Australian travellers bound for Russia are being advised that from 1 April, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Sydney will no longer be providing assistance with visa applications.
According to the Consulate General office website, the process has been outsourced to a third party and will consequently attract an extra fee of AU$43 from April onwards.
To open tomorrow (20 March), the Russian Visa Centre has been established to “simplify the procedure of applying for Russian visas and improve the quality of services for Australian citizens and other nationals applying for visas to enter the Russian Federation”.
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A Russian tourist visa is valid for a period no longer than 30 days, and currently costs $120 for a single entry.
For more information on Russia’s entry and exit rules and general visa information, check out the Russian page of Smartraveller’s website.
The Australian government recommends Aussies travelling to “Russia overall, exercise a high degree of caution”.
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