Do Australians need Visa to Russia?
Yes, in order to visit Russia citizens of Australia have to obtain a visa. They can do this at the embassy or a consulate of the Russian Federation which are located in Australia.
How to Get Russian Visa from Australia?
In order to obtain a visa the Australians must receive an invitation from Russia. This document depends on a type of a visa which in its turn depends on the purpose of a visit declared by an Australian citizen as the main.
There are following types of visas (depending on the purpose of a trip):
- Tourist visa is intended for those who travel for tourism and wish to see sights.
- Electronic visa - for example: short-term trips;
- Private visa is good for visitors who would like to meet Russian friends (however, it is recommended to apply for the tourist visa instead as it is a more easy and reliable way to take a trip to Russia).
- Business visa suits the foreign applicants who are concerned in exploring business opportunities of Russia.
- Work visa is necessary for the citizens of foreign countries who seek to endeavour in career and professional development in Russian enterprises.
Where to apply for a Russian visa in Australia?
You can obtain a visa to Russia in any of the Consulates of the Russian Federation located in Australia. See the list of Russian Consulates in Australia, along with their phone numbers and location indicated on this page below.
Russian visas quick comparison
|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 1 year)||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|
Tourist visa can be obtained by citizens of Australia the quickest, as the issuing of the invitation will take not more than one day. This type of invitation to visit Russia for Australians can be made by a travel company that is officially registered with the Register of Russian tour operators and has its own reference number.
Read more: Russian Tourist Visa
Such invitations are issued by tour companies on their own letterheads as the outward appearance of the invitation required to obtain a tourist visa is not fixed by law. The invitation usually consists of a voucher and a confirmation on receiving a tourist. There should be indicated the name of a tourist company, its reference-number, passport information of the tourist, the itinerary of the trip and the hotels he/she will stay at, dates of the arrival and departure, multiplicity of the visa itself.
It should be noted that the existence of a tourist invitation cannot guarantee the obtaining of a Russian visa. When checking the documents given in to obtain a tourist visa a citizen of Australia will be inspected on having any deportations from the Russian Federation during his/her previous visits, as well as any criminal records for having broken the laws of the Russian Federation or any unpaid fines for the administrative violations.
One can be asked at the consulate to submit the airplane tickets, a medical insurance and confirmation of a hotel booking. The payment of the consular fee is necessary (notwithstanding whether the visa will be obtained or not).
Usually Australian citizens obtain tourist visas to Russia easily. A visa can be obtained for a period of up to 30 days. It can have either one or two entries.
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In order to obtain a private visa one has to spend much more time than when applying for a tourist visa. It is required to apply for this visa in case an Australian citizen wants to come to the Russian Federation to visit his/her friends or relatives. Most people prefer to apply for tourist visas in this case.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
A private invitation can be issued by a citizen of Russia or a legal entity. In order to do this it is necessary to apply at the local department of the Federal Migration Service (the FMS) at the place of residence for an individual or at the place of registration for a legal entity.
The department of the FMS issues a private invitation after receiving an application with appended information for the person invited, a copy of his/her passport, the information on the inviting party, the duration of stay in Russia, multiplicity of a visa. The issuing period for the invitation to obtain a single visa is 12 working days and 17 days for a double entry visa. During this time a citizen of Australia will be checked on having any unpaid fines or deportations in the past. The department of the FMS may refuse to issue a private invitation with indicating a reason for this in writing. In case everything is fine, an inviting party obtains a private invitation on a state standard form and sends it to Australia by the express-mail.
After obtaining an invitation a private visa is issued for a period of 90 days. It may be single or double entry.
Get of a Private (Visitor) Invitation to Russia for Australian citizens
In order to come to Russia to participate in an auction, to hold negotiations or sign the contract an Australian citizen has to obtain a business visa. The invitation to obtain this visa is also issued by the inviting party located in Russia and sent afterwards by express-mail.
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 as a letter is in fact a request to the Russian consular body to give a visa to a certain citizen of Australia. Not all legal entities can issue invitations but only those companies which were duly accredited for this. It usually takes only 1 day to issue this invitation. When issuing it the law abidance of a foreign citizen would not be checked. That is why afterwards he/she can be denied in a visa at the embassy or a consulate of the RF, if it is turned up that there were any criminal records during his/her previous visits.
On a special FMS form (a state standard form) an invitation is issued when an inviting party has applied for it with an appropriate application. In this case a citizen of Australia is checked on having any criminal records during his/her previous visits to the RF. This type of a business invitation has to be waited for 12-17 working days.
If a letter of invitation or an invitation on a special state standard form should be sent to Australia by express-mail, an invitation by telex is just a number which is given to a foreigner by the inviting party. This invitation is a direction from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the RF to the embassy of the RF to give a visa to a certain citizen.
A business visa may be obtained by a citizen of Australia for a period of up to 5 years. It can be single, double or multiple entry.
Get a Russian Business Invitation from Australia on the letterhead of an accredited company
Issuing of a Business Invitation to Russia for Australian citizens on the FMS form
Get a Business Invitation to Russia for Australian citizens by a Telex
If a citizen of Australia finds an employer in the Russian Federation who will take the responsibility to provide a work permit and a work invitation for him/her then he/she would be able to work in Russia. The advantage of a work visa is that it can be extended for a year without leaving the country.
Read more: Russian Work Visa
Work visa is initially issued for a period of 3 months and extended afterwards for a whole period of a work permit.
Get Work Visa to Russia for Australian citizens
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
At present citizens of Australia are not eligible for obtaining an e-visa to Russia. According to the Government of the Russian Federation, e-visa processing for the citizens of Australia shall become available starting January 1st, 2021.
We recommend citizens of Australia obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.
Australian citizens may obtain Russian visa in these Consular centers of the Russian Federation:
- The Consular Department of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Australia (Consular Section – Northern Territory and Capital Territory) (show image)
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