Getting Russian Visa in Beijing

As always the website of the embassy is shit and the visa requirements page didn’t work for me when I needed it. Russia is a tricky country because regarding the visa they have sort of different policies in different countries and it’s pretty frustrating to go to the embassy just to find out you are missing some documents. It was pain in the ass to find any updated information for tourist visa so I decided to post this quick post.

My 30 days single entry tourist visa cost: 288RMB for 5 processing days + 15€ visa support.

Embassy in Beijing

Address: Russian Embassy, 4 Dongzhimen Beizhongjie, Beijing, 100600, China
Phone: (+86 10) 6532 1381, (+86 10) 6532 2051 Fax: (+86 10) 6532 4851
Email: embassy@russia.org.cn
Office hours: 9:00-13:00 / 14:00-18:00 Consular service: 9:30 – 12:00

General Information

1. Multiple visa holders are limited to overall or continual stay of 90 days during each period of 180 days starting with day of first entry.

2. Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in Beijing is not authorized to renew visas issued by other agencies.

3. In case the Consular Section does not issue visa, the submitted invitations will not be given back.

4. Incomplete Visa Application Form shall not be processed.

5. The Consular Division is authorized to request any supplementary documents and information in regard of the application.

6. For visitors traveling as a group the complete set of documents should be provided by each person.

7. The applicant should apply for visa personally or authorize another person by notarized Power of Attorney.

Tourist Visa

1. Valid national passport & photocopy of its vital pages
2. One passport-size photo (3.5 cm x 4.5cm)
3. Completed Electronic Application Form (find it here here)
4.Citizens of all Schengen countries, Israel, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania are to provide medical insurance for the whole period to stay in Russia or written guarantee for all medical expenses by the receiving party.
5. Foreign Tourist Tour Confirmation issued by inbound Russian travel agency (original form & its photocopy: for me black and white copy was enough but you never know.) *I used Destination Russia they were fast, reliable, professional and CHEAP.

Transit Visa

1. Valid national passport & photocopy of its vital pages
2. One passport-size photo (3.5 cm x 4.5cm)
3. Completed Application Form
4. Visa issued by the third country
5. Transportation ticket for the whole route

Business Visa

1. Valid national passport & photocopy of its vital pages
2. One passport-size photo (3.5 cm x 4.5cm)
3. Completed Application Form
4. Russian immigration authorities or Foreign Ministry invitation (original form)

Other Information

1. For non-china citizens information on visa consular fees (depend on your citizenship) please refer to the staff of the Visa Section.
2. The whole amount of visa fees is to be paid at once on time of application.
3. In case of visa issue refusal previous payment is not to be refunded.
4. Application for Express Visa before 11.00 a.m.!
5. Visa inquiry service tel.: 6532-1267, 6532-1991 (working time: Monday to Friday, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.).

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