Do Turkmen citizens need a visa to visit Russia?
Inasmuch as there is an agreement between the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan, Turkmen citizens who possess a diplomatic or an official passport, can enter Russia and stay there for 30 days from the date of crossing the border of the Russian Federation. Other Turkmen citizens need to obtain a visa in doing so.
How to obtain Russian visa living in Turkmenistan?
In order to obtain Russian visa living in Turkmenistan, visa applicant needs to contact Russian embassy and fill in a visa application form and submit a list of necessary documents. An invitation letter to Russia is a mandatory document for visa obtainment.
Turkmen citizen’s relative living in Russia or a legal entity authorized in the Russian Federation can issue an invitation for him. A procedure of invitation issuance depends on why Turkmen citizen needs to visit Russia. Each type of a reason refers to its own type of a visa. The most common types of visas which are issued for Turkmen citizens for their visits to Russia 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 Turkmenistan?
You can apply for Russian visa in Russian consular section in Turkmenistan. 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|
Those Turkmen citizens who want to visit Russia for a sightseeing need to submit documents for visa issuance in the Russian embassy. Among them must be medical insurance, hotel booking, air tickets and also in invitation to Russia.
Read more: Russian tourist visa for foreigners
In order to obtain a tourist invitation letter, it is needed to make a request to a travel agency, which has a reference number which means that a travel agency is authorized in the Federal Travel Agency. In order to issue a tourist invitation in this case you need only 1 hour because such invitations are printed on travel agencies’ letterheads. Each of them consists of a tourist voucher and a tourist invitation confirmation.
In such invitation must be an information about company issued an invitation and personal data of a Turkmen citizen, who plans to travel to Russia. Russian cities, which Turkmen citizen plans to visit, number of entries and dates of a travel also must be listed in the invitation.
Russian tourist visa is issued for the period indicated in an invitation but it could not exceed 30 days. These visas are for single or double entries.
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Turkmen citizen, who is going to visit his relatives or friends in Russia can apply for a homestay visa in the Russian embassy. But he needs to obtain a homestay invitation letter to Russia at first. A homestay invitation is a document, which can be issued by an individual or a legal entity located in the Russian Federation.
If a legal entity wants to invite a foreigner to Russia, a private invitation need to be issued by the Federal Migration Service. In order to obtain this invitation, it is needed to make a request to the FMS for a visa issuance and submit a list of necessary documents. Such application will be considered for 17 work days.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
If an individual want to invite a foreigner to Russia, he needs to submit an application and a list of documents to the FMS section. Among these documents must be a guarantee letter, in which an inviting person commits a providing of an accommodation and medical care to a foreigner for the whole period of his homestay visa duration. This application will be considered in the FMS for 30 days.
There can be a positive or negative solution under the application. In the case of a negative solution, a refusal in a written form with an indication of the reasons will be given. If there is a positive solution, a homestay invitation will be issued on the state sample letterhead.
Private visas are issued to the possessors of homestay invitations for the period indicated in these invitations. The maximum validity of a homestay invitation is 90 days. Private visa is for single or double entries.
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If Turkmen citizen wants to visit Russia to sign a contract, he will need to submit documents for a business visa issuance. For doing this, he needs to preliminary obtain a business invitation letter to Russia. A company authorized in the Russian Federation can issue and send him this document.
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 company accredited in the FMS or in the Consular department of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Russia. Such invitation is a request from the head of a company to issue a business visa to a Turkmen citizen presenting this invitation.
Invitations on the FMS letterhead are issued on the basis of an application. Before issue such invitation, FMS employees checks a foreigner. If he has not violated a visa regime and has not been deported from Russia before, he will obtain an invitation on the state sample letterhead.
Telex invitation represents an order to issue a business visa, which sends through a special communication line from the Russian Ministry of foreign affairs to the Russian embassy situated in Turkmenistan. When an invitation issues through Telex, it is not necessary to send any papers to an invited person.
Business visa issues for a period from 1 day to 1 year. It is for single, double or multiply entries.
Order Russian business invitation to Russia for Turkmen citizens in the form of the letter from an organization
Order Russian business invitation to Russia for Turkmen citizens on the FMS letterhead
Order Russian business invitation to Russia for Turkmen citizens through Telex
If Turkmen citizen wants to come to Russia for a work. He needs to obtain a work visa in the Russian embassy at first. An employer company must help him to issue documents for a visa application.
Read more: Russian work visa for foreigners
A company interested in Turkmen citizen arrival to the Russian Federation needs to issue personal work permit and a work invitation for him. After an obtainment of an invitation and a permission, this documents are sent to Turkmen citizen in order that he could submit them for a work visa application.
The convenience of work visas is that their possessors are allowed to stay in Russia for the whole period of visa validity. They are issued for 1 or 3 years. Under a work visa it is possible to cross Russian borders unlimitedly. It is allowed to prolong work visa without leaving the Russian Federation.
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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, Turkmenistan is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.
We recommend citizens of Turkmenistan obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.
Turkmen citizens can apply for Russian visa in the following Consular sections:
- Embassy of Russia in Turkmenistan
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