Do citizens of the Republic of Malawi need a visa to visit Russia?
Citizen of the Republic of Malawi, who wants to visit Russia must obtain entry permit also called a visa.
How to obtain Russian visa living in Malawi?
In order to obtain Russian visa living in Malawi you need to make a request to Russian embassy. In the embassy you will require to fill in a visa application form, pay consular fee, present an invitation letter and other necessary documents.
Invitation letter to Russia is on inviting party. It can be your friend living in Russia or a relative of Malawian citizen or a company interested in foreigner’s visit.
Registration procedure depends on foreign citizen’s purpose of stay in Russian Federation. Visa’s type also depends on the foreigner’s purpose of visiting Russia. Mostly foreign citizens apply for these types of visas:
- Tourist visa - for example: tourism, sightseeing;
- Business visa - for example: conferences, business meetings;
- Private visa - for example: meeting with your Russian friends (but it is more reasonable and cheaper to use the tourist visa);
- Electronic visa - for example: short-term trips;
- Work visa - for example: an employment in Russian company.
Where to obtain Russian visa in Malawi?
You can apply for Russian visa in Russian consular section in Malawi. 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|
Malawians, wishing to visit Russian Federation for sightseeing, at first should apply for tourist visa in Russian embassy. A tourist invitation letter must be presented there.
Read more: Russian tourist visa for foreigners
In order to obtain an invitation letter Malawian citizen can make a request to a travel agency which has reference number. It takes 1 hour to obtain tourist invitation.
Travel agencies print these invitations on their own letterheads because their appearance does not set by the law. But each tourist invitation consists of tourist voucher and tourist invitation confirmation.
Foreign tourist’s personal data and an information about travel agency issued an invitation has to be printed in this document. Besides that, the names of cities which he is going to visit, trip’s dates and number of entries must be listed in the invitation.
Inasmuch there are no checks before tourist invitation issuance, it is not guaranteed that Malawian citizen possessing a tourist invitation will obtain tourist visa. Besides an invitation, medical insurance, hotel booking, air tickets and other documents can be required.
Malawian citizens may obtain tourist visa for up to 30 days. These visas are for single or double entrance.
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If Malawian citizen wants to visit his relatives living in the Russian Federation, he needs to make a request to Russian embassy and apply for homestay visa. In order to do it, a homestay invitation is required. An issuance of this invitation should provide those who wants to see him.
If a foreigner is being invited to Russia by an individual, he needs to contact Federal Migration Service section on his residence’s administrative unit and submit a list of documents among which must be a request for homestay invitation issuance, copies of invited and inviting person’s passports, incoming statement and a guarantee letter from an inviting person. In that letter person who invites foreign citizen guarantee that foreign guest will have everything he needs for his stay in Russia during the whole validity of his visa. Besides that, if a foreigner violates a visa regime, all expenses for his deportation will be on the inviting party. An issuance of homestay invitation takes about 30 days. An inviting person will pass the interview with FMS officer because Malawi is in the list of High Migration Risk countries.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
If a legal entity wants to invite Malawian citizen, its representative contact FMS and submit an application and list of documents for invitation issuance. In this case it will take about 17 work days.
These invitations are being issued on forgery protected letterheads. Sometimes FMS employees deny issuance of invitations but in this case reasons indicate in written form.
Even underage Malawian citizens can obtain a homestay visa and enter the Russian Federation without adults’ accompaniment. Homestay visa issues for up to 90 days. It is for single or double entrance.
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Those Malawian citizens, who plan to visit Russia for extending their business cooperation, need to preliminary obtain business visa. In order to do that they need a business invitation which can be formalized and sent by a company interested in foreigner’s arrival.
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;
An invitation in a form of the letter from an inviting company is able to be issued only by those companies which are authorized by Federal Migration Service or by Consulate department of the Ministry of foreign affairs. In order to obtain an invitation on the FMS letterhead inviting company need to submit an application to Federal Migration Service. Formalizing of an invitation will take some time in that case because there will be a check to identify if there were deportations out of Russian Federation or unpaid fees. The best way to obtain business invitation is Telex. In these ways an invitation issues through special communication channel from the Ministry of foreign affairs to Russian embassy. In this case, an invited person will need to tell the number given by an inviting party during visa registration procedure in Russian embassy.
Business visa is for single, double or multiply entrance. They can be issued for up to 1 year.
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If Malawian citizen have found an employer in Russia, he should apply for work visa. He will need an employer’s help for the registration of documents.
Russian company which plans to provide a workplace for Malawian citizen must have a permit to hire employees from abroad. Besides that, an employer need to obtain personalized work permit for that certain foreign employee. After work permit will be obtained, it will be able to apply for foreigner’s work permit.
Read more: Russian work visa for foreigners
Work permit and work invitation letter need to be sent by an employer to Malawian citizen through express mail, then he can contact Russian embassy in order to apply for a work visa. This visa type allows a foreigner to stay in the Russian Federation for the whole visa validity period. It is not necessary to leave Russian Federation to prolong visa. Work visa may be prolonged unlimited numbers of times, if an employer remains the same.
Work visa may be valid for 1 or 3 years. Visa owner can cross the borders of the Russian Federation for the limitless number of times.
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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, Malawi is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.
We recommend citizens of Malawi obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.
The nearest Russian diplomatic mission is located in Zimbabwe.