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Do Ethiopian citizens need a visa to visit Russia?

Yes, they do. In case of visiting Russia, Ethiopian citizen must preliminary apply for a visa in Russian consular section or embassy.

How to obtain Russian visa living in Ethiopia?

You need to make a request to Russian consulate and fill in the Russian visa application form. Also you need to submit the invitation letter to Russia issued by an inviting party and to pay a visa/consular fee. The invitation letter to Russia is a mandatory document for obtaining Russian visa. Responsibility for the invitation letter takes the inviting party situated in Russia. It can be your friend, your relative, employer or any company registered in Russian Federation.

Invitation letter to Russia may differ depending to the type of visa. The most common types of visas are:

  • Tourist visa – for example: tourism, sightseeing;
  • Business visa – for example: conferences, business meetings;
  • Private (Homestay) visa – for example: meeting with your Russian friends (but it is more reasonable and cheaper to use the tourist visa);
  • Work visa – for example: an employment in Russian company.

The types of invitation depend on Ethiopian citizen’s trip’s purpose. Duration of formalization an invitation letter to Russia may vary according to visa’s type.

Where to obtain Russian visa in Ethiopia?

You can apply for Russian visa in  Russian consular section in Ethiopia. The list of consular sections, their telephone numbers and location map are shown below the current 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

Russian tourist visa for Ethiopian citizens

Ethiopian citizen will be able to obtain tourist visa if he proofs that the only purpose of visiting Russia is tourism. In case of formalizing Russian tourist visa, a tourist invitation letter must be shown by Ethiopian citizen in the consular section.

Read more: Russian tourist visa for foreigners

Tourist invitation letter to Russia is arranged within 1 day. You need to make a request to a travel agency authorized in Russia (authorization can be proved by travel agency’s reference number). 

Tourist invitation letter will be issued on the travel agency’s form in 1 day. The invitation, issued by different travel agencies, may look differently. Herewith, each invitation must include a tourist voucher and a tourist invitation confirmation

Therefore, the presence of a tourist invitation to Russia does not guarantee a Russian visa. Ethiopian citizens often violate the visa regime that’s why Ethiopia is in the Russia’s list of migration risk countries.

If you manage to obtain tourist visa in Russian consular section in Ethiopia, it will be issued for a single or double entrance to Russia for up to 30 days (usually it is issued for the period specified in your invitation letter).

Formalize a tourist invitation letter to Russia for Ethiopian citizens

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Russian private (homestay) visa for Ethiopian citizens

Ethiopian citizen can obtain a private (homestay) visa if he shows a private invitation to Russia with the list of primary documents in consular section. That kind of invitation can be formalized by foreigner’s relative or friend living in Russian Federation or by legal entity authorized in Russia.

For doing this, person who wants to invite Ethiopian citizen to Russia must visit Federal Migration Service section on his residence’s administrative unit and submit an application for the issuance of a private invitation. Except an application there must be:

  • Inviting person’s copy of passport;
  • Invited foreign citizen’s copy of passport;
  • Inviting person’s income statement;
  • Letter of guarantee containing the commitment to provide Ethiopian citizen the costs of an accommodation and medical care for the whole period of his staying in Russia.
Please note! We do not recommend using a private visa!
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?

Read more: Russian Private Visa

Inasmuch Ethiopia is a country with high migration risk, inviting person has to pass an interview with a FMS officer, where is necessary to explain why foreign citizen is going to visit Russia.

It is given 12 workdays (single travel) and 17 workdays (double travel) for a consideration of an application for private invitation. In case of positive resolution, the invitation will be issued on the FMS’s form. The inviting party will need to send the invitation to Ethiopian citizen by express-mail. In case of refuse to issue a private invitation for visa, he will obtain a refusal in written form with an indication of a reason.

Russian private visa may be issued for a single or double travel for up to 90 days.

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Russian business visa for Ethiopian citizens

If Ethiopian citizen is planning to visit Russia to extend his business cooperation or sign some contracts, he must obtain a business visa. Ethiopian citizen must show a business invitation letter in Russian embassy to obtain that type of visa.

Read more: Russian Business Visa

The business visa invitation letter can be obtained by either of these ways:

Invitation in a form of the letter from an organization is able to be issued only by those legal entities which are authorized by Federal Migration Service or by Consulate department of the Ministry of foreign affairs. An application from the head of an organization to Russian consular section clarifies in that letter in case of an issuance of visa for a foreign citizen.

To obtain a business invitation for a foreigner on the form of the Federal migration service, representative of an organization must submit an application and a list of documents to the FMS.

Telex is an order which comes through internal communication channel from the Ministry of foreign affairs to the local Russian consular section abroad. Invitation through Telex could be issued at the request of Russian company. 

Read more: What is the difference between Telex and the original invitation

Business visas can be single, double or multiple. It can be issued to Ethiopian citizens for up to 1 year. Along with that there is a necessary requirement that a foreign citizen can’t stay in Russia more than 90 days in every 180 days.

Formalize Russian business invitation to Russia for Ethiopian citizens in the form of the letter from an organization

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Formalize Russian business invitation to Russia for Ethiopian citizens on the form of the FMS

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Formalize Russian business invitation to Russia for Ethiopian citizens through Telex

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Russian work visa for Ethiopian citizens

Work visa is necessary for foreign citizen to be able to come to Russia and get a job. Besides, an obtaining visa of that type gives an opportunity to stay in Russia for the duration period. It is possible to prolong the visa without leaving Russia after the expiration date.

Read more: Russian work visa for foreigners

The process of obtaining a work visa is pretty long. At first you have to obtain a work invitation from Russia. It can be done only by company which is going to hire this foreigner.

To formalize a work invitation for a foreign employee, the company has to apply for a work permit for him at first. It is possible only if that company has a permission to hire foreigners.

When everything is done and work visa is obtained, Ethiopian citizen must come to Russia and register in the FMS. The employer must control that foreign employee does not violate the visa regime and that he makes a registration on time.

The validity of a work visa is 1 year for foreign employees and 3 years for highly qualified employees. There are no limits for the amount of crossings a border during the duration period of visa.

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Russian consular section in Ethiopia

Ethiopian citizens can apply for Russian visa in the following Consular sections:

Actual addresses of Russian embassies in Ethiopia

  • Embassy of Russia in Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
    • Address:  Addis Ababa, Yeka Kifle Ketema, Kebele 08, Comoros Street, P.O. Box 1500.
    • Phone number: (8-10-251-11) 661-20-60, 661-18-28, (8-10-251-92) 084-85-77 — duty officer line.
    • Fax: (8-10-251-11) 661-37-95.
    • E-mailethiopia@mid.ru
    • Webhttp://www.ethiopia.mid.ru/

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