Do Libyan citizens need a visa to visit Russia?

Yes, they do. Citizens of Libya who want to visit Russia must preliminary apply for a visa.

How to obtain Russian visa living in Libya?

Libyan citizen need to make a request to Russian embassy in case of obtaining a visa, fill in the visa application form, submit a list of documents and present an invitation letter to Russia. An inviting party has to issue such invitation letter. A procedure of issuing an invitation letter depends on the foreigner’s visit purpose. As an inviting party may be Libyan citizen’s relative who lives in Russia or a company interested in his visit. Also the type of visa depends on the purpose of stay in Russian Federation. The most common types of visas are:

  • Tourist visa – for example: tourism, sightseeing;
  • Electronic visa - for example: short-term trips;
  • 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.

Where to obtain Russian visa in the State of Libya?

You can apply for Russian visa in Russian consular section in the State of Libya. 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
Electronic visa 8 days Trips for a short period of time
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 Libyan citizens

If Libyan citizen is planning to visit Russia as a tourist, he must submit documents for obtaining a visa to Russian embassy. He will need a medical insurance, plane tickets and an invitation letter to Russia.

Read more: Russian tourist visa for foreigners

You need to make a request to a travel agency, which has its own reference number to get a tourist invitation. It takes 1 hour to issue the invitation if you contact a travel agency. Tourist invitations are issued on travel agency’s letterheads. Each of them consists of a tourist voucher and tourist invitation confirmation.

Information about company issued an invitation is displayed in the tourist invitation letter as well as an information about Libyan citizen preparing his travelling to Russia. Also this document must contain names of cities which Libyan citizen wants to visit and number of entries. Obtaining tourist invitation does not guarantee issuing the visa because Libya is in the list of High Migration Risk countries.

Russian tourist visa issues for up to 30 days. Tourist visas are for single or double entrance.

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Russian private (homestay) visa for Libyan citizens

If Libyan citizen wants to visit his friends or relatives from Russia, he need to make a request to Russian embassy for homestay visa. But at first a homestay invitation must be sent to him from Russia. It could be done by individual or legal entity.

Individual living in the Russian Federation who wants to invite Libyan citizen must contact Federal Migration Service section to apply for homestay invitation letter and submit a visa application form with list of documents (copy of individual’s passport, his guest’s copy of passport, individual’s incoming statement, guarantee letter, stamp duty payment receipt and others). Guarantee letter is a document in which individual who invites a foreigner undertakes to provide an accommodation and all necessary things for the whole period of Libyan citizen’s stay 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

If a person living in Russia invites Libyan citizen, he becomes responsible to watch over his guest in case he does not break visa regime. If a foreigner does not leave Russia after the end of his visa duration, then all expenses for his deportation will be on inviting person. Libya is in the list of High Migration Risk countries; it means that a person invited Libyan citizen will pass an interview with FMS officer. All documents submitted for the homestay invitation letter will be consider for up to 30 days.   

A legal entity also can invite Libyan citizen to Russia. It is able to get an invitation at FMS after submitting an appropriate petition and necessary documents. This petition considers for 17 days.

If there is a positive resolution, homestay invitation letter will be issued on state sample letterhead. Sometimes there is a negative resolution, in this case refusal reasons specifies in written form.

Homestay visas usually issues to the owners of homestay invitation letters for the period indicated in the invitation but it cannot exceed 90 days. Homestay visa may be for single or double entrance.

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Russian business visa for Libyan citizens

Libyan citizen who wants to come to Russian Federation to meet his business partners or to sign a contract, needs to obtain a business visa in Russian embassy. He has to present a business invitation letter to do it. Legal entity authorized in Russia can issue and send him this business invitation.

Read more: Russian Business Visa

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

Only those legal entities which are accredited in FMS or Consulate department of the Ministry of foreign affairs have a right to issue an invitation in the letter from organization form. These invitations have the form of a petition from legal entity to Russian embassy employees about business visa issuance for Libyan citizen.

In order to issue business invitation on the state sample letterheads, legal entity must apply for it using appropriate application. It will cause a verification. If some visa regime violation detects, the issuance of invitation on the FMS’s letterhead will be denied. If there are no reasons to refuse the issuance, invitation will be given on the special letterhead protected from falsification with its own unique number.

Invitation letter through Telex is an order to issue business visa to Libyan citizen sent through special communication channel from the Ministry of foreign affairs of Russian Federation to Russian embassy. The usability of Telex is that inviting party does not need to send anything to invited citizen, they just need to give him a number of Telex.

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

Business visa issues for up to 1 year. It can be single, double or multiple.

Order Russian business invitation to Russia for Libyan citizens in the form of the letter from an organization

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Order Russian business invitation to Russia for Libyan citizens on the FMS letterhead

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Order Russian business invitation to Russia for Libyan citizens through Telex

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Russian work visa for Libyan citizens

In order to obtain work visa, Libyan citizen need to find an employer in Russia, who will take care about issuance of all documents. This company must have a permit from government to hire employees from abroad.

Read more: Russian work visa for foreigners

Employer has to issue work permit and work invitation letter for his employee from Libya. Work permit and work invitation have to be sent to Libyan citizen by express mail. After receiving them Libyan citizen will be able to make a request to Russian embassy and submit documents for visa.

An advantage of Russian work visa is that foreigner can cross the borders of Russian Federation for the whole period of visa duration as many times as he need. If necessary to prolong work visa, an employee does not need to leave Russian Federation. Work visas issue for 1 or 3 years.

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Russian Electronic Visa from Libya

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, Libya is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.

We recommend citizens of Libya obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.

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Russian consular section in the State of Libya

Russian diplomatic mission is not available in the State of Libya.

Russian embassy is temporary removed to Tunisia.

Actual addresses of Russian embassies in Libya.

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