Russian visa for citizens of Portugal

Published by Mike Lomberg June 10, 2020
Passport of Portuguese citizens

Russia has always attracted a lot of visitors with different purposes of travel – tourism, business, guest visits or work. Whichever is your purpose you will find out that before you embark on your trip, you’ll need to get a visa.

Do Portuguese citizens need a visa to Russia?

Yes, they do

A visa process can sound like a lot of trouble with doing all paperwork, applying and paying some fees. In his article you will learn how to get a Russian visa in a fast and cost-effective way. You won’t need anybody’s help. You can get your visa on your own with our comprehensible step-by-step guide.

Step 1. Identify the visa type to suit your travel purpose

Among the most frequent Russian visas whose description you’ll find below, you should select the most appropriate for your trip.

Visa typesPeriod of stayTravel purpose
Tourist visa30 daystourism and leisure
Private visa90 daysprivate guest visits. Not recommendable: see why here
Business visa30 -90 days (a visa can be valid for up to 5 years)
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 Portuguese citizens

You need it if: 

Russian Business or Humanitarian visa for Portuguese citizens

You need it if: 

If your Russian partners cannot provide you with the required invitation, you can order it from us here: Get your business invitation

Russian Private visa for Portuguese citizens

You need it if: 

Russian Student visa for Portuguese citizens

You need it if: 

Russian Work visa for Portuguese citizens

You need it if: 

Russian E-Visa for Portuguese citizens

You need it if: 

Traveling on e-visa is still pretty limited, if you feel you want to travel without such limitations, consider applying for a standard tourist visa instead. 

Russian Transit visa for Portuguese 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 required for the chosen visa type

The list of documents you’ll need to collect to be able to apply for a Russia visa includes:

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

Remember that you can start an application process not earlier than 3 months prior to your trip to Russia.

Step 3. Apply for your visa in the authorized Russian organs in Portugal

After you have all documents ready, you can choose the place of application out of:

Find the contacts here: Russian Embassies and Consulates

If you choose to apply by post at the visa center, pack all documents into an envelope, include the receipt of visa fee payment, and send to:

Russian Visa Center

6th floor, unit D, Ave. dos Defensores de Chaves #15

1000-109, Saldanha, Lisbon, Portugal

When you submit documents for visa you are required to pay visa fees.

If you apply through the consulat, you only pay the Consular fees for processing your application

Visa typeStandard processing 4-10 daysExpress processing 1-3 days
Short-term visa types35 EUR70 EUR
Work/student visa single entry70 EUR140 EUR
Work/student visa double entry112 EUR224 EUR
Work/student visa multiple entry209 EUR418 EUR

Visa fees are paid by a credit/debit card or in cash when submitting your documents. For Postal application visa fees are paid via a bank transfer in favour of the visa center.

Service fees

If you apply through the visa center, you are also requested to pay service fee of 30 EUR for standard processing and 60 EUR for expedited one. 

If you want to order courier delivery of your passport back with your visa in it, pay another 25 EUR for continental courier delivery.

Step 4. Receive your passport and examine the visa stamp

Once the process has finished and you get your passport with visa back, check carefully all details for mistakes. The stamp bears such info:

Russian visa stamp

If you find anything which needs to be corrected, apply for correction as soon as possible.

In case it’s all right, you can get ready for your trip. Pack your luggage and don’t forget your travel insurance and visa invitation – they might be asked for on the border.

Step 5. Get your migrations card and registration in Russia

There are two more documents you’ll need to obtain after you arrive to Russia:

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

Both documents should be kept safe and carried along in your trip until you depart from Russia. 

I hope that you have learned how to get your Russian visa due to my article. In case there’s still some uncertainty left, or you need some advice, feel free to contact our email.

Enjoy your journey to the biggest country in the world!

The Baikal lake in summer. Russia