APEC Business Travel Card holders

APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders with “RUS” inscribed on the back enjoy a visa-free entry into Russia for official or business visits. While passing Russian border control ABTC holders need to present their valid national passport and the valid ABTC.

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

Note: cardholders travelling to Russia for other purposes need to make a respective Russian visa.

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.

For leaving the ship and staying on the territory of Russia outside of the tourist group, a tourist visa is required.

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 October 2019

Abkhazia

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

Afghanistan

Visa required for all types of passports.

Albania

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

Algeria

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

Andorra

Visa required for all types of passports.

Angola

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

Antigua and Barbuda

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

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

Visa required 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

Visa required 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Belarus

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

Belgium

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Belize

Visa required for all types of passports.

Benin

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

Bhutan

Visa required 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.

Without visas for ordinary passports - 30 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

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

Cambodia

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

Cameroon

Visa required for all types of passports.

Canada

Visa required for all types of passports.

Cape Verde

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

Central African Republic

Visa required for all types of passports.

Chad

Visa required 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Visa required 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 all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Côte d'Ivoire

Visa required 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 90 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Dominica, the Commonwealth of

Without visas for diplomatic and service passports - up to 90 days in 180 days.

Dominican Republic

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

East Timor

Visa required 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. (Direct invitation letters are accepted for Humanitarian visas)

Equatorial Guinea

Visa required for all types of passports.

Eritrea

Visa required 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

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

Georgia

Visa required for all types of passports.

Germany

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Ghana

Visa required for all types of passports.

Greece

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Grenada

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

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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Guyana

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

Haiti

Visa required 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Ireland

Visa required 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 all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Japan

Visa required 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

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

Kazakhstan

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

Kenya

Visa required for all types of passports.

Kiribati

Visa required 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) - up to 90 days.

Laos

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

Latvia

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Without visas for ordinary passport holders – “residents of designated border areas with “permit for local stay in a border area” in their passports - up to 90 days.

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

Lebanon

Visa required for all types of passports.

Lesotho

Visa required for all types of passports.

Liberia

Visa required for all types of passports.

Libya

Visa required 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.

Macao SAR, China

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

- holders of original invitation issued in accordance with the procedure established by Russian law - up to 90 days;

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

Madagascar

Visa required for all types of passports.

Malawi

Visa required for all types of passports.

Malaysia

Visa required for all types of passports.

Maldives, Republic of

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

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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Marshall Islands

Visa required for all types of passports.

Mauritania

Visa required 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Moldova

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

Monaco

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

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

Visa required 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Nicaragua

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

Niger

Visa required for all types of passports.

Nigeria

Visa required for all types of passports.

Norway

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Without visas for ordinary passport holders – “residents of designated border areas with “permit for local stay in a border area” in their 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

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

Palestine

Visa required for all types of passports.

Panama

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

Papua New Guinea

Visa required 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.

Romania

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

Visa-free regime for the crew of aircraft.

Rwanda

Visa required for all types of passports.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

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

Saint Lucia

Visa required for all types of passports.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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

Salvador

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

Samoa

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

San-Marino

Visa required for all types of passports.

Sao Tome and Principe

Visa required for all types of passports.

Saudi Arabia

Visa required 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

Visa required 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Somalia

Visa required 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 business or 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Sudan South

Visa required for all types of passports.

Suriname

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

Swaziland

Visa required 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

Visa required 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Tonga, The Kingdom of

Visa required for all types of passports.

Trinidad and Tobago

Visa required for all types of passports.

Tunisia

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

Turkey

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

Without visas for diplomatic passports - up to 90 days.

Visa-free entry for:

- crew members of sea-going vessels;

- crew members of aircraft;

- drivers who carry out international road freight. 

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, holding appropriate certificates.

- persons entering to help with natural disasters and catastrophes.

Tuvalu

Visa required for all types of passports.

Uganda

Visa required 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 all types of passports - up to 90 days.

United Kingdom

Visa required for all types of passports.

Uruguay

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

USA

Visa required 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

Visa required 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

Visa required for all types of passports.

Yemen

Visa required for all types of passports.

Zambia

Visa required 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.