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In case of death or serious illness of a close relative in Russia (this category includes only spouses, parents and children) the foreign citizens may apply to the Russian Consulate (counter № 7 every working day from 9.00 to 12.00) without an appointment for an emergency private visa.


Where to apply for a Russian visa

There are 2 places in the Netherlands where you may apply for a Russian visa:

1. The Consular section of the Russian Embassy (Scheveningseweg 2, 2517 KT Den Haag, map):

- to apply for a visa - only prior to an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 10.00 till 10.30, the applicant must be present in person; 
- to pick up a passport - without an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12.00 till 12.40, the applicant must be present in person with the payment receipt;                                     

2. The Russian visa application centre (Parkstraat 83, The Hague, 2514 JG. Haagsche Hoff, Office A215).

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Processing time

The visa is issued the same day.


Visa fees

The visa is granted for free (only for close relatives).

The accompanying persons (spouses or other relatives) will have to pay the consular fee for an urgent private visa.


List of required documents

1. Visa application form printed and signed personally by the applicant (Very important ! when the web-site asks to select the location where the applicant is going to submit documents, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Netherlands must be chosen);

2. 1 recent passport photo. The photo must be glued (not stapled!) on the visa application form;

3. Travel passport (original). The passport must contain at least 2 blank visa pages and must be valid 6 months after the last day of the required visa validity;

4. Documents (originals or copies) confirming the degree of relationship of an applicant and a dead (seriously ill) person. In case if there were any changes in family names and/or surnames of an applicant or a dead (seriously ill) person, all those documents are to be provided;

5. A copy of documentary evidence of death or serious illness of a close relative (act of death, death certificate or health state certificate from a medical building in Russia);

6. Medical insurance policy document (copy or original). This document is required only from the citizens of all EU countries (except Great Britain)Iran, Iseland State, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and SwissThis document must contain: 

- the date when the agreement was signed;

- the policy number;

- the full name of the insured person;

- full details of the insurer;

- the dates of validity: the policy must cover the entire period of stay in Russia;

- the list of medical services covered by the insurance, the repatriation must be included;

- the geographical area coverage: worldwide or including the Russian Federation or Europe including the Russian Federation;

- the insurance coverage amount must not be less than 30.000 Euros;

- the signature of the insurer.

Insurance policies and confirmation letters which do not contain the above information and standard forms stamped by the insurer are not accepted.

Insurance cards are not accepted;

7. Original and copy of a valid Dutch permanent residence permit (not required if the applicant is a citizen of the EU or the USA).


To be noted that the law of the Russian Federation empowers the Russian Consulate to refuse to issue any visa without explaining the reasons of the refusal.


Very important to pay attention ! Russian citizens are not authorised to have Russian visas in their passports of foreign countries. If the Russian international passport of an applicant is expired (or if the absence of the Russian nationality is not confirmed), his foreign passport may not be used to get a Russian visa. The Russian Consular section will have to refuse a visa in this case.