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Russia E-Visa for Indians: Fees, Requirements & How to Apply

Last Updated : 13 May 2024

30-Second Summary

Indian citizens travelling to Russia for tourism must have a valid visa to enter the country.

  • A Russia visa for Indians is an e-visa that allows you to apply entirely online.

  • You are not required to submit your passport in person. 

Apply on Atlys and get a full refund if your visa is rejected.

Important Information

Visa type

Russia electronic visa (e-visa).

Russia e-visa cost

The Russia visa fee for Indians is ₹ 4,894. Atlys does not charge a service fee unless your visa is processed on time.

Russia e-visa processing time

The processing time can take up to 12 business days. Atlys guarantees that you will receive your visa in 8 days.

Russia e-visa validity

The visa is valid for 60 days.

Length of stay

You can stay for a maximum of 16 days.

Do Indians need a visa for Russia?

Yes. Indian passport holders must apply for a visa before entering Russia. The visa allows you to enter the country for tourism purposes only.

You can apply for the Russian e-visa through Atlys or the Unified E-Visa (UEV) program launched by the Russian government.

Can Indians get a Russia visa on arrival?

No. Indians are not eligible for a Russia visa upon arrival. Indian citizens must obtain a visa before travelling to Russia. Applying for a Russia e-visa is a simple process that can be done online through Atlys or the official government website.

Russia e-visa requirements for Indians

To apply for the online tourist visa for Russia, you will need the following documents:

  • Valid passport: A scanned copy of the passport page displaying personal data and photograph. The file size should not exceed 70 KB, and the image format should be JPEG.

  •  Visa photo: One standard-sized photo meeting dimensions of width (381-571) pixels and height (496-744) pixels. The file size should not exceed 200 KB, and the image format should be JPEG.

Apply with Atlys and easily upload your documents using your smartphone or laptop camera.Apply with Atlys and easily upload your documents using your smartphone or laptop camera.

Russia e-visa fees for Indians

The single-entry Russia e-visa fee is generally ₹ 4,894*. Atlys does not charge a service fee unless your visa is processed on time.

Atlys provides a full refund on your government fees if your visa is not processed on time.

*The Russia visa cost for Indians will be charged as per the exchange rate on the day of the application.

Russia visa application process for Indians

Once you have gathered all the documents required for the visa application process, the next step is to fill out and submit the application. You can do so either by applying through Atlys or the official government website.

How to apply through Atlys

Atlys has streamlined the Russia visa application to make it as easy as possible for Indian nationals. You can easily get your Russia e-visa from India by following these steps:

  • Start your application: Start your Russia e-visa application by visiting Atlys.

  • Upload your documents: Upload a copy of your passport and photograph, or take a new one using your smartphone or laptop.

  • Provide details: Fill in the required personal and travel information accurately.

  • Pay your Russia visa fees: Review your application and pay the e-visa fee.

  • Receive your visa: Atlys will process your visa within 8 days of submitting your application. 

Why choose Atlys

  • Russia visa approval times are uncertain and can take up to 12 working days. Atlys guarantees your visa in 8 working days.

  • Atlys has tie-ups and public relations officers at Russia Immigration to ensure that visas come on time.

  • Atlys allows you to apply for yourself and your family in one go.

How to apply through the government website

You can apply for the Russia e-visa by visiting the official government website. Once you are there, you need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Register on the official website: To register as a new user on the official e-visa website, you must provide your email ID and password, enter the captcha code, and click "Next."

  • Confirm your email: Check your email inbox to confirm your email address. Once you confirm your email, log in to access your profile. 

  • Note down the application ID: After logging in, visit your profile and click on the “Apply for a new e-visa” tab from the options listed. You must either print or note down the application ID. This application ID can be used to complete the incomplete application and track your visa application. 

  • Start filling out the application: Next, you can start filling out the Russia e-visa application. Ensure you have sufficient time, as you will be required to provide a great deal of information regarding your personal, visit, and family details, along with uploading a copy of your passport and photograph. 

  • Review your application: The last stage of the application form will be to review the application. Ensure that you have correctly filled in all the information and that it matches all the documents. You will have the option to edit the information before finally submitting the form. 

  • Pay the visa fee: As the last step, you must pay the visa cost for Russia from India. After that, the processing time will start. A 5% surcharge will apply for most international cards for RUB transactions. You can avoid this by using Atlys.

Tips to Apply

  • When you upload your passport, some information (like your name and passport number) will be auto-filled. You must recheck the auto-filled information, as there have been cases when the name was incorrectly spelt. 

  • Although not mandatory, submitting health insurance can strengthen your visa application.

  • Apply for your Russia visa for Indians at least 12 days before travelling to allow sufficient processing time.

Receive your approved Russia visa for Indians

The processing of the Russia visa for Indians starts after you successfully submit and pay the application fee. Once the processing time is over, you will receive the e-visa

Through Atlys:

Once your visa is approved, you'll receive a notification from Atlys indicating that it is approved. You can download the e-visa and print it to carry with you.

Through the government website:

Fortunately, the official Russia e-visa website also keeps you updated regarding the status of your application (whether it is about processing or approval). Once your online application for the Russia visa for Indians is approved, you will be notified via mail. You can download the PDF by visiting the “Your Applications” tab on the homepage.

How the Russia e-visa looks like:

A sample of the Russia e-visa.

Russia visa information for Indians

How to check your Russia visa status online?

Check your visa status on Atlys:

Apply with Atlys and easily track the status through the Atlys app. 

  • Download the Atlys app.

  • Select “Profile” and then “My Documents”.

  • Inside "My Documents," find your Russia visa.

  • Click on your visa to access its current status.

Check your visa status through the government website:

You can check your Russia visa status by logging into your account on Russia's government e-visa website. Here are the steps to check the status of your application:

  • Log in to the official e-visa website.

  • Click on the "Your Applications" tab in your profile.

  • Enter the Application ID and click on the 'status check' to continue.

Russia e-visa processing time

The Russia e-visa processing through the government website can take up to 12 business days. However, by using Atlys, you can receive your approved e-visa within 8 working days.

Russia e-visa validity & length of stay

Indian citizens are eligible for a single-entry tourist visa, which is valid for 60 days and allows you to stay for a maximum of 16 days. As per Russia's visa policy, the day of arrival and departure are counted as two days (irrespective of when you enter or exit the country).  

You must not overstay your Russian e-visa as it may lead to possible fines, deportation and, in some cases, being barred from entering the country.

Our Commitment to Visa Accuracy

We're dedicated to providing accurate visa information. At Atlys, we verify details using official Russian government sources. For this blog, our sources were:

Remember that government processes and fees can change, so always verify the latest info on the official website before applying.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if my Russia visa gets rejected?

At Atlys, you will receive a 100% refund of your visa fees, excluding the service fees.

If your visa gets rejected, you will be notified of the reason for rejection. By fixing these rejection reasons, you can reapply for your visa. You will lose the funds when applying through the government or visa portals.

Are there specific ports of entry for Russia e-visa holders?

For e-visa holders travelling to the Russian Federation, there are around 100 entry and exit points. Click here for a detailed list.

Do I need to carry the printout of my Russia e-visa?

Although not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you keep the printout of your Russia e-visa for Indians. This will help in case of unforeseen circumstances at the point of entry (like your phone stops working).

Do I need an invitation letter to apply for the Russia e-visa from India?

No. Note that you do not require any supporting documents (except a passport) when applying for the e-visa. You only need an invitation letter when applying directly to the embassy or consulate.

Do all Indian passport holders need to apply for the Russia visa?

No. Not all Indian citizens must apply for a Russian visa to enter the country. Indian citizens who hold diplomatic and official passports (can stay for up to 90 days) and are members of aircraft crews enjoy visa-free entry to Russia.

Is Russia visa-free for Indians?

No. Russia is not visa-free for Indians; you must apply for a visa before travelling to Russia.

Can I get the Russia e-visa for a business visit?

Yes. Indian citizens can get the Russian e-visa for tourism, business visits, and participation in scientific, cultural, socio-political, economic, and sporting events. However, you can only stay in the Russian Federation for up to 16 days.

What are the photo requirements for the Russia e-visa?

During the application process, you must ensure that your photograph meets the requirements indicated by the government website. These include:

  • The photograph must be a full-face view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly, with eyes open

  • The photograph must have been taken within the last six months

  • 35 mm X 45 mm (1 3/8" X 1 3/4") with the head centered in the frame.

  • The applicant should not look down or to either side; the face should cover about 50% of the photo area.

  • Side or angled views are NOT accepted.

  • The photos must be clear, well defined and taken against a plain white or light-coloured background

  • Sunglasses or other wear that detracts from the face are not acceptable unless required for medical reasons (an eye patch, for example).

  • Your face must be square to the camera with a neutral expression, neither frowning nor smiling and with your mouth closed

  • Photocopied photographs are NOT accepted.

What are the types of Russia visas available for Indians?

Indian citizens are eligible to apply for various types of visas. Some of the most common types of visas available are student, transit, humanitarian and business visas.

Can I extend my Russia e-visa?

Extension of a Russia e-visa is only permitted under exceptional circumstances, such as emergency medical treatment or unforeseen situations like natural disasters. The Ministry of Internal Affairs handles extensions.

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  • 13 May 2024

    Written By:

    Arun Kumar Gundu

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