Do citizens of the Republic of Senegal need a visa to visit Russia?
Yes, the do. Citizens of the Republic of Senegal, who want to visit Russia, need to preliminary obtain a visa.
How to obtain Russian visa living in Senegal?
In order to obtain Russian visa living in Senegal, Senegalese citizen needs to contact Russian embassy and submit documents for visa and pay a consular fee.
An inviting letter is necessary for visa obtainment. In order to get it, person, who lives in the Russian federation or an organization interested in foreigner’s visit to Russia, issues an invitation and sends it to the invited foreigner.
Method of invitation issuance depends on Senegalese citizen’s purpose of the visit to the Russian Federation. The most common types of visa 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 Senegal?
You can apply for Russian visa in Russian consular section in Senegal. 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|
Senegalese citizens, who want to visit Russia to carry out a tourist trip, need to submit a list of documents for a tourist visa. A tourist invitation must be among them.
Read more: Russian tourist visa for foreigners
An issuance of such invitation takes 1 hour. In order to do it you should contact a travel agency, which has a reference number and is authorized in Federal tourism agency. Every travel agency can print tourist invitations on their own letterheads because the law does not set how it should look.
Such invitation must contain a tourist voucher and a tourist invitation confirmation. Information about travel agency should be indicated in this invitation (name, reference number, address) as well as information about Senegalese citizen, trip’s plan, dates of arrival and departure and number of entries.
There are not any checks during the issuance of a tourist invitation. That’s why it does not guarantee that Senegalese citizen will obtain a tourist visa. Except an invitation he need a medical insurance, air tickets, hotel booking etc.
The maximum period of visa duration is 30 days. Visa is for single or double entries.
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If Senegalese citizen is planning to visit Russia to meet his relatives or friends, he needs to submit documents for private visa. He will need a private invitation letter to do it. Individuals living in Russia and legal entities authorized in Russia can properly issue and send it.
In order to obtain a homestay invitation letter, an individual submits an application in the Federal Migration Service section on his residence’s administrative unit. Also you need to submit copies of foreign citizen’s and inviting person’s passports, incoming statement of an inviting person, document confirming state duty payment and a guarantee letter. A person who invites Senegalese citizen must provide everything necessary for his stay in the Russian Federation.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
A person, who has issued an invitation to the Russian Federation for a foreigner, is responsible for that his guest had left Russia on time. If his visa expires, a person invited Senegalese citizen will pay a deportation. Inasmuch, Senegal is in the list of High Migration Risk countries, therefore an interview with FMS officer is mandatory for inviting person. Homestay invitation issuance takes about 30 days.
Private invitation letter, which is necessary for an issuance of private visa, can be issued and sent by legal entity authorized in the Russian Federation. In doing so, its representative needs to submit an application in FMS with a list of necessary documents. It takes about 17 work days to issue a homestay invitation letter.
Homestay invitation appears as a state sample letterhead. Homestay invitation issuance may be refused in some case; the reasons indicate in written form. It is possible to obtain homestay visa under the homestay invitation letter for adults and for children as well. Children, who have homestay visa can visit Russia without accompanying adult.
Homestay visas issue for up to 90 days. These visas are for single or double entries.
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If Senegalese citizen plans to visit Russian to sign a contract or to take part in an auction, he needs to obtain business visa. A company interested in his visit to Russia can issue an invitation letter and send it to a foreigner.
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;
Companies authorized in the Consular Department of the Ministry of foreign affairs can issue invitations in the form of letter from an organization. Request to the Russian embassy for business visa issuance to a certain foreigner states in this letter. You can obtain business invitation on the FMS letterhead, if you submit a proper application. Business invitation on the FMS letterhead issues, if Senegalese citizen successfully pass the checking for lack of deportations or unpaid fines. Telex is the most convenient type of business invitations. During the issuance of invitation through Telex, the Ministry of foreign affairs sends an order through a special communication line to issue business visa for a certain foreigner into Russian embassy in Senegal. In order to obtain an invitation, Senegalese citizen has to give a Telex number, it should be given during the applying for a visa in Russian embassy.
The maximum business visa validity is 1 year. Such visa is for single, double or multiply entries.
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Order Russian business invitation to Russia for Senegalese citizens through Telex
A company authorized in Russia and interested in a foreigner’s visit to Russia, needs to issue a work invitation, which is necessary to obtain work visa. In order to hire foreign employees, a company must have an appropriate permission. If that company has a permission, its representative can apply for a Russian work permit for Senegalese citizen. When this document becomes obtained, an employer issues a work invitation letter for Senegalese citizen.
Read more: Russian work visa for foreigners
Then these documents sends to a foreigner. After his arrival to the Russian Federation he needs to visit a company, which provided him a work permit and a work invitation and begin his duties. An employer must ensure that the foreigner does not violate visa regime.
The convenience of work visa is that it can be prolonged without leaving Russia. Every year it is possible to prolong it for another 1 year (unlimited number of times). If Senegalese citizen wants to change an employer, he will need to leave Russia and apply for the work visa again.
The validity of work visa is 1 year (for the highly qualified employees – 3 years).
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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, Senegal is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.
We recommend citizens of Senegal obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.
Senegalese citizens can apply for Russian visa in the following Consular sections:
- Embassy of Russia in the Republic of Senegal
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