News

16.10.2022

Holidays 2022-2023

Dear Applicants,

Please be informed of the following business hours schedule for Russian Visa Center and Russian Consulate in Sydney.

Russian Visa Center is closed on:

  • 24th-27th December 2022 - Christmas and Boxing Day
  • From 31st December 2022 to 9th January 2023 - New Year Holidays
  • 26th January 2023 - Australia Day.

Russian Consulate is closed on:

  • From 31st December 2022 to 9th January 2023 - New Year Holidays
  • The last date for visa application lodgement before new year holidays is on 15th December 2022.

28.07.2022

Changes in the rules for urgent visas processing

According to the instructions of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Sydney, urgent processing (4-6 working days from the date of submission of documents at the visa center) will be carried out only on visa applications based on invitations issued by the Main Directorate for Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (telex).

Tourist visas applications will be processed within 10-12 working days from the date of submission of documents at the visa center. Urgent processing of tourist visa applications is not available.


30.06.2022

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
Australia


18.06.2022

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
E-mail: sydney@interlinkservice.ru
https://australia.interlinkservice.world/en/contacts-sydney


29.03.2022

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

17.03.2022

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.


17.03.2022

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.


04.03.2022

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.

Important!

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


04.03.2022

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.


08.12.2021

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.