How to apply for a visa

Dear applicants,

Please read the following information carefully. If you still cannot find information about your case or any additional questions occur you can reach Visa section officers by email

To apply for a visa at the Consulate General you need to book an appointment at the website

Documents for a visa should be submitted to the Consulate either in person, or via an authorized representative with the power of attorney.

You can apply for a visa three months before a trip at the earliest.

In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation and the principle of reciprocity the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Gothenburg does not consider visa applications sent by post. Visa applications cannot be accepted if a passport-holder is not present in the country where the application is submitted.

Please, study carefully Visa types to prepare the complete set of documents before your visit!

The following documents must be submitted for all applicants:

1. National passport in original

Passport should be undamaged and valid for at least six more months after visa expiration date (for long-term work and study visas - 1,5 year).
Passport should contain at least two blank visa-assigned pages.
Should an applicant hold more than one passport all the passports to be produced to a Consular officer.

2. Visa application form filled-out at

An application form should be signed and dated by the applicant personally.
Incomplete application forms will not be accepted. Any corrections in the application forms will not be accepted.
You can be asked to submit all necessary documents to substantiate information given in the application form.

Be advised!

While filling out section “Appointment details” in the electronic application form please choose “Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Gothenburg” as the location where you will be applying for your visa.
If you choose “Visa Application Center IFS (Göteborg)” the Consulate will not get your application and you will not be able to apply for a visa at the Consulate!
If you have not decided on a specific authority yet, please indicate all potential authorities where you might submit your application: “Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Göteborg” and “Visa Application Center IFS (Göteborg)”.

3. One recently taken colour passport-size picture (35 x 45mm)

The picture should be:
a) of true likeness and taken not earlier than 6 months ago, showing face in full;
b) taken without a headgear, head covering or hat;
c) the photographs shall show the applicant looking directly at the camera;
d)  taken on a white background without shadows, glare or flash reflections.

e) If you wear glasses note that there is no light reflection of the glasses. Avoid heavy frames and dark glasses.

Attention! If you take the photo at the automate, choose passport-size, not visa-size!
Photocopies of passport photos and alike are not accepted.
Pictures which do not meet the above-mentioned requirements are subject to be declined.

4. Invitation letter from Russia in accordance with the purpose of your trip

Tourist documents (confirmation letter with reference number) issued by an authorized Russian travel agency or a letter of invitation from a Russian hosting company or organization.
Please see detailed information on the page Visa types

5. Certificate of paid travel insurance 

The certificate signed by an authorized officer and stating the name of the traveler, period of coverage and validity in Russia must be submitted for the citizens of: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia. 

Please note that the validity period should cover the entire proposed trip to Russia.

For multiple re-entry visas the insurance should be valid for a consecutive period of 90 days and covers the whole period of the visa!

Visa fee is paid by debit/credit card directly at the Consulate General after applying only.

Please do not pay visa fee until the consular officer examines all documents and makes a decision on your application.

Paid fee for a visa is not refundable!

Price for a Russian visa for Swedish citizens as well as other EU Member states citizens:

  • when visa is issued within 4-20 days - is 375 SEK;
  • when visa is issued within 1-3 days (when applicable) - 750 SEK.

You will get the receipt showing when you can come to pick up your passport.

Visa processing starts only after submitting of all the documents required (including confirmation of payment). Any additional mails, e-mails, faxes and letters are not appropriate. Applicants are responsible for collecting the whole file of necessary papers.

The Consulate General reserves its right to invite applicants for an interview.

Consular officer determines the period of processing your visa application. The period of processing can be prolonged up to 30 working days in case of need.

After the visa is received it should be checked properly by the applicant (passport number, date of birth, term of validity, etc). Any misprints or inaccuracies should be reported immediately. The Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any discrepancies in visas which have not been brought to its attention prior to departure from Sweden.

Please, pay your attention!

1. Applicants who used to be a citizen of the Russian Federation and then emigrated from Russia must submit a document which confirms that they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (if they left Russia after February 6, 1992), e.g. an official certificate, issued by the Russian Embassy or Consulate that their Russian citizenship was abrogated.

Citizens of the Russian Federation can enter or exit Russia only with valid Russian passports and cannot claim Russian visa into their passports of any other citizenship.

2. Citizens of the former USSR republics which have bilateral visa-free agreements with the Russian Federation (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) enter Russia with their national passports or other documents mentioned in these agreements.

3. If you change the passport with valid Russian visa you can transfer this valid Russian visa into the new passport. Please contact the consular office where your visa was issued.

4. If you travel from Belarus to Russia or other neighboring countries through Russia you need to obtain a Russian visa.

5. Be advised that a person cannot have two valid Russian visas at a time. If you apply for a new visa before expiration of a previous one, the latter visa must be cancelled even if it is in the other passport.

6. Payment does not guarantee the issuing of a visa and is not refunded. Fee amounts in SEK are linked to the current exchange rates, and are subject to change without a notice.

7. Type of visa or dates of entry/departure as well as the issue date cannot be changed after documents are accepted for consideration.

8. Once the application is accepted a numbered receipt indicating the pick-up date is issued. Make sure to keep it and produce when collect the passport.

9. Providing false or misleading information or failing to give relevant information in your application form or to a consular officer can be the reason for the application to be refused.

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