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09.11.2022

Working schedule during holidays 2022-2023

Dear Applicants!

Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule during the New Year holidays in 2022 and 2023.

26.12.2022: last submission day in 2022, only applications with “Urgent submission” service will be accepted; passport collection as usual.

27.12.202230.12.2022: only passport collection. Visa Application Center will be operating until 15:00, The Russian Embassy operates as usual.

31.12.202208.01.2023: Visa Application Center and The Russian Embassy - holidays, not possible to submit documents or collect passport.

09.01.2023: Visa Application Center - holiday, The Russian Embassy operates as usual.

10.01.2023: Visa Application Center and The Russian Embassy operate as usual.

Important!

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.


27.10.2022

The requirement for negative PCR test when entering Russia is cancelled

When boarding an aircraft and crossing the State Border of the Russian Federation, for foreign citizens it is no longer required to provide a negative PCR test.

For Russians returning to the county, the requirement to undergo PCR testing within three calendar days upon arrival and to comply with the isolation regime until the results are received has been canceled.

At the same time, for all persons arriving in Russia, it remains necessary to fill out the application form posted on the website of Rospotrebnadzor.


15.07.2022

Russia lifted restrictions on the entry of foreigners

Most part of the restrictions on the entry of foreigners into Russia, which were used to combat the spread of COVID-19, have been lifted. Foreigners from any country can again enter Russia by any means of transport without restrictions on the purpose of travel.

However, a negative PCR test is still required to enter Russia.


05.04.2022

Working schedule during the holiday season in April-May 2022

Dear Applicants!

Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule on May Day celebrations (Golden Week).

29.04: Visa Center - holiday; The Russian Embassy operates as usual

02.05: Visa Center and The Russian Embassy – holiday

03.05: Visa Center and The Russian Embassy – holiday

04.05: Visa Center - holiday; The Russian Embassy operates as usual

05.05: Visa Center - holiday; The Russian Embassy operates as usual

06.05: Visa Center and The Russian Embassy operate as usual

09.05: Visa Center and The Russian Embassy – holiday

10.05: Visa Center operates as usual, 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 and vice versa. Please kindly plan in advance your visit to the Visa Center and book an appointment.


23.03.2022

Facemasks cancelled

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.


03.03.2022

QR codes cancelled

Dear applicants!

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.


26.02.2022

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.


10.02.2022

Working schedule during the period 05.03-08.03.2022

Dear Applicants!

Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule from 05.03.2022 to 08.03.2022.

05.03.2022: Visa Center - holiday; The Russian Embassy operates as usual.

07.03.2022:Visa Center and The Russian Embassy – holiday.

08.03.2022: Visa Center operates as usual, the “Urgent submission”service is not available; The Russian Embassy – holiday.

Important!

Weekends and holidays of the Russian Embassy are not included into the processing time of visa applications and vice versa. Therefore 05.03.2022 will be included into the processing time, instead of 07.03.2022 and 08.03.2022 will be excluded. Please kindly plan in advance your visit to the Visa Center and book an appointment.


08.12.2021

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.


11.11.2021

Working schedule during holidays 2021-2022

Dear Applicants!

Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule during the New Year holidays in 2021 and 2022.

24.12.2021: last submission day in 2021, only applications with “Urgent submission” service will be accepted; passport collection as usual.

27.12.202130.12.2021: only passport collection.Visa Application Center will be operating untill 15:00.

31.12.202110.01.2022: holidays, not possible to submit documents or collect passport.

11.01.2022: first working day, submission of applications and passport collection.

Important!

Weekends and holidays of the Russian Embassy (31.12.20219.01.2022) are not included into the processing time of visa applications. Therefore 30.12.2021 will be the last day in 2021 included in the application processing time; processing of applications will be resumed on 10.01.2022. Please kindly plan in advance your visit to the Visa Center and book an appointment.