Despite recent strains in the Russian-Georgian relations, there are now more than ever Georgian tourists willing to visit Russia. While Russian tourists visit Georgia to buy the famous Georgian wine, enjoy the delicious cuisine and spectacular mountains, most Georgians come to Russia for lucrative working offers, studies, or just to visit their relatives. Georgian citizens need a visa to Russia in order to visit the country.
Russia and Georgia are planning to mutually abolish visa requirements. As of today, the Russians do not need a visa to enter Georgia, but the Georgians do need one to enter Russia.
Russian Visa for Georgian Citizens: Paperwork
A Georgian citizen can get a Russian visa in 4 to 30 business days. Multiple visa types are distinguished by the purpose of visit: tourist, business, working, private, transit, and student visas.The Russian Visa Center (RVC) opened in August 2018 in Tbilisi to provide visa services to anyone who wants to visit Russia. A Russian visa can also be obtained from the Consular Service of the Russian sector, Swiss Embassy, also located in Tbilisi.The list of documents may vary, but some documentation is required for any visa type:
- Travel passport valid for at least 6 month after the visa expiry date;
- a correctly filled visa application form downloaded from visa.kdmid.ru;
- original invitation from a Russian citizen;
- a salary record or a bank account statement on the letterhead of the issuer to prove financial solvency over the period of travel;
- health insurance to cover all the medical costs you may incur while in Russia. A stay longer than 3 months requires a certificate of HIV-negative status;
- a visa photograph
For faster visa processing, it is recommended to print and fill in the migration card in advance before going to the consulate. The migration card is required for any visa type.
Visas are classified by number of entries and by validity. There are single-, double-, and multiple-entry visas. Russia has simplified the system for the Georgians so that they can obtain multiple-entry visas without much hassle.
Russian Visa Cost for Georgian Citizens
- 60 US dollars for single entry;
- $96 for double entry;
- $180 for multiple entry.
In some cases, processing time can be cut to a single day. This really saves a lot of time. Sped-up processing is more expensive though: $120, $192, and $360, respectively. The fees are only accepted in US dollars by the consular service.
Issuance of a Russian visa for a Georgian citizen requires an invitation.
Russian Visa Invitation for Georgian Citizens
To get an invitation, a Russian citizen must visit their local Federal Migration Service office to submit the following documents:
- request for invitation;
- Russian passport and a copy (must be valid for at least 6 months after the visa expires);
- inviting party’s letter of guarantee to provide the Georgian invitee with tangible and medical support as well as a place of residence for their entire stay in Russia;
- state fee payment receipt.
The invitation takes about 20 business days to issue; in urgent cases (a severely ill or deceased close relative), it can be issued within 5 business days.
Russian Tourist Visa for Georgian Citizens
- This is issuable to foreign citizens for sightseeing, attending exhibitions, and visiting historical sites. The maximum permissible duration of stay is 1 month. This type of visa is usually issued within a single day. In some cases, processing can be shortened to an hour.
To get a tourist visa, a Georgian citizen must prepare the following documents:
- a valid passport;
- certificate of an hotel room booked in advance;
- roundtrip tickets;
- an invitation from a travel agency. This document is issuable by Russian or international travel agencies licensed to work in the Russian Federation;
- health insurance covering the Georgian citizen’s entire period of stay in Russia.
Russian Transit Visa for Georgian Citizens
This visa is the easiest to obtain; it allows a short one-time stay in Russia. Such visas are mostly used to cross the Russian borders by car or stay at a Russian airport on a stopover while waiting for the connecting flight. Such visas are only valid for a maximum of 10 days.
Application for a transit visa requires the following documents:
- a valid visa of the country of destination;
- a travel passport;
- tickets for entering Russia by rail, air, or maritime transport, which must specify the exact date of departure. When arriving in Russia by car, the stay is calculated as a function of distance traveled in Russia: 500 km per day;
- health insurance covering the entire visa validity period;
- 3 photos in color.
Russian Private Visa for Georgian Citizens
This type of visa requires an invitation from a Russian citizen or permanent resident. Private visas are required for meeting your relatives, visiting burial sites, getting medical examinations, etc. Maximum duration of stay for the holder of such a visa is 3 months.
In 2018, the private visa issuance procedure was simplified. Now the applicant does not have to prove their near kinship with the inviting party. To obtain a private visa, the applicant must submit their travel passport. If it is planned to visit the country in the company of the next of kin, it suffices to submit a copy of the passport photo page. The invitation must specify the details of children under the age of 16.
In addition, it must specify the itinerary and the places planned for visit. For a better chance to obtain a visa, use official forms to provide data on the citizen’s bank accounts and solvency.
Russian Business Visa for Georgian Citizens
Business visas are becoming easier to obtain for Georgian citizens. Official media report an upward trend in joint business projects.
Business visa is required for business people and company owners to visit the country on business matters only. Issuing this visa takes up to 30 days, the validity period is one month to one year.
A business visa applicant must submit a statement of purpose (attending workshops, exhibitions, or business conferences).
Russian Working Visa for Georgian Citizens
To obtain a working visa, a Georgian citizen must have an employer in the Russian Federation, and the employer must be interested in doing the paperwork to obtain a work permit and an invitation to work. Working visa holders are mostly non-specialized workers; highly qualified personnel rarely applies for it.
Paperwork takes 1 to 4 months, and the maximum allowed stay is 3 years. As a rule, the company will extent the visa on its own without restricting the number of entries.
Therefore, to obtain a working visa, the standard documentation set will include an original invitation to work from a Russian employer, registered with the local MIA office.
Important to Know! If the stay is three months or longer, the applicant will need a health certificate of HIV-negative status, which is valid for three months. Processing takes up to 20 business days. Faster processing carries an extra fee.
Russian Student Visa for Georgian Citizens
Student visas are exclusive for international students. This visa may be valid for up to 6 years, a Georgian student’s entire study period in Russia. This permit is extended by the educational institution. The student is entitled to stay in the country without leaving it.
Applicants not of age shall attach a birth certificate copy and a parent’s consent to the child’s departure, both translated into Russian and notarized.
For faster visa processing, it is recommended to print and fill in the migration card in advance before going to the consulate.
Consular services of the Russian Federation in Georgia
Russian Visa Center
Tbilisi, 4 Besiki Str., 2nd floor, Office 205
+995 (32) 224-15-51
Russian Sector of the Swiss Embassy in Georgia
0162, Tbilisi, 51 I. Chavchavadze Ave.
(+99532) 291-26-45 Head of the Sector