A Russian visa is a stamp or sticker placed by visa officials of Russia on your passport that lets you travel to Russia. Russian visas are normally acquired from the Russian consulate in your country of your permanent residence or nearby Russian visa office in the closest city to your usual residential address.
As you are about applying for a Russian visa, you may be expected to make known your purposes for going to Russia. The biggest reasons for entry to Russia from Nigeria include business, tourism or on a transit to a second country.
Types of Russian Visa
Russian Tourist visas are issued for a period of up to 30 days. They can be single entry or double entry. To order a visa, you must submit in person or send in the following documents to a Russian Consulate in your country . You may also apply for a visa through a third party acting on your behalf.
Russian business visa is issued for a time frame of business trip to undertake business activities which can include consulting with company, participating in business gathering or conference, settle an estate or work out a agreement with a Russian company.
A business visa stamp or sticker placed by a Russian visa officer on your passport that allows you to visit Russia to execute business activities. It has a duration of 90 to 180 days. Business visa for Russia are often issued by the Russian consulate in Abuja.
Russian holiday visa
This visa is issued to individuals visiting Russia for holidays, tourism, recreation or to visit friends and relations in Russia. If you are a Russian citizen, you do not have to make an application for a Russian visa.
Russian transit visa
This visa permit you to transit through Russia for no more than 24 to 72 hours if either you will need to enter Russia on your way to another country or you are travelling to join a ship as a member of the crew.
Russian student visa
This is normally issued to conduct study in Russia. Student visas are usually short-term visas which enable people to visit Russia for a specific time period to undertake a course at a Russian educational institution.
Russian Working Visa
is normally granted to work in Russia. Generally speaking, you should have a correct Russian visa with work rights. A wide range of short-term and extended work visas are available for Russia.
Visa Requirements for Residents of Nigeria
- Fully completed visa application form for Russia
- Passport size photos
- Valid national passport and one copy
- Your current financial institution statement and one copy
- Confirmation letter from your travel insurance for Russia declaring the insurance coverage and one copy
- Reference letter from your employer or education establishment
- Proof of group travel/ hotel room booking reservation in Russia / flight ticket reservation for Russia and one copy
- Visa fees for Russian visa
Steps for Visa Application
Step 1: Applicants must have a reason for wanting to visit Russia.
Step 2: The VFS Global application center accepts only the short-term visa applications.
Step 3: Ensure you read and understand the instructions pertaining the type of visa.
Step 4: Choose the type of visa you intend to apply for.
Step 5: Go through the requirements carefully and fill in the online application form.
Step 6: You are required to print the visa application form out and apply in person to the Visa Application Centre. All documents and visa fees must be made available at the time of submission.
Step 7: Endeavor to check for closure dates and read the security regulation notices before you go to the Visa Application Centre.
Step 8: To collect your passport at the Visa Application Centre, you are required to present the original receipt given to you during the submission which will be used as proof of delivery of your passport. You should have a copy of it for your records.
Step 9: Ensure to check the validity of the visa issued to you to be sure it covers the period of your intended stay, and that it is valid for the reason for travelling immediately after the collection of your passport.
Russian Consulate in Nigeria
Address: 5, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
P.O.Box 2723, Marina, Nigeria
Phone: +(234-1) 261-22-67, +(234-1) 261-50-22
E-mail: [email protected]
Address: Plot 715, Zone AG, 8 Panama Crescent, Maitana, Abuja, Nigeria
Fax: +(234) 9-413-49-51