Russian visa for citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Published by Mike Lomberg June 16, 2020
Passport cover of Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens

Russia more than welcomes citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to come on tourist, business, educational or work purposes. This country has an agreement with Russia on a 30-days visa free entry for tourists. However, how can a BiH citizen enter Russia for a longer term, or in case he/she has another reason for traveling apart from simple tourism? Read on and find out about different Russian visa types and the ways to obtain them.

Do BiH citizens need a visa to Russia?

Russian visa types available for BiH citizens

The following types are the main visas allowing foreign citizens to enter Russia:

Visa typesValidity periodTravel purpose
Private visa90 daysprivate guest visits. Not recommendable: see why here
Business visa30 -90 days (up to 1 year max)conducting business in Russia, looking for partners, negotiating, investing etc.
Transit visa3 -6 dayscrossing Russian territory on your way to another country
Student visa90 days and abovestudying a course in a Russian school or university
Work visa90 days and aboveworking under contract for a Russian employer
Electronic visa8 days Not Available for BiH citizens yetshort tourist, business or humanitarian visits

Russian Private visa for BiH citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – 90 days max

Number of entries – single or double

Purpose of trip – visiting friends or relatives, citizens or permanent residents of Russia

Visa support: Invitation issued by MIA upon request of your Russian host

Russian Business visa for BiH citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – 90 days in each 180. A visa can be issued for up to 1 year.

Number of entries – single, double or multiple (to apply for multiple entry visa you should have previous Russian visas issued in the last year)

Purpose of trip:

– looking for business partners, negotiating, researching the market

– conducting trainings, maintenance work (sub-purpose Technical Maintenance)

– taking part in commercial activities in Russia (sub-purpose Commercial)

– driving cargo or passenger vehicle throughout Russia (sub-purpose Driver)

– flying aircraft (sub-purpose Crew Member)

– a child accompanying parents in a business trip (sub-purpose Family Member)

– taking part in sports, cultural, political, religious, charity, volunteer events, or supplying humanitarian aid (Humanitarian type)

Visa support: Invitation issued by MIA or MFA of Russia upon request of the Russian inviting company; or a written request on the letterhead of the inviting company

Russian Transit visa for BiH citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – 3 days max for single entry, 6 days max for double entry

Number of entries – single, double

Purpose of trip – crossing Russian territory following to another state.

Visa support: valid purchased tickets showing entrance/departure from Russia

Important: If you fly over Russia you don’t need a visa

If you make air connection without leaving transit zone you don’t need a visa

If you follow to Belarus or Kazakhstan making transit in Russia you need a transit visa

Russian Student visa for BiH citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – 90 days and longer. A visa is issued for 90 days, but can be extended in Russia depending on the duration of studies.

Number of entries – single, double or multiple

Purpose of trip – full time studies at a Russian educational institution; short-term courses

Visa support: Invitation by the MIA or MFA of Russia granted upon request of the Russian School or University

Russian Work visa for BiH citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – from 90 days and longer, depending on the civil labour contract terms. For Highly Qualified Experts a visa is issued for 3 years at once. This visa type can be extended in Russia.

Number of entries – single or multiple

Purpose of trip – full time work under a paid labour contract for a Russian employer

Visa support: original invitation granted by MIA of Russia upon request of an authorized Russian Employer.

Which documents you’ll need to get a Russian visa

If you have decided you need one of the visa types mentioned above, prepare the following list of documents for the application:

For other visa types contact your Russian host and ask to provide you with the required visa support document (invitation)

Where to apply for a visa and how much to pay for it

If you have prepared all documents and are ready to apply for a visa (you can do it not earlier than 3 months before your trip), you can submit your application at a Consular Department of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Sarajevo.

Working hours:

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:12 p.m.

You can primarily book an appointment by:

Phone: (+38733) 214 863, 668 147 

E-mail: [email protected]

When applying for a visa it’s mandatory to pay the Consular fee for the processing of your documents. 

Visa typeStandard processing 4-20 working daysExpedited processing 3 working days
Single-entry136 BAM272 BAM
Double entry218 BAM435 BAM
Multiple entry240 BAM480 BAM

When you pay the fee, you’ll be given a receipt, keep it and take with you when you come to collect your passport back. Remember, your passport will have to stay at the Consulate until the procedure is finished.

How should my visa look like

When the time of collecting your passport comes, you should arrive at the Consulate and showing your receipt and ID collect your passport with visa.
Carefully exam the visa stamp for any mistakes

Russian visa stamp sample with info

If you find any discrepancies or mistakes, apply for correction. If everything is fine, start packing your bags. Take with you:

What is registration and migration card and where and how to get them

Coming to the Russian border you will have to pass several control points migration control among them. An officer will ask you to fill in the migration card (it can also be given out on board your plane, or found on the desks at the airport arrivals). This form is completed in pen with block letters in English or Russian. It has two identical parts and the one you give to the officer, while the other you keep and after your trip comes to an end – return on the border.

Migration card in Russia

If you plan on staying in Russia over 7 working days, you’ll need to undergo such procedure as registration. Nothing to worry about, but as it is required by law, make sure the hotel which you booked provides you with one, or the owner of the apartment where you stay.

Russian registration card

As both documents can be asked for by the police to prove your legal stay in Russia, it’s recommendable to carry them with you during the entire trip. 

If you lose migration card – contact the local migration service office to get one. If you lose registration – ask your Russian host to get a duplicate for you.

Now you are fully equipped for your travel to Russia.

 Enjoy your stay the best you can!

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