If you’re a citizen of Egypt and are planning to travel to Russia, you need to be aware of a couple of things before traveling to the country.
The first thing is all Egyptian citizens will need a visa to enter Russia unless they’re part of an official diplomatic mission. You can travel to Russia for various purposes, such as traveling as a tourist, for business or work, visiting family and friends, and studying. Each of these reasons for travel will require varying types of Russian visas.
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Following are the steps to apply for a Russian visa.
Step 1: Choose your visa type according to the purpose of your trip
According to law No 23235, on visa types of Russian visas, you must choose the specific visa type for the specific purpose of visit it’s applied for. Each visa type in Russia will also have a varying duration of stay for you, and you will have to depart the country when that validity expires, or you can apply for an extension of stay beforehand.
Following are the types of visas depending on the purpose of your visit.
Ordinary Tourist visa
An ordinary tourist visa for Russia is valid for 30 days, and you will have to apply for this visa if you’re traveling to Russia by yourself as a tourist or if you’re part of a tour group of no less than 5 people.
Guest or Private visa
A guest or private visa allows you to stay in Russia for 90 days, and you apply for this visa if you’re traveling to Russia to meet your family and friends who are Russian citizens. This visa is also needed if you’re attending an event hosted by your friends or family or visiting Russia for a funeral or a sick relative.
A business visa is valid for up to 30 days, but you can apply for an extension of stay that’ll allow you to stay in Russia for 90-180 days. Ensure you apply for an extension of stay before your visa validity expires.
A business visa is required if you’re traveling to Russia for business-related errands such as undertaking business, investing, looking for a partner, for a business partnership, accompanying a family member or friend on their business trip, as a reporter to conduct journalist activities, for medical treatment, or to carry out technical maintenance work in a Russian country.
A Humanitarian visa has a validity of up to 30 days, but you can apply for an extension of stay that’ll allow you to stay for 90-180 days. This visa is for religious, political, scientific, charitable, or cultural visits.
This visa is valid for up to 3-10 days. You will need a transit visa if you’re crossing Russia on your way to another country.
A student visa is valid for 90 days, but you can apply for an extension of stay. This visa is needed if you’re traveling to Russia as a student.
A work visa is valid for 90 days, but you can apply for an extension of stay. This visa is needed if you’re working as an employee or under contract for a Russian employer.
Step 2: Collect visa invitation and documents for your visa application
For a Russian visa, you will need a valid passport, two recent colored passport-sized photos, and a completed visa application form.
For a tourist visa, you will need confirmation from a registered Russian travel agency, a bank account statement, a hotel booking confirmation, and an employment verification statement.
For a private visa, you need an official invitation from the Russian MIA upon request of a Russian host.
For a business visa, you need an invitation from your Russian company or employer, a bank account statement, and an employment verification statement.
For a work visa, you need an invitation issued by the Russian MIA upon request of a Russian employer and a medical certificate determining you’re not infected with a contagious disease.
For a student visa, you need an invitation issued by the Russian MIA upon request of an educational institution.
For a transit visa, you need tickets for the route through Russia to the destination country. Valid visa of the country you’re traveling to.
Step 3: Apply your documents for the Russian visa
Egyptian citizens must apply for a Russian visa at the Russian consulate department in Cairo. When you arrive at the consulate with your required documents, take an electronic ticket, wait and submit everything to the consular officer.
Step 4: Get your passport back and check your visa
After you get notified about your Russian visa, collect your passport and check your visa details. If everything is alright, you can prepare for your trip.