Russian visa for citizens of Croatia

Published by Mike Lomberg May 29, 2020
Croatian passport cover

You can travel to Russia on various purposes from a simple tourist trip, to official employment there or studies at a Russian university. Whichever reason you choose, the first question that arises is:

Do Croatian citizens need a visa to enter Russia?

And the answer is – Yes.

Unless you are a holder of diplomatic passport or have special visa-free conditions as a member of international aircraft crew or someone of the sort.

Visa procedures can scare away some travelers though, especially simple tourists who just want to enjoy a week’s travel discovering the marvels of Russia, and don’t particularly wish to spend months collecting the documents applying for a visa, or paying commissions to visa agents. 

Good news is that the visa application process isn’t as complicated as it seems, and it can all be done on your own, without the need to order specialized visa services. Read our article to find out how to apply for your visa in 5 simple steps.

Step 1. Choose suitable travel dates and decide on the visa type you will need

Before you start any paperwork, you should determine when, what for and for how long you are going to travel. Read below and choose among the main Russian visa types.
Overview of Russian visa types:

Visa typesValidity periodTravel purpose
Tourist visa30 daystourism and leisure
Private visa90 daysprivate guest visits. Not recommendable: see why here
Business visa30 -90 days (up to 5 years max)conducting business in Russia, looking for partners, negotiating, investing etc.
Transit visa3 -10 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 daysshort tourist, business or humanitarian visits

Russian Tourist visa for Croatian citizens

Duration of stay in Russia: maximum 30 days

Number of entries: single, double

Travel purpose:

Inviting company: Russian registered tour operator

Russian Private visa for Croatian citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – not over 90 days

Number of entries – single or double

Purpose of trip – visiting family or friends living in Russia

Inviting organization – MIA (Ministry of Internal Affairs) of Russia upon request of the inviting Russian host

Note: If you are going to enter Russia in the company of your Russian relative, he/she can write a request for your visa directly to the Russian Consul in Croatia, it will serve you instead of the MIA issued invitation.

Russian Business and Humanitarian visa for Croatian citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – not over 90 days out of each 180. A visa can be issued for up to 1 year.

Number of entries – single, double or multiple

Purpose of trip:

– establishing business contacts and looking for partners

– attending meetings, conferences, fairs

– researching the market

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

– commercial activities (sub-purpose Commercial)

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

– flying aircraft (sub-purpose Crew Member)

– taking part in events related to sports, culture, politics, religion, charity, volunteer programs, or supplying humanitarian aid (Humanitarian type)

Inviting organization – a registered Russian company, or MIA of Russia upon request of the host Russian company, or a Russian MFA following a request of the host company

Russian Transit visa for Croatian citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – no longer than 3 days for air connections, no longer than 10 days for road travelers

Number of entries – single, double (for double entry transit visa validity won’t be longer than 1 month)

Purpose of trip – crossing Russia following to another state of destination.

Inviting organization – no invitation required. You should have the tickets showing entry/exit from Russia

NOTE: You don’t need any visa if you make connection at a Russian airport without leaving transit zone. You can inquire your airlines whether you’ll need to leave transit zone when connecting flights in Russia.

Russian Student visa for Croatian citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – 90 days and longer, if required by the study course. Initially, 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 – studying at a Russian university or attending short-term courses

Inviting organization – Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia (MVD) upon request of the Russian School or University

Russian Work visa for Croatian citizens

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

Number of entries – single, double or multiple

Purpose of trip – official full-time employment in Russia

Inviting organization – Russian employer via the MIA of Russia 

Russian Electronic visa for Croatian citizens

Duration of stay in Russia – no longer than 8 days. Visa validity starts from the issuance date and lasts for 30 days. 

Number of entries – single 

Purpose of trip – tourism and leisure activities, or brief business or humanitarian visits to Russia

Inviting organization – no invitation required. You should present at the border a printed form, filled online at the MFA website in 4 days before the trip. Get professional help with filling the form here: E-visa form filling 

Step 2 Prepare documents for your visa application

Worried about the paperwork? We’ll cover your back here. Read about the documents you need to collect, and order our visa support below.

– For tourist visa you’ll need a tour confirmation issued by a registered Russian travel agency. Get it here in 10 min: Get Tourist Confirmation. Print and use.

– For private visa your Russian host should solicit an official invitation at the local MIA department and send it to you. It’s made in 20 working days and sent in e-format. If your host can’t provide you with such, consider coming on a tourist visa and get tour confirmation from us. 

– For Business/ Humanitarian visa your Russian host company must provide you either with a verified written statement of invitation in original, or solicit an invitation at the MIA of Russia (takes 20 working days, accepted in e-format), or MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)  of Russia (known as Telex, takes around 12 working days). If your host company can’t make you a valid invitation, order your Business visa support here: Get Business invitation

– For Student visa your Russian school or university should solicit official invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia (takes 1- 1.5 months)

– For Work visa your Russian employer should solicit official invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia (takes 1- 2 months)

Step 3 Apply for a Russian visa with all your docs

Now that you have all documents prepared you are ready to apply for your visa. Remember one can apply not earlier than 3 months before the trip to Russia.

As a citizen of Croatia you can choose to apply at either:

Here you can find the websites and addresses of the Consular and visa centers: Russian embassies and consulates

Visa fees

When you apply for a visa you should also pay the corresponding visa fees.

When applying by post, put your documents into the envelope and address to:

Interlink Service d.o.o za savjetovanje

Ul. Andrije Hebranga 10

10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Step 4. Pick up your passport and check the visa info

Upon completion of your visa process, you will need to get your passport with visa back. If you applied directly at the consulate, you’ll need to return there, and presenting your receipt obtain your passport back.

If you applied at the visa center you collect your passport there, or wait until it gets delivered to you, in case you paid for the delivery service.

Thoroughly examine your visa stamp. All information should be correct. If you spot any mistakes, contact the issuing authority and apply for correction.

Russian visa stamp sample with information

If you think everything is okay, start packing your bags. Remember to take your insurance policy, hotel and other bookings and the invitation letters from Russia.

Step 5. Final travel tips. Don’t forget about this in Russia.

Here are some final tips for your safe stay in Russia:

That’s all I wanted to share with you here. Hope you have found your way to get a Russian visa with the help of our guide and tips. 

Discover Russia and enjoy your trip! 

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