Do Saudi Arabian citizens need a visa to visit Russia?
Yes, they do. Citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa to visit Russian Federation.
How to obtain Russian visa living in Saudi Arabia?
In case of obtain Russian visa living in Saudi Arabia, foreign citizen need to make a request to Russian embassy or consulate section and submit a list of documents. Foreigner’s passport is mandatory as well as invitation letter issued and sent by a person or an organization located in Russia.
An invitation could differ depending to the purpose of Saudi Arabian citizen’s staying in Russia. Each type of an invitation letter corresponds to its own type of visa:
- Tourist visa - for example: tourism, sightseeing;
- Electronic visa - for example: short-term trips;
- 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);
- Work visa - for example: an employment in Russian company.
Where to obtain Russian visa in Saudi Arabia?
You can apply for Russian visa in Russian consular section in Saudi Arabia. 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|
|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|
If Saudi Arabian citizen is planning to visit Russia for sightseeing, he must preliminary apply for a tourist visa. At first he will need to obtain a tourist invitation. It could be issued by a travel agency which has its own reference number.
Read more: Russian tourist visa for foreigners
Each travel agency prints an invitation on its own form because the law does not set how it should look. Any invitation should consist of two parts: tourist voucher and tourist invitation confirmation. Tourist invitation must contain travel agency’s name and reference number, its legal address, tourist’s passport data, trip’s plan, dates of arrival and departure, number of entries.
Obtaining of tourist invitation to Russia does not guarantee that Saudi Arabian citizen will get a visa to Russia. If Russian embassy decides to issue a visa, it would be issued for up to 30 calendar days. This type of visa could be for a single or double travel.
Formalize a tourist invitation letter to Russia for Saudi Arabian citizens
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In order to get homestay visa to Russia, Saudi Arabian citizen need to obtain a homestay invitation in advance. That means that person living in Russian Federation need to go to the Federal Migration Service section on his residence’s administrative unit and submit an application for issuing a homestay invitation. Also it is necessary to submit a list of documents which must include copies of invitation party’s and foreign citizen’s passports, inviting person’s incoming statements. Besides that, guarantee letter could be required. In that letter person, who invites a foreigner, commits to provide him an accommodation and medical care for the whole period of staying in Russia. Also inviting person will take financial liabilities to pay for the deportation of foreigner if he violates the visa regime or Russian law.
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Inasmuch the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian is in the list of migration risk countries, an invitation party has to pass an interview with FMS officer which largely depends on the issuance of a homestay invitation. After consideration of an application and list of documents within stipulated statutory deadline, homestay invitation will be issued or inviting person will obtain a refusal in written form with an indication of a reason. After getting an invitation, inviting party has to send it to Saudi Arabia through express mail.
Homestay invitation and the rest documents should be submitted by foreign citizen to Russian embassy. In case of success to obtain visa it would be issued for period indicated in an invitation. The maximum validity of the homestay visa is 90 days. It can be for a single or double travel.
Formalize private invitation letter to Russia for Saudi Arabian citizens
Saudi Arabian citizen need to obtain business visa to visit Russia for extending his business cooperation. It could be done only if he possesses a business invitation letter to Russia. Formalization of business invitation has to be done by firm authorized in Russian Federation and interested in foreign citizen’s arrival to Russia.
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;
Invitation in the letter form can be issued only by those organizations which have an authorization in the Consular department of the Ministry of foreign affair or in Federal Migration Service. In those letters is stated request from the head of an organization to authorized person in Russian embassy about an issuance of business visa to certain foreigner.
In order to formalize an invitation on FMS’s form, representative of a firm interested in foreigner’s arrival need to apply for an issuance of business invitation letter and submit a list of necessary documents (also a guarantee letter is required because Saudi Arabia is in the list of migration risk countries). If the list of documents is incomplete or this foreign citizen has broken the law of Russian Federation in one of his previous visits, then the issuance will be denied. In case of the issuance of business invitation letter the inviting party should send it to foreign citizen by express mail.
When you formalize a business invitation through Telex, an order to issue a business visa comes from the Ministry of foreign affair to Russian embassy in Saudi Arabia. An inviting party just has to give a specific number to a Saudi Arabian citizen using an e-mail or phone.
After obtaining an invitation to Russia foreign citizen need to make a request to Russian consular section or embassy and submit fulfilled visa application form with a list of documents. If the list of documents does not be rejected in the embassy for any reason, then a business visa will issue for a period indicated in the invitation. The maximum validity of the business visa is 1 year. It can be issued for a single, double or multiply entries.
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If citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia finds a job in Russia, he will need to obtain a work visa. Besides fulfilled visa application form and passport, he has to have work permit and work invitation. These documents must be prepared by an employer.
Read more: Russian work visa for foreigners
To have the right to hire foreign employees, firm authorized in Russia must have a properly formalized permit to do it. Often it takes 1.5 month to issue all documents. The original work permit and work invitation must be sent to Saudi Arabia then foreign citizen will be able to begin the process of issuing work visa.
Work visa gives a possibility to stay in Russia and to cross the border of Russia an unlimited number of times for the whole duration period. It is possible to prolong a work visa without living Russia. Usually work visa issues for 1 year but highly qualified employees can obtain it for 3 years.
Formalize a Russian work invitation for Saudi Arabian citizens
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
Apply for e-visa Cost €10.00
Citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can apply for Russian visa in the following Consular sections:
- Embassy of Russia in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Frequently Asked Questions
To obtain a Russian visa you need:
- Fill in our online order form and get a Visa invitation to Russia
- Refer to our Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Russian Visa Application, use your personal data and information from the Invitation to Russia