Do Tunisian citizens need a visa to visit Russia?
Due to the agreement between Russian authorities and the Republic of Tunisia owners of diplomatic, special and official passports have no need to obtain a visa to visit the Russian Federation. But other Tunisian citizens, who plan to visit Russia, need to obtain a visa.
How to obtain Russian visa living in Tunisia?
In order to obtain Russian visa, a foreigner needs to make a request to the Russian embassy. He will need to present his passport, an invitation letter to Russia and other documents there. Besides that, he needs to fill in a visa application form and pay a consular fee.
Tunisian citizen can obtain an invitation to Russia from his relative or friend living in the Russian Federation or from an organization or a company interested in his visit. The procedure of obtaining an invitation depends on the foreigner purpose of visit to Russia. Visa types also may differ according to his purpose of visit to the Russian Federation. Most often, foreigners apply for such visas:
- 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 Tunisia?
You can apply for Russian visa in Russian consular section in Tunisia. 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 Tunisian citizen wants to visit Russia for a sightseeing, he needs to apply for a tourist visa in the Russian embassy. In doing so he will need to present a list of documents and necessarily a tourist invitation letter.
In order to obtain it, Tunisian citizen needs to make a request to a travel agency authorized in the Federal travel agency. It takes only 1 hour to issue a tourist invitation.
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Such invitations are issued by travel agencies on their own letterheads because their appearance does not set by the law. Herewith, every such invitation must be of a tourist voucher and a tourist invitation confirmation. In the tourist invitation must be an information about a travel agency which has issued it and a complete personal data of a foreign tourist. Besides that, in this document must be names of Russian cities, which tourist wants to visit, dates of arrival and departure to Russia and also number of entries.
Travel agency’s employees issuing a tourist invitation to a Tunisian citizen do not perform any checks, that’s why in the Russian embassy you may not obtain a tourist visa only on the basis of a tourist invitation. He should probably need a medical insurance, a hotel booking, air tickets and other documents.
Tourist visas issue to the Tunisian citizens for up to 30 days. Tourist visas are for single or double entries.
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If a Tunisian citizen is going to visit his relatives living in Russia, he needs to apply for a homestay visa in the Russian embassy. For doing this he will need a homestay invitation letter. An issuance of such invitations is on those who invites him to Russia.
If it is an individual, he needs to contact the Federal Migration Service section on his residence’s administrative unit. Among documents, which are needed for an issuance of an invitation, must be copies of invited and inviting persons’ passports, an incoming statement, a receipt of state duty payment and a guarantee letter. In the guarantee letter, a person, who invites a foreigner, commits to provide to a foreign guest everything he needs for the living during the whole period of his stay in the Russian Federation under a homestay visa. If a Tunisian citizen somehow violates the visa regime, then all expenses for his deportation will be on the inviting party. It takes 30 days to issue private invitation properly. Tunisia is in the List of High Migration Risk countries, that’s why a decision to issue an invitation or to refuse it, will be considered after an interview with FMS officer and a person who invites a foreigner.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
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A legal entity also can invite a Tunisian citizen to Russia. In doing so, it is needed to make a request to FMS and submit a list of necessary documents for an issuance of a private invitation letter. In this case it takes 17 work days to issue an invitation.
Private invitations are issued on the state sample letterheads which are protected from a counterfeit. FMS employees have a right to refuse an issuance of a private invitation letter. In this case, reasons of a refusal must be indicated in a written form.
Private visa issues for the period from 1 to 90 days. They are for single and double entries.
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Tunisian citizens, who is planning to visit Russia for negotiations with his business partners, needs to apply for a business visa. In order to do that he needs a business invitation. Its issuance is on the inviting party.
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 to Russia in the form of a letter from an inviting organization can issue only those organizations which have an appropriate accreditation. Usually in such letter is a request to the Russian embassy to issue a business visa for a certain foreigner.
When an invitation on the state sample letterhead is issued, a company applies for an issuance of a business invitation for a foreigner in the FMS. After that a foreigner is being checked. If a Tunisian citizen has not been deported from Russia before and has not violated a visa regime and there are no other reasons to refuse, a business invitation issues on the state sample letterhead with a personal number, which is protected from a counterfeit.
Telex invitation is an order, which sends through a special communication channel from the Ministry of foreign affairs to the Russian embassy located in Tunisia to issue a business visa to a certain foreigner. Such type of an invitation is convenient because it has no paper form, but it is row of a numbers, which just should be sent to an invited person.
Business visa are issued for the different periods up to 1 year. Such visas are for single, double or multiply entries.
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If Tunisian citizen decides to go to the Russian Federation to work, he needs to apply for a work visa in the Russian embassy. An employer company, which must possess a permission to hire foreigners, must help him in doing so.
Read more: Russian work visa for foreigners
In order to make a Tunisian citizen possible to obtain a work visa, a company interested in foreigner’s arrival needs to apply for a work permit and work invitation for him. After documents are ready, they are sent to Tunisia in order to foreigner could apply for a work visa in the embassy.
A big advantage of work visas is that they allow to stay in Russia continuously for the whole period of visas’ validity. Such visas are issued for 1 or 3 years. It is allowed to prolong such visa without leaving Russia.
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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, Tunisia is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.
We recommend citizens of Tunisia obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.
Tunisian citizens can apply for Russian visa in the following Consular sections: