How to apply for a Russian visa in Singapore

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Botanic gardens, a stone’s throw from the Russian Embassy has much to offer.

How to apply for a Russian visa in Singapore ?

NOTE: As of 6 July 2015, applications for visas (except Diplomatic and Service visas) are to be submitted to the Russian Visa Application Centre located at Cecil Street 135, level 8, 069536

Visit: www.vfsglobal.com/russia/singapore for more information. 

Tel: 669 29 873

Email: info.rusg@vfshelpline.com

Source: http://www.singapore.mid.ru/Visa_Information.htm

Applying for a Russian visa in Singapore is a pretty straightforward affair, especially if you are a holder of a Singapore passport.

It takes 5 working days for a normal application and 3 working days for an expedited one, in which you have to pay an estimated of double the price.

My only gripe is that the consular hours are open from 10am – 12pm, hence if you are a working professional, you may have to take an early lunch to apply and collect the visa. The embassy is located at Nassim Road, about a 30 minute drive from the city. If you’re taking the train, stop at Botanic Gardens MRT on the Circle Line. You can take a leisure trek for about 15 minutes through the Botanical Gardens to the Nassim Road exit (near the NParks headquarters). When you see a roundabout, exit and cross the road at the traffic junction. Follow the sign which shows you the direction of Nassim Road. It’s less than 5 mins up the slope.

Also note that the embassy is pretty strict on the collection of the visa. For Singaporeans, if you send a normal application on Wednesday, you can only get your passport back with the visa the Wednesday next week.  You have to submit your visa application manually at the embassy, personally or via a representative.

For Singaporeans

Visit (http://www.singapore.mid.ru/Visa_Information_fo_Singaporeans.htm) to ensure you have all the documents required.

1. Visa Support letter – this is a letter from a travel agency which has the license to invite foreign tourists to Russia. It is absolutely essential in the Visa application process. I didn’t have this when I first submitted my documents and was told to come back again.

I would recommend using Real Russia to get the Visa Support documentation done.

The turnover time is pretty quick (on the same day) and all you need to do is key in information about your trip and pay through credit card. It cost about 15 pounds (~USD25) for a single entry support letter.

There is no need to book any hotel, flight or purchase anything from the Real Russia to get a visa support letter.

For more information, refer to: https://www.realrussia.co.uk/visas/russian/invitations/tourist

2. E-Application

At the time of publication, the Russian embassy in Singapore had implemented an E-Application system. You would have to enter your particulars online at https://visa.kdmid.ru/ before printing out the e-form, signing it and sending it to the embassy to process.

Do note that it is essential to do the application online before going down – you don’t want a wasted trip.

3. Check your passport for:

  • Two blank pages
  • That it does not expire six months after your trip to Russia
  • It also says in the website that “Work or Student visa applicants must have a passport valid for at least 18 months and a HIV-certificate issued by any local or international hospital.”

4. Applying manually at the embassy, personally or via a proxy.

The process is pretty quick and the queue at the embassy is not long. Be sure to bring all your documents and (CASH only) to make an upfront payment. Do note that the embassy accepts only Cash payment and there are no ATMs in the vicinity.

The chart as follows – prices are in SGD:

Single trip

Double trip

 

Multiple trips

 

Single Transit

Double Transit

Normal

 

Urgent

Normal

Urgent

 

Normal

Urgent

 

Normal

Urgent

 

Normal

Urgent

 

70

140

110

225

210

420

70

140

110

225

5. Collection

Normal visa processing time is 5 working days – e.g. if submitted on Monday, collection is on Monday next week.
– Urgent visa processing time is 3 working days – e.g. if submitted on Monday, collection is on Wednesday or Thursday

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For non-Singaporeans

Please refer to: http://www.singapore.mid.ru/Visa_Information_fo_Foreigners.htm for more information.

1. Check if you need a visa.

http://www.singapore.mid.ru/VISA_FREE.htm

2. If you need one, check if you are eligible to apply for a Visa in Singapore

http://www.singapore.mid.ru/LONG_TERM_PASS.htm

3. Visa Support letter – this is a letter from a travel agency which has the license to invite foreign tourists to Russia. It is absolutely essential in the Visa application process. I didn’t have this and was told to come back again.
I would recommend using Real Russia to get the Visa Support documentation done.

The turnover time is pretty quick (on the same day) and all you need to do is key in information about your trip and pay through credit card. It cost about 15 pounds (USD25) for a single entry support letter.

There is no need to book any hotel, flight from the Real Russia to get a visa support letter.

For more information, refer to: https://www.realrussia.co.uk/visas/russian/invitations/tourist

4. E-Application

At the time of publication, the Russian embassy in Singapore had implemented an E-Application system. You would have to enter your particulars online at https://visa.kdmid.ru/ before printing out the e-form, signing it and sending it to the embassy to process.

Do note that it is essential to do the application online before going down – you don’t want a wasted trip!

5. Check your passport for:

  • Two blank pages
  • That it does not expire six months after your trip to Russia
  • It also says in the website that “Work or Student visa applicants must have a passport valid for at least 18 months and a HIV-certificate issued by any local or international hospital.”
  • Travel Medical insurance is mandatory for EU nationals

6. Applying manually at the embassy, personally or via a proxy.

The process is pretty quick and the queue at the embassy is pretty short. Be sure to bring all your documents and (CASH only) to make an upfront payment. Do note that the embassy accepts only Cash payment and there are no ATMs nearby.

Click here to view the visa fees for each country: http://www.singapore.mid.ru/Visa_fees.htm

5. Collection

  • Normal –  from 5 to 20 working days – e.g. if submitted on Monday collection is on Monday next week or later
  • Urgent –  3 working days – e.g. if submitted on Monday collection is on Wednesday or Thursday

Hope this information is helpful and let me know if you have any questions.

You can also write in to the embassy for official answers – they are pretty responsive and you should be able to get your answers within a working day.

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A small tip – if you’ve got time on your hands, take the time to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a stone’s throw away from the Russian Embassy. Head there via the Nassim Road entrance. Otherwise, take a stroll from Botanic Gardens MRT. It makes the 15 minute walk seem so worth it!

Singapore Botanic Gardens
Take a nice 15 minute stroll through the gardens to reach the Russian Embassy from Botanic Garden MRT

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