If you are a citizen of Macedonia planning a trip to Russia, whether it’s short tourist vacations, business meetings, work or study in a Russian school, you will need to know the answers to several questions about visa and entry to Russia. In this article we’ve collected the most important issues you should be aware of before planning your trip to Russia. Read on to get ready for your travel and obtain some useful tips, and information about the required documents and how to get them.
The invitation types can be divided according to your purpose of travel into the following categories:
When do I need it: You need it if you are planning to travel as a tourist visiting the sights.
Duration of stay should not exceed 30 days.
How it looks like: The invitation should be obtained from a registered Russian tour operator. The document must be presented in original.
It should reflect the following information:
How to get it: You can order this invitation on our website here: Get tourist support You will be first sent a copy to your email to check, then you can order delivery of original to your place with a selected courier company.
When do I need it: This invitation is required for business trips to attend negotiations, meetings, exhibitions, find business partners and sign agreements in Russia.
It can be issued for the period of up to 90 days and allow a single or double entry to the country.
How it looks like: It’s a document issued by by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. It contains information about the inviting company, passport data of the invited person, dates of trip, cities and places of stay, information on the work position of the applicant in his country, as well as the responsibilities the inviting company takes for the stay of the applicant in Russia and covering expenses for his deportation if necessary. It bears a seal, an individual number and signature of the issuing officer.
How to get it: The document is granted upon request of the inviting company. If your Russian partners cannot make one for you, we can help you get it. Order it here: Get visa support
The usual processing time for it is 20 working days. Currently the MIA of Russia issues such documents both in paper original as shown above, and e-format, which can be printed out after you receive it by email.
When do I need it: If you want to visit your friends or relatives in Russia and stay not over 90 days with single or double entry to the country.
How it looks like: The invitation has the same format as a business one, and can be issued both in paper and e-form.
How to get it: You should ask your Russian host to obtain the invitation for you through the MIA of Russia. He will need to pay 800 rubles state fee and submit a letter of guarantee, passport copy and employment statement to prove he’ll be able to cover your expenses in Russia. The invitation will be made in 20 working days. It can also be ordered via the gosuslugi web portal.
When do I need it: If you are willing to study at a Russian educational establishment or work under a contract in Russia and need to apply for a corresponding Russian visa at the Russian embassy in Skopje. You are going to stay 90 days or more with single, double or multiple entry to the country.
How it looks like: The invitation looks the same way as business or private invitation issued by the MIA of Russia. For work visa you’ll need to submit it only in original.
How to get it: You’ll need to contact your university or employer and ask them to provide you with the valid invitation via the MIA of Russia. The procedure can be quite long and take up to 2 months.
After you receive it, you’ll need to apply for an appropriate visa type by booking an appointment at the Russian Consulate Department of the embassy in Skopje.
You’ll require to present the following documents:
The visa process can take from 3 to 20 working days. You’ll also need to pay the stipulated non-refundable visa fee:
|Standard processing 4-20 working days
|Expedited processing 1-3 working days
Currently there is another possibility of entering Russia on a so-called e-visa. In case you don’t possess the necessary invitation to come on tourist, private, business or humanitarian purposes, you can apply for an E-visa. Remember several moments:
If you are going to travel through the Russian territory on your way to another country, you might need to get a transit visa.
It’s issued for up to 3 days in case of air connection, or up to 10 days if you need to travel through Russia by car or train.
To apply for a transit visa you’ll need to submit to the Russian Consulate Department of the embassy in Skopje the following set of documents :
The tariffs of the consular fee are the same as applied for work/student visa given above.
Remember: You don’t need transit visa if you are making air connection without the need to pass immigration control and leave transit zone. Check with your airlines whether you’ll need to leave transit zone when changing flights.
Whether you come to Russia on a visa-free regime by showing at the border the original of the appropriate invitation, or obtain a visa for work or studies in Russia, you should know about two more documents, which are required for the foreign citizens arriving to Russia:
Migration card is given free of charge by employees of transport companies or immigration officers at the airport. You are required to fill it in English or Russian with details like dates of your trip, inviting company, and place of intended stay. Carry along in your passport during your stay in Russia. You’ll need to return it when leaving the country.
If you lose it, contact the local migration service within 3 working days and you’ll be given a copy.
Registration is required to prove your legal stay in Russia, and should be obtained within 7 business days after your arrival. If you are staying in a hotel, the management will take charge of it.
If you are staying with your friends or relatives, or book an apartment via airbnb, you’ll need to contact the owner of the apartament and ask to get you registered at the local post or police office.
I hope you have found the information you were looking for in this article. If you still have questions, reach us by email and we’ll gladly help you.
Prepare the necessary documents for your trip and have a nice journey to Russia!