Russian visa for citizens of South Korea

Published by Mike Lomberg June 12, 2020
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Many travelers still believe Russia to be a difficult and inaccessible country, but it isn’t so. Tourism in Russia has been prospering for quite a long time now. Russia welcomes travelers from all over the world, and apart from tourism offers great opportunities to do business, work or study. 

Visa Free Regime

Citizens of South Korea are more than welcome, and even enjoy a visa-free regime for 60 days on touristic, private or transit purposes according to the agreements between our countries. You also have the chance to enter for another 30 days without a visa, but the total stay in Russia shouldn’t exceed 90 days out of 180.

Important: Visa-free regime still leaves the decision of letting you enter the country to a migration officer on the border. It’s best that you carry certain documents with you to avoid any problems entering Russia:

Bear in mind, that if you can’t prove that your purpose of visit is tourism or a guest visit, you can be denied entry. But how can you come on other purposes like business or study, work or humanitarian visits? Which visa should you get and how to obtain it? In this article you’ll find answers to these and other questions pertinent to a Russian visa application process. 

Russian visa types available for citizens of South Korea

There exist several popular visa types on which you can come to Russia, apart from visa-free entries for tourist or private purposes. See the overview below:

Visa typesValidity periodTravel purpose
Business visa30 -90 days (up to 1 year max)conducting business in Russia, looking for partners, negotiating, investing etc.
Humanitarian visa90 days out of 180Attending cultural, religious, political, charity and other events
Student visa90 days and abovestudying a course in a Russian school or university
Work visa90 days and aboveworking under contract for a Russian employer

Russian Business visa for citizens of South Korea

You should get this visa if:

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Russian Humanitarian visa for citizens of South Korea

You should get this visa if:

Russian student visa for citizens of South Korea

You should get this visa if:

Russia work visa for citizens of South Korea

You should get this visa if:

If you need any of these visa types, read on to know how and where to apply for them.

The documents needed to get a Russian visa

The list of documents to apply for a Russian visa consists of:

Where to apply and how much it will cost

Citizens of South Korea can obtain their visa by applying at:

Visa center was created specifically to facilitate the visa process and for the convenience of customers, and offers a range of extra services like translations, courier, photocopies etc. Remember, that if you apply through the visa center, you’ll need to pay extra service charge, and additional fees for every extra service.

Consular fee, which you should pay for your visa in KRW by cash or bank transfer amounts to

Visa typeRegular processing 5-10 business days Urgent processing 1-3 business days
Business, Humanitarian, Work visas96.000154.000288.000192.000307.000576.000

Student, Humanitarian (Culture&Science tech. relations)

Service fee, which you pay to the visa center for the processing of your documents is another 36.000 KRW per passport (if you apply directly at the consulate, you pay only consular fee).

Which documents you should get in Russia upon arrival

After you arrive to Russia, don’t forget to obtain two more required documents:

Migration card is given out free of charge on the border. You fill in it, give the migration officer for checking and stamping, and keep during your trip to Russia. When you leave, you have to return it. If you lose it, get another one at the local migration service office. 

Migration Card issued on Russian border

Registration is required if you plan to stay longer than 7 working days in Russia. Get it from the hotel management, or ask the owner of your apartment to register you at the local post or police office.

Russian registration template

I hope that on reading this article, you’ll have a clearer idea of how to organize your trip to Russia and which documents you’ll need for it. 

Travel safe and enjoy your visit!

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