Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an Russia Visa for Swiss Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must: 

    • Have two blank facing visa pages
    • Be valid for six months beyond exit date

  2. Photograph

    You must provide a photograph. Upload your photo and we will print it to the exact specifications required for this visa. Follow http://visacentral.ch/photo-service.php to upload your photo.

     

    Alternatively, you may provide one colour, passport type photograph that meets the following strict criteria: be taken within the last three months against a white background and printed on high quality photo paper; be 35mm by 45mm in size; provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression. You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes. Your photograph should not be affixed to your application and may not display evidence of adhesive or staples.

  3. Letter of Invitation

    An invitation is required and can be submitted in either of the following formats:


    An original invitation/telex approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This must:

    • Be sent or addressed to the Russia Consulate in Berne
    • Include the name of applicant both in cyrillic and latin characters
    • State the purpose of journey
    • Bear the exact entry and exit dates as required by the applicant and as stated on the visa application form
    • State the document registration number and date of registration
    • Bear the signature and name of the official authorised to invite foreigners to Russia


    An original letter from the company to be visited in Russia.  The letter must:

    • Be written in Russian on company letter head with company stamp
    • Show the company INN number and full address and phone number
    • Include the applicant's full passport details
    • Include full details of the reason for travel with all entry and exit dates


    VisaCentral can obtain a Russia Business Invitation on your behalf. Simply complete and return the Russia Business Invitation Order Form found within the VisaCentral Application Pack.  More information about this service can be found by clicking here

    And

    A copy of the letter of invitation

  4. Proof of Travel Insurance

    A certificate of health insurance coverage. Copies are accepted. The certificate must :

    • Indicate the name, address and phone number of the foreign insurance company
    • Indicate the reference number of the insurance policy
    • Indicate the date of subscription to the insurance policy
    • Indicate the full name and date of birth of the applicant
    • Indicate the validity start and end dates of the policy
    • Have all dates written in the following format: DD/MM/YYYY
    • State that the policy is valid for "the Russian Federation"
    • Indicate the medical services covered by the policy including ambulance service, transport and repatriation
    • Indicate a medical liability cover of at least 30,000 Euros
    • Be signed and stamped by the insurer
    • State the full name of the signatory insurer
    • Be valid for one traveller only except for accompanying relatives or tourist groups


    Email/internet confirmation of health insurance coverage, insurance policy and insurance card will not be accepted, the actual confirmation letter is required

  5. Visa Application Form(s)

    One fully completed and signed application form. This form must:

    • Be addressed to the "Visa Application Center VHS (Bern)"
    • Have no handwritten changes
    • Be fully completed in all fields. “Non-mandatory” fields left blank will not be accepted



    VisaCentral can assist the traveller in completing the online application form. This is offered as a Premium Service for an additional fee in addition to all other service fees and current VisaCentral handling fees.  In order to facilitate this, please complete the VisaCentral Russia Document Preparation Service Request which can be found within the VisaCentral Application Pack.

    Online application document preparation service requests must be received at VisaCentral before 14.00 hours in order to have it returned to you that day. Once VisaCentral have completed your online application we will send it to you for your signature. An original signature is required so you will need to return the form to us by post or courier

  6. VisaCentral Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaCentral website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed VisaCentral Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaCentral Application Pack should be submitted.


    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  7. Multiple Entry Applicants

    Multiple entry visa holders may enter Russia multiple times, however the total number of days stay cannot exceed 90 days in any 180 day period 

    Applicants requesting a multiple entry visa and providing a company invitation letter (with INN number) as part of their application are obliged to provide a photocopy of their previously issued Russian visa. This visa must have been issued within the last 12 monthsMultiple entry applications submitted with a letter from the company to be visited in Russia will be subject to a minimum processing time of ten working days

  8. Entry and Exit Dates

    Russian visas are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the visa support supplied. Travel must be completed within those dates. Completed visas cannot be changed or extended once they have been issued

  9. Consular Service Fees

    The Russian Visa Application Center charges a fee per application. The fee is:

    • CHF 38.- for normal processing (4 and 6 working days)
    • CHF 138.- for express processing (2 working days)

  10. Holders of a Valid Russian Visa

    Applicants are only permitted to hold one valid Russian visa at any one time. Applicants holding a valid visa in a current or second passport must present this for cancellation.

  11. Traveller Registration (recommended)

    The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs recommends Swiss citizens to register with the Swiss Embassy in the countries they plan to visit. Stay informed and safe by having VisaCentral subscribe you to the Traveller Registration Service. Registration notifies the Swiss embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the Itineris crisis registration system. To enroll in this optional service complete the registration form included in the VisaCentral Application Pack and send it to us with the rest of your documents

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an Russia Visa for Swiss Citizens

  1. Entry and Exit Dates

    Russian visas are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the visa support supplied. Travel must be completed within those dates. Completed visas cannot be changed or extended once they have been issued

  2. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must: 

    • Have two blank facing visa pages
    • Be valid for six months beyond exit date

  3. Photograph

    You must provide a photograph. Upload your photo and we will print it to the exact specifications required for this visa. Follow http://visacentral.ch/photo-service.php to upload your photo.

     

    Alternatively, you may provide one colour, passport type photograph that meets the following strict criteria: be taken within the last three months against a white background and printed on high quality photo paper; be 35mm by 45mm in size; provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression. You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes. Your photograph should not be affixed to your application and may not display evidence of adhesive or staples.

  4. Tourist Voucher and Confirmation

    A copy of a Russia Tourist Voucher and Russia Tourist Confirmation. This must:

    • Be stamped and signed by an authorised person from the Russian Foreign Ministry
    • Be issued for stay of 30 days or less
    • Bear the exact entry and exit dates required by the applicant and as stated on the visa application form  

    Only one voucher covering the whole trip must be provided, different vouchers from different hotels are no longer accepted.

  5. Proof of Travel Insurance

    A certificate of health insurance coverage. Copies are accepted. The certificate must :

    • Indicate the name, address and phone number of the foreign insurance company
    • Indicate the reference number of the insurance policy
    • Indicate the date of subscription to the insurance policy
    • Indicate the full name and date of birth of the applicant
    • Indicate the validity start and end dates of the policy
    • Have all dates written in the following format: DD/MM/YYYY
    • State that the policy is for "the Russian Federation"
    • Indicate the medical services covered by the policy including ambulance service, transport and repatriation
    • Indicate a medical liability cover of at least 30,000 Euros
    • Be signed and stamped by the insurer
    • State the full name of the signatory insurer
    • Be valid for one traveller only except for accompanying relatives or tourist groups


    Email/internet confirmation of health insurance coverage, insurance policy and insurance card will not be accepted, the actual confirmation letter is required

  6. Photocopy of Passport ID Page

    A clear copy of the information page(s) from the applicant's national passport

  7. Visa Application Form(s)

    One fully completed and signed application form. This form must:

    • Be addressed to the "VFS Global (Geneva)"
    • Have no handwritten changes
    • Be fully completed in all fields. “Non-mandatory” fields left blank will not be accepted
    • Bear a signature identical to the one on the applicant’s passport
    • Bear a signature identical to the one on the applicant’s passport



    VisaCentral can assist the traveller in completing the online application form. This is offered as a Premium Service for an additional fee in addition to all other service fees and current VisaCentral handling fees.  In order to facilitate this, please complete the VisaCentral Russia Document Preparation Service Request which can be found within the VisaCentral Application Pack.

    Online application document preparation service requests must be received at VisaCentral before 14.00 hours in order to have it returned to you that day. Once VisaCentral have completed your online application we will send it to you for your signature. An original signature is required so you will need to return the form to us by post or courier

  8. Consular Service Fees

    The Russian Visa Application Center charges a fee per application. The fee is CHF 38 for normal processing (7 to 10 working days)

  9. Holders of a Valid Russian Visa

    Applicants are only permitted to hold one valid Russian visa at any one time. Applicants holding a valid visa in a current or second passport must present this for cancellation.

  10. Personal Appearance Only

    Travellers with Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan, Yemeni, Libyan, Egyptian, Pakistani or Palestinian origins must apply for a visa in person only. VisaCentral is unable to assist in this instance

  11. Traveller Registration (recommended)

    The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs recommends Swiss citizens to register with the Swiss Embassy in the countries they plan to visit. Stay informed and safe by having VisaCentral subscribe you to the Traveller Registration Service. Registration notifies the Swiss embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the Itineris crisis registration system. To enroll in this optional service complete the registration form included in the VisaCentral Application Pack and send it to us with the rest of your documents

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