To date, Russia and Ireland are members of the Council of Europe and cooperate closely on many issues, including politics and tourism.
Accustomed to the scenery of their own national parks and natural sights, the Irish go to Russia for new experiences. Russia’s most sacred places, from its vast rivers and underwater caves to salt lakes and breathtaking waterfalls attract more Irish tourists than ever.
The Russian capital has been consistently celebrating the major Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, for quite some time now. This is a large-scale 10-day festival of Irish culture and national traditions. This is why the influx of Irish tourists to Russia is on the rise. Daily flights between Moscow and Dublin have been in place since October 2018, making a Russian adventure even more affordable for the Irish.
To visit Russia, an Irish citizen will need a visa categorized by the purpose of visit.
Russian Visa from Ireland: Paperwork
An Irish citizen can obtain a Russian visa upon submission of documents to the consular section of the Russian Embassy in Dublin; this requires a pre-booked appointment.
Which Documents Do You Need for a Visa?
As a citizen of Ireland ,you will need the following documents:
- valid Irish passport;
- valid Irish passport;
- a correctly filled visa application form downloaded from visa.kdmid.ru;
- a consular fee payment receipt;
- a health insurance policy valid over the entire stay in Russia;
- 3.5 x 4.5 photos in color on a light backdrop;
- invitation to Russia from a natural or legal person.
The main document here is the invitation; choose the type suitable for the purpose of visit.
Depending on the purpose of visit to Russia, the following visa types are available:
- Tourist visa (for tourism, learning more about the national culture and cuisine);
- Business visa (for business meetings and conferences);
- Private visa (for meeting friends and relatives residing in Russia). Tourist visas are the easiest and fastest to obtain for Irish citizens.
- Working visa (for work in Russia);
- Transit visa (for a short-term transit).
Russian Visa for Irish Citizen: Cost
The standard procedure takes 4 to 20 business days and carries a fee of EUR 86 for single entry, 137 for double entry, and 257 for multiple entry.
In some cases, document preparation time can be cut to a single day. This really saves a lot of time. Sped-up processing is more expensive though: €171, €274, and €513, respectively.
Seasoned tourists prefer transit visas, which cost EUR 86 for single entry or 137 for double entry. For twice that amount (EUR 171 or 274, respectively), you can speed up the processing.
Submission via a visa center carries an additional service fee.
Russian Tourist Visa for Irish Citizens
An Irish citizen who wants to visit Russia for sightseeing, learning its culture and traditions, will need a tourist visa. This type of visa is issued within one business day for a period of 1 to 30 days. Russian tourist visa for Irish citizens is either single- or double-entry.
Obtaining a tourist visa requires a tourist invitation.
How to Get a Tourist Invitation to Russia?
An invitation can be issued by a registered travel agency. This document usually consists of two parts: a tourist voucher and a confirmation of reception.
The format is not regulated, which is why each travel agency can use its own format.
In order to get your invitation for a Russian tourist visa, you will need to provide the following information:
- travel agency’s name and ID;
- passport details of the Irish citizen;
- name of the hotel where the Irish citizen is going to stay;
- the cities planned for visiting (max. 5);
- number of entries;
- duration of the foreign citizen’s stay in Russia.
Russian Private Visa for Irish Citizens
A private visa is necessary if the applicant goes to Russia to meet their friends or relatives residing there. This type of visa is issuable to Irish citizens for up to 90 days; the processing takes 12 business days.
A private visa can allow single or double entry. Standard documentation set must be supplemented with a state fee payment receipt and a private invitation.
How to Get a Private Invitation to Russia?
A private invitation must be obtained by the Russian inviting party and then sent to the Irish citizen. This invitation must be issued on a state-approved form obtained from a GAMI MIA office.
The document must specify the following:
- purpose of visit;
- the Irish citizen’s passport details;
- the inviting party’s details;
- visa validity and number of entries.
Each private invitation bears a unique ID and can only be issued to the inviting party after the invitee’s details have been verified.
Important to Know! Shall the GAMI office discover any previous violation of law (criminal records, unpaid fines, or deportations from Russia), the invitation will be denied!
Russian Business Visa from Ireland
A business visa is issued to a foreign citizen to participate in business meetings and conferences in the Russian Federation. The Irish can obtain a single-, double-, or multiple-entry business visa. Maximum validity is 5 years for the EU citizens.
To obtain a business visa, an Irish citizen will need a business invitation.
Russian Business Invitation for Irish Citizens
A business invitation for an Irish citizen must be provided by a legal person accredited by the DCA MFA or by the AFMS.
A business invitation to Russia for Irish citizens (actually, for any foreigners) falls into three categories:
- a letter of invitation from an entity;
- a Telex invitation;
- an AFMS form.
Letter of Invitation From an Organization
A letter of invitation from an organization has the following advantages compared to other types:
- fast processing time (5 minutes to issue), ready immediately after paid for;
- much cheaper than other types (Telex or AFMS form);
- you do not need to submit the original paper to a Russian consular department, which will save the postal fees.
The format of such invitations is not standardized; this document contains a DCA (MFA of Russia) request to a Russian consular department or embassy.
An Irish citizen will only need the ID they will provide when filing their visa application with a Russian consular service in Ireland.
AFMS-Form business invitations are issuable upon a Russian inviting party’s request. It can be issued within 12 business days for single- or double-entry visas, or within 17 business days for multiple-entry visas.
Important to Know! Shall any unpaid fines, crimes, or deportations from Russia be discovered while processing the foreigner’s documents, they can be denied a visa.
Russian Working Visa for Irish Citizens
An Irish citizen will need a working visa if planning to travel to Russia to work for a Russian company. Visa processing can be sped up if the applicant has a work permit and an invitation to work from a Russian party.
Long-term working visas are issuable for up to a year. Extending such a visa requires leaving Russia and re-applying.
Important to Know! Invitations to work are not purchasable! If an Irish citizen hasn’t been employed in Russia yet, they can travel to Russia on a tourist visa to find a job at a Russian company.
The whole working visa process will be as follows:
- obtain a Russian work permit;
- obtain a 3-month working visa;
- register with the immigration office upon arrival;
- extend the working visa, as its initial validity is only 3 months;
- register with the immigration office for up to a year (i.e. until the work permit expires).
Russian Transit Visa for Irish Citizens
Transit visas are extremely popular with those who plan multiple flights and transfers.
A transit visa is not required unless the Irish citizen plans to stay at a Russian airport for more than a day. However, if they are going to stay in Russia for 3 to 10 days of transit (calculated by dividing the shortest transit route, km, by 500), a transit visa becomes a must.
For a transit visa, the Irish must submit copies of their travel papers for the entire itinerary as well as a copy of the visa to their country of destination.
The Russian Embassy in Ireland
184-186 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 14, Ireland.
Consular Department of the Embassy
Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 -11: 45.