Do citizens of Albania need a visa to visit Russia?
Albanian citizens holding diplomatic, service or official passports may enter Russia without a visa and stay for a maximum of 90 days. Civil citizens of Albania are required to arrange a visa prior to their visit to Russia.
How to Get a Russian Visa in Albania?
Albanian citizens need to contact the Russian Embassy or Consulate, fill out a visa application form and provide the relevant documents. The list of documents required for visa application may vary depending on the official purpose of the trip.
However, regardless of the purpose, the applicant must present an invitation issued by the inviting party. A friend or relative, who is a Russian resident or a legal entity registered with the Russian authorities, can invite foreign citizens from abroad to visit Russia.
The procedure for issuance of the invitation to Russia depends on the purpose of the travel. The type of visa required to enter Russia must also be in line with the purpose of the visit. The common types of Russian visa are:
- Tourist visa, suitable for tourism, sightseeing.
- Electronic visa - for example: short-term trips;
- Business visa, suitable for visiting conferences and business events.
- Private visa, suitable for visiting Russian friends (applying for a tourist visa is a more reliable way for that purpose).
- Work visa, suitable for those seeking employment in a Russian company.
Where to Apply For a Russian Visa in Albania?
The Russian Consulate located in Tirana is the only authority in Albania handling the visa issuance procedure. See the detailed information below including the Consulate's address and phone number.
|Type of Visa||Duration||Purpose|
|Tourist visa||1-30 days||Sightseeing, visiting friends in Russia|
|Electronic visa||8 days||Trips for a short period of time|
|Business visa||30-90 days (up to 5 years)||Search of business partners, attending conferences, long trips, long-term visits of friends in Russia|
|Private visa||30-90 days||Official visits to meet with friends in Russia (Not recommended! See why)|
|Work visa||1-3 years||Employment in Russia or permanent residence|
If you are an Albanian citizen, who wishes to visit any of the many places of interest found across Russia, you need to contact the Russian embassy and apply for a Russian tourist visa. To do that, you need to provide the required documents, including a visa support letter (letter of invitation) issued specifically for your tourist visa.
To arrange a tourist visa invitation, contact any travel company having an individual reference number assigned to it by Russian authorities. As the appearance of the invitation is not fixed by law, travel agencies print them on their letterheads. Any tourist visa invitation issued by a travel company consists of a tourist voucher and a confirmation of acceptance. It takes about 1 hour to make a tourist visa invitation.
Make sure the travel company's assistant will provide the following information in your tourist visa invitation: the company's details with its legal address and reference number indicated and your personal details. It is also necessary to indicate all of the destinations in Russia you intend to visit, as well as your travel dates and the number of entries you request for your visa.
Tourist visas are issued for the period specified in the invitation, however it may not exceed 30 days. This type of visa can be single- or double-entry.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian tourist visa for citizens of Albania
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Albanian citizens, planning a trip to Russia with an intention to visit their friends or relatives, need to contact the Russian Embassy and apply for a private visa. In that case, a letter of invitation to support the application is a requirement. The host person or company must handle the process of obtaining the letter and then send it to Albania by mail. Both individuals and legal persons are entitled to invite foreign citizens to visit Russia.
The legal entity's representative should contact a local FMS (Federal Migration Service) office and submit an application along with the required supporting documents. The application will be processed within 17 working days.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
Individuals who wish to invite a foreign friend or relative to Russia are required to contact a nearby FMS office and apply for issuance of an invitation. It is necessary that he/she provides the supporting documents and a Letter of guarantee. The letter must state that the host agrees to accommodate the visitor for the entire period of validity of his/her visa. Since Albania is, according to the Russian authorities, a high travel risk country, any person who invites a foreigner to visit Russia is required to pass an interview at the FMS. It takes 30 days for the FMS to process the application.
Visitor visa invitations are issued on the standard form. Some applications may be refused. A written explanation shall be provided in that case.
Visitor visa may be issued for a period up to 90 days. This type of visa can be used for one or two entries.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian private visa for Albanian citizens
Albanian citizens who plan to visit Russia to explore new business opportunities need to obtain a Business visa. To arrange this type of visa, a specific kind of invitation letter is required. Any Russian company can send a letter of invitation to a foreign person.
Read more: Russian Business Visa
The business visa invitation letter can be obtained by either of these ways:
- Russian Business Invitation Letter from organization (possible to get Online);
- Russian Invitation Letter from FMS;
- Telex Russian Invitation;
Only those companies that are certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation are entitled to issue invitation letters. The letter is basically a request to issue a business visa to the Albanian applicant.
To arrange an FMS-issued business visa invitation, the sponsor company must contact the FMS. If the Albanian citizen successfully passes a background check and no deportation cases or unpaid fines for visa violation will be found, a business visa invitation will be granted.
Telex invitation is a digital message sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Russian Consulate in Albania via special communication channel containing an instruction to grant a business visa to the specified applicant. If this method is used, the sponsor company's official should inform the invited person about the individual Telex number assigned to his/her application. The Albanian citizen should then provide this number when applying for his/her business visa at the Consulate.
Business visa can be issued for a period up to 1 year. This type of visa can be single-, double- or multiple-entry.
Arrange a letter of invitation for a Russian business visa for citizens of Albania
Arrange an FMS invitation for a Russian business visa for citizens of Albania
Arrange a Telex invitation for a Russian business visa for citizens of Albania
Only those Russian companies that are officially registered in Russia can arrange a work visa invitation for foreign citizens. To hire workers from abroad, the employer must obtain a special permit. With this permit, the employer can apply for a work permit allowing the foreign citizen to work in Russia. After it is obtained, the employer must also arrange an invitation letter supporting the employee's entry work visa.
Read more: Russian Work Visa
Both the invitation and the work permit should be sent by express mail to the person hired, so that he/she can apply with it for his/her work visa. Upon his/her arrival in Russia, the foreign citizen is expected to come to the office of the company that provided the required documents for his/her work visa and take up his/her duties. The employer undertakes to ensure the foreign worker will adhere to visa regulations.
A work visa can be extended without leaving Russia. It can be renewed for another year each year. If the worker decides to accept an offer from any other Russian company, he/she will be required to leave Russia and apply for a new visa.
Russian work visa is valid for 1 year (highly skilled workers can qualify for a 3-year visa).
Arrange an invitation for a Russian work visa for citizens of Albania
An electronic visa (hereinafter referred to as "e-visa") is a new type of a visa document. A visa invitation to Russia is not required for obtaining an e-visa. To obtain an e-visa to Russia use our “E-visa to Russia” service.
An e-visa can be only single-entry. The permitted stay in Russia on an e-visa is up to 8 days from the date of entry within its validity period.
The validity period and/ or permitted stay on an e-visa cannot be extended. To obtain an e-visa a foreign citizen needs a digital passport photo and a completed application form containing full and valid data at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Read more: Electronic visa to Russia for foreigners
In compliance with the Russian Government Regulation, Albania is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.
We recommend citizens of Albania obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.
Citizens of Albania can apply for their visa at the following consular offices: