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Visa to Russia

Consular Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Botswana issues visas, depending on the purpose of a trip and period of stay on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Regardless the type of visa an applicant should present the following documents in the Consular Section of the Embassy:

1) Valid foreign passport (diplomatic, official, ordinary) and its copy. The passport should not raise doubts about its authenticity. Any marks, reservations, inscriptions, erasures or corrections in the passport are not acceptable. There should be at least two blank pages for visas in the passport and its expiry date must exceed the visa expiry date by six months.

2) Visa application form filled out online through the special website of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia:visa.kdmid.ru

3) One photo, size 3,5 x 4,5 cm (black-and-white or coloured) with the accurate image of the person in full face without glasses and headdress.

4) Document which gives to a foreign citizen right to continuously stay in Botswana for at least 90 days in case if the foreign citizen applies for a visa not in the state of his/her citizenship.

5) Certificate about absence of the HIV-infection (only for the foreigners, travelling to the Russian Federation for the period of more than three months).

6) Certificate of medical insurance (for citizens of some third countries).

7) Consular fee payment receipt.

8) Other documents depending on the type of visa.

The visa can be issued only after all required documents are submitted to the Consular Section.

The documents for visa should be presented personally or by the applicant's lawful representative.

After documents are submitted the applicant is issued a receipt with date of visa issuance. It is obligatory to present this receipt for subsequent visa collection.

When receiving a visa an applicant should check the correctness of all data indicated in it: surname, period of trip, passport number, date of birth, etc. The applicant should immediately inform the consular officer about any errors in visa.

In exceptional circumstances the Consular Section retains the right to decline the issuance of visa without any explanation.

The paid consular fees are not subject to return.

Types of visas

For business or humanitarian visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section:

a) documents mentioned in paragraphs 1 - 7;

b) original invitation issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (General Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia) or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia/direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia/electronic invitation issued by General Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia;

c) letter of inviting organization.

For tourist visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section:

a) documents mentioned in paragraphs 1 - 4, 6-7;

b) original tourist voucher and contract on tourist services issued by the authorized tourist agency in Russia;

Please, note that hotel booking (reservation order) cannot serve as legal basis for the issuance of tourist visa.

For private visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section:

a) documents mentioned in paragraphs 1 - 7;

b) original invitation issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (General Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia) or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia/direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia/electronic invitation issued by General Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia;

c) notarized letter of inviting person.

d) copy of data and registration pages of the national passport of inviting person.

For student visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section:

a) documents mentioned in paragraphs 1 - 7;

b) original invitation issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (General Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia) or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia/direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia/electronic invitation issued by General Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia;

c) letter of inviting educational institution;

d) certificate of education

Please, note that for student visa the passport's expiry date must exceed the visa's expiry date by 18 months.

For working visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section:

a) documents mentioned in paragraphs 1 - 7;

b) original invitation issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (General Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia) or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia/direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia/electronic invitation issued by General Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia;

c) letter of inviting organization (employer);

d) document, confirming professional qualification;

e) employment agreement

Please, note that for working visa the passport's expiry date must exceed the visa's expiry date by 18 months.

For transit visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section:

a) documents mentioned in paragraphs 1 - 7;

b) tickets for departure from the Russian Federation;

c) visa of the neighboring state/visa of the state of final destination/passport of the respective state.

Please, note that transit visa is issued for the period of 3 days maximum. Foreign citizen who travel by air transport over territory of the Russian Federation without stop do not need transit visa.

About Migration Card

According to the decree of the Russian Federation's Government No. 413 «About Migration Card», dated August 16, 2004, a foreign citizen, entering the Russian Federation, is obliged to receive and fill out the Migration Card for presenting it to an official of the Boundary Control Service, who puts the stamp about entrance to the Russian Federation after verifying the conformity of the information, indicated in the Migration Card, passport and visa.

Officials of the Boundary Control Service or representatives of the organizations, which provide transport for foreign citizens, entering the Russian Federation, give out forms of the Migration Card gratuitously to foreign citizens during their entry into Russia.

A foreign citizen keeps the Migration Card during the whole period of his stay in the Russian Federation and presents it for registration at place of his residence along with other documents.

In case if the Migration Card is damaged or lost, a foreign citizen is obliged within three days to notify the territorial office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs at place of his residence. On condition that a foreign citizen presents the documents, which served as legal ground for his entry into the Russian Federation, he is given a duplicate of the Migration Card free of charge.

While departing from the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen returns the Migration Card to an official of the Boundary Control Service at Russia's border checkpoint.