Important information

To enter the Russian Federation a foreign citizen must submit a valid identity document, accepted as such by the Russian Federation, and a visa. It is not possible to obtain a visa at the airport, when entering Russia. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the Russian Federation and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the Russian Federation. Therefore you should be able to present at the port of entry the copy of your invitation or visa support papers along with your passport and visa. 

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Information for Turkish citizens

In accordance with the Decree № 583, issued by the President of the Russian Federation on November 28, 2015, the procedure for entering the Russian Federation for citizens of the Republic of Turkey, bearers of a regular Turkish passports, has been revised.
As of January 1, 2016, Turkish citizens bearing said passports will be required to obtain a Russian visa issued by a diplomatic or consular division of the Russian Federation. (For more information please visit our website
This does not affect Turkish citizens:
- bearing temporary residency permits or permanent residency cards for the territory of the Russian Federation;
- bearers of special or official passports, traveling to the Russian Federation for less than 30 days;
- bearing special or official passports who are working at diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Turkey on the territory of the Russian Federation, and their family members who hold valid special or official Turkish passports;
- or Turkish citizens who hold a Seaman's Passport, provided they are entering for maritime purposes on ship orders.


INFORMATION you should know before visa application

Pursuant to the directive from the Russian Foreign Ministry, effective June 15, 2012, the Russian Consulate General in Sydney requires that all applications for Russian visas submitted in Australia be prepared using the Electronic Visa Application Form which is a web-based application, available online at
After filling the Electronic Visa Application form online, applicants will have to print a copy of their application form, sign and date it, glue the required size photo to it and submit this printed original form, along with other necessary documentation, to the Russian Consulate General in Sydney personally, by their legal representative or by post not earlier than 3 months before the first entry into Russia.
Based on reciprocal approach Australian applicants traveling to Russia with a government purpose must provide a short biography (full name; date and place of birth, education and qualifications, history of employment) in the Russian language.
Applicants are advised to verify dates and check whether names are spelt correctly on issued visas immediately after collecting/receiving their passports. The Consulate will not be responsible for the mistakes, which were not brought to its attention before your departure from Australia.


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Visa fees for non-Australian citizens

Please find below single-entry tourist/business/guest Russian visa fees for non-Australian citizens who often apply for visas in Sydney. 

Please note that these fees apply only to single entry visa applications. For double or multiple visa fees as well as fees for nationals of other countries please contact the Consulate on  

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Information for non-Australian applicants

Dear non-Australian visitors!

Please be advised that all non-Australian applicants may apply for visa to the Consulate General of Russia in Sydney only upon presentation of proof of residence in Australia or work/study permit issued by Australian authorities valid for at least 90 days. One of the following documents should be submitted to confirm the same: a valid applicant’s Australian visa in passport, Australian Certificate of citizenship, Australian passport, official document from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, letter from employer specifying the start date of their employment or in case of students, letter from University/College specifying the date of enrolment and course details. Certified copies of the documents or copies with originals should be enclosed to your set of documents, otherwise the application won't be accepted. 

Citizens of the following countries must have permanent resident status in Australia to apply for a visa in Sydney: Algeria, Angola, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Vietnam, Georgia, India, Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka, China, North Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ruanda, Syria, Somalia, Chad  and Ethiopia.

Visa processing fees for all non-Australian citizens differ from those stated in the "Fees and processing time schedules". To obtain appropriate fees schedule for your country please contact the Consulate advising the type of visa you applying for (please consult our "Contacts" section for contact details).

Information for the citizens of Schengen Area.

Citizens of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay. 

Information for the citizens of EU countries.

The visa processing fees for citizens of EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland) according to the agreement between Russia and EU are (in AUD):

Tourist and transit single/double entry visas:

$ 60.00 – up to ten business days processing
$ 119.00 – two business days processing

Private, Business and Humanitarian single/double/multiple entry visas:

$ 60.00 – up to ten business days processing
$ 119.00 – two business days processing

If applying for working or study visa please refer to the "Visa fees for non-Australian citizens". 


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