Russian visa for citizens of Estonia

Published by Mike Lomberg May 21, 2020
Passport of Estonian citizen

When an Estonian citizen is planning a trip to Russia, there arise a lot of questions with regards to entering the country: whether you need a visa, what type of visa you require, how to get this visa, which documents to collect and where to apply them and many others. In this article you will find answers to these questions and many useful recommendations for your trip. 

So, let’s start with the first and most important question:

Do Estonian citizens need a visa to enter Russia?

Yes, they do.

The prospect of undergoing a complicated visa application process seems quite daunting. However, it is not as hard as it sounds. You can get your Russian visa on your own following several steps as described below. 

Step 1. Choose the dates for your travel and learn the visa type you need

Even though, you can be unsure about your exact travel dates, you should choose at least the approximate travel time. You can start the visa procedures not earlier than 3 months before your trip. Think of the purpose of your travel to Russia and how long you are planning to stay there, as well as who will provide you with the required invitation. Read on to know the main Russian visa types and their features. Remember that you don’t need to buy tickets, or make any non-refundable bookings in advance.

Russian visa types overview

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 Estonian citizens

You need it if: 

 You can also order it here: Get your tourist confirmation

Russian Business and Humanitarian visa for Estonian citizens

You need it if: 

You can alternatively order it from us here: Get your business invitation

Russian Private visa for Estonian citizens

You need it if: 

Russian Student visa for Estonian citizens

You need it if: 

Russian Work visa for Estonian citizens

You need it if: 

Russian E-Visa for Estonian citizens

You need it if: 

Russian Transit visa for Estonian citizens

You need it if:

Important: If you make connection and stay at the airport transit zone, without passing passport and immigration control, you don’t need a visa. Otherwise, you require a transit visa.

If you travel to Kazakhstan or Belarus with connection in Russia you need a transit visa.

Step 2. Collect the documents needed to apply for your visa

Have you chosen the appropriate visa type for you? If you still have a trouble with this, contact us by email, and we’ll gladly help you.

After deciding on the visa type and dates of your trip, it’s time to start the paperwork.

While the visa types are different, there’s a standard list of documents required to apply for a Russian visa. Certainly, the consulate has the right to ask for additional documents, but it’s normally these papers that you need to prepare:

Count 10-30 min for a tourist confirmation, 1 day for a business invitation letter from company, 20 days for a business, humanitarian or private invitation issued by the MIA of Russia; and from 1 to 2 months for student/work invitation; 

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

For an E-visa, request professional help to fill the application here: 

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

Read more about photo specifications here: Visa photo requirements. Carefully glue the photo into the indicated field in the visa form

Step 3. Apply your documents for visa and pay the fees

Citizens of Estonia can choose to apply for a Russian visa in one of these organs:

When applying for a visa you should pay the visa fees. At the Consulate the amount is

– 35 EUR for standard processing 4-20 days 

– 70 EUR for expedited processing in 1-3 days

If you choose to apply through the visa center, which was created to facilitate the procedure, and provide more convenient services for the applicants, you’ll also need to pay the service fee, which amounts to 21 EUR (including VAT).

A Visa center also provides extra services surcharge, such as:

Whichever way you choose, remember that the visa fees are non-refundable. 

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

Step 4. Receive your passport and check your Russian visa stamp

The Consulates don’t provide delivery service, so you’ll need to collect your passport there in person, once you receive notification that your application process has finished. 

If you have chosen to apply through the visa center and paid extra for courier delivery, you’ll simply wait until the courier brings you your document.

Carefully examine your visa stamp. It bears the following information:

Russian visa stamp

If everything is correct, you can pack your bags and prepare for your trip to Russia.

Remember to carry with you:

Step 5. Final documents to get in Russia

Two more documents you’ll need to have during your trip in Russia are:

A migration card is given to travelers free of charge by either personnel of transport companies or the officers of immigration control. A traveler has to fill two identical parts in block letters with pen and hand them to the officer, who then stamps them with the date of entry to Russia and returns one part to the traveler. When you leave the country you’ll need to return the document at immigration control.

Russian migration card

If you happen to lose it, you’ll need to turn to the local police or migration service office and ask for a duplicate.

Registration is required in case a traveler stays over 7 working days in Russia. You can get it at the hotel where you’ll be staying or ask your Russian host to make one for you at the local post or police office department. 

Russian registration

Carry both documents in your passport during your trip.

I hope that our step-by-step guide will make it easier for you to obtain your Russian visa and travel soon! Do not hesitate to ask us any questions by email.

Happy journey to Russia!!

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