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Common information | Visa registration process and why it is important | Visa registration offices in St.Petersburg | District ovir offices

COMMON INFORMATION

When you travel to a foreign country it is always wise to "play everything by the book". It is true that Russian laws and regulations about visas, passport and customs can be confusing at times. Yet, knowing such regulations can save you a lot of time (h o n e s t !) and make your visit problem-free and enjoyable.
You need a visa in order to travel to Russia.
At present, it is not possible to buy a visa at the port of entry. (However, your visa can be issued at the Pulkovo II International Airport's Consular Office, if that is pre-arranged by your local host organization. Click here for details). Many find the procedure of obtaining a Russian visa a difficult and lengthy process, but unless your name is James Bond or Al Capone, you won't have much trouble getting a Single Entry visa. It is a Multiple Entry visa which is so difficult to get.

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VISA REGISTRATION PROCESS AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

Every foreign visitor to Russia has to register his passport and a visa with a local OVIR - Department of Visas and Registration - within three working days of his arrival.

If you are staying at a hotel, they will do it for you. When you check in, you should give your passport with a visa to the reception desk staff, who will handle everything. Just pick up your passport later.

If you stay with a friend or at a rented apartment, you should go to a local Visa Registration Office during their office hours and register your passport and visa. It is important to comply with local regulations, including visa registration, especially if you plan to apply for Visa Extension at a later stage of your stay.

Editor's note: Don't be offended by the fact that you need to register. This procedure or some similar to it exist in many countries. One day visa registration will no longer be required. Meanwhile, it is a good idea to know all the rules and play everything by the book.

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VISA REGISTRATION OFFICES IN ST. PETERSBURG

If you stay with a friend or in a rented apartment you should register your visa with the Visa Registration Office (OVIR) of the district, where the apartment is located. To find which district you need see Orientation section or ask your local host. District offices are listed below. The Central Office handles those problems, which cannot be resolved by district offices.

N.B.! Your visa has to be registered within three working days of your arrival. Again, if you are staying at a hotel, they will do all the paperwork for you.

OVIR Visa Registration: Central Office

Address: Ulitsa Saltykova-Schedrina 4
Metro: Chernyshevskaya
Telephone: 278-24-81, 273-91-38

St. Petersburg Branch of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Address: Naberezhnaya Kutuzova 34
Metro: Chernyshevskaya
Open: 9:30 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 272-00-76

Consular Office #1 of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in St. Petersburg

Address: Pulkovo II International Airport
Open: 12 pm to 8 pm
Telephone: 104-34-15

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DISTRICT OVIR OFFICES

Admiralteisky
Address: Sadovaya Ulitsa 55-57
Metro: Sadovaya
Open: 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 310-74-21

Frunzensky
Address: Naberezhnaya Obvodnovo Kanala 48
Metro:Ligovsky Prospekt
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm;
N.B.! Foreigners: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 am to 12 pm
Telephone: 166-14-68

Kalininsky
Address: Mineralnaya Ulitsa 3
Metro: Ploschad Lenina
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 540-39-87

Kirovsky
Address: Prospekt Stachek 18
Metro: Narvskaya
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm;
N.B.! Foreigners: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 am to 12 pm
Telephone: 252-77-14

Krasnogvardeysky
Address: Krasnodonskaya Ulitsa 14
Metro: Novocherkasskaya
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm;
N.B.! Foreigners: Monday, Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm, Friday, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Telephone: 224-01-96

Krasnoselsky
Address: Avngardnaya Ulitsa 35
Metro: Avtovo
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm;
N.B.! Foreigners: Monday, Wednesday, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Telephone: 136-89-06

Moskovsky
Address: Blagodatnaya Ulitsa 34
Metro: Elektrosila
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 298-18-27

Nevsky (not to be confused with Nevsky Prospekt area)
Address: Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony 78
Metro: Elizarovskaya
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 567-37-35

Petrogradsky
Address: Ulitsa Grota 1/3
Metro: Petrogradskaya
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm;
N.B.! Foreigners: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 am to 1pm
Telephone: 230-83-60

Primorsky
Address: Ulitsa Savushkina 83
Metro: Chernaya Rechka
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 239-15-09

Tsentralny (Central)

Foreign Department:
Address: Pereulok Krylova 5
Metro: Gostiny Dvor
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 310-41-17

Russian Department:
Address: Ulitsa Chaikovskovo 22, kvartira (apartment) 2
Metro: Chernyshevskaya
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 272-52-87

Vasileostrovsky
Address: 19-ya Liniya 12
Metro: Vasileostrovskya
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 355-75-24

Vyborgsky
Address: Lesnoi Prospekt 20
Metro: Vyborgskaya
Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: 542-26-32

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