Do Bangladeshis need Visa to Russia?
Yes, in order to cross the border legally, Bangladeshi citizens are obliged to obtain a visa in advance. To do that, they should visit the Russian embassy in their country of origin. A specific form must be filled out as well as the consular fee paid (for visa application processing services).
How to Get Russian Visa from Bangladesh?
A visa to travel from Bangladesh to Russia can only be obtained if an invitation letter has been issued in a proper manner. Due to Bangladesh being included in the list of high migration risk countries, having a letter of invitation is not the only requirement a visa applicant has to face when applying for Russian visa. Depending on the type of visa and purpose of the travel, the person, who travels to Russia, must present some evidence that proves he/she does not intend to overstay the requested period.
On most occasions, foreign citizens apply for these types of visa (the type of visa depends on the official purpose of the visit):
- Tourist visa is intended for those who travel for tourism and wish to see sights.
- 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 Bangladesh?
You can obtain a visa to Russia in any of the Consulates of the Russian Federation located in Bangladesh. See the list of Russian Consulates in Bangladesh, 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|
|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|
Citizens of Bangladesh may obtain tourist visa only if they possess a ‘tourist’ letter of invitation issued by a travel company. The company must have an individual reference number indicating that it is officially registered with the Register of tour operators of Russia. This type of invitation to visit Russia for Bangladeshis can be made within 1 working day.
Read more: Russian Tourist Visa
The tourist visa support letter must include the official name of the company, its reference number and legal address. All personal details taken from the passport of the Bangladesh citizen must be indicated as well as his/her travel itinerary in the Russian Federation and the planned dates of arrival and departure. Invitation letter issued by tourist company may have any format as it is not regulated by law. It normally takes 1 business day to issue. However, it should be noted that having a letter of invitation does not serve as a guarantee of obtaining a Russian visa.
In case the application documents for tourist visa have been successfully processed and approved, a 30 days visa may be granted. It is valid for a single or double entry in the Russian Federation.
Get a Tourist Invitation to Russia from Bangladesh
Go to Issuing a Tourist Invitation Price $79.00
A citizen of Bangladesh who is willing to visit his/her Russian relatives or friends must apply for a private visa to Russia. In order to obtain a private visa, a Bangladeshi citizen must submit a letter of invitation to Russia as well as the other documents at the Embassy.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
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This type of document must be obtained by the hosting party in a local FMS office and then express-mailed to Bangladesh. The process of issuing a letter of invitation for private visa can take up to 30 days. A person who is a resident of the Russian Federation must file an application and include his/her income statement as well as a guarantee letter stating that he/she is willing to shoulder all expenses related to accommodation of the foreign person and guarantees that he/she agrees to be held accountable should that person be deported and/or violates the laws of the Russian Federation. An interview with an FMS officer will be an important step towards the positive outcome in the invitation letter issuance procedure.
The person who plans to visit Russia holding a visitor visa may also indicate death of a close relative, who was a Russian resident, or necessity to seek medical treatment in a Russian clinic as a reason for the trip. That is why companies can be involved in handling the process of obtaining an invitation letter. In that case, it can take up to 17 or 12 workdays to have the letter issued in support of a double or single entry visa application, respectively. A private visa valid for up to 90 days may be granted.
Get of a Private (Visitor) Invitation to Russia for Bangladesh citizens
Bangladeshi entrepreneurs and other businesspersons can obtain a business visa to enter the Russian Federation. To do that, he/she must submit the package of documents, that includes a business visa invitation letter, at the Embassy.
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;
A letter of invitation in support of business visa application can be sent by an organization officially accredited by the Federal Migration Service (FMS) of Russia. It takes 1 day to process the application and issue the letter on a company’s official letterhead, on the government-approved form (may take up to 12-17 working days, issued upon a request from the organization handling the application) or via Telex (electronic invitation in form of a message sent directly from Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Embassy of the Russian Federation located in the country in which the request has been made).
In case the citizen of Bangladesh deals with either of the first two options, he/she must present the original letter of invitation. For the latter option, the applicant must give the Telex number when interviewed at the Embassy. Should the decision on the visa application come back positive, a business visa valid for a period varying from 1 day to 1 year will be granted.
Get a Russian Business Invitation from Bangladesh on the letterhead of an accredited company
Issuing of a Business Invitation to Russia for Bangladesh citizens on the FMS form
Get a Business Invitation to Russia for Bangladesh citizens by a Telex
In order to obtain a work visa for seeking employment or becoming employed on the territory of Russia, a national of Bangladesh should contact the Russian Consulate in the country concerned with the package of documents that must include an invitation letter and a work permit allowing him/her to work in the Russian Federation.
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Preparing of both of these documents as well as sending them by priority mail to the foreign citizen should be handled by the Russia-based company offering the job. If all documents has been prepared properly, a 3 month visa may be granted. Upon arrival, the foreign employee must notify the FMS (Russian immigration authorities) and extend his/her visa for the whole period of his/her work permit validity period.
The organization that offers employment is obliged to oversee the foreign worker ensuring he/she follows the immigration rules of the Russian Federation. If needed, the work visa can be renewed without leaving the country.
Members of the foreign worker’s family are also allowed to enter Russia with his/her Russian visa in hand. In that case, the document will state that one or more persons, who are related to the holder, will accompany him/her during his/her stay in Russia. The process of obtaining this type of visa can take up to 1.5 months.
Get Work Visa to Russia for Bangladesh citizens
Bangladesh citizens may obtain Russian visa in these Consular centers of the Russian Federation:
- Consular Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh