APEC Business Travel Card holders

Effective 1 June 2013 Russia is considered as a fully participating member of the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) scheme, that allows a greater number of businesspeople to travel faster and more easily within the Asia-Pacific region. Under the decree (No. 777 of 05 June 2012) made by President Vladimir Putin ABTC holders with “RUS” inscribed on the back may now enjoy a visa-free entry into Russia. Those who applied for a card before 1 June 2013 who seek pre-clearance into Russia must submit the request to their home APEC economy before it is forwarded to Russia. If approved, cardholders would require the issuance of a new card with “RUS” inscribed on the back.

A cumulative period of stay in the Russian Federation can be no more than 90 days during any period of 180 days.

Cruise liner passengers

Tourists on board of large cruise ships have the right to stay in the Russian Federation without a visa during 72 hours. They have the right to leave the ship and come back on board the ship only as a part of an organized tourist group as per the list. If a tourist wants to leave the ship alone, he needs a visa.

Transit passengers travelling by air

You do not need a visa to Russia if stay in the transit zone of the airport for up to 24 hours and do not pass the passport control. For details on transit zones of some major Russian airports, plese see links below:

Sheremetyevo (Moscow)

Domodedovo (Moscow)

Vnukovo (Moscow)

Pulkovo (Saint-Petersburg)

Transit passengers travelling to or from the Republic of Belarus

Conditions of entry of foreign nationals holding diplomatic, service (official, special), ordinary (tourist) passports into the Russian Federation

As of May 2017

Abkhazia

Without visas for all types of passports (including domestic) - up to 90 days.

Afghanistan

Visas for all types of passports.

Albania

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Algeria

Visas for all types of passports.

Andorra

Visas for all types of passports.

Angola

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Antigua and Barbuda

Visas for all types of passports.

Argentina

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Armenia

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Australia

Visas for all types of passports.

Austria

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Azerbaijan

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Bahamas

Visas for all types of passports

Bahrain

Without visas for diplomatic, service and special passports - up to 90 days

Bangladesh

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 30 days.

Barbados

Visas for all types of passports.

Belarus

Without visas for all types of passports (including internal passports).

Belgium

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Belize

Visas for all types of passports.

Benin

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Bhutan

Visas for all types of passports.

Bolivia

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days. Without visas for ordinary passports - 30 days out of 60.

Botswana

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Brazil

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Brunei Darussalam

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 14 days.

Bulgaria

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- crew members of sea-going ships;

- crew members of aircraft.

Burkina Faso

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Burundi

Visas for all types of passports.

Cambodia

Without visas for diplomatic passports and service passports - up to 90 days.

Cameroon

Visas for all types of passports.

Canada

Visas for all types of passports.

Cape Verde

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Central African Republic

Visas for all types of passports.

Chad

Visas for all types of passports.

Chile

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

China, People's Republic of

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 30 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- members of train crews;

- crew members of sea and river vessels;

- crew members of aircraft;

- for tourist groups of 5 to 50 people. (On certified lists and confirmations of Russian travel agencies on admission) - up to 15 days.

Colombia

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Comoros

Visas for all types of passports.

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Visas for all types of passports.

Congo, Republic of the

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports, up to 90 days

Costa Rica

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 3 months.

Côte d'Ivoire

Visas for all types of passports.

Croatia

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- crew members of sea-going vessels;

- crew members of aircraft.

Cuba

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 30 days.

Cyprus

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- crew members of sea-going vessels;

- crew members of aircraft;

- transit passengers - 24 hours (from the moment of arrival).

Czech Republic

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Denmark

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Djibouti

Visas for all types of passports.

Dominica, the Commonwealth of

Visas for all types of passports.

Dominican Republic

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

East Timor

Visas for all types of passports.

Ecuador

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Egypt

Without visas for diplomatic, official and official passports - up to 90 days.

Equatorial Guinea

Visas for all types of passports.

Eritrea

Visas for all types of passports.

Estonia

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Non-citizens of Estonia for the ordinary passports - 90 out of 180 days.

Ethiopia

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports, up to 90 days.

Fiji

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Finland

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

France

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew members of aircraft.

Gabon

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Gambia

Visas for all types of passports.

Georgia

Visas for all types of passports.

Germany

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Ghana

Visas for all types of passports.

Greece

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Grenada

Visas for all types of passports

Guatemala

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Guinea

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Guinea-Bissau

Visas for all types of passports.

Guyana

Without visas for diplomatic and ordinary passports, up to 90 days.

Haiti

Visas for all types of passports.

Honduras

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Hong Kong SAR, China

Without visas up to 14 days for permanent residents of the Hong Kong SAR with the valid passport of Hong Kong SAR.

Hungary

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Iceland

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

India

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Indonesia

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 14 days.

Iran

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 30 days.

Iraq

Visas for all types of passports.

Ireland

Visas for all types of passports.

Israel

Without visas for ordinary passports - up to 90 days.

Italy

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Jamaica

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Japan

Visas for all types of passports.

Visa-free mode for:

- members of the crews of Aeroflot and Jal airlines;

- to visit the South Kurile Islands for certain purposes (according to the lists certified by the Russian Embassy in Japan).

Jordan

Visas for all types of passports.

Kazakhstan

Without visas for all types of passports (including internal passports).

Kenya

Visas for all types of passports.

Kiribati

Visas for all types of passports.

Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- crew members of aircraft;

- workers of train crews.

Korea, the Republic of

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days. On general-purpose passports without visas - up to 60 days.

Kuwait

Without visas for diplomatic and special passports, up to 90 days

Kyrgyzstan

Without visas for all types of passports (including internal passports).

Laos

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports, up to 30 days.

Latvia

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Without visas for ordinary passports - "residents of certain border areas without visas if there are" permits for local border stay "in passports - up to 90 days.

Without visas, non-citizens of Latvia for the ordinary passports - 90 out of 180 days.

Lebanon

Visas for all types of passports.

Lesotho

Visas for all types of passports.

Liberia

Visas for all types of passports.

Libya

Visas for all types of passports.

Liechtenstein

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Lithuania

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- crew members of sea and river vessels;

- crew members of aircraft.

Luxembourg

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Macau SAR, China

Without visas for up to 30 days for permanent residents of the Macao SAR, with a valid passport of the Macau SAR.

Macedonia

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- crew members of sea and river vessels;

- crew members of aircraft;

- if there is an original invitation issued in accordance with the procedure established by Russian law - up to 90 days;

- in the presence of the original tourist voucher and confirmation of the admission of foreign tourists - up to 30 days.

Madagascar

Visas for all types of passports.

Malawi

Visas for all types of passports.

Malaysia

Visas for all types of passports.

Mali

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Malta

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Malta, Sovereign Order of

Visas for all types of passports.

Marshall Islands

Visas for all types of passports.

Mauritania

Visas for all types of passports.

Mauritius

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 60 days.

Mexico

Without visas for diplomatic and official passports - up to 90 days.

Micronesia, Federated States of

Visas for all types of passports.

Moldova

Without visas for all kinds of passports.

Mongolia

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 30 days.

Montenegro

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days. Without visas for ordinary passports - up to 30 days.

Morocco

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Mozambique

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 30 days.

Myanmar

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Namibia

Visas for all types of passports.

Nauru

Without visas up to 14 days.

Nepal

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Netherlands

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for - crew members of aircraft.

New Zealand

Visas for all types of passports.

Nicaragua

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Niger

Visas for all types of passports.

Nigeria

Visas for all types of passports.

Norway

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Without visas for OZP - "residents of certain border areas without visas if there are" permits for border stay "in passports - up to 90 days.

Oman

Without visas for diplomatic, service and special passports - up to 90 days.

Pakistan

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Palau, Republic of

Visas for all types of passports.

Palestine

Visas for all types of passports.

Panama

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Papua New Guinea

Visas for all types of passports.

Paraguay

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Peru

Without visas for all types of passports, up to 90 days.

Philippines

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Poland

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- crew members of sea-going vessels;

- crew members of aircraft.

Portugal

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Qatar

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Republic of Maldives

Visas for all types of passports.

Romania

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Rwanda

Visas for all types of passports.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Visas for all types of passports

Saint Lucia

Visas for all types of passports

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Visas for all types of passports

Salvador

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Samoa

Visas for all types of passports.

San-Marino

Visas for all types of passports.

Sao Tome and Principe

Visas for all types of passports.

Saudi Arabia

Visas for all types of passports.

Senegal

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Serbia

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Without visas for ordinary biometric passports - up to 30 days.

Seychelles

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 30 days ..

Sierra Leone

Visas for all types of passports.

Singapore

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days

Slovakia

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Slovenia

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Solomon Islands

Visas for all types of passports.

Somalia

Visas for all types of passports.

South Africa

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

South Ossetia

Without visas for all types of passports (including internal passports). Except entry for entrepreneurship and employment.

Spain

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Sri Lanka

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 30 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Sudan

Visas for all types of passports.

Sudan South

Visas for all types of passports.

Suriname

Visas for all types of passports.

Swaziland

Visas for all types of passports.

Sweden

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Switzerland

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Syria

Without visas for diplomatic, service and special passports - up to 90 days.

Tajikistan

Without visas for all kinds of passports.

Tanzania

Visas for all types of passports.

Thailand

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days. Without visas for ordinary passports - up to 30 days.

Togolese Republic

Visas for all types of passports.

Tonga, The Kingdom of

Visas for all types of passports.

Trinidad and Tobago

Visas for all types of passports.

Tunisia

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Turkey

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- crew members of sea-going vessels.

Turkmenistan

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 30 days.

Visa-free mode for:

- crew members of sea and river vessels;

- crew members of aircraft;

- workers of railway train crews;

- employees of intergovernmental courier service, if there are appropriate certificates.

- persons entering to help with natural disasters and catastrophes.

Tuvalu

Visas for all types of passports.

Uganda

Visas for all types of passports.

Ukraine

Without visas for all types of passports (including domestic) - up to 90 days.

United Arab Emirates

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

United Kingdom

Visas for all types of passports.

Uruguay

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

USA

Visas for all types of passports.

Uzbekistan

Without visas for all kinds of passports.

Vanuatu

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Vatican

Visas for all types of passports.

Venezuela

Without visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Vietnam

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days.

Western Samoa

Visas for all types of passports.

Yemen

Visas for all types of passports.

Zambia

Visas for all types of passports.

Zimbabwe

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports (only for employees of official institutions of the country on the territory of the Russian Federation).

 

Note: This information does not include visa-free entry to Russia of employees of foreign diplomatic missions accredited by the Russian Foreign Ministry and holding diplomatic or service card.