Humanitarian visa

Humanitarian visa is issued to the citizens of Norway, citizens of other countries and persons without citizenship for an entry into the Russian Federation with a purpose of establishing, renewing and strengthening scientific, cultural, social and political relations, for sporting activities, religious and charity work as well as humanitarian aid delivery.

It is issued based on an invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation (Russian MIA) or a written request from a host organization or institution. It may also be based on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decision (Russian MFA).

Humanitarian visa can be single- or double-entry, valid for up to 90 days, or multiple-entry, valid for up to 1 year (except if otherwise provided in an international agreement of the Russian Federation).

Please note! The period of stay in the Russian Federation with an ordinary multiple-entry humanitarian visa may not exceed 90 days for each 180 days period.

In order to apply for a common single- or double-entry humanitarian visa the following must submitted:

  1. The invitation for an entry into the Russian Federation:
    1. The invitation for an entry into the Russian Federation issued by the General Administration for Migration issued of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation;
    2. The decision of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue a visa;
    3. A written request (covering letter) of a host organization;
  2. Passport with no less than 2 empty pages for visas, valid for 6 months from the visa expiry date;
  3. Visa application form filled in on the website, printed and signed personally by the applicant;
    The Russian Visa center can complete a visa application on your behalf.
  4. Colour photograph 3.5 x 4.5 cm with a light background and with a clear frontal view of the full face without tinted glasses or a headwear (except for the persons who in accordance with their nationality or religious beliefs are depicted with a headwear on their passport photography). At the Russian visa center you may ask for the additional service "Express Photo";
  5. Medical insurance policy valid on the territory of Russian Federation and during the validity of the visa, except for the mutual insurance cases.
  6. If you are not a citizen of Norway, it is also necessary to submit permanent residence permit for foreign citizens or copy of registreringsbevis from the Police.

For more information on the submission of the documents by post see section Postal service.

Important! In case of possessing two or more passports, before submitting the documents to a Russian Visa Center, please, make sure there are no valid visas in other documents.

Please note! Consulate institution reserves a right to request additional documents for visa application, invite for an interview or extend the duration of a visa processing.

For citizens of Norway and the European Union

All fees may be paid in a Visa Center. Please note we accept only payment with credit or debit card. Cash payment is not accepted.

Consideration period* Consular fee Service fee
(incl. VAT) (inclusive TVA)
Single-entry visa*
4-10 business days 880 NOK 300 NOK
1-3 business days** 1760 NOK 300 NOK
Double-entry visa*
4-10 business days 1408 NOK 300 NOK
1-3 business days** 2816 NOK 300 NOK
Multi-entry visa*
4-10 business days 2640 NOK 300 NOK
1-3 business days** 5280 NOK 300 NOK

*The period of processing of documents from the date of delivery to the consular office are set by the Russian Consulate and vary depending on the type of invitation. In certain cases, visa processing times may be altered at the discretion of the Consulate.

** 1-4 business days in Visa center in Kirkenes.

Please note!

If you are a person without citizenship or you are not a Norway or the European Union citizen, please specify the cost of your visa by calling an operator of a call-center.

Visa processing fees and time schedules for the citizens of other countries and persons without citizenship are calculated according to “Consular fees of the consular institutions of the Russian Federation”

Transfer or restoration of a visa regardless of citizenship

Service fee
(incl. VAT) (inclusive TVA)
310 NOK 300 NOK

To fill in an application form go to the website

Service for completing the electronic visa application form

Russian Visa Application Center offers additional service for completing the electronic visa application form when submitting documents to the Visa Center, or correction on behalf of the applicant (authorized representative) of the mistakes made on the application form.

Visa application form is filled on the basis of documents and information submitted by the applicant, and is signed by the applicant personally.

Visa application correction fee is charged in addition to the service fee, and is 120 NOK for each filled in page of the application form. Please ask the Operator of the Russian Visa Application Center about this service, when you apply for a visa.

Dear applicants,

We would like to inform you that at the Russian visa application centers you can use the following additional (paid) services:

Please note!

  • Acquiring of the above mentioned services does not affect the procedure for consideration of visa application and does not guarantee issuing of visa;
  • The cost for provision of services is charged in addition to the service fee;
  • All the above mentioned services are provided only at your request;
  • Please, read about all the terms of providing these services before you start the procedure.