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How to Get a Russian Visa for Filipinos

Russia is a beautiful country with a rich culture and history. It's actually quite easy to get a visa it only seems daunting. I managed to get one without any problems.


Here's how I got my Russian visa with a Filipino passport.

Russian Visa Application

Requirements

1. Bring a filled out visa application form. Here's a link to it: https://visa.kdmid.ru/

Here's a brief rundown of what you will see when you fill out the form online:

Online Application

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2. Bring a valid passport with at least one blank page on both sides.
3. Bring a passport-sized photo with white background and a neutral expression. Glue it onto the printed application form.
4. Bring an invitation letter from an authorized Russian travel agency. I got mine from Express to Russia. It costs US$70 and takes around 3 days to process. You have to send them hotel reservations and the exact dates of your visit. If you only apply for 7 days, you will only get a visa valid for 7 days (ex. June 1-7, 2019). So before you apply for a visa, you have to be sure when you will arrive and leave. You can reach them through their website: https://www.expresstorussia.com/russian_visas.html. You can make reservations without paying in full via www.booking.com.
5. Bring flight tickets with the exact dates of your arrival and departure from Russia.

Applying for the Visa

1. Once you have all the requirements, proceed to the embassy located at:

Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Philippines, Room 402 A, 4 fl., RCI Building, 105 Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.

Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays

They only accept and release applications from 10AM to 2PM. Sometimes the consul is OC and only wants to process releasing only, before those applying and sometimes vice-versa. So if you arrive at around 1030AM, you might have to wait for all passports to be released before you get to apply.

2. Once the consul takes your application form and requirements, he or she will ask if you want regular processing or express. I paid P3920 for a single entry visa and regular processing, the waiting time is two weeks before release. You pay double the price if you want to get express.

3. The consul will then give you a slip showing how much you need to pay and the account where you need to make a deposit. They only accept cash and their bank is UCPB. You have to go to the nearest branch, deposit and come back and show you have completed the transaction.

4. After the entire application process, all you have to do now is wait and return at the date specified on the slip given to you.


What to Expect
  • Once you submit all the requirements at the counter, the consul will review them and may ask a few questions about your trip. Answer truthfully and with confidence.
  • Financial, business registration and employment documents are not main requirements. I didn't bring any of these actually and I got my visa approved.
  • You might have to wait until lunch time or after it so bring some snacks and drinks.
Links to my posts about Russia:
If You Are Planning to Make an Early Reservation



You don't have to book immediately, you can wait until you get the Russian tourist visa.

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