These brief instructions are to provide the basic information about acquisition of Russian visas. For more detailed information regarding issuance of Russian visas, please check the website of Russian embassy in your country. Visa exemption
Participants from the following countries are not required to obtain a visa in order to enter Russia:
Abkhazia, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia (holders of an alien passport
), Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia (holders of a non-citizen passport
), Macao, Macedonia, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nauru, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
Please note that the visa waiver limit varies depending on a specific country.Simplified visa requirements
According to the existing visa facilitation agreements, Russia has a simplified visa policy with a number of countries – for example, with all EU
member-states MINUS Denmark and Ireland, some of EU associated countries, such as Norway, and also with Japan, China, etc. – note that this list is incomplete; you may contact your local Russian visa center if you are in doubt about whether or not your country is on the list.
Participants from such countries are eligible to apply for a visa support letter which will be issued by RSUH (application forms and further instructions are sent upon request). Issuance of a visa support letter usually takes 4-6 business days. Holders of visa support letters can apply for a humanitarian Russian visa; visa fee is most likely to be waived. In EU, visas of that type are usually obtained within 4-7 business days.
Please note that the visa support letter for our conference CANNOT be issued for dates earlier than May 10th or later than May 14th, i.e. the maximal duration of your staying that can be requested in a visa support letter is 5 days (10.05.18 to 14.05.18). If you wish to enter Russia earlier or depart later you should consider the next option. Regular visa requirements
Nationals of all other countries and those who could but have decided not to apply for a visa support letter are required to obtain Russian visas via tour agencies. Please, visit the website of your local Russian visa center for more information.
Note that in this case Division of Socio-Cultural Studies of RSUH can issue a letter of invitation which, unlike a visa support letter, won't have any legal power but can provide a small chance of waiving visa fee.