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CONSULAR SECTION INFORMS

09.08.2021

On private visas for close relatives.

The rule for issuing private visas for close relatives was amended by the  Federal Law No. 270-ФЗ of 1 July  2021 "On Amendments to the Federal Law" On the Procedure for leaving the Russian Federation and entering the Russian Federation "and Article 5 of the Federal Law" On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation". The law came into force on 12 July 2021.

According to these amendments, the term “joint travel” for foreign relatives has been abolished. Instead of this, a simplified procedure for issuing private visas for the above category of citizens is currently in place. As before, a private visa is issued on the decision of the head of a diplomatic mission or a consular office of the Russian Federation, upon a written application from a Russian citizen. The term “close relatives” has been significantly expanded. Now it includes spouse, parents (adoptive parents), children (adopted), spouses of children, full and step-brothers and sisters, grandparents, grandchildren. The application must include the complete data of the applicant and the invited person, as well as the intended route of travel and residence in Russia.

At the same time, such an application can now be certified in the Russian Federation by a notary and then sent to a foreign relative for submission of documents without the presence of the inviting party. In addition to the application, it is also necessary to present all documents confirming the relationship (taking into account a possible change in surname). These documents must be submitted in its original form or their copies should be certified by a Russian notary.

A private single / double entry visa is issued for up to three months. The period of up to one year, stipulated by law, applies only to those countries, which have visa agreements with Russia on a reciprocal basis. There is no agreement on this matter between Russia and the UK.




LATEST EVENTS

17.09.2021 - Some features of the private visa

When parents of a Russian child are not married, the foreign parent can also apply for a single-, double- or multiple-entry private visa upon a written invitation of the second parent (Russian national).


16.09.2021 - Working hours of the Visa Center

Visa center opening hours changed.


08.09.2021 - Multiple-entry private visas to close relatives

According to the last amendments to the visa regulations from 1 September 2021 it is possible to apply for a multiple-entry private visa to close relatives of Russian nationals for up to 1 year


07.09.2021 - Multiple-entry tourist visas

Since 25 August 2021 amendments to Article 25.6 of the Federal Law "On the procedure for leaving the Russian Federation and entering the Russian Federation" entered into force. Now a single or double-entry tourist visa for up to 3 months or a multiple-entry tourist visa for up to 6 months can be issued on the basis of the tourist «Confirmation» (which goes along with the «Voucher»).


03.09.2021 - Lifting the 14-days isolation for passengers arriving from the UK

The isolation for those arriving to Russia from the UK is no longer required.


02.09.2021 - The regions of the Russian Federation

We are happy to bring to the attention of our visitors some information on different regions of the Russian Federation.


19.08.2021 - On entering into force of the Agreement between Russia and Togolese Republic.

The Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Togolese Republic on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for holders of Russian and Togoles diplomatic and service passports is entering into force.


03.08.2021 - On entering into force of the Agreement between Russia and the Republic of Namibia.

The Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Namibia on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for holders of Russian and Namibian passports entered into force on 2 August 2021.


09.07.2021 - The new travel rules for Russian nationals entering Russia

A new decision of Rospotrebnadzor entered into force on 7 June and two mandatory PCR-tests for Russian nationals coming back to the homeland are not necessary anymore.


24.06.2021 - Current travel rules to Russia

We would like to remind you of the COVID travel rules to Russia. British and foreign nationals with a UK residence document can apply for any type of visa and travel to Russia either directly from London to Moscow or transiting one of the approved countries. The list of these countries can be found on our website.



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