Do Belgians need Visa to Russia?
A person who is a Belgian national must present a visa, executed by the Consulate or Embassy of the Russian Federation located in Belgium, in order to be able to enter Russia legally.
How to Get Russian Visa from Belgium?
To do that, the completed application form and the package of documents must be submitted at the Embassy or Consulate and the consular fee paid. It is also necessary to present a letter of invitation, prepared by the inviting party located in Russia, and send it by mail to Belgium.
There are many types of visa allowing to enter the Russian Federation. They vary based on common purposes of the trip. Most frequently, foreign applicants seek these basic types:
- 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 Belgium?
You can obtain a visa to Russia in any of the Consulates of the Russian Federation located in Belgium. See the list of Russian Consulates in Belgium, 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|
|Electronic visa||8 days||Trips for a short period of time|
|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 to Russia is the easiest to obtain for a Belgian national. This type of invitation to visit Russia for Belgians can be made within 1 working day. In order to have the invitation letter issued, citizens of Belgium should contact a local travel agency that is registered with the Russian immigration authorities and assigned with an individual reference number.
Read more: Russian Tourist Visa
This kind of invitation usually comprises a tourist voucher and a confirmation of acceptance of a foreign citizen. The letter may have any desired format as this paper should printed on the travel company’s official letterhead. When issuing an invitation letter, the company’s official name and reference number must be indicated as well as the traveller’s passport information, his/her route description, duration of the trip and number of entries the foreign citizen intends to request when filing his/her visa application.
Availability of invitation letter for tourist visa does not automatically ensure issuance of visa. The Embassy officials will perform a check to see if the applicant has been abiding laws of the Russian Federation during his/her prior visits.If it is revealed that he/she has been deported from Russia in the past, his/her visa application will be refused.
Upon the positive decision, made after the documents have been reviewed at the Consular office, a tourist visa valid for up to 30 days will be issued. It may allow a single or double entry.
Get a Tourist Invitation to Russia from Belgium
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If a Belgian citizen intends to enter Russia to visit his/her relatives or friends, he/she is required to have a private visa available. Letter of invitation is among the documents necessary for obtaining that type of visa. The letter must be prepared and sent over mail by the person (or legal entity) residing in Russia.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
The party who offers invitation must contact a local office of the FMS at the place of his/her residence (or registration) to file an application with a copy of the Belgian citizen’s passport attached to it. The application will be considered within 12 days (if the applicant intends to enter once) or 17 days (for a double-entry visa) and returned with either a letter of invitation or rejection note stating the reason why the foreign citizen’s application has not been approved. The applicant may face refusal if he/she has been deported from the country earlier, convicted in the court of law on his last visit or is still liable to penalties or fines imposed by Russian laws. In case the letter of invitation has been successfully issue, it should be sent via priority mail service to Belgium.
Due to the fact that the visitor visa requires longer handling process, many foreign applicants opt for tourist visas instead.
Private visa can be issued with a validity period of up to 90 days allowing a single or double entry in Russia.
Get of a Private (Visitor) Invitation to Russia for Belgian citizens
If a Belgian citizen intends to visit Russia for business-related or commercial purposes such as engage in negotiations or participate in auctions, he/she should have a business visa prepared in advance.
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 organization, offering invitation to a Belgian resident to come to Russia, may write a letter requesting that the Consulate of the Russian Federation grant a visa to the particular individual (not just any company is eligible to make that request).
Our company recommends the citizens of the EU, the United States, Japan and China to choose the invitation letter issued by an organization, because:
- Issuing an invitation letter is cheaper than arranging an invitation by Telex or at the FMS.
- It can be issued online in 5 minutes and will be sent to you by email immediately after payment.
- Also, it is not required to submit the original invitation to the Consulate, which saves you the money you will otherwise have to spend on postal services for sending the original invitation.
- A 3-year visa invitation and visa can be obtained with this type of invitation if the applicant has previously held two or more Russian business visas.
Consider taking these three simple steps:
- Step 1: Fill out the form
- Step 2: Pay €49 by credit card or via PayPal
- Step 3: Receive your invitation on your email instantly after payment
Get your invitation letter online! Price from: €49.28
Invitation letter for business visa can be issued on a special form (upon request from the inviting party and only after the Belgian citizen has been examined to determine if he/she has been involved in offences on the territory of the Russian Federation in the past. Telex invitation is a directive sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) of Russia by means of a special channel of communication (essentially, it is an instruction to grant a visa to the particular person).
Invitations in form of a paper letter will can be issued within 1 day. The process of obtaining a ‘business’ letter prepared on the official form requires from 12 to 17 working days. A Telex invitation can take several days.
Invitation in form of a Telex letter is the most convenient way to apply for visa as it does not require sending the original document via mail. Following the procedure, the applicant will receive a specific number which he/she must indicate at the Embassy or Consulate.
Business visas can be valid for a period of up to 5 years. They may allow a single, dual or multiple entry.
Get a Russian Business Invitation from Belgium on the letterhead of an accredited company
Issuing of a Business Invitation to Russia for Belgian citizens on the FMS form
Get a Business Invitation to Russia for Belgian citizens by a Telex
Preparation of work visa is a painstaking process requiring plenty of time (1.5 months, on average). It is impossible to apply for that type of visa without the support of the Russian employer. First, the employing company must obtain a work permit in order to be able to hire workers from abroad. Before going further, its representative should apply for a permit allowing to employ a particular citizen of foreign country. After that, a letter of invitation should be issued. These documents must be sent by mail to Belgium, where the job seeker should file an application for a work visa at the Embassy of the Russian Federation.
Read more: Russian Work Visa
Within the period of three months, he/she should move to Russia. First thing that needs to be done is notify Russian immigration authorities. Next, the foreign employee must extend his/her visa for the period until his/her work permit expiry date. After that, he/she should undergo the migration registration procedure and obtain a permit to stay in Russia until the end of his/her visa validity period.
The employer is obliged to to take care of the worker’s legal status on the territory of Russia and make sure he/she follows all regulations. Work visa can be extended as many times as needed for the period of one year every year.
The first-time work visa will be valid for 3 months. After arrival, the holder must renew it by extending its validity for a period of 1 year.
Get Work Visa to Russia for Belgian 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
Apply for e-visa Cost €10.00
Belgian citizens may obtain Russian visa in these Consular centers of the Russian Federation:
- Consular Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Belgium