Embassy of the Russian Federation in New Zealand
Tel.: (04) 476 6113; Consular section: (04) 476 6742, (04) 476 9548 (Visa section, from 10:00 - 12:00)
Fax: (04) 476 3843
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Humanitarian visas

Humanitarian visa is issued to foreigners who wish to enter Russia temporarily for cultural or sports exchange, religious connections.

To enter the Russian Federation, foreigners must have valid visas. These can be obtained by submitting completed visa application form. Please, carefully fill in the visa information in the application form and follow all other requirements when submitting your papers. When applying, please, be advised that the permission to enter the Russian Federation is a courtesy of the State. Consular officer reserves the right to invite the applicant to be interviewed in person.

Visa can be denied if the Consulate has serious reasons to believe that the applicant's visit to the Russian Federation is not desirable, and the disclosure of the reason for the denial can be withheld.

Every holder of a valid National Passport abiding by the International and Russian laws, can enter Russia after obtaining a visa.

The validity and type of visa should be strictly connected to the purpose of visit. When in Russia, you cannot change your visa status (i.e. from tourist to business or from business to guest and vice versa). To do that, you have to leave the country and re-enter on different visa.

Children apply for separate visas if they travel on their own passports. Non-traveling parents must confirm in an affidavit their consent for their children's travel.

You can apply for a visa personally.

To obtain a visa you should submit to the Consular section:

1. Filled in on-line (please see https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx), then printed out and signed application form, one per person. While filling in the form (and not planning visiting the Consular Section in person but sending the application by post) please put a rough date you expect your courier bag would be delivered to the Embassy into the field “Date of the visit to consulate or visa center” of your appointment details questionnaire.

2. National passport (original) valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from Russia. At least two pages (side by side) of the passport should be free from notes (additional pages inserted in your passport do not match the size of a Russian visa because they are smaller than standard pages of a foreign passport).

3. One professional passport sized (3,5 x 4,5 sm) photo on a white background. The picture should be done on black-and-white or color matt or gloss paper. Please, be aware that your photo should be neatly cut out and glued to the specially marked place of the application form.

4. A letter of invitation (original only) authorized by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs or its local offices, or by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Every invitation must contain the name in full, date of birth, citizenship and passport number of the applicant, name of hosting organization, reason, and period of visit. The invitation must be signed by an authorized person and carry the official seal of the Interior Ministry. The Consulate reserves the right to request the original or copy of a cover letter from the Russian host organization with information about the traveler, destinations, terms and purpose of visit.

Should the Consulate wish to contact you, please state clearly your contact telephone number (office and after hours) in the application form.

Apart from a humanitarian visa, you may be required to present at the border checkpoint your invitation from a Russian host organization, as well as evidence of your ability to support yourself during the travel.

Single-entry visa is valid for one visit to Russia with the specified dates of arrival and departure.

Double-entry visa is issued for two entries (all arrival and departure dates must be indicated).

Multiple-entry visa is issued only upon authorization by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The validity period (from... until...) shown in a visa indicates only the length of time when multiple-entry visa holders may visit Russia, please note that maximum duration of stay in Russia within this period can be no longer than 90 days.

A visa does not guarantee entry into the Russian Federation. As in other countries, the decision to allow entry is taken by immigration officials. Therefore, the visa holder should carry with him/her, for possible presentation, the same evidence that was submitted to the consular officer in support of the visa.

Payments are to be made by debit card eftpos via the terminal at the Consular section. We don't accept cash as a mode of payment.

Visa processing time starts only after the Consulate has received all necessary documents. After you receive your visa, please check it for possible mistakes (passport number, date of birth, term of validity etc.) and, if necessary, return it to us for corrections. The Consulate will not be responsible for the mistakes, which were not brought to its attention before your departure from New Zealand.

ATTENTION! There are additional requirements for non-New Zealand citizens (permit to study, work in NZ for more than 90 days, residentship, etc.)

Australian citizens (except of those of dual citizenship or being permanent residents in NZ) are welcomed to submit their applications to the Russian diplomatic and consular missions in Australia: Russian Consulate-General in Sydney and Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in Canberra.

Citizens of the Russian Federation regardless of any other citizenship they have must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.

We do NOT issue visas for the other States of the former USSR.

Our main task is to process the visa applications. We are not always able to answer your individual requests by phone. Therefore, you are kindly advised to send your enquires to the Consulate by e-mail: rus.wltvisa.nz@gmail.com or fax (04) 476-38-43


The Government of the Russian Federation has issued decree (№ 773 of 02.10.2009) on participation of Russia in APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Scheme under certain conditions, which can be regarded as "transitional membership". Under the decree, which comes into force since 12th April of this year, the ABTC holders will enjoy special fast-track entry and exit lanes at international airports and seaports. Although the ABTC cardholder is still apply for entry visa, unless otherwise exempt under international agreements of the Russian Federation, our Embassy (Consulate General) will process such visa applications in a priority mode, including next day visa processing.

Any ABTC cardholder applying a visa should have an invitation from some organization in Russia, completed application form, one photo and passport.

Please notice that on arrival to Russia the ABTC cardholder should show his passport with visa and the card to pass through the lanes "For APEC Business Travel Card holders" or "For ABTC holders", which can be the same as "For Diplomatic passports holders".