Russian visa for citizens of Singapore

Published by Mike Lomberg June 15, 2020
Passport of a Singapore citizen

Russia attracts travelers from Singapore with a variety of opportunities, whether you are coming as tourists, students, employees, or attending cultural or business events, Russia has a lot to see and do. First of all, there’s a question of how you can legally enter Russian borders.

Do citizens of Singapore need a visa to Russia?

Yes, they do.

Only holders of official and diplomatic passports enjoy a 90-days visa free entry to Russia. The rest of travelers should obtain a visa prior to their trip. So, if you are looking for a Russian visa and don’t know where and how to get it, you’ll find answers to your questions in this article. Read on a simple step-by-step guide to your Russian visa.

Step 1. Learn which visa type you need and plan your travel dates

Choose among the main types of Russian visa below the one that suits you best.

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 1 year 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 Singaporeans

Stay in Russia for: maximum 30 days

Number of entries: single, double

Travel purpose:

You should be invited by: Russian registered tour operator. Order the required toruist confirmation from us here: Get Tourist Confirmation

Russian Private visa for Singaporeans

Stay in Russia for: maximum 90 days

Number of entries: single, double

Travel purpose: visiting family or friends in Russia

You should be invited by: a Russian citizen or a legal resident, who solicits an invitation at the MIA of Russia.

Russian Business visa for Singaporeans

Stay in Russia for: maximum 90 days out of each 180. A visa can be valid for 1 year.

Number of entries: single, double, multiple

Travel purpose:

– looking for new business contacts

– attending various meetings, conferences, negotiations

– investing into Russian business

– purchasing goods and services, researching the market

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

– commercial activity (sub-purpose Commercial)

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

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

You should be invited by: A Russian organization, or MIA of Russia upon request of the host Russian company, or a Russian MFA following a request of the host company.

Order your business support from us here: Get Business invitation

Russian Transit visa for Singaporeans

Stay in Russia for: maximum 3 days if you make flight connection, or 10 days for road trips.

Number of entries: single

Travel purpose: crossing Russia following to another country of destination.

You should have purchased tickets showing entry/exit from Russia

Russian Student visa for Singaporeans

Stay in Russia for: 90 days and longer. A student visa can be extended on the territory of Russia.

Number of entries: single, double, multiple

Travel purpose: studying at a Russian university or attending short-term courses

You should be invited by: A Russian School or University via the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia

Russian Work visa for Singaporeans

Stay in Russia for: 90 days and longer. A work visa can be extended in Russia. A visa for a Highly Qualified Specialists is issued for 3 years at once.

Number of entries: single, double, multiple

Travel purpose: paid employment

You should be invited by: your Russian employer via the MIA of Russia

Russian Electronic visa for Singaporeans

Stay in Russia for: max 8 days out of 30

Number of entries: single

Travel purpose: tourism and leisure activities, or brief business or humanitarian visits to Russia

You should fill the application for e-visa on kdmid website 4 days before your entry and receive the approval. When on the border, display the printed e-visa and enter one of the three regions: 

Enter and leave through the same border point. Unfortunately, you cannot visit any other regions of Russia on e-visa yet. If you want to travel more freely get yourself a regular tourist visa instead. 

To order professional help with filling the E-visa form, contact us here: Contact Visando

Step 2. Gather all required documents for your visa

Before you can apply for your visa, it’s necessary to collect a set of documents, which includes:

Step 3. Apply your documents for a Russian visa

In 3 months before your trip you can already apply for your visa, you cannot do it earlier though, as the consulates doesn’t accept applications too early. Remember that you need to apply in Singapore, you cannot get visa on the Russian border.

Citizens of Singapore can apply at:

Although, the choice is up to you, I’d recommend you applying through the visa center, because they’ll check all your documents and process them more efficiently. They were created specifically to facilitate the visa process for the Consulate.

Along with your application you’ll need to pay visa fees. Find Consular fees in the table below:

Visa typeStandard processing fee (4-20 working days)Express processing fee (1-3 working days)
Single entry126 SGD252 SGD
Double entry202 SGD403 SGD
Multiple entry378 SGD756 SGD

At the Visa Center you’ll also be requested to pay the service charge of 42 SGD.

Mind that all visa fees are non-refundable and are paid directly during the submission of documents. At the visa center you can also order a variety of additional services like photocopies, return courier, application correction etc.

Step 4. Collect your passport and check your visa

When you get your passport back, be it with courier if you paid for the service or in person at the place of application, be careful to check your Russian visa stamp. It should carry the following information:

Russian visa stamp bear this information

If you see any mistakes, apply for correction. If everything is fine, start preparing your bags and get ready for the trip.

Step 5. Obtain migration card and get registered in Russia

The last 2 documents for you to get when in Russia will be:

A migration card is given to foreign nationals arriving to Russia at migration control points. It has two identical parts, one of which is surrendered to the immigration officer. You’ll need to write on it the details of your trip, dates of travel, places of intended stay. After you have it stamped by the officer, keep the second part of the card with you, and don’t lose it. You’ll have to return it back when leaving Russia.

Russian migration card

You’ll need to get registered upon arrival, if you stay longer than 7 working days in Russia.

If you stay in a hotel, you’ll get registered by the hotel manager. If you stay with your Russian friends, ask the owner of the apartment to register you at the local post or police office during the first 7 days after your arrival. Carry your registration with you. You might need to show it when returning from Russia.

Russian registration

I’m sure our guide will help you get your Russian visa quickly and economically! If you need more help or advice, contact us by email.

Enjoy your trip to the country full of wonderful surprises!

Russian Far East beautiful landscape