Do Togolese citizens need a visa to visit Russia?
In order to visit Russia, Togolese citizens need to preliminary obtain a visa.
How to obtain Russian visa living in Togo?
In order to obtain Russian visa, Togolese citizen need to contact Russian embassy, fill in a visa application form and also submit a list of documents, among which must be an invitation letter to Russia. An issuance of an invitation is on an inviting party (person or an organization located in the Russian Federation and interested in foreigner’s visit to Russia).
A procedure of invitation issuance depends on that, what is an official purpose of foreigner’s visit to Russia. Different types of invitations refer to different types of visas. The most common of them 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 Togolese Republic?
You can apply for Russian visa in Russian consular section in Togo. 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|
If a citizen of the Togolese Republic wants to visit Russia for tourism, he needs to apply for a tourist visa in the Russian embassy. In the embassy he needs to present air tickets, hotel booking, medical insurance and an invitation letter to Russia.
Read more: Russian tourist visa for foreigners
Such invitation you can obtain in a travel agency authorized in the Federal tourism agency of Russia, therefore it has reference number. It takes only 1 hour to issue an invitation letter to Russia by a travel agency. Tourist invitations are printed on travel agencies’ letterheads, because their appearance does not set by the law. Tourist invitation consists of a tourist voucher and a tourist invitation confirmation.
Such invitation must have an information about travel agency, which issued it, and a tourist personal data and also estimated dates of a trip, the names of cities, which he is going to visit and a number of entries. The presence of a tourist invitation letter to Russia does not guarantee that a Russian tourist visa will be issued.
The maximum period of a tourist visa validity is 30 days. Tourist visas are for single or double entry.
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Togolese citizen, who wants to visit his friends or relatives living in the Russian Federation, needs to apply for a homestay visa in Russian embassy, where he will need a list of documents, among which must be a homestay invitation. An inviting party living in Russia should issue and send him such invitation.
In order to obtain a homestay invitation for a Togolese citizen, an individual living in the Russian Federation needs to submit an application in the Federal Migration Service section and submit a copy of his and invited foreigner’s passport, his incoming statement, a receipt of state duty payment, a guarantee letter and other documents. In the guarantee letter, a person who wants to invite a Togolese citizen, commits to provide him an accommodation, medical care and livelihood for the whole period of a foreign citizen’s stay in Russia under a homestay visa.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
An invitation of a foreigner imposes another one obligation: if an invited foreigner does not leave Russia on time, then his deportation must be paid by an inviting person. Besides that, because of Togo is in the List of High Migration Risk countries, an inviting person need to pass an interview with a FMS officer. A consideration of an invitation letter application, submitted by an individual, takes 30 days according to the law.
A foreigner may also obtain a private invitation to Russia from a legal entity. Its representative needs to contact the FMS for this and submit an appropriate list of documents. Consideration takes 17 days in this case.
After the end of legally stipulated period of consideration a private invitation letter will be issued or there will be a refusal in a written form with an indicated reason. Russian private visa issues to foreigners for up to 90 days. Such visa is for single or double entries.
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Togolese citizen, who plans to visit Russia to sign contracts with his business partners, needs apply for a business visa. He needs a business invitation letter to do it. This invitation should be issued and sent by an inviting party – a company or an organization authorized in the Russian Federation.
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;
In this case, letter from an organization is an application to Russian embassy employees in Togo for a business visa issuance for a certain foreigner. Only those legal entities, which have a permission from the Consular department of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Russia or from the FMS, can issue such invitations.
In order to issue a business invitation letter on the state sample letterhead, an inviting party needs to make a request to the Federal Migration Service. After a submission of an application, they will check if a foreigner has unpaid fines or if he has been deported from the Russian Federation before. If there were not such violations, then a business invitation will be issued on the FMS letterhead.
When you issue a Telex invitation, an order to issue a business visa for a certain foreigner sends from the Ministry of foreign affairs. A convenience of such invitation is that an invited person only needs to get a Telex number.
Business visa validity sets by an invitation letter. The maximum validity of a business visa is 1 year. Such visa is for single, double or multiply entries.
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If Togolese citizen find a job in Russia, he will need to apply for a work visa in order to arrive there. Besides filled in visa application, he will need to present a work permit and work invitation letter in the Russian embassy. His employer should issue these documents for him.
Read more: Russian work visa for foreigners
In order to have a right to hire foreigners, Russian company must have a specifically issued permission. In total it takes 1,5 months to issue all necessary documents for Russian visa. Original of a personal work permit and work invitation needs to be sent to Togo by an employer, after that a foreigner could start a work visa issuance procedure.
This type of visa allows to stay in Russia for the whole period of its validity and cross the borders of a country whenever it is necessary. You can prolong Russian work visa without leaving country. Usually it is issued for 1 year but highly qualified specialists can obtain such visa for 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, Togo is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.
We recommend citizens of Togo obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.
The nearest Russian diplomatic mission is located in the Republic of Benin.