Transit visa in Moscow

by David

Sorry to ask this question when you are in St. Petersburg but I have a 16 hour layover in Moscow on the first leg of my trip and another 16 hour layover on my return trip. The dates are April 23 and May 12. Do I need two transit visas or would it be best to get a tourist visa?

Canadian in China traveling to Europe

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Mar 10, 2015
Russian Transit Visas
by: Davide

Hi David,

This is Davide's writing from St Petersburg Essential Guide.

First of all nice to see that we have the same name!☺

Regarding to your question, my answer is, NO! You do not need a transfer visa because you are staying in the Russian territory less than 24 hours.

For your information Transit Visas are issued to those traveling through the Russian Federation to an onward destination.

If you are on a transit flight, and you will be spending less than 24 hours in Russia, and do not intend to leave the airport transit area, then you will not need a Russian Visa for your trip.

In all other circumstances, you will need to apply for a Russian Transit Visa, normally valid for up to three days if you are traveling by air or ten days if you are traveling by train.

However, in the event you want to apply to the transit visa, you will need the following documents:

• A passport with at least one blank page, valid for at least six months after the end of your proposed visit to Russia

• A completed and signed visa application form

• One passport sized photo

• Your ticket for onward travel

• A visa for the country you are travelling to (if required)

Hope it helps!

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