Working schedule during the holiday season in April-May 2022
Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule on May Day celebrations (Golden Week).
Weekends and holidays of the Russian Embassy are not included into the processing time of visa applications and vice versa. Please kindly plan in advance your visit to the Visa Center and book an appointment.
On March 15, the mandatory use of masks in public places was canceled in Moscow. This decision is due to the steady improvement of the epidemiological situation. Thus, masks are not required to travel on public transport, visit museums, shops and cafes. Other anti-COVID measures are also canceled for organizations: measuring temperature of employees, installing dividing partitions at workplaces, etc.
QR codes cancelled
From March 3, the QR code system is canceled in Moscow, this also applies to foreign guests. Therefore, all restrictions on visiting theaters, museums, and restaurants are lifted. This list also includes cultural and entertainment events. In St. Petersburg, the QR code system will be canceled from March 4.
New requirements for documents confirming kinship issued in Japan
To the attention of applicants applying for private visas as close relatives of citizens of the Russian Federation.
Starting from March 1, 2022, there will be a change in requirements for the documents confirming kinship with the inviting person issued by the government agencies in Japan.
- These documents should be issued no earlier than three months (90 days) before the date of submitting the visa application;*
- Apostille certification is no longer required.
*The requirement related to the validity period doesn’t apply to the apostilled documents issued by government agencies of Japan, that were already translated and certified by a Russian notary or in Russian Consular institutions.
Please note! The Consular institution has the right to request additional documents for issuing a visa.
Working schedule during the period 05.03-08.03.2022
Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule from 05.03.2022 to 08.03.2022.
Weekends and holidays of the Russian Embassy are not included into the processing time of visa applications and vice versa. Therefore
PCR test required for entry to Russia is valid for 2 days
The decree of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Russia on reducing the validity period of the PCR test for foreign citizens entering Russia from 3 to 2 days before arriving in Russia comes into force on December 8, 2021.
Now, when boarding a plane flying to Russia, foreign citizens or stateless persons must present a certificate in Russian or English with a negative test result for COVID-19, which must be done no earlier than 2 days before arriving in Russia.
Working schedule during holidays 2021-2022
Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule during the New Year holidays in 2021 and 2022.
Weekends and holidays of the Russian Embassy (
Working schedule during the period 02.11-05.11.2021
Please be informed about the Visa Application Center and The Russian Embassy in Japan working schedule from 02.11.2021 to 05.11.2021.
02.11.2021: Visa Center and The Russian Embassy operate as usual, the process of visa processing for the passports, which were submitted without additional service “Urgent submission” will start from 08.11.2021
03.11.2021: Visa Center - holiday; The Russian Embassy works as usual.
04.11.2021: Visa Center and The Russian Embassy – holiday.
05.11.2021: Visa Center works till 16:00, the “Urgent submission” service is not available; The Russian Embassy – holiday.
Weekends and holidays of the Russian Embassy are not included into the processing time of visa applications.
Please kindly plan in advance your visit to the Visa Center and book an appointment.
Private visas for close relatives of Russian citizens
On July 12, 2021, paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 1 of the Federal Law of July 1, 2021 No. 270-FZ "On Amendments to the Federal Law" on the Procedure for Exiting the Russian Federation and Entry into the Russian Federation" and Article 5 of the Federal Law “On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation”. According to the adopted amendments, a clear definition of the concept of close relatives is given, which are understood as: spouse, parents (including adoptive parents), children (including adopted children), spouses of children, full and half brothers and sisters, grandfathers, grandmothers, grandchildren .
Close relatives and family members can apply for an ordinary private visa for up to three months on the basis of a written application from a citizen of the Russian Federation for the entry of a foreign citizen who is a close relative or a family member . p>
An application can be submitted by a Russian citizen in person , and if a citizen of the Russian Federation does not have such an opportunity, to obtain a visa his close relative will require the original of the application certified by a Russian notary . It must contain the last name, first name, patronymic, date of birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, registration address and address of the actual place of residence of a Russian citizen (in case of residence in the Russian Federation), as well as last name, first name, other names, date of birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, multiplicity of visa, purpose of travel, requested period of entry, place of expected residence of the applicant and city of visit.
Along with the application, it is necessary to submit originals or notarized copies of documents confirming the degree of relationship (certificates of marriage, birth, etc.), which, after copying, must be returned to the applicant, as well as documents, mentioned in paragraph 46 of the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of June 9, 2003 No. 335 "On approval of the Regulation on establishing the form of a visa, the procedure and conditions for its registration and issuance, extending its validity, restoring it in case of loss, as well as the procedure for canceling a visa."
Please note that the concept of an application (request), signed by a Russian citizen for a joint entry into the Russian Federation with a family member, is no longer applicable.
Updated entry regulations
Please be informed that from April 16, 2021 citizens and permanent residents of the states included in the updated list can enter Russia from air checkpoints of any country from this list, and not only by direct flights from the countries of their nationality or residence.
So, for example, a Japanese citizen can now enter Russia by flight from Germany or by transit flight through Germany.