New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation

Visas for Russia and other countries in the region

Visas to travel to another country

New Zealand Embassies or High Commissions do not issue visas for travel to another country (only to New Zealand), and cannot provide definitive information on another country’s visa or permit requirements. Contact the Embassy or High Commission of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel for up-to-date information about their visa and permit requirements.

The information below is for guidance only. The final decision on issuing a visa to travel to Russia rests with the Russian authorities.

Do I need a visa to enter Russia? What about other countries in the region?

New Zealand nationals require a valid visa to travel to Russia and all other countries in the region i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Republic), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

For visa requirements to travel to Russia, see the website of the Russian Federal Migration Service.

On receiving your Russian visa check the detail on the visa label is accurate (passport number, date of birth and validity period). It is generally difficult, time-consuming and costly to try to change your visa status once in Russia.

On arrival in Russia you are required to complete a migration card. A single card covers both Russia and Belarus. The Immigration authorities will retain one portion of the card while the stamped “Exit" portion is to be kept with your passport for collection on departure from either Russia or Belarus.

I am not in New Zealand. Can I apply for a Russian visa in a third country?

Visas to travel to Russia are usually issued by the Russian Embassy in the applicant’s country of nationality i.e. New Zealand nationals apply in New Zealand. But Russian visa regulations now allow foreign nationals with the right to stay in another country for longer than 90 days, to apply for a visa at the Russian Embassy in that country.

When applying for Russian visas in a third country, you need to submit with your visa application evidence of your right to stay in that country for longer than 90 days. This could be a long-term entry visa, work permit or residence permit. Present this in the original and attach a copy to the application. In countries where visas are not required e.g. the United Kingdom where New Zealand nationals have a right to stay for up to six months as a General Visitor (see www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk) take a copy of the six month entry permit stamped into your passport on arrival.

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