In accordance with the resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation (March 16 2020, №635-р), the Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Sapporo from 18 March 2020 temporarily suspends the acceptance of documents, registration and issuance of all categories of visas to foreign citizens and stateless persons, except for business visas for vehicle drivers of international automobile traffic, flight, ship and international railway traffic crew members. Private visas in emergency cases related to the death of a close relative will still be issued.
- General information
- List of necessary documents
- Tourist visas
- Business visas, student visas, visas for cultural, sport, scientific and other exchanges
- Transit visas
- Homestay (visitors) visas
- Electronic visas
- Information about migration cards
To enter the Russian Federation a foreigner should obtain a Russian visa in one of the Russian consular offices in Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka or Niigata.
Each visa is valid for one person only. Visa is valid for a fixed term (in accordance with an invitation or a tourist confirmation). It can allow a single, double or multiple entry to Russia.
A visa application should be made directly to the Consulate-General in person or via travel agent (mailed applications are not accepted).
Business hours of the Consulate-General are Monday to Friday from 14:00 till 16:00.
Further inquires can be made by phone (011-561-3171).
List of necessary documents
Passport or other travel document in original. The validity term of the Passport should be no less then 6 month from the date of expiration of the Russian visa and the Passport should contain at least two blank pages.
If you are accompanied by a child, who does not have his/her own passport, he/she should be included in one of the parents' passport. If a child is 4 years old or senior the parents' passport should have his/her photograph.
All applicants are to fill in the visa application form using this http://visa.kdmid.ru web-link (all due helpful notices are given in english, russian and japanese), then print it out and bring to our consulates with all other due documents for further procedures.
One passport size photo (3,5x4,5 cm.), attached to the visa application form.
Citizens of the United States, the Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Georgia nationals applying for Russian visas should submit to the Consular section a special application form. All the questions should be answered.
Citizens of the countries which are members to the Shengen agreement (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia) as well as citizens of Israel, Iran, Ireland and China (in case of tourist visas only) should have a medical insurance, valid in Russia. Please submit the following documents to the visa section :
- Filled out medical insurance card containing information on your insurance company, which insurance is valid in Russia;
- Copy of the insurance policy (a certificate from the insurance company with the information on the insurance period).
- Citizens of ALGERIA, AFGHANISTAN, ANGOLA, BANGLADESH, CHAD, CHINA, DPRK, ETHIOPIA, INDIA, IRAQ, IRAN, NEPAL, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, RWANDA, SIRIA, SOMALIA, SRI LANKA, TURKEY, VIET NAM should also submit following documents:
- Stamp or seal of the Japanese immigration authorities confirming the validity of their stay in Japan for more then 6 month (If an applicant enters Japan with short term visitor status he/she can get a Russian visa only in his/her home country);
- Air tickets in original (there and back);
- Originals of all other submitted documents (e.g. in case of tourism - originals of the voucher and of the visa confirmation).
Business visas, student visas, visas for cultural, sport, scientific and other exchanges
To obtain a business visa the original of the official letter of invitation issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs should be submitted to the visa section.
If an applicant is planning to stay in the Russian Federation for more than 3 month a certificate of HIV-infection test negative results should be submitted to the Consulate-General alongside with their documents (the certificate is valid for 3 month from the day of test).
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an original or a copy of airline tickets;
a copy of the passport page with the visa of the country you are going to and/or from.
Transit visas for passengers who travel from Japan through Russia to CIS countries, which do not have a diplomatic or consular establishment in Japan, are issued only if the Consulate-General receives a fax confirmation directly from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the respective country, which confirms that an applicant will get his/her entry visa at the point of the border control.
Homestay (Visitor's) visas
To obtain a homestay visa the original of the official letter of invitation from your friend or relative in Russia issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs should be submitted to the visa section.
Procedure for issuing electronic visas for foreign citizens entering the country through the free port of Vladivostok.
Сitizens of Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, India, Iran, Qatar, China, North Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey, Japan can obtain an e-visa to enter the Russian Federation through The Vladivostok air checkpoint (Knevichy) and Vladivostok, Posiet, Zarubino, Petropavlovsk-Kamchtsky, Korsakov maritime checkpoints, Pogranichny, Khasan, Makhalino railway checkpoints and Turiy rog, Poltavka road checkpoints, located on the territory of the free port of Vladivostok.
1. An e-visa is issued free of charge on the basis of an application form filled in on the MFA website http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/index.html (in russian) no longer than 4 calendar days from the intended date of entry into the Russian Federation.. A digital photo must be attached to the application.
2. An е-visa is issued for 30 calendar days from the date of its issuance and gives the permission to stay up to 8 days starting from the entry date.
Visa fee for Japanese national
Type of visa
Number of working days processing
6-10 working days*
4-5 working days
3 working days
*If a weekend or a Russian national holiday comes in between the processing time is further extended for the duration of the weekend/holiday.
**Only Japanese nationals are free from the visa fee. Citizens of other countries may be charged an extra consular fee on the basis of reciprocity.
Visa processing fee is not refundable.
Information about migration cards
In accordance with the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 413 of August 16, 2004 “On migration card”, the migration cards are distributed gratis by immigration officers at all ports of entry to the Russian Federation.
A filled-in migration card should be presented at check-point to immigration officer for official stamping.
A foreign national must carry migration card during the whole period of stay in the Russian Federation and submit it along with other documents for migration registration at the place of sojourn.
In case of loss or damage of the migration card a foreign national must notify an appropriate local office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation within three days. Provided that travel documents used to enter Russia are presented, a gratis duplicate card is issued.
When leaving the Russian Federation, a foreign national must submit the card to a migration officer at port of exit.