Delegation of the European Union to Russia

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21/06/2021 - 17:57
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Visa application process

Russian citizens need to be in possession of a valid visa to enter the Schengen Area.

Since 14 September 2015, first-time visa applicants have to appear in person at a consulate or an authorised visa application centre when applying for a short-stay Schengen visa to have their biometric data (10-digit fingerprints and digital photograph) collected. This data is stored in the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS is a means for Schengen countries to exchange data on visa applicants to facilitate the process and enhance security.

The procedure of collecting biometric data is simple and discreet, taking a few minutes. Frequent travellers to the Schengen Area do not have to have their fingerprints scanned for each visit, as the VIS stores scans for further visa applications over a 5-year period, irrespective of where the previous visa application was lodged.

This requirement is waived for children under the age of 12 and persons who cannot physically provide fingerprint scans.

Applications should be lodged at the consulate or visa application centre of the country of destination. Check the countries currently in the Schengen Area. For practical questions, applicants should contact a relevant Schengen consulate or a visa application centre in Russia. For more details check FAQ and VIS website for Russia.


Visa Facilitation

Travelling between the EU and Russia was made easier in 2007 when the EU-Russia Visa Facilitation Agreement entered into force. This agreement lowered the visa fee, made obtaining multiple-entry visas easier, simplified the list of supporting documents required, and waived visas for diplomats. The EU-Russia Joint Visa Facilitation Committee oversees on an annual basis the proper functioning of the agreement.

Russia has been for the last 10 years the top source country for Schengen visa applications, with almost 3.7 million applications in 2018. Of these visas, almost 82% were issued as multiple-entry visas in 2018, one of the highest shares in the world. Furthermore, the refusal rate was only 1,6% in 2018, one of the lowest in world.

To make travelling even easier, the EU and Russia were negotiating amendments to the existing agreement. The aim was to sign an upgraded Visa Facilitation Agreement that would have further facilitated travelling for citizens by providing a multi-year and multi-entry visa to more categories of ordinary and frequent travellers. Following Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, the EU suspended negotiations. As of 2020, the new EU Visa Code will enter into force, and will bring further facilitations to Russian applicants as well.

Visa Liberalisation Dialogue

The EU and the Russian Federation have been negotiating the possibility of a visa free regime in the future based on the ‘Common steps towards visa free short-term travel of Russian and EU citizens’ that were agreed at the EU-Russia Summit in December 2011.

These ‘steps’ consist of a ‘roadmap’ and foresee detailed work and reforms that Russia needs to accomplish. These benchmarks are distributed in four large blocks:

  1. Document security, including biometrics;
  2. Illegal migration, including readmission;
  3. Public order, security and judicial cooperation;
  4. External relations.

There is no target date or automatic cut-off for the visa free regime to begin. It is rather an open-ended dialogue, guided by senior officials from both EU and Russia, which reviews progress on the ‘Common Steps’ and examines how the long-term aim of visa free travel can be achieved in practice. A number of expert meetings were organised to assess progress made on the ground, based on which the first EU evaluation report was published. Work was proceeding on schedule before the EU suspended the talks following the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014.

Embassy of Austria

Address: Starokonyushenny Per., 1
119034 Moscow

Tel: (495) 780 60 66
Fax: (495) 937 42 69

Embassy of Belgium

Address: Ul. Mal. Molchanovka, 7
121069 Moscow

Tel: (495) 780 03 31
Fax: (495) 780 03 32

Embassy of Bulgaria

Address: Ul. Mosfilmovskaya, 66
119590 Moscow

Tel: (495) 234 02 26 
Fax: (495) 232 33 02

Embassy of Croatia

Address: Korobeinikov Per., 16/10
119034 Moscow

Tel: (495) 785 40 70
Fax: (495) 637 46 24

Embassy of Cyprus

Address: Ul. Povarskaya, 9
121069 Moscow

Tel: (499) 575 03 10
Fax: (499) 575 03 11

Embassy of the Czech Republic

Address: Ul. Yuliusa Fuchika, 12/14
123056 Moscow

Tel: (495) 276 07 03
Fax: (499) 250 02 63

Embassy of Denmark

Address: Prechistensky Per., 9
119034 Moscow

Tel: (495) 642 68 00
Fax: (495) 775 01 91

Embassy of Estonia

Address: Maly Kislovsky Per., 5
125009 Moscow

Tel: (495) 737 36 40
Fax: (495) 737 36 46

Embassy of Finland

Address: Kropotkinsky Per., 15-17
119034 Moscow

Tel: (495) 787 41 74
Fax: (499) 255 33 80

Embassy of France

Address: Ul. Bol. Yakimanka, 45
115127 Moscow

Tel: (495) 937 15 00
Fax: (495) 937 14 30

Embassy of Germany

Address: Ul. Mosfilmovskaya, 56
119285 Moscow

Tel: (495) 937 95 00
Fax: (499) 783 08 75

Embassy of Greece

Address: Ul. Spiridonovka, 14
123001 Moscow

Tel: (495) 539 29 40
Fax: (495) 539 29 50

Embassy of Hungary

Address: Ul. Mosfilmovskaya, 62
119590 Moscow

Tel: (495) 641 75 00
Fax: (495) 641 75 20

Embassy of Ireland

Address: Grokholsky Per., 5
115127 Moscow

Tel: (495) 937 59 11
Fax: (495) 680 06 23

Embassy of Italy

Address: Denezhny Per., 5
119002 Moscow

Tel: (495) 796 96 91
Fax: (499) 241 03 30

Embassy of Latvia

Address: Ul. Chaplygina, 3
105062 Moscow

Tel: (495) 232 97 60
Fax: (495) 232 97 50

Embassy of Lithuania

Address: Borisoglebsky Per., 10
121069 Moscow

Tel: (495) 785 86 05
Fax: (495) 785 86 00

Embassy of Luxembourg

Address: Khruschevsky Per., 3
119034 Moscow

Tel: (495) 786 66 63
Fax: (495) 786 66 69

Embassy of Malta

Address: Korovy Val 7, Ent. 8, Kv. 219
119049 Moscow

Tel: (499) 237 19 39, 230 25 24
Fax: (499) 237 21 58

Embassy of Netherlands

Address: Kalashny Per., 6
125009 Moscow

Tel: (495) 797 29 00
Fax: (495) 797 29 04

Embassy of Poland

Address: Ul. Klimashkina, 4
123557 Moscow

Tel: (495) 231 15 00
Fax: (495) 231 15 15

Embassy of Portugal

Address: Botanichesky Per., 1
129010 Moscow

Tel: (495) 981 34 10
Fax: (495) 789 85 84

Embassy of Romania

Address: Ul. Mosfilmovskaya, 64
119590 Moscow

Tel: (499) 143 04 24/27
Fax: (499) 143 04 49

Embassy of Slovakia

Address: Ul. Yuliusa Fuchika, 17/19
115127 Moscow

Tel: (495) 956 49 20, (499) 250 10 70
Fax: (499) 250 15 91

Embassy of Slovenia

Address: Ul. Mal. Dmitrovka, 14, Bldg. 1
127006 Moscow

Tel: (495) 737 33 98
Fax: (495) 694 15 68

Embassy of Spain

Address: Ul. Bol. Nikitskaya, 50/8
115127 Moscow

Tel: (495) 690 29 93
Fax: (495) 691 91 71

Embassy of Sweden

Address: Ul. Mosfilmovskaya, 60
119590 Moscow

Tel: (495) 937 92 00
Fax: (495) 937 92 02

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020, offering the EU-funded opportunities for higher education students, staff and institutions. 

The key aim of Erasmus+ is the learning mobility of individuals, which includes the following opportunities:

  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees: represent prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. EMJMDs award EU-funded scholarships to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds. Study must take place in at least two of the Programme countries. Part of the studies can also take place in a Partner countries if there is a partner-country institution involved.. For more information please click here. 
  • Higher education mobility: Russian universities can send students, doctoral candidates or staff for short-term mobility assignments (3-12 months) with institutions from Erasmus+ countries. Russian universities can also host similar short-term study periods.
  • As regards non-formal education, Erasmus+ offers opportunities to young people, not just those involved in education or training. With Erasmus+, you can volunteer in Europe or outside of Europe or participate in a youth exchange abroad. Erasmus+ supports the professional development of youth workers through training or networking periods abroad. Periods abroad can consist of training courses, study visits, job shadowing or observation periods at relevant organisations and more.

Organisations can take part in a range of opportunities for institutional cooperation to achieve innovation and good practices.

  • Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education to support the modernisation, accessibility, and internationalisation of higher education in Partner Countries.  
  • Strategic Partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences. Overall, strategic partnerships aim to address horizontal priorities as well as field specific priorities in the areas of: higher education, vocational education and training, school education, adult education, and youth.
  • The Jean Monnet programme promotes excellence in the teaching and research of EU studies worldwide, developing dialogue between the academic world and policy makers.

The National Erasmus+ Office in Russia is responsible for supporting locally the implementation of the international dimension of the higher education aspects of the Erasmus+ Programme.

In addition, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions fund worldwide and cross-sector mobility for all stages of a researcher’s career, support research training and career development focused on innovation skills and form part of the EU's Horizon 2020 programme. 

EU Study Centers in the Russian Federation are part of the global network of EU Information Centres (EU-i) founded back in 1960s. The initial idea was to create within selected universities and research institutions in the EU MS and wordlwide documentation centres focusing on the European integration studies. Today there are more than 500 such centres globally, including 14 EUi centres in the Russian Federation. The role of the EUi centres in Russia has evolved over the years from a source of documentation to a more dynamic and pro-active expert role (and their name was changed accordingly – they are now called ‘EU Study Centres’). With the information being now available on the Internet, some of the centres have seen their attendance numbers decrease; at the same time the advisory and networking role of the EUi’s has strengthened: they advise students on the education and career tracks, and are increasingly active in setting up EU discussion clubs, and expert groups, as well as consulting various stakeholders on EU-related matters, and promoting EU studies in Russia.

PDF icon List of EU Study Centres

EU citizens are entitled to seek help from the embassy or consulate of any other EU Member State if they find themselves in a situation where they need assistance outside the EU, with no embassy or consulate from their own Member State effectively in position to help them (they are “unrepresented”).


The help that may be provided by embassies/consulates of (other) EU Member States include assistance in cases of:

  • need for an emergency travel document (for example in case of loss or theft of passport)
  • arrest or detention
  • being a victim of crime
  • serious accident or serious illness
  • relief and repatriation in case of an emergency
  • death

For more information please follow this link


The EU Delegation to Russia cannot offer consular assistance, but a full list of all EU Member States' diplomatic posts present across Russia can be found under this link.