Citizens of Montenegro travel to Russia often and with pleasure on private, tourist, business, work and other purposes. Our two countries have always had warm and friendly relationships. That is why there’s been signed an agreement on mutual visa-free regime for tourist/ transit purposes for 30 days. It means that if you are a citizen of Montenegro, you can come to Russia as a tourist without any visa and stay no longer than 30 days. However, what about a longer stay, or different travel purposes?
Do citizens of Montenegro need a visa to Russia?
Let’s try to figure out how you can come to Russia not for tourism and how you can get your Russian visa in a fast and convenient way.
There are several types of Russian visas apart from Tourist one, which can suit your travel purposes. Read below the description of them and choose which can meet your travel requirements.
Russian visa types overview
|Visa types||Validity period||Travel purpose|
|Private visa||90 days||private guest visits. Not recommendable: see why here|
|Business visa||30 -90 days (up to 1 year max)||conducting business in Russia, looking for partners, negotiating, investing etc.|
|Student visa||90 days and above||studying a course in a Russian school or university|
|Work visa||90 days and above||working under contract for a Russian employer|
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 the MIA (Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia) upon request of your Russian host. Bear in mind the process of preparing your invitation might take 20 working days and over.
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
– purchasing goods and services, 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 (in the form of telex directive) upon request of the Russian inviting company; or a written request on the letterhead of the inviting company
If your Russian partner cannot for some reason provide you with the required visa support document, we can help and make one for you. Order it here: Business visa support
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 Russian academic institution; or by MIA or MFA of Russia upon request of the Russian School or University
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 issued by MIA of Russia upon request of an authorized Russian Employer.
When you have chosen a certain visa type, it’s time to do some paperwork. Collect the following documents and prepare them for visa application:
If your trip is already in 3 months, you can apply for your visa at the Consular department of the Russian Embassy in Podgorica. Find the address and working hours below:
81000, Podgorica, ul. Veliše Mugoše, br.1
Tel: +(382-20) 273-104
E-mail: [email protected]
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00-12:00
When you apply your documents, you are required to pay the Consulate visa fee for the processing of your documents. See the amount of fees in the table below:
|Visa type||Standard processing in 4-20 working days||Urgent processing in 1-3 working days|
|Single entry||73 €||146 €|
|Double entry||117 €||233 €|
|Multiple entry||219 €||437 €|
The fees are charged during the application in euro in cash.
Once the process is finished (you’ll be told the date of the end of the process when you apply), you can come and collect your passport back. Carefully check your visa stamp. It has the following info:
If there’s any mistake, apply for correction before your trip. If it’s all right, get ready for your trip!
Note: It’s recommendable to have your invitation from Russia, hotel or other bookings with you in case the migration officers ask for them at the border.
Before you leave I’d like to add, that you are required to get two more documents when you arrive to Russia. Nothing too hard, but you should know about it.
You will be given Migration Card on board the plane by flight attendants, or at border points by the immigration officer. You’ll be requested to fill both parts of this document with identical information in block letters in pen, in Russian or English. Give your passport details, dates of trip and inviting company. Immigration officer will stamp the document and give you one part of it. Carry the migration card always with you and return when you leave Russia.
Registration is necessary if your stay in Russia exceeds 7 working days. It’s provided by the hotel where you stay, or by the owner of the apartment. Please, contact the owner and make sure he’ll be able to obtain this document for you at the local post or police office. Airbnb owners normally charge you extras for this document. Carry your registration along during your visit. Remember that it should be done during the first 7 business days of your stay.
Now you have the better understanding of the entire visa process, know when and what for you need a visa, how and where to obtain it, how much and how long it’ll take you.
In case you still need my help in clarifying some issues, don’t hesitate to contact our email.
Welcome to Russia!