Russian visa for citizens of Greece

Published by Mike Lomberg June 3, 2020
Greek passport cover

For Greek citizens planning a guest, tourist or business trip to Russia the process starts with visa.

Do Greek citizens need a visa to Russia?

Yes, they do.

Even through the process of getting a visa can scare away some travelers, it’s not as challenging as it seems. We’ll help you navigate through different visa types, requirements and the entire application process. Read our step-by-step guide to get your Russian visa in a fast and cost-effective way.

Step 1. Know the dates of your trip and the type of visa you need

To make the first step you don’t need to buy tickets or make any prepaid bookings, but it’s essential that you set some definite dates for your trip. Depending on the duration of your visit, number of entries to Russia, travel goals and the inviting Russian party, you should identify the required visa type. There exist several main types. Read on to know which one is for you.

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


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You are allowed to enter and leave through the same border point only and not leave the region which you entered. If you want to travel more freely, consider going on a regular tourist visa instead

Choose the appropriate visa type and proceed to the next step

Step 2. Gather documents for visa application

Mainly the set of documents is standard for all visa types, apart from the invitation, which is a specific document issued by a certain Russian party. Find out below which papers you’ll need to collect to apply for a visa.

You can get your tourist visa support or business invitation from us here: Get Visando visa support

If you need to apply for another visa type, please contact your Russian host to obtain the required document with his help

Step 3. Apply for a visa in Greece

The only way to apply for a Russian visa is from your country of residence. Russian visas are not issued upon arrival. So, make sure you start the process in advance, but not earlier than 3 months before your trip. 

A Greek citizen can apply either:

We recommend applying through the visa centers for your convenience. The managers at the visa center will proofread your documents, help correct any mistakes. Moreover, you’ll be able to order courier delivery of your passport back or even apply by post without the need of a personal visit.

To apply by post pack all documents in an envelope along with the signed checklist, which you can download on the website of the visa center. Pay the visa fees in advance, put the receipt in the envelope, and send to:

Russia Visa Center

2nd floor, Ethnikis Antisaseos 42, Chalandri

15232 Athens, Greece

Also, you can find the contacts of the consulates and visa centers here: Russian Consulates and Embassies

Visa fees

The Consulate of Russia charges a certain fee for the processing of your documents. The fee amounts to 35 EUR for standard processing in 4-20 days or 70 EUR for expedited processing in 1-3 days. The fee is non-refundable. If you apply at the consulate you’ll pay it by credit card when submitting your documents.

Visa center also charges its service fee of 25 EUR. Delivery costs 15 EUR and postal fee, in case you chose to apply by post, another 10/25 EUR.

If you want to apply at the visa center by post, make payment in favor of:

Artionis Greece IKE

Bank: Alpha Bank

IBAN: GR3101401410141002002007574

Important: Electronic visa is issued free of charge. The only fee you can pay anyone is for help in filling the application form. 

Step 4. Collect your passport and examine your visa stamp

After the processing of your documents has finished, you can collect your passport. Visa center offers an opportunity to track your application status on their website, or for a charge of 2 EUR to receive a text notification when the process is finished.

Find a Russian visa stamp in it and carefully check all details:

Russian visa stamp

If you notice a spelling or other mistake, you can apply for correction the sooner the better.

If everything is fine, you can start preparing for your trip to Russia. Remember to take:

Step 5. Final things to do when in Russia

After you have arrived to the Russian border you’ll be asked to complete the migration card, which is given out by the immigration officer. Save this document after having it stamped and carry along in your passport throughout the trip. You’ll need to return it back at the immigration control when leaving the country. It looks like this:

Migration card obtained in Russia

If you intend to stay in Russia over 7 working days you’ll also need to get yourself a Registration. Hotels will provide it for you. If you stay at a private accommodation, ask the owner to get it at the local post/police office department within the 7 days after your arrival. Carry it with you during your stay. It looks like this:

Registration made in Russia

This is what we wanted to share with you. Hope our simple guide will facilitate for you the visa application process. If you have any questions, our team we’ll be glad to help! Write us an email and get a free consultation.

Have a wonderful journey to Russia!

Krasnodar Region Mountain view, Russia