Russian visa for Austrian citizens

Published by Mike Lomberg April 1, 2020
Austrian passport holders

Whether you are booking a relaxing vacation or a business trip to Russia, the first question you might be asking is:

Do Austrian citizens need a visa to Russia?

Getting a visa can be quite a chore, with all the application process, collecting the required documents, determining the visa type, paying the fees etc. But I am here to help you get a clear picture of how to get your Russian visa in the most efficient way. Read on and follow the main steps to your Russian visa.

Step 1. Determine your travel dates and the visa type you require

To identify the visa type you need, think about the dates and duration of your trip, number of entries, purpose of your travel. See below the list of main Russian visa types.

Russian Tourist visa for Austrian citizens

Duration of visit: 30 or 180 days (you can stay 90 days out of 180 in total).

Number of entries: single, double, multiple

Reasons for traveling: 

Basis for visa: Tourist confirmation from a Russian tour operator registered in organization of Rostourism

Russian Private Visa for Austrian citizens

Duration of visit: up to 90 days

Number of entries: single, double

Reasons for traveling:

Basis for visa – invitation issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs following the request of the Russian host 

Russian Business and Humanitarian visa for Austrian citizens

Duration of visit: 90 days out of 180. A visa can be issued for up to 5 years

Number of entries: single, double, multiple

Reasons for traveling:

Basis for visa: 

Russian Study Visa for Austrian citizens

Duration of visit: 

90 days and over. Initially, a study visa is issued for 90 days but can be extended by the educational establishment on the territory of Russia, if required by the course.

Number of entries: single, multiple. 

Reasons for traveling: 

Basis for visa: Invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russian following a request of a Russian educational institution.

Russian Work visa for Austrian citizens

Duration of visit:

90 days and over, according to the employment contract. A visa can be issued for 90 days or for 3 years for Highly Qualified Experts. Both can be extended on the territory of Russia if it’s required by the employment contract conditions.

Number of entries: single, multiple

Reasons for traveling: 

Basis for visa: official invitation supplied by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia following a request of the Russian employing company (invitations accepted only in original).

Russian Transit Visa for Austrian citizens

Duration of visit: for air connections up to 3 days, for crossing Russia by road, railroad – up to 10 days

Number of entries: single

Reasons for traveling: 

Basis for visa: Travel tickets for entry and exit from Russia.

Important: Travelers making connections and staying in transit zone of the airport do not need visas. Please check with your airlines whether you require transit visa to make your connection.

Important: Passengers following to Belarus or Kazakhstan with connection in Russia require transit visa

Russian Electronic Visa for Austrian citizens

Duration of visit: 8 days. A visa is issued for 30 days but you can stay only 8 days within validity of your E-visa.

Number of entries: Single

Reasons for traveling: 

Basis for visa: Filled online form 

Step 2. Gather a list of documents for visa

When you have established the visa type you need to apply for, it’s time to collect the necessary documents.  The list includes:

We’ll help you to: 

For regular visas proceed to, fill the form in, print it on both sides, sign, and date.

For E-visa, request professional assistance to fill the form here: 

Note: E-visa applications must be filled not later than 4 days before your trip.

Remember, you can apply for a visa not earlier than 3 months before your entry date.

Step 3. Apply for a visa and pay the fees

Austrian citizens can apply for a Russian visa at:

If you choose to apply by post at the visa center pack your documents in an envelope and address it to:

the Russian Visa Center 

Eberhard Fuggerstrasse 2a,

5020 Salzburg

Take the cover off your passport, before sending it. 

Note, tourist visa applications should be sent 90 days before travel to Russia.

You will need to also insert the payment confirmation receipt along with the rest of documents. See the tariffs below.

Paying visa fees

To apply at the consulate directly, be ready to pay the Consular fees, which amount to:

35 Euro for Standard processing (4-20 working days)

70 Euro for Urgent processing (3 working days)

For long-term Student/ Work visas the consular fee will be:

Visa entriesStandard processing 4-20 working daysExpedited processing 1-3 working days
Single78 €156 €
Double124 €248 €
Multiple233 €466 €

The payment is made by Visa/Maestro/ Mastercard at Window #1 of the Consulate office. Cash is not accepted.

For applicants applying in person at the Visa Center, the payment for visa will include Consular fee and Service fee. The total amount can be found on the website of the visa center in each visa category. The fees can be paid by credit card at the moment of documents submission. 

For applicants sending documents by post it’s mandatory to pay extra charge for:

The payment should be made via e-banking or through bank transfer in favour of Artionis GmbH:

Bank – Erste Bank

IBAN: AT28 2011 1841 4925 7300


Don’t forget to include the payment confirmation in your envelope with documents addressed to the visa center in Salzburg.

You can see the list of websites and addresses of consulates and visa centers here: Russian consulates and embassies

Important: E-visa applicants don’t need to pay any fees.

Step 4. Receive your visa and check it

If you have applied at the consulate once the stipulated time has passed, you’ll need to go pick up your passport with visa.

If you applied at the visa center you can check the status of your application on their website and collect the passport in person, or delegate someone to do it for you.

If you applied by post, you’ll get the document delivered to your address by DHL.

Carefully examine your visa. Check the duration period, number of entries, your name spelling and other details.

Russian visa stamp

If everything’s in order, you can start packing your suitcase.

Step 5. Arrive to Russia and get registered

Before you plunge into your adventures in Russia, there’ll be two more documents to get:

The first is usually handed out to you on board the plane or by immigration officer at control. It’s a document with two parts, where you’ll write some details like dates of your trip and place of intended stay, in Russian or English in block letters. Don’t lose it, and carry along in your passport during your stay in Russia. You’ll need to return it when leaving the country.

Russian migration card

The second document is necessary if you plan to stay over 7 working days in Russia. If you are staying in a hotel, the management will take charge of it, and provide you with the required registration for the period of your stay. 

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 to make sure, he’ll provide you with registration. It’s made at the local post or police office.

Russian registration

I hope with my instructions and tips you’ll have a positive experience obtaining your Russian visa. 

If you need more information on the topic, reach me by email and get a free consultation. I’ll be glad to help you.

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