Just like other Europeans, Italians are awed by history. For them, Russia is first a country rich in history, architecture, and sights. Since the World Cup 2018, Russia inspires Italian fans as a sporing power.
In order to avoid problems while crossing the Russian border, an Italian citizen must obtain a visa.
Russian Visa for Italian Citizens: Paperwork
To obtain a Russian visa, you’ll need to submit documents to prove the purpose of visit, fill in an application, have an invitation and health insurance, and pay a consular fee. Once you get your hands on all these documents, feel free to visit a Russian consular service in Italy.
Depending on the purpose of visit, you can request the following types of visas:
- tourist visa (for sightseeing and museum-going);
- business visa (for negotiations with Russian companies or partaking in conferences);
- private visa (for meeting friends and relatives residing in Russia);
- working visa (for work at a Russian company);
Tourist visas are the easiest and fastest to obtain for Italian citizens.
Russian Visa from Italy: Cost
Russian visa prices depend on the consular fees. For single entry, you’ll have to pay about EUR 84; processing takes 4 to 20 days. For EUR 168, they will process your documents within 1 to 3 days.
If an Italian citizen must visit Russia on multiple occasions, the price will skyrocket to EUR 252 or 505 depending on the processing time.
Russian Tourist Visa for Italian Citizens
If an Italian citizen wants to visit Russia for sightseeing or going to museums, they’d better file their papers in advance with a Russian consulate to obtain a tourist visa. A tourist visa is valid for up to 30 days and usually allows a single or double entry.
Before going to a consular department, the following documents must be prepared:
- an application specifying the purpose and dates of visit to Russia;
- a health insurance policy;• a valid Italian passport;
- a consular fee payment receipt;• 3 photos in color;
- an invitation from a Russia-based natural or legal person;
Russian Tourist invitation for Italians
The primary document for a tourist visa is a tourist invitation. It can be obtained by the inviting party at a local immigration office in Russia; alternatively, an Italian citizen can request one from a travel agency registered in the Uniform Federal Register of Tour Operators.
To produce such an invitation usually takes an hour at max, as such travel agencies issue invitations on their letterheads.
A tourist invitation must contain two documents: a tourist voucher and a confirmation of reception. Those specify the inviting company’s address and ID, the Italian citizen’s passport details, and data on their trip to Russia (cities, hotels, and duration of visit).
Russian Business Visa for Italian Citizens
Italian citizens need a Russian business visa to go to Russia for making contracts or attending exhibitions. Business visas are issuable for up to 5 years and can allow single, double, or multiple entry.
To obtain a business visa, an Italian citizen must submit a standard documentation set to a Russian consulate. The only difference is that it must be a business invitation now.
Russian Business Invitation for Italians
Business invitations to Russia for Italian citizens fall into the following categories:
- A Russian organization’s letter;
- GAMI MIA form;
- MFA Telex;
A Russian Organization’s Letter
This type of invitation can only be provided as a letter by an entity accredited by the DCA MFA or GAMI MIA. The invitation is a request to issue a Russian business visa to a particular Italian citizen.
It is issuable within a single day, as it uses the inviting party’s letterhead.
Such invitations have the following advantages:
- a letter of invitation is much cheaper than a GAMI MIA or MFA Telex form;
- a letter of invitation can be emailed to the client immediately after paid for;
- you do not need to submit the original invitation to the consulate, which saves postal costs;
- if an Italian citizen has held two or more Russian business visas, this invitation can be used to apply for a 5-year visa.
GAMI MIA form
A GAMI MIA business invitation is issuable upon the inviting company’s request. Application processing takes 12 to 17 business days. This is how long it takes to check whether the foreigner has unpaid fines in, or been deported from, Russia.
An MFA Telex invitation is issuable within 2 weeks. This is an MFA order to a Russian consulate abroad to issue a business visa to a particular Italian citizen. In this case, the inviting party must provide the Italian with a Telex number as well as on the inviting party’s details, which must be specified in the visa application. No need to mail the form itself to Italy.
Russian Private Visa for Italian Citizens
Private visas are issued to foreigners who travel to Russia to visit relatives and friends. Private (guest) visas can allow single or double entry; maximum validity is 90 days.
A private visa can be issued by a Russian consulate upon submission of a standard documentation set coupled with a private invitation obtained from a Russian inviting party.
Russian Private invitation for Italians
To provide an Italian with a private invitation, their friend or relative who has Russian citizenship or permanent residence must apply to the local GAMI MIA office. They will need to file an application for a private invitation, copies of passports (theirs and the Italian visitor’s), statement of the Russian citizen’s income, and a state fee payment receipt.
Processing takes about 30 days. MIA officers take this time to verify the provided details. If they find the Italian citizen to have previously violated Russian law, the applicant may be denied invitation. In case of no reasons for denial, they will issue an invitation to the Russian applicant, which must then be sent to the foreigner.
Russian Working Visa for Italian Citizens
An Italian citizen can only obtain a Russian working visa if they already have found a job in Russia. In most cases, such a visa is valid for 1 year; highly skilled workers can obtain 3-year visas. This visa type usually allows multiple entries.
To obtain a Russian working visa, an Italian citizen will need a work permit and an invitation to work, which can only be provided by an employer interested in an Italian employee.
Invitation to Work in Russia for Italians
The employer will have to obtain and mail the necessary papers to their Italian invitee so that the latter could obtain a 90-day visa from a Russian consulate. This is the time for them to register with the immigration office, do the employment formalities, and extend their working visa to match the work permit expiry.
The employer is responsible for the Italian’s timely registration with the migration office. The working visa is yearly extensible without need to leave Russia. However, if the Italian citizen finds another job at a different company, they will have to leave the country and do all the paperwork again.
Important to Know! An invitation to work is only issuable by the actual employer. If an Italian citizen wants to work in Russia but does not have a Russian employer, they may use a tourist visa to come to the country for job interviews.
Consulates of the Russian Federation in Italy
Consular Department of the Russian Embassy in Rome
116 Nomentana Str., Rome 00161
(8-10-39-06) 442 35 625, (8-10-39-06) 494 16 80, (8-10-39-06) 494 16 81, (8-10-39-06) 494 16 49
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 08 am to 11:30 am
For appointment, call: 895-898-95-61
For emergency calls: +39-366-560-46-14
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Genoa
Via Ghirardelli Pescetto, 16, 16167 Genova Nervi, Italia
(8-10-39-010) 372-60-47, (8-10-39-010) 372-63-04
(+39) 010-372-60-47, (+39) 010-372-63-04 (weekdays, 5 to 6 pm)
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9 am to 12 pm
For emergency calls: +39-340-757-65-18
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Milan
Via Sant’Aquilino, 3, 20148, Milano, Italia
(8-10-39-02) 487-50-432, (8-10-39-02) 487-05-912, (8-10-39-02) 487-06-041
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am to 12:45 pm
895-898-95-61 (only for calls from Italy)
For emergency calls:
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Palermo
Viale Orfeo, 18, 90149 Palermo, Italia
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
For emergency calls: (+39) 388-406-64-69