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CONSULAR SECTION INFORMS

06.04.2020

Regarding the requests on returning the paid consular fees for visas to Russia

Regarding the requests on returning the paid consular fees for visas to Russia, which they could not use or which they did not receive in connection with measures taken by the Government of the Russian Federation to temporarily restrict the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons in order to ensure state security, to protect the population against spreading COVID-19, we would like to give the following explanations.

Making decisions on issuing visas to foreign citizens and stateless persons, as well as entering the Russian Federation, is the exclusive competence of the Russian authorities, regardless of the purpose of the trip and the grounds for issuing these visas (established by Russian national law or international treaties of the Russian Federation).

The provisions of agreements on mutual trips of citizens, including those determining the amount of visa fees, cannot be considered as an international legal obligation of the Russian Federation, guaranteeing citizens of the respective states the unconditional right to receive Russian visas, and if they exist, unhindered entry into the Russian Federation. The collection of the consular fee is provided for in paragraph 1 of Article 36 of the Federal Law dated 05.07.2010 No. 154-FZ “Consular Charter of the Russian Federation”. At the same time, neither the Russian regulatory legal acts, nor international agreements contain provisions on reimbursement of the visa fee.

The current legislation does not provide for a mechanism to “offset” visa issuance fees, which applicants did not use, including for reasons beyond their control, for subsequent payment of visa fees.

Russian visa practice is similar to most countries of the world, according to which the visa fee is qualified as a “fee” for considering the visa application (checking the completeness of the submitted documents and the authenticity of the specified information, interviewing etc.) and making a decision based on its result, but not as a fee just for the service of the technical processing of the visa itself.

 

The work of the consular post is completed if the visa documents are reviewed and the applicant is informed of the decision to issue a visa or refuse to issue it.




LATEST EVENTS

03.08.2020 - Resuming flights to Russia

We would like to draw the attention of foreign citizens who are planning to fly to Russia.


30.07.2020 - On the medical COVID-19 certificate

We would like to draw your attention to the comments received from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency regarding the provision of certificates on the absence of COVID-19.


27.07.2020 - Lifting the restrictions on entering the Russian Federation for citizens of several countries.

In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated July 24, 2020 No. 1915-r restrictions on entering the territory of the Russian Federation are lifted for citizens of three countries – United Kingdom, Turkey and Tanzania.


04.06.2020 - On the entry into force on July 1, 2020 of the Agreement between Russia and Zambia.

From July 1, 2020, the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Zambia on visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic passports comes into force.


26.05.2020 - From 1 June, the Consular Section of the Embassy will be open for public during working hours.

Admittance of visitors on all consular matters will be carried out exclusively by appointment or by prior arrangement


22.05.2020 - Entry into the territory of the Russian Federation is allowed for foreign citizens who are highly qualified specialists in the field of physical education and sports

In accordance with the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of May 15, 2020 No. 1275-p, from May 15, 2020, entry into the territory of the Russian Federation is allowed for foreign citizens who are highly qualified specialists in the field of physical education and sports


06.05.2020 - About the extension of the ban on entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens.

In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated April 29, 2020 No. 1170-P, the ban on entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons has been extended for an indefinite period.


17.04.2020 - About the amendments to the restrictions on leaving the Russian Federation for Russian citizens.

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin signed an order expanding the list of persons entitled to cross the state border.


20.03.2020 - Please note that the consular fee when applying for a Russian visa is not refunded

Please note that the consular fee when applying for a Russian visa is not refunded, since this is not a fee for the visa issued, it is a fee for the consideration of documents. Moreover, even if a visa is refused, the consular fee in accordance with Russian law is not refunded.


17.03.2020 - Entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons from March 18, 2020 to May 1, 2020.

In order to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation, from March 18, 2020 to May 1, 2020, entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons.



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