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Applicants who wish to apply for a Visa are kindly requested to carefully read the provided information. The guidelines listed on this website are to help you prepare your documents as accurately as possible, on the basis of the common list of supporting documents to be presented by applicants for short stay Schengen visas in Russia. This will reduce the chances of your application being incomplete or a delay in being processed.

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Required Documents

You are kindly advised to check the list of required documents before submitting your application. This will minimize the chances of your application being delayed or declined due to inadequate or incorrect submission of documents. 

You will need to prepare a separate application pack of supporting documents and Visa Application Form for each applicant (e.g. in case parents travel along with their children, confirmation of accommodation has to be given separately for every application pack). Documents in A4 format are accepted only.

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The below rates are applicable and they may vary at any time:

Visa Type



Schengen Short stay (Type C) for nationals of Russian Federation 35


Schengen Short stay (Type C) for nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kosovo 35


Schengen Short stay (Type C) for nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine holders of non biometric passports* 35


Schengen Short stay (Type C)



Spouses, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grandchildren of Citizens of Greece/ European Union legally residing in the territory of Russian Federation or in Greece/Member States of European Union


Spouses, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grandchildren of Citizens of Russian Federation legally residing in Greece/Member States of European Union


Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports


Members of official delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to the Member States, the European Union or the Russian Federation, shall participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programs, as well as in events held in the territory of the Russian Federation or one of the Member States by intergovernmental organizations


Members of national and regional Governments and Parliaments, Constitutional Courts and Supreme Courts, if they are not exempted from the visa requirement by the EU-Russia Visa Facilitation Agreement


Students, Pupils, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers/professors when on study - educational training trip


Disabled persons (1st and 2nd group, and 3rd group (hearing disability only) and the person accompanying them, if escort is required and document proving that is presented. If escort is not required, accompanying person is not fee exempt


Persons who have presented documents proving the necessity of their travel on humanitarian grounds, including to receive urgent medical treatment and the person accompanying such person, or to attend a funeral of a close relative, or to visit a seriously ill close relative


Participant in official exchange programs organized by twin cities


Participants in Youth International sports events and accompanying persons


Participants in Scientific, Cultural and Artistic activities including University and other exchange programs


Children under 12 years old


Youth up to 25 years old, who are to participate in seminars, conferences, sport, cultural or educational events, organized by non-profit organizations and youth up to 25 years old, who represent non-profit organizations in the above events


Researchers traveling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research


* Note: Citizens of: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine holders of biometric passports do not require Schengen visa. Please consult here for nationals of countries with which the EU has concluded Visa Facilitation Agreements.


The Service Fee amounts to RUB 2520 per application over and above the Visa Fees.

The following categories are exempt from paying Service fee:

  • Children under 6 years old (children above 6 years old endorsed in parent’s passport are not exempt from service fee).
  • Disabled persons (1st and 2nd group) and the person accompanying them, if required.


All the above mentioned fees in RUB are as per the current exchange rate at the time of submission of application at the Visa Application Center for Greece and are subject to change without notice. EURO currency mentioned above is for reference only.

All the above mentioned fees can be paid in cash or credit/ debit card at the Visa Application Centers.


As of 14 September 2015 all applicants applying for a Schengen visa will be required to present their biometric data - ten fingerprints and a digital photo. Biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), which is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay visas (for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period) between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border as well as to enhance security.

Photo Specifications
Photo Specifications

Before submitting Schengen Visa photos make sure that they are absolutely in a high quality form in order to make their reproduction easy – something needed when facial biometrics applies in the ID Document of the visa holder. The applicants should present two recent (not more than 6 months old) passport-sized photos that should be:

  • 3,5 x 4 cm (approx. 1.2 x 1.6 inch)
  • with a light background (white or off-white) so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background
  • in color and with facing forward
  • with the forehead and ears visible, without heavy jewelry
  • full face, non-smiling (without sunglasses, a hat/ cap or other head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religions belief or ethnic background)
  • of high quality and printed on normal photographic paper (camera print), preferably not glossy

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Knowing and meeting properly these requirements is essential, as only if in the needed format, the biometric recognition of the applicant and perfect reproduction can be authorised correctly.

Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements, your application will be considered incomplete.

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Travel Medical Insurance

Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 (Article 15) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009”, which entered into force on April 5 of 2010, applicants must purchase a travel insurance product before they apply for a travel visa. Purchasing adequate travel insurance is one of the requirements of the Schengen visa.

The requirements for Schengen travel insurance:

  • The travel insurance should include medical evacuation/ repatriation. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30,000 (denominated in Euros).
  • The insurance company must have a representative office in European Union countries.
  • The insurance must be valid for duration of stay in the Schengen countries.

Dear Applicants, please note that since Travel Medical Insurance is mandatory, for your convenience and expediency, and to better facilitate your submission procedure you can purchase insurance cover from Rosgosstrakh, the highly reputable nationwide Insurance company in Russia, online here. In all cases we request that you purchase insurance from an authorized agency.

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Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of 26 June 2013, amended the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement, the Schengen Borders Code and the Visa Code and – among others – re-defined the concept of "short stay" for third-country nationals in the Schengen area which is a fundamental element of the Schengen acquis.

Track your application

After you submit your application we strongly encourage you to use our online service provided in order to track your application online and to check whether your passport is ready for collection. It is a secure procedure that is designed to help you to better plan and save your time.

In order to track your application you need to know the application ID, which is on the Payment Receipt given to you during the submission, and the date of birth of the applicant.


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Collect your Passport

After having tracked online whether your passport is ready for collection, you can collect your passport in person at the end of the visa application process. Please note that in order to collect your passport in person you need to bring your ID and the Payment Receipt given to you during the submission which will be collected from you as a proof of delivery of your passport.

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