Visa processing for foreign citizens in Georgia
We remind you that foreign citizens who do not have Georgian citizenship, in order to apply for a Russian visa in Georgia, in addition to the general package of documents, should provide a residence permit of Georgia.
The issuance of passports valid for 10 years is resumed
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, from September 20, all diplomatic missions and consular institutions of the Russian Federation in foreign countries will resume the acceptance of applications for the issuance of passports valid for 10 years. The technical difficulties that led to the temporary suspension of the issuance of such passports have been overcome. Additional measures have been taken to ensure stable work on the issuance of passports to citizens of the Russian Federation living abroad.
Issuance of passports valid for 10 years temporarily suspended
According to the Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since August 26, the acceptance of applications for the issuance of passports valid for 10 years has been temporarily suspended due to the need to reformat the electronic media. Passports valid for 5 years will be issued as usual - as primary passports, or instead of valid, used, lost or damaged passports.
Russia lifted entry restrictions for foreigners
Measures to restrict the entry of foreigners into Russia, which were used to combat the spread of COVID-19, have been significantly softened.
Foreigners from any country can again enter Russia by plane or by sea without restrictions on the purpose of the trip.
In the near future, Russian visa centers will resume accepting documents for issuing visas to foreigners in the manner that was in force before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The requirement for a negative PCR test to enter Russia still remains.
Working schedule for March holidays
Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule from 05.03.2022 to 08.03.2022.
Weekends and holidays of the Russian Federation Interests Section are not included into the processing time of visa applications.
QR codes cancelled
From March 3, the QR code system is canceled in Moscow, this also applies to foreign guests. Therefore, all restrictions on visiting theaters, museums, and restaurants are lifted. This list also includes cultural and entertainment events. In St. Petersburg, the QR code system will be canceled from March 4.
Working schedule during holidays in 2021 and 2022
Please be informed about the Visa Application Center working schedule during the New Year holidays in 2021 and 2022.
Weekends and holidays of the Russian Embassy (
Public Holidays November 2021
From November 1 to November 7, 2021 inclusive, non-working days are set on the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as in the Russian Federation Interests Section at the Swiss Embassy in Georgia and at the Visa Application Center. Acceptance of documents will be resumed from November 8, 2021.
Private visas for close relatives of Russian citizens
On July 12, 2021, paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 1 of the Federal Law of July 1, 2021 No. 270-FZ "On Amendments to the Federal Law" on the Procedure for Exiting the Russian Federation and Entry into the Russian Federation" and Article 5 of the Federal Law “On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation”. According to the adopted amendments, a clear definition of the concept of close relatives is given, which are understood as: spouse, parents (including adoptive parents), children (including adopted children), spouses of children, full and half brothers and sisters, grandfathers, grandmothers, grandchildren .
Close relatives and family members can apply for an ordinary private visa for up to three months on the basis of a written application from a citizen of the Russian Federation for the entry of a foreign citizen who is a close relative or a family member .
An application can be submitted by a Russian citizen in person, and if a citizen of the Russian Federation does not have such an opportunity, to obtain a visa his close relative will require the original of the application certified by a Russian notary. It must contain the last name, first name, patronymic, date of birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, registration address and address of the actual place of residence of a Russian citizen (in case of residence in the Russian Federation), as well as last name, first name, other names, date birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, multiplicity of visa, purpose of travel, requested period of entry, place of expected residence of the applicant and city of visit.
Along with the application, it is necessary to submit originals or notarized copies of documents confirming the degree of relationship (certificates of marriage, birth, etc.), which, after copying, must be returned to the applicant, as well as documents, mentioned in paragraph 46 of the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of June 9, 2003 No. 335 "On approval of the Regulation on establishing the form of a visa, the procedure and conditions for its registration and issuance, extending its validity, restoring it in case of loss, as well as the procedure for canceling a visa."
Please note that the concept of an application (request), signed by a Russian citizen for a joint entry into the Russian Federation with a family member, is no longer applicable.
Working schedule in May, 2021
In accordance with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation May 1 to May 10, 2021 are declared days off. Please be informed about the updated working schedule of the Visa Application Center during May holidays:
April 30 – closed
May 3 – closed
May 4-7 – visa applications are not accepted; Visa Application Center will remain open only for passport collection and Consular services (applications for passports and citizenship)
May 10 – closed
May 11 – Visa Application Center is open as usual
May 12 – closed
Below is the working schedule of the Visa Application Center and the Russian Federation Interests Section:
|Date||Visa Application Center||Interests Section|
|04.05.21||Only passport collection /
|05.05.21||Only passport collection /
|06.05.21||Only passport collection /
|07.05.21||Only passport collection /