Due to the frequent appeals of residents of Dammam and other cities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including citizens of the Russian Federation residing in Saudi Arabia, we inform that the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Bahrain is authorized to carry out consular activities only in the consular district in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Thus, to obtain consular services, such applicants should apply to the Russian consulate in Saudi Arabia.

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General Information on Visas

Travel to Russia requires an entry visa. The Consular Section issues different categories of visas to Russia based upon the purpose of the trip and the duration of stay in Russia.

The following documents should be submitted in order to obtain a visa according to its category:

  1. Completed visa application form. Visa application must be submitted online on the web-site https://visa.kdmid.ru. The Embassy has stopped accepting paper visa application forms. 
  2. Valid national passport (original only and it should have at least two clear visa pages). It must be valid no less than six months after the visa expiration date. 
  3. One picture of an applicant. Russian Visa Photo Specifications.
  4. Visa support documents (depending on the type and category of the requested visa).

Tourist Visa

To apply for a tourist visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport-size picture, as well as:

  1. Standard tourist confirmation(visa support letter) from the authorized hosting Russian travel agency, registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The confirmation should be and contain full name of the traveler, date of birth, passport number, date of entry/departure, itinerary, the agency's reference number, registration number, official seal and signature of the authorized person; 
    Hotel booking statement is not valid for obtaining a tourist visa.
  2. Voucher issued by an authorized travel agency, indicating full name of the traveler, date of birth, passport number, dates of entry and departure, name of the hosting Russian Tourist Company. A tourist confirmation always goes with a voucher.

The abovementioned documents should be applied only in original. 
Fax or e-mails copies will not be accepted.

Russian tourist visa can be issued for not longer than 30 days! When entering Russia with a tourist visa, you could be also asked to present your tourist confirmation, voucher and a return ticket with a fixed date of departure from Russia at the border checkpoint. You must also prove that you have sufficient funds for your trip.

For tourists travelling on board of a cruise ship

Tourists arriving to one of the river or sea ports of the Russian Federation on board of a cruise ship don't need an entry visa to the Russian Federation provided that:

1) The stay of the cruise ship in the Russian port will not exceed 72 hours (excluding cases of force-majeure when the ship is being repaired or by other reasons beyond control cannot leave the Russian port);

2) Passengers are staying on board the ship at nights;

3) Passengers are only allowed to visit territories, defined by the group tourist program;

4) To leave the board of the ship without an entry visa to the Russian Federationforeign citizen must be included in the list of passengers, allowed to do so. Such a list is provided by the captain of the cruise ship 72 hours in advance of the entry to the Russian port. The passenger must also have his identity papers (travel passport).

Please be advised, that you should try to settle the issue with your cruise company prior to departure to avoid misunderstanding.

Business Visa

To apply for a business visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form (submitted online), national passport, two standard passport pictures as well as:

  1. Original letter of Invitation or Telex Confirmation. All state and private companies/organizations based in Moscow and other regions should process their invitations through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation/its regional representative offices or Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs/its local visa offices.
  2. Original of HIV negative certificate, that should be issued not earlier than 1 month before submitting the visa application. HIV negative certificate is only required if the validity of visa is more than 3 months (90 days).

Multiple re-entry visas are valid for a one-year period, starting not earlier than the date, indicated in the confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign or Internal Affairs of Russia.

Work Visa

To apply for a work visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form (submitted online), national passport, two standard passport pictures as well as:

  1. Original letter of Invitation or Telex Confirmation.
  2. Original of HIV negative certificate, that should be issued not earlier than 1 month before submitting the visa application. HIV negative certificate is only required if the validity of visa is more than 3 months (90 days).

Private Visa (Homestay Visa)

To apply for a private visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, two standard passport-size pictures, as well as:

  1. Original visa support letter ("Priglashenie") issued by a Local Visa Office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Applicant's relatives or friends can obtain such invitations.

No copies are accepted.

The invitation ("Priglashenie") must be on a headed letter and contain full name of the invited person, his/her date of birth, passport number, duration of stay in Russia and cities to be visited. The invitation must be signed and sealed by authorized persons.

Private for the relatives (husband, wife, minor child) of the Russian Citizen who has residency in the Kingdom of Bahrain

If your wife or husband is a Russian Citizen with valid Russian Foreign Passport and Bahraini residency and you intend to travel to Russia together she\he may submit special application to the Consular Section to issue Private Visa for you or (and) your joint minor child. 
This type of visa can be valid for the period up to three months only.

RUSSIAN CITIZEN - APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT APPLICATION TO THE CONSULAR SECTION IN PERSON ONLY

Documents required: 
Special application on the name of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Bahrain (Sample) with the copy of the valid Russian Foreign Passport of the applicant-Russian citizen and document confirming her\his Bahraini residency (Residence permit, CPR). 
Original or copy of Marriage Certificate or Child's Birth Certificate. 
Original or copy of Russian or Bahraini Court Decision with full custody over the child has to be submitted only if visa applicant-Russian Citizen is not a biological parent.

 

Student Visa

To apply for a student visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport picture, as well as:

  1. Original letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or its Regional Office.

If you apply for a student visa, you should submit original HIV blood test (AIDS) Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 month only.

If you submit the documents for student visa, please be aware that the national passport has to be valid for no less than one and a half-year.

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Work Visa

To apply for a work visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport picture, as well as:

  1. Original letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or its Regional Office.

If you apply for a work visa, you should submit original HIV blood test (AIDS) Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 month only (HIV blood test should be taken not earlier than 3 months before applying for a visa).

If you submit the documents for work visa, please be aware that the national passport has to be valid for no less than one and a half-year.

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Transit Visa

Transit visa is required if period of stay in Russia exceeds 24 hours or a traveller needs to change the airport or terminals.

Transit visa can be issued for no longer than 3 days!

To apply for a transit visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport picture, as well as:

  1. Visa of the country of destination;
  2. Tickets for the whole itinerary.

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Diplomatic and Official Visa

Diplomatic visa is granted for foreign citizens upon the receipt of a "note verbale" from a diplomatic/consular representation or permanent mission to international organization and the follow-up authorization of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

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Important Notice

In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation dated February 10, 2003 Migration Card (part A and B) should be completed by all foreign Citizens in the Russian/English language in BLOCK LETTERS.

The Card is to be presented to the Russian Border Control officer along with a national passport and travel documents.

Migration Card can be obtained on board of a plane, in a train or at a Border Control Office.

Please be advised, that you should register with a local office of the Ministry of the Interior within three working days of arrival at the hotel or other organization rendering hotel services (this rule is applied to all foreign Citizens except those arriving at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). It is not necessary to register if the visa is for two to three days only. (Central Moscow Registration Chamber Tel: 202 2963).

Negligence can result in penalties and fines.

Registration outside the territory of the Russian Federation is illegal and may entail serious consequences and penalties.

Please keep part B of the Migration Card along with your passport until the departure passport control procedure.

Please be advised that one can not have two valid visas in one passport; in this case the first visa is to be cancelled.

Migration Card sample

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Additional Information

Non-Bahraini citizens should also provide proof of legality of their stay in the the Kingdom of Bahrain (Resident Permit, CPR Card) when applying for a visa.

Applicants who used to be citizens of the USSR or of the Russian Federation and then emigrated from the USSR or from Russia must submit one of the documents which confirms that they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (so called "Visa to Israel" or stamp in their passport saying that they left for "permanent residence abroad" before the 6th of February, 1992 or official document certifying that their Russian citizenship was renounced), otherwise the applications will not be accepted. 

The Consular Section is entitled to call the applicants for an interview and ask questions on personal, financial, business, corporate related issues as well as on applicant's Russian contacts and relatives.

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Information for EU passport holders

On the 1st of June, 2007 the Russia–EU Visa facilitation agreement came into force and according to its provisions visa processing fees are changed for the citizens of the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia.

Holders of diplomatic passports of the countries mentioned above do not need a visa to enter Russia for 90 days.

Citizens of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland  should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay. Medical insurance certificate should contain Russian contact number for emergency or assistance. 

However these provisions are not valid for the countries which did not sign the Agreement: the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark, as well as Iceland and Norway which are not EU member states and did not sign the Agreement with Russia.

Visa processing starts only after the Consular Section has collected all necessary documents. 

Visa Processing Fee is not refundable.

Type of visa or dates of entry/departure can not be changed or extended.

Once application is accepted, a numbered receipt is given to an applicant. The receipt must be presented to a diplomat for a visa pick-up.

Documents for visa must be submitted by an applicant in person or through an applicant's legal representative. Documents delivered by messenger services are not accepted. The Consular Section does not provide copy, photo or other services.

After the visa is received it should be checked by the traveller (spelling of the name, dates of travel, passport number, date of birth) and, if necessary, returned to the Consular Section for corrections.

Processing time, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice.

In accordance with the International Law, in certain cases the Consular Section is entitled to consider visa applications as long as it necessary. Visa can be denied if the Consular section has serious reasons to believe that an applicant's entry into or stay in the territory of the Russian Federation will not be desirable.

 

You may contact us via telephone or e-mail:

From Bahrain: 
17-231-914 

From the Russian Federation: 
8-10-(973) 17-231-914 

E-mail address: 
consbahrain@mid.ru

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