulate are not included into the processing time of visa applications.


QR codes cancelled

Dear applicants!

From March 3, the QR code system is canceled in Moscow, this also applies to foreign guests. Therefore, all restrictions on visiting theaters, museums, and restaurants are lifted. This list also includes cultural and entertainment events. In St. Petersburg, the QR code system will be canceled from March 4.


PCR test required for entry to Russia is valid for 2 days

The decree of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Russia on reducing the validity period of the PCR test for foreign citizens entering Russia from 3 to 2 days before arriving in Russia comes into force on December 8, 2021.

Now, when boarding a plane flying to Russia, foreign citizens or stateless persons must present a certificate in Russian or English with a negative test result for COVID-19, which must be done no earlier than 2 days before arriving in Russia.


Holidays 2021-2022

Dear Clients,

During Russian public holiday the Russian Consulate in Sydney will not be processing visa applications on the following dates:

4th November 2021 - 8th November 2021
31st December 2021 - 9th January 2022.

Russian visa center will be close during Christmas and New Year public holidays on the following dates:

25th December 2021 - 28th December 2021
31st December 2021 - 5th January 2022.

Last date for visa lodgement in 2021: 17th December 2021

Visa applications lodged on or before 17th December must be collected on or before 30th December 2021.

First date for visa lodgement in 2022: 10th January 2022

We are available to answer your query via email:


NSW New Lockdown

Due to current Covid-19 outbreak in NSW, the stay-at-home orders by NSW government and restrictions as of 26 June 2021 been extended until 30 July 2021.

Please visit NSW Covid-19 website for further details.

To protect our clients and staff we are temporarily stop accepting visa applications by appointments at our Syndey head office.

All visa application are to be mailed out to our PoBox address listed on our website.

Our team is available 24/7 to answer your query by email and will respond within 24 hours.

All lodged and ready visa applications will be mailed out in due course and in timely manner.

Stay Safe!