Do citizens of Algeria need a visa to visit Russia?
If you are an Algerian citizen, you need to arrange an entry visa prior to your visit to Russia.
How to Get a Russian Visa in Algeria?
Citizens of Algeria need to contact the Russian Consulate to obtain their visa. They will be requested to fill out an application form, pay the processing fee and submit the necessary documents. The set of submitted documents must include an invitation to Russia, also known as visa support letter.
The inviting party, located in Russia, is responsible for preparing this document. Any resident of the Russian Federation is entitled to arrange a letter of invitation to visit Russia for their foreign friends or relatives. Officially registered organizations are also allowed to send invitations to foreign citizens.
The format of the invitation depends on the type of visa the foreign citizen will apply for. Each type corresponds to the particular purpose of the travel.
The following types of visa are the most common among the travelers who plan a trip to Russia.
- Tourist visas are meant for tourism purposes.
- Business visas suit those who travel for business.
- Private visas are the type of choice for those planning to visit a friend or relative. We recommend applying for a tourist visa instead, as the procedure is far more convenient and cheap.
- Work visas are for those wishing to pursue a professional career in a Russian company.
Where to Apply for a Russian Visa in Algeria?
A visa to Russia can be obtained from the Russian Consulate located in Alger. See the detailed information, including the address and phone number, at the bottom of the page.
|Type of Visa||Duration||Purpose|
|Tourist visa||1-30 days||Sightseeing, visiting friends in Russia|
|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|
To obtain a tourist visa to Russia, citizens of Algeria are required to provide a set of required documents, including a letter of invitation.
Learn more: Russian Tourist Visa
To arrange a tourist invitation, contact any authorized travel agency. Ask your tourist services provider to show you its reference number to make sure it is entitled to offer such services.
It will take about an hour to draft the document and print it. No particular format is required for a visa invitation, other than that it must be printed on the company's official letterhead. An invitation for a tourist visa must include the travel agency's official details, the traveler's complete personal information, his/her planned itinerary in Russia and the dates of entry and departure.
As soon as you receive your invitation, contact the Consular office and submit it for processing along with your personal details and the proofs that the purpose of your trip to Russia is solely tourism and you will leave Russia before your visa will expire.
If your application will be granted, a Russian tourist visa permitting you to stay in Russia for a period not exceeding 30 days will be issued. Usually, tourist visas are valid for the period specified in the letter of invitation. This type of visa can be single-entry or double-entry.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian tourist visa for citizens of Algeria
Go to Issuing a Tourist Invitation Price $69.00
Algerian citizens who plan to come to Russia to pay a visit to their friends or relatives are required to obtain a visitor visa. Any Russian resident can prepare this document.
Ask your friend or relative to contact a local FMS office and provide a copy of your travel passport, his/her national passport, a proof of his/her income and a guarantee letter stating that the person who invites you to come to Russia undertakes the responsibility to provide you with everything necessary for your comfortable accommodation during your stay. Since Algeria is on the list of high travel risk countries, the host will be invited to an interview by the Russian authorities, where he/she will be asked to explain the purpose of your visit to Russia.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
Please be prepared that some applications for issuance of a private visa invitation can be denied. A letter stating the reasons for rejection will be provided. If a favorable decision is made, a visitor visa invitation will be issued on the standard form.
Visitor visas to Russia can be either single- or double-entry with a maximum period of validity of 90 days.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian private visa for Algerian citizens
Citizens of Algeria who intend to meet up with their business partners, must first obtain a Russian business visa from the Consulate. To do this, they will need to receive an invitation from any legal person registered in the Russian Federation.
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;
Business invitation issued by a company is basically an application lodged at the Consular office to support the foreign citizen's visa application. This type of invitation can be issued within 1 working day. After that, it should be sent by express mail service to the invited person. Only those companies that are accredited by the Department of Consular Services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation may issue visa invitations.
To obtain an FMS-approved invitation, the company's official must lodge an application form with supporting documents attached to it. This type of application can take up to 17 days to review. During this period, the foreigner will be checked to determine if he/she has been deported from Russia or has any unpaid fines for past visa violations. In case of a positive outcome, an invitation for a business visa will be issued with an individual number indicated in it.
The Telex invitation is the most convenient way to handle this stage in the business visa procedure. Telex is a secure communication channel used to send electronic messages from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Russian Embassies or Consulates located abroad. No paperwork is required on the foreigner's part in that case other than the Telex number which should be sent to him/her by email or dictated by phone.
Business visas are valid for 1 year. Single-, double-, or multiple-entry visas exist.
Arrange a letter of invitation for a Russian business visa for citizens of Algeria
Arrange an FMS invitation for a Russian business visa for citizens of Algeria
Arrange a Telex invitation for a Russian business visa for citizens of Algeria
If you are a citizen of Algeria who looks forward to coming to Russia to work under a labor contract, you must first find an employer who will agree to take on the responsibilities associated with arranging all of the documents required for your work visa. Any Russian company willing to hire foreign workers must have a special permit.
Read more: Russian Work Visa
Before coming to Russia and become officially employed, you will need to obtain a letter of invitation. Invitation for a work visa can only be issued to the applicants who are in possession of a work permit. The employer's representative should prepare these two documents and send them to you.
Work visa is valid for a period up to 1 year. Its holders can stay in Russia for the entire period of their visa validity and cross the border an unlimited number of times.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian work visa for citizens of Algeria
Citizens of Algeria can apply for their visa at the following consular offices: