ATTENTION: When filling out electronic visa application form on website visa.kdmid.ru please choose the place of submission - Russian Visa Centre (Sydney).
A Private Visa is issued on the decision of the head of a diplomatic mission or consular office (Russian Embassy in Canberra or Russian Consulate General Sydney), upon written invitation from a Russian citizen inviting a close relative (the term includes the following relatives: spouse, parents (or adoptive parents), children (or adopted children), spouses of children, brothers, sisters, step-brothers, step-sisters, grandparents, grandchildren.)
The invitation should include full information about the inviter and the invitee, as well as the itinerary and details of residence for the foreign invitee in Russia.
This private invitation can also be certified by a notary public in Russia. The certified hard copy must be sent to Australia and provided on the day of the visa application lodgement.
Due to limitations on postal services between Russia and Australia, good quality scanned copies are accepted. The applicant will be responsible to provide the original invitation document upon their return to Australia.
Please note that original documentary confirmation of relationship is required (including changes of name). All non-original documents provided must be certified by a notary public as true originals.
A foreign national traveling to Russia on the basis of a private visa to a close relative can stay in Russia throughout the full validity of the visa.
The one-year private visa allows a foreign national to stay in Russia for 1 full year until the visa expires with no limits on the number of days spent in Russia.
Private Visas for a foreign parent of a child who is a Russian national:
A foreign parent of a Russian child can obtain a Russian Private Visa on the basis of an invitation from the second parent of the child, subject to having a valid Russian passport.
This solves a common issue when a child’s parents are not married, and the foreign parent does not fall into the category of a close relative (see above)
For 1-year visas:
If the applicant intends to apply for a multiple entry 1 year visa which allows to stay in Russia for more than 3 months, he/she will need an HIV-certificate in order to apply for the visa, including children of any age with an exception for spouses, children and parents of Russian nationals who are not required to provide.
Visa are issued accordingly to tourist voucher or any other visa invitations entry and exit dates.
In order to apply for a visa for close relatives, a Russian citizen must submit the following documents:
When submitting an application to Travelvisa2go, Russian citizen must provide original or certified copies of documents confirming relationship with a foreign citizen.
When a Russian citizen draws up an application through a notary in the Russian Federation, the applicant submits to Travelvisa2go notarized copies of documents notarized in Russia, confirming relationship of Russian citizen with foreign citizen. Copies are made from the notarized copies; the notarized copies are returned to the applicant.
An extract from the State or Territory Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages in Australia must be apostilled. Documents obtained from Australian departments do not need to be translated into Russian language.
Documents not drawn up in English or Russian and obtained from any other counties must be translated into english or russian language by an authorized translator and certified.
Please note! If the applicant is not an Australian citizen, you must additionally provide: A visa status obtained via VEVO for more than 90 days. Depending on national legislation, documentary evidence of continuous stay in Australia for more than 90 days may be a student or work visa, work permit, temporary residence permit, temporary residence permit (visa status obtained via VEVO).
Visa application for minors under 18 years of age:
If visa application is filled on behalf of children under 18 years of age, copy of birth certificate of applicant and the copy of front page passport of parent must be included in the supporting documents.