Visa-free countries for Russians 2023: where to go without a visa or passport
Some countries accept Russian citizens without a passport and visa requirements. Find out more about the places you can travel to and what documents you need
by Plata Bohdan • ongoing writer in VisitWorld
There are cases when the decision to leave the country is made suddenly - it can be an unexpected vacation, a short trip or a business trip. Regardless of the purpose of the trip, there are certain countries where Russian citizens can enter without a visa or even a foreign passport.
What countries are these and what documents are required for entry? Let's talk further.
Countries where citizens of the Russian Federation can go without a foreign passport
Abkhazia is a region in the northwestern part of the southern slope of the Main Caucasus Range, on the northeastern coast of the Black Sea. Includes 7 historical regions: Lesser Abkhazia, Bzypin, Guma, Abzhua, Samurzakan, Dal-Tsabal, Pshu-Aibga.
Russians do not need a visa to travel to Abkhazia. You can stay in the country for up to 90 days. When crossing the border, you can present both a foreign passport and an internal passport of the Russian Federation.
Citizens of the Russian Federation can issue a foreign passport while in Abkhazia. To obtain a biometric passport, you need to appear at the Russian embassy in Abkhazia with the passport of a Russian citizen. Address - Sukhumi, str. Zvanba, building 9.
Armenia is an ancient country with a rich history, boasting incredible landscapes, ancient culture and beautiful cities. In 2023, you can visit Armenia with an internal passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation. You can enter the country without a foreign passport only if you arrived by plane and pass border control at the airport. A foreign passport is required to cross the border by car or train. You can stay in the country without a visa for up to 30 days. Rules of entry to Armenia at the link.
Belarus is a country with rich culture, history and nature. The state has interesting historical monuments, unique architectural structures and wonderful nature. Citizens of Russia do not need a passport or visa to travel to Belarus. The period of stay of tourists without registration is 90 days. Find more information about trips to Belarus here. The consular department of the Russian Federation is responsible for issuing foreign passports to Russian citizens living on the territory of Belarus.
Kazakhstan is a country in Central Asia that will surprise tourists with its beautiful cities, unique nature, rich history and friendly people. Citizens of the Russian Federation can travel to Kazakhstan without a foreign passport. The period of stay in Kazakhstan for tourists from Russia without registration is 30 days. Then you can extend it for an additional 60 days. Planning a trip to Kazakhstan? More information about the country at the link.
Kyrgyzstan is an interesting and mysterious country in Central Asia. Probably, there is no such person who has not heard about the thermal springs of Kyrgyzstan. No less popular is another landmark of the country - the most beautiful lake Issyk-Kul.
Russians can enter the country on the basis of a national passport. The rules of entry to Kyrgyzstan for Russians allow them to stay in the country without a visa for no more than 60 days. Learn more about the migration rules of Kyrgyzstan at the link.
Consulting a highly qualified lawyer will help you plan your trip abroad. The specialist will tell you about the existing directions for departure and help you prepare the necessary documents.
Countries where citizens of the Russian Federation can travel without a visa
In 2023, citizens of Russia will be able to visit many countries without a visa - these are the states of Europe, Asia and Africa.
Turkey is open to foreign tourists, including citizens of the Russian Federation. Transit is allowed (no special documents are required). A visa-free regime has been established between Russia and Turkey: Russians can stay in Turkey without a visa for 60 days. To enter Turkey, you must present a foreign passport that is valid for at least another 120 days. Detailed rules of entry and stay in Turkey for Russians are collected at the link.
Montenegro is a country with fantastic nature and a rich history, located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Citizens of the Russian Federation can enter the country without a visa. You can stay in Montenegro for up to 30 days. After arriving in Montenegro, every tourist must register within 24 hours at the police or tourist office at the place of residence. Learn more about the rules of entry and stay in Montenegro at the link.
Israel and Russia have an agreement on visa-free entry of citizens. The visa-free regime is allowed only for 90 days every six months (180 days). To cross the border, it is necessary to provide a foreign passport valid for at least 6 months. We talk about the rules for crossing the border with Israel in more detail here.
Vietnam is very popular among Russian tourists due to its unique culture, attractive nature and fairly moderate prices.
Citizens of the Russian Federation can enter the territory of Vietnam without a visa for up to 15 days using foreign passports that are valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry. When traveling by international flights to Phu Quoc Island, the visa-free period of stay is 30 days. Read more about the rules of entry and stay in Vietnam at the link.
Thailand is very popular among Russian tourists. The visa-free stay in Thailand is 30 days. For entry, it is necessary to present a foreign passport valid for at least 6 months. Sometimes return tickets may be required. Rules of entry to Thailand at the link.
Also, without a visa, Russians can enter Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Qatar, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mongolia, the Philippines, and South Korea. On the African continent, you can visit Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Seychelles, Tunisia and South Africa without a visa. During the trip, follow the migration rules and do not violate the permitted period of visa-free stay.
Current rules for traveling to different countries of the world are collected on the Visit World portal.
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