Today, many foreign tourists discover Russia anew. Aside from historical and architectural richness, tourists are increasingly attracted by Russia’s health and rehabilitation services. Many Lithuanians come to Russia to visit their friends and relatives. The recent major sporting events made Russia even more attractive for Lithuanians.
Legal entry requires a visa to Russia. It can be obtained from the Russian Embassy in the Republic of Lithuania, or from the Consulate General in Klaipeda. Note that these consular services require a preliminary appointment.
Russian Visa from Lithuania: Paperwork
The standard documentation set for a Lithuanian applicant is as follows:
- a Lithuanian passport valid for at least 6 months upon visa expiry, with at least two blank pages;
- 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;
- a health insurance policy valid for the stay in Russia, with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000.
Lithuanian citizens are entitled to obtain one of the following type of a Russian visa:
- Tourist visa. Issuable for a period of 1 to 30 days. This is intended for tourism and sightseeing;
- Business visa. Issuable for a period of 30 to 90 days (in some cases up to 5 years). Entitles the foreign holder to attend business meetings and conferences;
- Private visa. Issuable for a period of 30 to 90 days. Intended for meeting your friends and relatives in Russia. Note! A tourist visa is a cheaper and more convenient option for frequent visits to your Russian friends and family.
- A working visa is issuable for a period of 1 to 3 years. It entitles you to work in the Russian Federation.
Visa to Russia from Lithuania: Cost
Standard processing takes 4 to 20 days and carries a consular fee of $90 for single entry plus a $40 for service. For $180, they will process your application within 1 to 3 business days. The visa fee will double to $80.
Important to Know Consular fees are not refundable upon denial. Caution is recommended when filing the application.
Since November 2018, the Consular Department of the Russian Embassy in the Republic of Lithuania only accepts cashless payments. You will have to pay with your credit or debit card; no extra fee charged.
Russian Tourist Visa for Lithuanian Citizens
If a Lithuanian citizen wants to visit Russia for sightseeing or going to museums, they’d better file their papers in advance with a Russian consulate or the Embassy to obtain a tourist visa.
The standard documents must be complemented with a tourist invitation.
What Is a Tourist Invitation for Russian Visa?
This is a confirmation of reception (the original paper) issued by a Russian travel agency registered in the Uniform Federal Register of Tour Operators. Issuing it on the agency’s letterhead takes an hour at max.
It must contain a voucher and a confirmation of reception. Those specify the inviting company’s address and ID, the Lithuanian citizen’s passport details, and data on their trip to Russia (cities, hotels, and duration of visit).
Important to Know! A booked hotel room does not entitle you to a tourist visa on its own.
Russian Business Visa from Lithuania
A Lithuanian citizen needs a Russian business visa to visit the country on business matters, be it contract-making or business meetings. Business visas are issuable for up to 90 days (5 years in some cases) and can allow single, double, or multiple entry.
However, even a multiple-entry visa is limited to a 90-day stay over 180 consecutive days.
In addition to a standard documentation set, a Lithuanian citizen will need a business invitation.
What Is a Russian Business Invitation?
Business invitations to Russia for Lithuanian citizens fall into the following categories:
- A Russian Organization’s Letter
- GAMI MIA form
- MFA Telex
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 Lithuania.
Such an invitation is issued on the letterhead of the inviting entity within a single day.
An invitation letter has several advantages:
- a letter of invitation is much cheaper than a GAMI MIA or MFA Telex form;
- it can be emailed to the client immediately after paid for;
- you do not need to submit the original letter to the consulate, which saves postal costs;
- if a Lithuanian 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 Lithuanian citizen. In this case, the inviting party must provide the foreigner with a Telex number as well as on the inviting party’s details, which must be specified in the visa application. It is not necessary to mail the invitation form to Lithuania.
Private Visa to Russia for Lithuanian Citizens
Private visas are issued to foreigners who travel to Russia to visit relatives and friends. They 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.
What is a Russian private invitation?
To provide a Lithuanian with a private invitation, their friend or relative who has Russian citizenship or permanent residence must apply to the local GAMI MIA office.
To apply for a private invitation, a Russian citizen must file:
- an application for a private invitation;
- a statement of their income;
- a bank account statement;
- a letter of guarantee;
- a 800-ruble state duty payment receipt;
Processing takes about 30 days. MIA officers take this time to verify the provided details. If they find the Lithuanian 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 from Lithuania
A Lithuanian 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.
The standard documentation set must be supplemented with a certificate of HIV-negative status, which is valid for three months. A certificate like that is only required when requesting a working visa valid for three months or longer.
To obtain a Russian working visa, a Lithuanian citizen will need a work permit and an invitation to work, which can only be provided by an employer interested in a Lithuanian employee.
What is an Invitation to Work in Russia?
The employer will have to obtain and mail the necessary papers to their Lithuanian 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 Lithuanian’s timely registration with the migration office. The working visa is yearly extensible without need to leave Russia. However, if the Lithuanian 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 a Lithuanian citizen wants to work in Russia but does not have a Russian employer, they may use a tourist visa to come to the country to find a job.
Consulates of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Lithuania
Russian Embassy in the Republic of Lithuania
53 Latvių, Vilnius 08113
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Klaipeda
Sermuksniu g., 4 Klaipeda LT-91207
(8-10-370-46) 49-99-52 (with an answering machine), (8-10-370-46) 49-99-53