For the needs of my recent Trans-Siberian trip, I had to deep dive into the Visa Application Process for 3 different countries; Russia, Mongolia, and China.
Having successfully submitted my docs for the Russian Visa, I am ready to share everything you need to know to make this hard task, a small piece of cake!
Love or Hate it, here comes a list of documents you need to collect and submit to the Visa Application Center / Embassy of your Home Country:
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- Travel Medical Insurance is strictly necessary for all EU citizens visiting Russia and is determined as a prerequisite for obtaining the Russian Visa. If you already have your own medical insurance, make sure that:
- Your insurance company has a service assistance agreement with a Russian insurance organization,
- The minimum amount of your coverage is 30.000€,
- Medical coverage, transportation and emergency repatriation are included in your package
- Your Original Passport (make sure that it is valid for a period of 6 months after leaving Russia)
- A color photo sized 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm
- Fill out, print, and sign the Online Visa Application Form on the website of the Consulate Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Visa Fees vary according to the type of visa you are applying for, as well as the country of your origin. You can have a quick look on the fees that are applicable to-date (July 2019) by following the link here.