Do citizens of Guinea-Bissau need a visa to visit Russia?
Yes, they do. Citizens of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau who wish to travel to Russia need a Russian entry visa.
How to Get a Russian Visa in Guinea-Bissau?
To obtain a visa to Russia in Guinea-Bissau, you will need to contact the Russian Embassy and submit a set of documents along with a completed visa application form and a support letter (letter of invitation). The inviting party should execute, collect and send it by regular mail or express delivery. It may be your friend or relative who will take care of the paperwork.
The invitation arrangement procedure depends on your intended purpose of visit. Each type of invitation is meant for a specific type of visa. Let’s take a look at the four general categories of Russian visa that are commonly obtained by foreign visitors.
- Those who travel for leisure should opt for tourist visas.
- Business visa can be convenient for business travelers.
- Electronic visa - for example: short-term trips;
- Private visa is meant for foreign visitors who wish to travel to Russia to see their friends or relatives. A tourist visa can be a more convenient and affordable choice for that purpose.
- Workers who come to Russia to work under an employment contract require a work visa.
Where to Apply for a Russian Visa in Guinea-Bissau?
If you are a resident of Guinea-Bissau, apply at the Russian Embassy located in Bissau. See the address and phone number below.
|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|
Citizens of Guinea-Bissau who wish to visit Russia to explore it culture and sights, must first obtain a Russian visa at the Russian Embassy. For that, they will need to collect the required documents, and specifically a letter of invitation (visa support letter).
Read more: Russian Tourist Visa
A limited number of travel agencies are authorized to issue tourist visa invitations. They print invitations on their official letterheads in an hour or less. Each invitation consists of a voucher and a confirmation.
A tourist visa invitation should contain information about the company (its legal name, reference number and registered address) and information about the citizen of Guinea-Bissau, the route of his/her journey, the dates of arrival and departure and the number of visits he/she requests.
As employees of travel agencies do not conduct any checks when issuing visa invitations, this document's presence itself cannot serve as a guarantee that the visa will be issued. In addition to the standard set of documents, a health insurance policy, a hotel booking confirmation, flight tickets and other documents may be requested.
A tourist visa may be issued for a period up to 30 days. Tourist visas can be single- or double-entry.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian tourist visa for citizens of Guinea-Bissau
Go to Issuing a Tourist Invitation Price $79.00
Citizen of Guinea-Bissau who want to come to Russia to visit their relatives, or at the invitation of a friend, must apply for a visitor visa and submit the appropriate documents, including a visa invitation. Both natural persons and legal entities residing in Russia can arrange invitations to foreign citizens, including Guinea-Bissau nationals.
To execute this document, the individual who wishes to invite a foreigner to visit Russia should apply at the local FMS office. He/she will be required to present a number of documents, including a copy of the applicant's national passport, a copy of the invited person's travel passport, the applicant's certificate of income, a receipt confirming the payment of state fee and a letter of guarantee. The inviting party shall state in the letter of guarantee that he/she will support the visitor in every way during the entire period the visitor will be staying at his/her place.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
The responsibility to ensure the visitor will not violate the visa rules rests with the person who invites him/her. Should any violations emerge, the deportation expenses will be borne by the host. Guinea-Bissau is in the list of the so-called “high migration risk countries”. De to this, any person who invites a citizen of this country to visit Russia will be interviewed at the FMS office. Application for a visitor visa invitation normally takes up to 30 days to process.
Legal entities also have the right to arrange private visa invitations. For that, the official person must file an application and submit the required documents at the local FMS office. In this case, the average processing time will be around 17 working days from the time the application is lodged.
Private visa invitations are issued on the official forms. Under certain circumstances, the application may be refused. In the letter of refusal the reasons for rejection must be spelt out.
Russian visitor visas can be obtained by minor foreign citizens, as well as adults. It is not mandatory for their parents to accompany them on their trip. The maximum length of stay for visitor visa holders is 90 days. Visitor visas can be single- or double-entry.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian private visa for citizens of Guinea-Bissau
Holders of Guinea-Bissau passports who wish to come to Russia with business purposes need to obtain a business visa. A specific kind of invitation is required to support the business visa application. A Russian business partner or a company's owner or representative can arrange invitations for their foreign counterparts.
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;
A limited number of companies that are authorized by the Russian authorities are entitled to issue business invitations on their letterheads. Business visa invitation letters typically contain a request to issue a business visa to a foreign citizen. To arrange an invitation issued on the standard FMS form the foreign applicant should have the inviting company's representative apply at a local FMS office and request this document. The citizen of Guinea-Bissau will be checked to determine whether he/she has any unpaid fines or a past record of deportation from Russia. If no violations are discovered, a business visa invitation will be issued. The Telex invitation execution procedure involves sending an electronic message from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Russian Consulate via special communication channel. Every application shall be assigned with a unique number. The inviting party should give the number to the foreign applicant, with that number the applicant can go straight to the Russian Embassy.
Business visas remain valid for a period of 1 year from the date of issue. This type of visa can be single-, double- or multiple-entry.
Arrange a letter of invitation for a Russian business visa for citizens of Guinea-Bissau
Arrange an FMS invitation for a Russian business visa for citizens of Guinea-Bissau
Arrange a Telex invitation for a Russian business visa for citizens of Guinea-Bissau
Work visas allow its holders to stay in Russia for as long as 1 year. To apply for this type of visa, you need to find an employer. The Russian employer who is willing to offer you a job must have a special permit to legally hire foreign nationals.
Read more: Russian Work Visa
The representative of a company where you got an offer shall take on the paperwork and execute a work permit and a support letter for your visa application.
As soon as you receive these documents, bring them to the Russian Embassy and await the approval of your application. The employer will be held responsible for any violations of visa regulations that that may emerge during your stay.
Russian work visas are issued for a fixed period of 1 year.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian work visa for citizens of Guinea-Bissau
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, Guinea-Bissau is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.
We recommend citizens of Guinea-Bissau obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.
Citizens of Guinea-Bissau can apply for their visa at the following consular offices:
- The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau