Visitors holding an invitation to the event are eligible to apply for a free short-term visa for the period starting from 1 September to 20 September 2019 through a simplified procedure at Russian consulates. Visas will be issued for arrivals and departures between these dates.

All visa applications should be submitted to the Consular sections of Russian Embassies, General Consulates or official visa application centres preferably in the country of citizenship or residence. Participants are kindly requested to contact the consular authorities of the Russian Federation well in advance – at least 2 (two) weeks prior to their departure - in order to allow sufficient time for the processing of the visa application.

Contact details of the Russian diplomatic and consular missions can be found at:

The following documents should be submitted when applying for a Russian visa:

1. A copy of the official letter of invitation.

2. A travel document recognized by the Russian Federation (regular, service or diplomatic passports, United Nations laissez-passer, etc.) which should be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months after visa’s expiration date and have 2 (two) consecutive blank pages.

3. A printed version of visa application form filled out at and one passport size photo (not older than 6 (six) months) glued to the indicated space on the application form.

4. Medical insurance policy valid in Russia for the whole period of the stay.

5. In case of the submission of the documents at the visa application centre, the confirmation of the service fee payment.

Delegates should apply for the humanitarian visa.  When filing out the visa application form at
please choose “Science – Culture – Sport – Religion” section, than “Social and Political” for the purpose of the trip, then “Common humanitarian”.

Delegates must not apply for entry visas through tourist agencies as they are not eligible for official visa issuance.

For any enquiries about visas, please contact:

Host country:

UNWTO: (Ms. Shirin El Tayan, Protocol Officer)