Visa to Russia for Australians

Published by Mike Lomberg March 26, 2020
Australian passport holders

First question you might have is: 

Do Australians need a visa to enter Russia?

The answer is: Yes, they do. 

To cross Russian borders citizens of Australia need an entry visa, which they can obtain at the Russian visa center, or at the Russian Consulate in Australia.

Are you an Australian trying to get your first Russian visa? I guess, you must be very worried about this whole daunting process of collecting the required documents, applying for a visa, waiting for it, and about to hand it all to some travel agency and simply buy a package tour with visa support included. Don’t do this, if:

Read on to learn how to get your visa by yourself in a stress-free way without any package tours, or paying someone to do it for you. 

Here are 6 main steps you’ll need to take:

Step 1. Determine your travel dates and the purpose of your trip.

There exist several most common Russian visa types: 

The first 4 types are the so-called short-term types, meaning that you cannot stay continuously in Russia, and your visit may not last over 90 days in each half a year period. The last 2 types can be long-term, allowing you to stay beyond 90 days without the necessity to leave the borders of Russia, and possibility to prolong the visa while being in Russia. 

Decide whether you need a short-term or long-term stay. Read below about the purposes of trip for each visa type and determine the one that suits you best.

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


You need this visa if you want to:


You’ll need this type if you need to:


You need this type if:


You need it if you want to:


You need this visa to:


You need it for :

NOTE: If you fly through Russia and while making a change don’t need to leave transit zone and pass migration control, you do not need a visa. Check this information with your airlines


You need this visa if you want to:

Step 2. Collect the required documents for the visa.

Have you chosen the visa type you need? Let’s move on, then. There’s a general list of documents you’ll need to collect for any type of Russian visa:

Let’s have a closer look at the invitation type as this is the main document to apply for your visa. 

If your Russian partners can’t provide you with such, we’ll be glad to help. Contact us here to order your invitation: Order invitation to Russia  The cost varies starting from 83 AUD. 

Step 3. Apply for a visa

After you’ve collected the required documents, it’s time to apply for your visa. Australian citizens can apply in 3 ways:

Important: When filling the visa form at, if you are planning to apply by mail, please indicate the place of submission as Russian visa center, Sydney

To use the mailing service, pack all documents in a mailing envelope. If you are applying as a family or group, put all documents in one package. Address the envelope to where you wish to apply at (for visa center use Sydney address only!). Once your documents are received and reviewed, you’ll get the invoice to pay the visa fees within 3 business days.

Find contacts below:

Embassy of the Russian Federation in Australia, Consular SectionAddress: 78 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, ACT 2603; Phone: +61(2) 6295 9474 Fax: +61(2) 6295 1001 Website:
E-mail: [email protected]
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in SydneyAddress: 7-9 Fullerton Street,Woollahra, NSW, 2025 Website: Phone +61 (0)2 9326 1866, +61 (0)2 9326 1702, +61 (0)2 8355 5404, +61 (0)2 8355 5405 Fax: +61 (0)2 9327 5065
E-mail: [email protected]
Official Russian visa center in Australia, CanberraInterlink Service Australia Pty Ltd Address: Canberra at 15 Tench Street, Kingston, ACT 2604; phone +61 2 6126 5331
Website:[email protected]
Official Russian visa center in Australia, SydneyInterlink Service Australia Pty Ltd Address: Shop 2/209 Harris St. Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia; phone +61 426 577 736
E-mail: [email protected]

Step 4. Pay visa fees and wait for the notification your visa is ready

If you decide to apply at the Russian consulate department you’ll need to pay visa fees only. The current amount as of March 2020 is:

Type of visaNormal fee (AUD)Urgent fee (AUD)

In case you apply through the visa center, you’ll need to additionally pay the service fee 43 AUD, and all extras for delivery, photocopies and suchlike if you order any. See the list of additional services on the website of the visa center. Application by mail to visa center will cost you additional 85 AUD (including service fee).

Step 5. Get your visa, check its validity, and travel to Russia

After you are notified that your visa application process has finished, you can collect your passport either at the Russian consulate or visa center where you’ve applied. Or wait until you receive your passport by mail, if you’ve ordered such service in the visa center. If you applied at Sydney Consulate General, and enclosed a self-addressed post envelope, you’ll get your passport returned to you by post.

Once you see your visa, check that all details correspond to your travel plans. The visa must be valid for your trip dates, allow you single/double/multiple entry, depending on what you’ve applied for.

Here’s the way the Russian visa stamp looks like:

Russian visa stamp

If everything is Okay, start packing your bag.

In case you want to secure yourself for your trip and get travel insurance, you can use any insurance company. e.g. this one: LINK

Step 6. Get registered after your arrival

Once in Russia, there are some two more important documents to obtain: 

Russian migration card

Don’t get scared – it’s simply letting the authorities know where you’ll be staying while in Russia, for any case of emergency. You might never even be asked to show your registration, but still it’s highly recommended you have it, if you are staying in Russia longer than 7 working days. And also, save it in your passport and carry along.

Russian registration

I hope by the time you’ve finished reading this, you’ve got the right idea on how to get your Russian visa on your own. If you still have questions, contact me for free advice or consultation by this email: [email protected]

Have a terrific stay in Russia and bring back some amazing souvenirs!

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