Do Qatari Citizens need a visa to visit Russia?
Citizens of Qatar are required to obtain an entry visa before traveling to Russia.
How to Get a Russian Visa in Qatar?
Citizens of Qatar are required to apply for any type of Russian entry visas at the Russian Embassy or Consulate and bring the supporting documents for the visa interview, including an invitation letter, signed by a person or organization inviting the foreigner to visit Russia.
The type of visa and the procedure and time frame for obtaining it depend on the purpose of the visit, Which should be indicated by the traveler in his/her visa application. The four most common types of Russian visa are:
- Tourist visa is the type that should be requested by those who travel to Russia for tourism-related purposes.
- Business visa is the proper option for foreigners who plan to visit their business partners or attend conferences, conventions, trade shows or other events in Russia.
- Private visa is suitable for any person who intends to stay at their friend's place or visit a relative. Consider opting for a tourist visa instead, as it is much easier and cheaper to obtain.
- Work visa is the only type available to foreign workers who have signed an employment contract with a Russian company.
Where to Apply For a Russian Visa in Qatar?
Embassy of Russia located in Doha is where citizens of Qatar should apply for their Russian entry visas. Find its location 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|
Qatari citizens who wish to travel to Russia for tourism and leisure purposes must have a tourist visa stamped in their passports at the Russian Embassy. Applicants are invited to submit a set of required documents, including a visa support letter (invitation letter). An invitation letter is a document that can be requested from any travel company authorized by the Russian Federal Register of Tour Operators to offer this service and assigned with a unique reference number by this authority.
Read more: Russian Tourist Visa
Tourist visa invitation letters are usually printed on the travel agency's letterheads, since no regulations exist regarding the design of this document. Any invitation letter made by a travel agency must consist of a tourist voucher and a tourist confirmation. It normally takes about an hour to arrange this document.
Each letter must contain the following information: the travel company's registered name, its legal address, its reference number and the Qatar citizen's personal data. Also, it is necessary to indicate all the cities the traveler intends to visit, the intended dates of travel and the number of entries the traveler requests.
Usually, a tourist visa is valid for the period indicated in the invitation, however its validity period cannot exceed 30 days. Tourist visas can be single- or double-entry.
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Any citizen of Qatar who intends to visit a relative or a friend in Russia needs to apply for a private visa to the Russian Embassy. To get this type of visa, a special invitation is needed. The inviting party should assist in obtaining it. It can be a natural or a legal person who arranges a private visa invitation for the foreigner.
If it's a legal person who is requesting an invitation, he/she must apply at a local FMS office and submit a package of relevant documents. The application will be reviewed within a maximum of 17 working days.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
If it's an individual who applies for a visa invitation, he/she will also need to contact the FMS officials. A complete set of documents, including a letter of guarantee, must be submitted with the application. The inviting person must state in the letter of guarantee that he/she will accommodate and financially support the visitor during his/her stay in Russia. He/she will also have to come to the FMS office for an interview with an authorized official. This is because Qatar is officially considered a high migration risk country by the Russian authorities. Application review can take up 1 month.
Not all applicants qualify for a visa invitation. If refused, a written statement with reasons will be issued. If granted, the invitation will be issued on a special highly protected form.
Private visa can be issued for a period not exceeding 90 days. This type of visa can be single-entry or double-entry.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian private visa for Qatari citizens
Russian business visa is designed for those foreign citizens, including Qatari nationals, who intend to visit Russia on business. To obtain this type of visa, a special kind of invitation must be prepared. Any Russian company is entitled to arrange invitations for foreigners.
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;
Any company wishing to make a letter of invitation must be authorized by the Russian authorities to do so. This type of invitation is essentially a letter that serves as a request to grant a visa to the citizen of Qatar in question.
To arrange an invitation for a business visa issued by the FMS on the approved form, the inviting company must lodge an application at the FMS. The citizen of Qatar will be checked to reveal any past records of deportation or unpaid fines, if no offense was found an invitation for a business visa shall be issued.
Telex invitation is considered to be the most convenient way to make a business visa invitation. Telex is a special secure communication channel between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Embassies located abroad. If this method is used, a directive to grant a business visa to the person concerned will be sent via this channel.
The inviting party must inform the Qatari citizen about the Telex number assigned for his/her application, he/she will then have to provide this number at the Russian Embassy.
Business visas are normally issued for a maximum of 1 year. They can be single-, double- or multiple-entry.
Arrange a letter of invitation for a Russian business visa for Qatari citizens
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Obtaining a Russian work visa is a challenge that requires the applicants to invest considerable time and effort. To initiate the process, it is important to find a suitable employer first.
Read more: Russian Work Visa
Any employer wishing to hire foreign workers is required to hold a valid permit. It is also the employer's burden to arrange a work permit and a visa support letter for the prospective worker.
If granted, a work visa will allow its holder to stay in Russia for one year and travel into and out of the country any number of times.
Arrange an invitation for a Russian work visa for Qatari citizens
Citizens of Qatar can apply for their visa at the following consular offices: