Transit visas are issued to foreign citizens if they have a visa valid for entering the country of destination upon presenting railway or airline tickets. This is necessary if the foreign person is not a citizen of the country of destination or a country that signed a visa waiver agreement with the country of destination.

What is a transit visa to Russia?

Transit visa is a document permitting entry and staying on the territory of Russia when traveling to another country. A transit visa is issued on the basis of an airline or train ticket.

When applying for a transit visa, review the following topics in detail:

Validity of Transit Visas

Such visas are issued for the 10-day period. This is sufficient for crossing the border of a country the foreign citizen is passing through when traveling to the country of destination. Also, when determining the duration of a transit visa information contained in travel documents shall be considered. It is allowed to stop in a locality for a period of not more than 3 days.

When traveling by car, divide the distance between the entry point and exit point by 500 km to determine how many days it will take to travel through Russia.

If the validity of this type of visa is not suitable for your for any reason, you can find out about other types of visas.

Learn more: Types of invitations for visas to travel to Russia.

Documents required for applying for transit visas

To apply for a transit visa it is necessary to submit the following documents to the consular office of the Russian Federation:

  • Passport (bearing visa of the country of destination, if it is required for entry)
  • Visa application form
  • Three photos
  • Travel documents (containing the date of departure)
  • Health insurance policy.

Cost of Transit Visa 

Find out how much a transit visa will cost by calling the Russian consulate located in your country or visiting the website. Our company does not assist in obtaining transit visas. 

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# Joan MIG 2019-07-27 08:38
Hi there, I found really useful the fact that with a transit visa you are allowed to stop up to 3 days in a locality. Is it an official information? I struggled to find this info from official source. Thanks

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