Visa for close relatives
Close relatives of a Russian citizen who are foreign citizens:
- parents or adoptive parents;
- children, including adopted children;
- spouses of children;
- full and half brothers and sisters;
- grandchildren, —
based on written request (form available at "Necessary documents" tab) of a Russian citizen, an ordinary private visa to Russia can be issued.
Such visa can be single-entry or double-entry for the period of 90 days, or multi entry for the period of 365 days.
If close relatives of a Russian citizen who are foreign citizens but also have Russian citizenship, they must enter Russia with their Russian passports. Obtaining Russian visas for foreign passports by Russian citizens is prohibited.
The following are not considered as close relatives of a Russian citizen (in the sense of Russian visa legislation):
- cohabitants who have not registered an official marriage;
- children of a spouse - a foreign citizen from a previous marriage, who are not members of the applicant's family – a Russian citizen.
In order to apply for a visa for close relatives, a Russian citizen must submit the following documents:
Application for entry into the Russian Federation, containing the information required for a visa (surname, name, patronymic, date of birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, registration address and address of the actual place of residence of a Russian citizen (in case of residence in the territory of the Russian Federation) , as well as surname, first name, other names, date of birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, multiplicity of visa, purpose of travel, requested period of stay, place of intended residence of the person applying for a visa and cities planned to visit), signed by the applicant (Russian citizen) personally at the Embassy, Consulate General or visa center, or certified by a notary on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Download and fill out the recommended application form:
- A valid foreign passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation and its copy (page with a photo and personal data) for Russian citizens signing an application in Australia, or a copy of the "internal" passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation for Russian citizens certifying the application with a notary in the Russian Federation
Documents confirming relationship with a foreign citizen:
for spouses: a Russian marriage certificate or an extract from the State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia for a Russian citizen applying for a visa to a spouse who is a foreign citizen, or for a foreign citizen who is applying for a visa, containing information about the spouse (name, case/file number), as well as the date of marriage registration.
If the surname or first name is different in the Russian and Australian passports (or residence permit), then in the extract from the State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia, data on the previous surname or first name must be entered.
- for children, parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, grandchildren: child’s Russian birth certificate, or an extract from the State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia in relation to the child, containing information about the name of the child, the date and place of birth, as well as information about parents (mother, father, their names, case/file number), which confirms relationship with Russian citizen.
for children’s spouses: a Russian birth certificate or an extract from the State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia in relation to the son or daughter of a Russian citizen, containing information about the name of the son or daughter, the date and place of his/her birth, parents (mother, father, their names, case/file number), as well as a Russian marriage certificate or an extract from the State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia in relation to the son or daughter of a Russian citizen applying for a visa to his spouse son or daughter - to a foreign citizen, or in relation to a foreign citizen who is issued a visa containing information about the spouse (name, case/file number), as well as the date of registration of the marriage. If you are simultaneously applying for a Russian visa for a spouse and children, an extract from the State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia may be submitted in respect of a Russian citizen applying for a visa, which contains information about the spouse and children.
If you are simultaneously applying for a Russian visa for spouse and children, an extract from the State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia may be submitted in regard to Russian citizen applying for a visa, which contains information about the spouse and children.
When submitting an application at the Russian Visa Center, Russian citizen must present original documents confirming relationship with a foreign citizen. Copies are made from the originals; the originals are returned to the Russian citizen.
When a Russian citizen draws up an application through a notary in the Russian Federation, the applicant submits to the Russian Visa Centre notarized copies of documents notarized in Russia, confirming relationship of Russian citizen with foreign citizen. Copies are made from the notarized copies; the notarized copies are returned to the applicant.
An extract from the State or Territory Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages in Australia must be apostilled. Documents obtained from Australian departments do not need to be translated into Russian language.
Documents not drawn up in English or Russian and obtained from any other counties must be translated into english or russian language by an authorized translator and certified.
- A valid passport of foreign citizen with at least 2 blank pages for visas, valid for 6 months from the date of expiry of the visa.
- Visa application form filled out on the website visa.kdmid.ru, printed and signed by the applicant personally.
- A medical insurance policy with an amount of coverage for medical services of at least 30,000 euros or an equivalent amount in another currency, valid for the entire period of the intended trip to the Russian Federation (for citizens of Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Israel, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia). When requesting a multiple-entry visa insurance policy should be valid for the period of first entry.
- One passport size (3.5 x 4.5 cm) clear photo in colour taken full-face directly facing the camera and against a plain white or light-coloured background. Only non-tinted prescription glasses and head covering worn daily for a religious purpose or as a part of national costume (in this case the same head covering must be worn in the passport photo) are allowed. At the Russian Visa Center you can opt for "Express Photo" service;
- When requesting a multiple-entry visa: negative HIV certificate (NOT required for spouses, children, siblings).
- We recommend you to obtain medical and travel insurance policy. Our consultants can assist you to obtain insurance policy accordingly to your needs.
- Residency status - VEVO check in Australia or Australian passport of inviting party.
Please note! If the applicant is not an Australian citizen, you must additionally provide: A visa status obtained via VEVO for more than 90 days. Depending on national legislation, documentary evidence of continuous stay in Australia for more than 90 days may be a student or work visa, work permit, temporary residence permit, temporary residence permit (visa status obtained via VEVO).
For the citizens of Australia
|Consideration period||Consular fee||
+ visa filing fee
|10-12 business days||$120||$43 + $200|
|10-12 business days||$192||$43 + $200|
|10-12 business days||$360||$43 + $200|
Transfer or restoration of a visa regardless of citizenship
|Consular fee||Service fee (incl. GST)|
All fees are paid at the Visa application center in Australian dollars by card.
If the Russian Federation has a separate bilateral agreement on visa fees amounts with another state, the visa fees applied for the citizens of this state should correspond to the conditions of this agreement.
Processing time starts from the day the documents are delivered to the Consulate. In certain cases the Consulate can extend or reduce the processing time.
Completing the Russian visa application form
The application form for a Russian visa should be filled out in electronic form on the website of the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry: https://visa.kdmid.ru.
At your request, we can fill out the application form for you at the visa center. This is a paid additional service worth $14 for each page of the application form.
A separate application form must be completed for each applicant.
We would like to inform you that at the Russian visa application centers you can use the following additional (paid) services:
- To fill in an application form;
- To copy or print documents;
- To make express photos;
- To process documents sent by mail;
- To deliver documents on the same day;
- To deliver fully prepared documents by courier;
- SMS informing.
- Acquiring of the above mentioned services does not affect the procedure for consideration of visa application and does not guarantee issuing of visa;
- The cost for provision of services is charged in addition to the service fee;
- All the above mentioned services are provided only at your request;
- Please, read about all the terms of providing these services before you start the procedure.