A visa to the Russian Federation is a document, that permits a person to stay in Russia for a specific period of time. Visa lists entry/exit dates, your name, passport details, and a purpose of travel.
ALL applicants must provide their visa applications IN PERSON. Visa applications sent by post ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
Most of the non-Zimbabwean citizens need a visa in order to travel to Russia. Please read the following information carefully in order to avoid any possible delays. If you fail to follow the listed requirements, your visa application will not be accepted. Foreigners applying for a Russian visa in a country other than their home country usually must provide residence permit (a proof of permission to stay in Zimbabwe) for a period exceeding 90 days.
Currently citizens of the following countries can travel to Russia without a visa for private, business, and tourist purposes:
Argentina (up to 90 days in every 6 months); Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina (up to 30 days for tourists and up to 90 days for other visitors with original tourist vouchers or letters of invitation); Brazil (up to 90 days in every 6 months); Cuba; Hong Kong (up to 14 days); Israel (up to 90 days in every 6 months); Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Macedonia (up to 30 days for tourist and up to 90 days for other visitors with original tourist vouchers or letters of invitation); Moldova; Montenegro (up to 30 days); Nicaragua (up to 90 days in every 6 months); Serbia (up to 30 days for holders of Serbian biometric passports issued after April 9th, 2008); South Africa (up to 90 days); Tajikistan; Thailand (up to 30 days); Uzbekistan; Ukraine; Venezuela (up to 90 days in every 6 months).
It is important to apply for the right type of visa, the one that corresponds to the purpose of your trip, in order to enjoy your visit to Russia without legal problems, should it be a tourist journey, a home stay with a relative or friend, a business trip, or a transit. The purposes of your visit to Russia - which you declare in your application form - should be confirmed by a letter of invitation you get from your host party according to official documents issued by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its regional offices or the Russian Federal Migration Service or by a tourist voucher and a confirmation of a Russian tourist agency which should have its reference number.
Please be careful about the type of the visa you get which is issued in exact to the invitation you present in the consular section. Type of visa or dates of entry/departure can not be changed or extended. All paperwork once submitted is not subject to any changes of the announced visa processing period, the period of stay in Russia, or number of entries indicated by visa support documents available at the moment of submission. If applicants need to make changes in submitted paperwork, all documentation will be returned to them for resubmission. The visa fee is not refundable.
When you receive your visa please check it for any mistakes (passport number, date of birth, validity, etc.) and, if necessary, return it to the Consular section for corrections. The Consular section will not be responsible for any mistakes in the visas, which were not brought to our attention prior to your departure from Zimbabwe.
As it was mentioned the actual purpose of a foreign citizen's entrance into the Russian Federation should correspond to the type of the issued visa. Thereby we do not recommend to resort to the services of an intermediate who suggests issuing tourist visa allowing a short-term stay in Russia to those persons that enter the country not for tourist purposes but for carrying on business. Nonconformity of the claimed entrance purpose with the actual one and the line of business during the stay in Russia is the violation of the entrance or residence regime. The fine for this violation is stipulated as a financial penalty up to 5000 rubles. Concurrently with the financial penalty relevant state agencies are authorized to enforce an administrative exclusion of a foreign national from the Russian Federation with the sequential exclusion for the 5-year term.
Please note that prior to your arrival to Russia you must fill in an immigration card to be presented at the border control in the Russian Federation. Immigration cards are provided to passengers on a plane by aircraft carriers or you can get them in the border control area.
Visa is a courtesy of the State and in certain cases the Consular section reserves the right to consider your visa applications for as long as it seems necessary or require additional documents.
Only cash is accepted. All payments must be done in advance. Costs are the subject to change without notice. Visa processing fee is non-refundable.