Everything you need to know when applying for a Russian Transit Visa in a foreign country.
Applying for visas can be a daunting process with lots of conflicting and wrong information available online. We have applied for all our visas whilst travelling on the road after hours of research and reading out-of-date and contradictory information.
So here is everything you need to know when applying for your Russian Transit Visa.
We applied for our 10 day Russian transit visa in Almaty, Kazakhstan as we are cycling. Shorter transit visas will be issued if driving or using other forms of transport. The Russian Consulate in Almaty is helpful and speak a good level of English. The process for application is the same at all Russian Consulates and Embassies.
Time and cost
It takes one week at £45, or an express three day service for £90 per visa.
As of June 2018, the Consulate in Almaty only opens:
The process is relatively simple:
- Complete online application form here (ensure you select the correct country you are applying FROM)
- Print application form and ensure you take the following documents to Consulate/Embassy:
- A photocopy of your valid passport
- Photocopy of your next country’s visa or proof of onward travel. For us, we used our Mongolian visa as proof of onward travel but you can use flights or a hotel booking from your onward travel destination. Essentially, prove that you are only transiting.
- One passport photograph (the Consulate has a glue stick!)
- Cash payment in local currency
A few things to note…
The application form requires a lot of information, including previous passport numbers, National Insurance Number, all countries visited in the last 10 years and dates, and your parents details.
Like us, when travelling you probably do not have all this information to hand. But we completed the application form anyway… if you know what we mean.
Good luck and keep travelling.