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Who does not need a visa to Russia?

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The Russian Federation visa-free regime

 

Under the Russian Federation visa-free regime, foreign citizens who fall within the following categories do not require a visa for visits of the length and nature outlined below:

  • Argentina (for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period (starting from the day of first entry)). Applicants planning to stay for more than 90 days in any 180-day period require a visa if they are going to Russia to conduct commercial or work-related activities. Diplomatic or Official passport holders require a visa for the whole period of their stay.
  • Armenia. 
  • Azerbaijan. 
  • Belarus. 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (up to 30 days for tourists and up to 90 days for other visitors). Tourist documents or the original invitation [THIS REQUIRES AN EXPLANATION/FOOTNOTE], as appropriate, must be presented to the Russian Immigration authorities. 
  • Brazil (for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period) - for tourists, private visits or transit purposes only. In all other cases, a visa is required. 
  • Brunei (for visits of up to 14 days) - Diplomatic and Service passport holders only. 
  • Chile (for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period) – the visa-free regime does not apply to work- and business-related visits and Diplomatic and Service passport holders. 
  • Columbia (for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period). 
  • Cuba. 
  • Croatia (up to 30 days for tourists and up to 90 days for other visitors). Tourist documents (voucher in original [THIS REQUIRES AN EXPLANATION/FOOTNOTE]) or the original invitation, as appropriate, must be presented to the Russian Immigration authorities. 
  • Dominican Republic (for visits of up to 90 days) - Diplomatic and Service passport holders only. 
  • Hong Kong (for visits of up to 14 days). 
  • Iceland (for visits of up to 90 days) - Diplomatic and Service passport holders only. 
  • Israel (for visits of up to 90 days). Tourist documents or the original invitation, as appropriate, must be presented to the Russian Immigration authorities. The visa-free regime does not apply to Diplomatic and Service passport holders. 
  • Kazakhstan. 
  • Kirghiz Republic. 
  • Macedonia (up to 30 days for tourists and up to 90 days for other visitors). Tourist documents or the original invitation, as appropriate, must be presented to the Russian Immigration authorities. 
  • Moldova. 
  • Montenegro (for visits of up to 30 days). The visa-free regime does not apply to Diplomatic and Service passport holders. 
  • Mozambique (for visits of up to 30 days) - Diplomatic and Service passport holders only. 
  • Nicaragua (for visits of up to 90 days). 
  • Peru (for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period). The visa-free regime does not apply to work- and business-related visits and Diplomatic and Service passport holders.
  • Serbia. Citizens with biometric passports obtained after April 9th, 2008 can stay in Russia for up to 30 days. Diplomatic or Official passport holders without accreditation in Russia can stay for up to 90 days. Serbian nationals with temporary and permanent resident permits can stay without time limits. In all other cases, a visa is required. The visa-free regime does not apply to Yugoslavian passport holders.
  • The Republic of South Africa (for visits of up to 90 days) – Diplomatic, Official and Service passport holders only.
  • Thailand (for visits of up to 90 days) - Diplomatic and Service passport holders only. Holders of ordinary passports can stay for up to 30 days.
  • Tajikistan.
  • Turkey (for visits of up to 30 days) - Ordinary and Service passport holders only. In the case of consequent trips, the total number of days spent in Russia cannot exceed 90 in any 180-day period.
  • Ukraine.
  • Uzbekistan.
  • Venezuela (for visits of up to 90 days). The visa-free regime does not apply to Diplomatic and Service passport holders.

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