General Information on Visas

Trip to Russia requires an entry visa. The Consular Section issues different categories of visas depending on the purpose of the trip and the duration of stay in Russia.

Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia in Brunei is authorized to issue Russian visas to the following categories of applicants:

- Citizens and Permanent Residents of Brunei Darussalam;

- Citizens of third countries who are permitted to stay in Brunei for a period exceeding 90 day and more;

- Citizens of third countries on reciprocity basis (in case the diplomatic missions of their respective countries outside of Russia issue visas to the Russian citizens);

- Citizens of third countries travelling to Russia for the urgent medical treatment or due to their close relative passing away.


Information for EU passport holders

On the 1st of June, 2007 the Russia–EU Visa facilitation agreement came into force and according to its provisions visa processing fees are changed for the citizens of the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia.

Holders of diplomatic passports of the countries mentioned above do not need a visa to enter Russia for 90 days.

Citizens of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland  should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay.

Above provisions do not apply to the nationals ofcountries that did not sign the Agreement: the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark, as well as Iceland and Norway.


The Consular section reserves the right to reject visa applications without any further explanations.

The Consular section reserves the right to interview the applicants and ask questions on personal, financial, business, corporate related issues as well as on applicant's Russian contacts and relatives.

Documents for visa must be submitted by an applicant in person or through an applicant's legal representative.

Visa processing starts only after duly completed set of visa supporting documents is submitted to the Consular Section and the visa fee is paid.

After the visa is issued it should be checked by the traveller (spelling of the name, dates of travel, passport number, date of birth) and, if necessary, returned to the Consular Section for corrections.

Processing time, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice. Visa Processing Fee is non-refundable.

In accordance with the International Law, in certain cases the Consular section is entitled to consider visa applications as long as it necessary. Visa can be denied if the Consular section has serious reasons to believe that an applicant's entry into or stay in the territory of the Russian Federation will not be desirable.

The following documents should be submitted in order to obtain a visa according to its category:

Completed visa application form. Visa application must be filled in online at https://visa.kdmid.ru, printed out, signed and produced at the Consular section. Handwritten visa application fprms are no longer accepted.

Valid national passport  with no less than 2 (two) clear visa pages, valid for at leastsix months after the visa expiration date. 

One picture of an applicant (Photo specifications).

In accordance with the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 413 of August 16, 2004 «On Immigration card», a foreign national entering the Russian Federation is required to fill in an immigration card and present it to an immigration officer at a check-point for official stamping, provided the data on the card is in compliance with the owner’s passport data.

Immigration cards are distributed free of charge at all ports of entry to the Russian Federation by immigration officers or organizations that offer transportation services to foreign nationals entering the Russian Federation.

A foreign national must carry the immigration card during the whole period of stay in the Russian Federation and submit it along with other documents for immigration registration at the place of sojourn.

In case of loss or damage of the immigration 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 an immigration officer at a check-point.


Tourist Visa

To apply for a tourist visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport-size picture, as well as:

Tourist confirmation (visa support letter) by the authorized hosting Russian travel agency, registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The confirmation should contain full name of the traveler, date of birth, passport number, date of entry/departure, itinerary, the agency's reference number, registration number, official seal and signature of the authorized person;
Hotel booking voucherwill not be considered.

Voucher issued by an authorized travel agency, indicating full name of the traveler, date of birth, passport number, dates of entry and departure, name of the hosting Russian Tourist Company. A tourist confirmation always goes with a voucher.

Russian tourist visa can be issued for the period up to 30 days. When entering Russia with a tourist visa, a traveler might be asked to produce tourist confirmation, voucher and a return ticket with a fixed departure date at the border checkpoint. Sometimes confirmation of sufficient funds for the tripis required.

For tourists travelling on board of a cruise ship

Tourists arriving at river or sea ports of the Russian Federation on board of a cruise ship do not need an entry visa to the Russian Federation provided that:

The stay of the cruise ship in the Russian port will not exceed 72 hours (excluding cases of force-majeure when the ship is being repaired or by other reasons beyond control cannot leave the Russian port);

Passengers are staying on board the ship at nights;

Passengers are only allowed to visit sights, defined by the ship’s group tourist program;

To leave the board of the ship without an entry visa to the Russian Federationforeign citizens must be included in the list of passengers, allowed to do so. Such a list is provided by the captain of the cruise ship 72 hours before the entry to the Russian port. The passenger must also have his/her identity papers (travel passport).

Kindly settle the above issue with the cruise company prior to departure to avoid uneceassary complications.


Business Visa

To apply for a business visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport-size picture as well as:

Original letter of Invitation or Telex Confirmation. All state and private companies/organizations based in Moscow and other regions should process their invitations through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation/its regional representative offices or Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs/its local visa offices.

Original of HIV negative certificate, that should be issued not earlier than 1 month before submitting the visa application (if the duarartion of visit exceeds 90 days).


Private Visa

To apply for a private visa an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, onestandard passport-size picture, as well as:

Original Letter of invitation ("Priglashenie") issued by a Visa Office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Applicant's relatives or friends can obtain such invitations.

No copies are accepted.

The invitation ("Priglashenie") should be made on a letterhead and contain full name of the invited/inviting person, his/her date of birth, passport number, duration of stay in Russia and cities to be visited. The invitation must be signed and sealed by authorized persons.

If your wife or husband is a Russian citizen holding a valid Russian Foreign Passport and you intend to travel to Russia together she\he may submit special application to the Consular section to issue Private Visa for you or (and) your minor child (in person only).  Together with the application a copy of valid Russian Foreign Passport (with Bruneian visa) and original/copy of Marriage Certificate or Child's Birth Certificate should be submitted.

This type of visa might be single or double entry, valid for the period up to three months.


Student Visa

To apply for a student visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport picture, as well as:

Original letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or its Regional Office.

Student visa applicants should submit original HIV blood test (AIDS) Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 month only (HIV blood test should be taken not earlier than 3 months before applying for a visa).

When applying for student visa, please mind that the national passport has to be valid for at least one and a half-year.


Work Visa

To apply for a work visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport picture, as well as:

Original letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or its Regional Office.

Work visa applicants should submit original HIV blood test (AIDS) Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 month only (HIV blood test should be taken not earlier than 3 months before applying for a visa).

When applying for work visa, please mind that the national passport has to be valid for at least one and a half-year.


Transit Visa

Transit visa is required if period of stay in Russia exceeds 24 hours or a traveller needs to change the airport or terminals.

Transit visa can be issued for no longer than 3 days!

To apply for a transit visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Section a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard passport picture, as well as:

Visa of the country of destination;

Tickets for the whole itinerary.

Diplomatic and Official Visa

Diplomatic visa is granted for foreign citizens upon the receipt of a "note verbale" from a diplomatic/consular representation or permanent mission to international organization and the follow-up authorization of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Payment for Consular services

Payment for consular services at the Consular section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Brunei Darussalam is made according to the tarrif endorsed by the Embassy's order in the form of cashless settlement: the client deposits Brunei dollars to the Embassy’s account in BIBD.

Payment refferal is issued to the client after verification of submitted documents and calculation of service fee as per the current tariff.

Bank receipt has to be returned to the Consular section during the working hours on the day of application. After this step is completed, the client’s documents will be processed. The paid consular fee is non-refundable.

The nearest to the Embassy BIBD bank branch is located at the following address: Unit No. 1-2, Ground & 1st Floor, Hua Ho Mall, Kampong Manggis, Jln Muara BC 3615

Feel free to contact the Consular section during its business hours should you have further questions. 

Address: «No. 8, Simpang 189-41-30, Kampong Manggis 2, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Business hours of the Consular Section:
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00

Tel./fax of the Consular Section: (+673) 261-14-66

E-mail: embrusbrunei@mail.ru