Private Visa

  • A private visa may allow a single or double/multiple entry to the Russian Federation.

A private visa is issued for the citizens of Japan, other states or non-stateless persons for a short stay in the Russian Federation as a guest based on an invitation of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Russian MIA (before - FMS Russia) that was issued on a request of a Russian citizen, a foreigner having a Russian residence permit or a legal entity.

Such visa can also be issued for a citizen of Japan or other state on a written request/application of a Russian citizen who is his close relative in case this foreign citizen goes to Russia together with the applicant.

Close relatives here are spouses, underage children and disabled adult children.

From January 1, 2017 based on the Article 25.6 of the Federal Law №144-ФЗ of 5 August 1996 the diplomatic missions and consular institutions of the Russian Federation issue for the Japanese citizens multiple private visas with the validity period up to 1 year. Such visas allow Japanese tourists to stay in Russia for 90 continuous days, totally for 90 days within any 180 day period.

Attention! Russian private visa also can be issued, according to the article 2 of the Agreement between the Government of Russia and the Government of Japan of 28 January 2012on the simplification of visa issue procedures, to a Japanese citizen based on a notarized invitation of a Japanese citizen being his close relative in case the inviting person has a permit to stay in Russia for more than 90 days.


In order to apply for Russian visa at the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy, since June 3, 2019 we are kindly asking you to make a prior appointment on the web site. Documents for visa won’t be accepted without prior appointment. Thank you for your kind cooperation.


Necessary documents for a private visa are as follows:

  • The original of a foreign passport of a foreign citizen or a stateless person with at least two empty visa pages and valid for a minimum of 6 months starting on the day of visa expiry;
  • Electronic Visa Application Form, filled out in Russian or English, and printed directly from the following website of the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry: order to apply for a visa at Consular Section of Russian Embassy, at the final step of filling out your application form please select the location of submission of your application [EMBASSY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN JAPAN].  If you choose another location for a visa application, your documents won’t be accepted by the Embassy);
  • One passport size (3.5 x 4.5cm) clear photo in colour taken full-face directly facing the camera and against a plain white or light-coloured background. Only non-tinted prescription glasses and head covering worn daily for a religious purpose or as a part of national costume (in this case the same head covering must be worn in the passport photo) are allowed;

One of the following packs of documents:

1) A written request of a Russian citizen in the name of the head of Russian diplomatic mission or consular institution on visiting Russia together with his foreign close relatives. Also the following documents must be submitted:

  • a copy and the original (the original will be returned) of a valid Russian foreign passport of the inviting person;
  • a copy and the original (the original will be returned) of a document proving close relationship between the applicant and his relative in Russia (marriage certificate, birth certificate, a document confirming the disability of an adult child etc.)

2) A notarized invitation for a Japanese citizen from his close relative, a Japanese citizen who has a permit to stay in Russia for more than 90 days. Also the following documents must be submitted:

  • A notarized copy of the first passport page and valid Russian visa of the inviting Japanese citizen.
  • a copy and the original (the original will be returned) of a document proving close relationship between the applicant and the invited person (marriage certificate, birth certificate etc.). 

3) The original of the invitation or a printed copy of an electronic invitation to enter Russia issued by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Russian MIA (before - FMS Russia);

Attention! The Consular section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan may request additional visa documents, invite you for an interview or extend the time of visa issue procedure.

If you are not a Japanese citizen please also check the additional information on visa application for third country citizens under the following link.

Visa fees should be paid on the day of the application(Japanese yen only).The visa processing fee is not refundable.



There is a change in a form of payment of consular fees since July 1, 2019. Only bank transfers or credit card payment (“Visa” or “Mastercard”) are accepted. Payment by cash is not accepted. Thank you for your kind cooperation.

The fee for processing visa application for citizens of Japan *
Visa type Not longer than 3
working days**
working days
working days
at least 11
working days
10,000 yen 4,000 yen FREE
Other*** 4,000 yen FREE

* Only Japanese nationals are eligible for free visas. Citizens of other countries may be charged an extra consular fee on the basis of reciprocity.

** If a weekend or a Russian national holiday falls during the processing period, then the processing period is further extended to include the duration of the weekend/holiday.

*** Multiple visa on a direct invitation from Russian company/individual may be issued to those foreign nationals who had previously visited Russia within the one year period before the application. The multiple entry visa issuing process takes 10 to 20 working days.