1. Can I apply for a visa directly to the Embassy?
Yes, you can apply for a visa directly to the Embassy providing you make a prior appointment via
If you are unable to make an appointment, you can submit your documents to the official visa centre (

2. What documents do I need for a visa?
You can find all information at or

3. I have booked a hotel, is booking confirmation enough to apply for a visa?
No, you should provide a tour confirmation issued by a Russian travel agent certified to receive foreign tourists by the Federal Tourism Agency (you can contact your hotel to get this document)

4. I am not a citizen of India, can I apply for a visa for Russia in India?
Yes, you can. However, citizens of the following countries need to provide a permission for continuous stay in India for more than 90 days: Albania, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Venezuela, Haiti, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Lesotho, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg , Macedonia, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Oman (not required in exceptional cases), Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Finland, Germany, Croatia, Switzerland, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of South Africa, Japan. Citizens of the following countries can be granted a visa without submitting the permission for continuous stay in India for more than 90 days, only in humanitarian cases: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Macedonia, Slovenia, Norway, Germany, Croatia, Switzerland, Equatorial Guinea, and Estonia.
Depending on the national legislation the documentary evidence of continuous stay in India for more than 90 days may be a student visa, work visa, work permit, temporary residence permit, temporary residence registration, etc.
Permanent residence permit in India or other similar document for the citizens of the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, China, North Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Syria, Somalia, Turkey , Chad, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia

5. I have a connecting flight via one of the Russian airport, do I need a transit visa?
Transit passengers are permitted to remain in transit zone of international airports without visas for up to 24 hours. The Embassy recommends transit passengers to consult their air carrier companies with queries concerning visa-free transit, reloading the luggage between flights, changing between terminals and airports. Passengers bound for the Republic of Belarus via the Russian Federation airports are required to have transit visas for the Russian Federation.



6. I need to attest translation of a document, is it possible to translate it at the Embassy?
No, the Embassy does not provide translation services; you need to provide a translation done beforehand.  

7. Should I translate an apostille to attest a translation of a document?
Yes, the whole document has to be translated if you want to attest a translation of a document.


8. I need to legalize my university diploma (put an apostille on it); can I do it at the Embassy?
No, you cannot. Only Russian governmental agencies in charge of education in entities of the Russian Federation can certify educational documents with apostille. We recommend you to address this issue to your university.
However, if you need to submit your documents to countries which are not parties to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents 1961, you may need to legalize your diploma, which can be done only in Russia in the Consular Department of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Russian Federation.


9. How can I get a “police clearance certificate”?
You can find information regarding a certificate of no criminal record at


10. I want to study in Russia, where can I get information?
You can contact the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in New Delhi, web-site, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , tel.: + (91-11) 233-291-00 + (91-11) 233-291-01


11. I need a non-objection letter from the Embassy; can I get it?
No, the Embassy does not issue such letters. However, a consul can certify the authenticity of your signature, which is normally accepted by the Indian authorities.


12. Can I pay a fee for a consular action by card?
No, you cannot. The Embassy accepts only cash.

13.  I do not know Russian language. Can I fill in application forms for documents (passport, power of attorney, certificate of no criminal record, etc) in English?
No, you cannot. In this case we recommend you to consult an interpreter or a translation agency beforehand to help you with your documents.

14.  What is the fee for a consular action?
You can find the tariff at

Free Port of Vladivostok

Starting from August 8, 2017, Indian citizens may be granted an e-visa to enter the Russian Federation through the specified border crossing points located on the territory of the free port of Vladivostok.

Information and e-visa application can be found at


Power of Attorney

The Consular division of the Russian Embassy provides Authentication of powers of attorney, drawn up in the Republic of India to be used in Russia. A power of attorney can be certified on behalf of one or multiple Principals in the name of one or multiple Agents.

Authentication of any type of power of attorney requires Principal’s personal appearance at the Consular division. The Consul certifies Principal’s identity and mental competence.

Before documents submission to the Consular division a Principle should:

  • Adjust the text of the power of attorney with the Russian institution where it will be further submitted to
  • Send a draft of the power of attorney to Notary Section of the Consular division by email. The message should also contain information on date of birth, permanent address and passport data for both a Principal and an Agent.

Signature Authentication

The Consular division provides Signature Authentication for documents that don’t conflict with Russian Legislation. During Signature Authentication the Consul certificates identity of an Applicant. Please note that in compliance with Article 80 of the Fundamental Principles of the Russian Federation on Notary, the Consul authenticates the signature only and not credibility of the facts stated in the document.

For all issues of notary public prior appointment is necessary.(Phone:011-2611-0560).

Certificate of no criminal record

To obtain a certificate of no criminal record the applicants should attend the Embassy in person having completed the required form in Russian.

A valid proof of ID is required.

The time for processing a criminal check is approximately 2-6 months.

We will contact you by phone when your certificate is ready for collection.

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Legalization of the Indian documents for presenting in the Russian Federation

In accordance with the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, in which both the Russian Federation and the Republic of India are participants, documents authenticated by an Apostille of a participant country are exempted from validation (i.e., from verification of the authenticity of the signatures, the authority of the persons signing, and the authenticity of the seals and stamps) by the consular establishments of other participant countries.

Documents with Apostille do not require any further legalization.

The Apostille is a stamp established by the Hague Convention, placed in documents by a competent authority of the country in which the document was issued. In India, the Apostille is placed by the MEA, CPV DIVISION.

The following documents are considered official documents in accordance with the Hague Convention (documents for public use), and an Apostille may be placed in them:

 by a public prosecutor, court secretary, or bailiff;

The Hague Convention does not cover the following documents:

Please be advised that according to the established common practice, official organizations in the Russian Federation may not accept foreign corporate documents if they are not legalized by consular offices of the Russian Federation in the countries where the documents originated.

In view of the above, it is advised that the corporate documents intended for use in Russia must be certified as to proper legalization at the consular offices of the Russian Federation.

To make an Indian document valid in Russia:

The original document should be sent for Apostille (CPV Division of the MEA)

The document together with Apostille should be translated into Russian and translation should be attested at the Consular Section of the Embassy.

For those, who do not speak Russian, please double check the text of the document with the person in Russia, whether they accept it or not.


Emergency phone number only for the citizens of Russia in emergency in India +91-81-3030-0551
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi - 110021
(91-11) 2611-0640/41/42;
(91-11) 2687 38 02;
(91-11) 2687 37 99
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