The Slovak Republic is a small and very hospitable state, a member of the European Union.
The today’s Russo-Slovak relations are quite friendly. Like many other European countries, Slovakia’s economic and trade cooperation with Russia is on the rise. Every year, up to 20 thousand Slovak tourists come to Russia for sightseeing, resorts, or visiting their friends and relatives.
Unfortunately, a visa-free regime is not an option for now, meaning that every Slovak citizen will need a visa to come to Russia. It can be applied for at the Consular Department of the Russian Embassy in Bratislava.
Note that application submission requires an appointment.
Russian Visa from Slovakia: Visa Types
Any Slovak citizen must submit their visa documents 3 months in advance. The standard documentation set is as follows:
- a Slovak passport valid for at least 6 months upon visa expiry, with at least two blank pages;
- a passport copy (main page);
- a correctly filled visa application form downloaded from visa.kdmid.ru;
- 3.5 x 4.5 photo in color against a light backdrop, not older than 3 months;
- invitation to enter Russia from a natural or legal person;
- a consular fee payment receipt;
- health insurance valid for the foreigner’s entire stay in Russia, with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000.
Slovak tourists willing to visit Russia can obtain one of the following visas:
- Tourist visa to Russia. Issuable for a period of 1 to 30 days. Intended for tourism and learning more about the national traditions, history, and cuisine.
- Business visa to Russia. Issued for 90 days to 1 year (in some cases up to 5 years). Entitles the foreign national to take part in business meetings or conferences;
- Private visa to Russia. Issuable for a period of 30 to 90 days. This is intended for meeting your friends and relatives in Russia. For private visits to Russia, a tourist visa is actually faster and cheaper to get!
- A working visa to Russia is issuable for a period of 1 to 3 years. This visa entitles its holder to work in the Russian Federation.
Russian Visa from Slovakia: Cost
For EU citizens, Russian visa processing time is 10 calendar days. A Slovak citizen will have to pay a EUR 35 consular fee. For EUR 70, they will process your application within 3 business days.
The amount of the consular fee is set forth in the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the European Union.
Filing an application with a visa center carries a service fee. Visa centers charge a fixed sum of EUR 25.
Attention! Consular fees are not refundable upon denial.
Russian Tourist Visa for Slovak Citizens
If a Slovak citizen wants to travel to Russia as a tourist, they must submit documents to a Russian embassy in advance.
Tourist visas are either single- or double-entry. A tourist invitation is necessary.
How to Get a Russian Tourist Visa Invitation?
This is a confirmation of reception (the original paper) issued by a Russian travel agency registered in the Uniform Federal Register of Tour Operators. Such invitations are issuable on travel agencies’ letterheads within an hour.
It must contain a voucher and a confirmation of reception. Those specify the inviting company’s address and ID, the Slovak citizen’s passport details, and data on their trip to Russia (cities, hotels, and duration of visit).
Russian Business Visa for Slovak Citizens
A Slovak citizen needs a Russian business visa to visit the country on business matters, be it contract-making or business meetings. This visa can be issued to a Slovak citizen for up to 90 days. If the applicant has held two or more Russian business visas in the past, they can apply for a 5-year visa. There are single-, double-, and multiple-entry business visas.
However, even a multiple-entry visa is limited to a 90-day stay over 180 consecutive days. When applying for a business visa, a Slovak citizen will need to provide a business invitation.
How to Get a Russian Business Invitation?
Russian business invitations for Slovak citizens fall into three different categories:
A Russian Organization’s Letter
This letter is only issuable by entities accredited by the DCA MFA or GAMI MIA. This invitation indicates a request to issue a Russian business visa to a particular citizen of Slovakia. A letter of invitation is issued on the letterhead of the inviting entity in a single day.
Such invitations have the following advantages:
- it is much cheaper than the other two kinds of invitations;
- it can be emailed to the client immediately;
- no submission of the original invitation required, which saves the postal costs.
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 Slovak citizen has unpaid fines in, or been deported from, Russia.
An MFA Telex invitation is issuable within 14 days. This is an MFA order to a Russian consulate abroad to issue a business visa to a particular Slovak citizen. In this case, the inviting party must provide the foreigner with a Telex No. as well as on the inviting party’s details, which must be specified in the visa application. The form does not have to be sent to Slovakia.
Russian Private Visa for Slovak Citizens
Private visas are issuable to foreign tourists traveling to Russia to visit their friends or relatives. Private visas can allow single or double entry; maximum validity is 90 days.
A private visa requires a private invitation from the Russian inviting party.
How to Get a Russian Private Invitation?
A close friend or relative of a Slovak citizen must be a Russian citizen or permanent resident and apply with a local GAMI MIA office.
Processing takes 12 to 17 days. MIA officers take this time to verify the provided details. If they find the Slovak 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 their Slovak invitee.
A single- or double-entry private visa can be issued to a Slovak citizen for up to 14 days to visit a burial site in the Russian Federation. To obtain a private visa of this category, the standard documentation set must be complemented with:
- a copy of the document certifying the existence of such a burial site;
- copies of documents to certify the applicant’s and the deceased person’s kinship.
Russian Working Visa for Slovak Citizens
A Slovak citizen can only obtain a Russian working visa if they already have found a job in Russia. Working visas are initially issued for up to 90 days, then can be extended until the work permit expires. This visa type usually allows multiple entries.
The standard documentation set must be supplemented with a certificate of HIV-negative status, which is valid for three months.
To obtain a Russian working visa, a Slovak citizen will need a work permit and a working invitation, which can only be provided by an employer interested in an employee from Slovakia.
How to Get an Invitation to Work in Russia?
The Russia-based employer will have to obtain and mail the necessary papers to their Slovak invitee so that the latter could obtain a 90-day visa from a Russian consulate. Next, the Slovak citizen must register with the migration office and extend their working visa to cover the work permit validity.
The employer must make sure that their Slovak employee is registered with the migration office and renews their visa. The working visa is yearly extensible without need to leave Russia. However, if the Slovak finds another job at another company, they will have to leave Russia and do all the paperwork again.
Russian Consulates in Slovakia
Consular Department of the Russian Embassy in the Slovak Republic
Marothyho 3, 81106 Bratislava, Slovakia
Phone: (8-10-421-2) 5441-79-29, 5441-49-94
Fax: (8-10-421-2) 5441-46-64
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 am to 12 pm; document issuance from 3 to 4 pm
For emergency calls: +421-911-343-297
Russian Visa Center
Slovakia, Bratislava, 2A Klemensova