Simplified visa procedures for close relatives of Russian citizens

From 1 September 2021, a simplified Russian visa procedure applies to close relatives of Russian citizens abroad. A Russian citizen in for instance the Netherlands, can submit an application for an entry visa for his/her foreign relative to the local diplomatic mission or consulate. There is no need to get a formal invitation issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In addition, foreign relatives will be able to get multiple entry visas with an extended period up to one year. Not only close relatives such as spouse and children benefit from the simplified visa procedure. It is also open to (grand)parents and grandchildren.

The new rule came into force on 1 September 2021 and is set out in point 3 of article 1 of Federal Act No. 270-FZ of 01.07.2021.

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