I am an Indian citizen living and working in Germany. I'd like to apply for a Russian visa.

Do I need to go to the Russian embassy personally to apply for the tourist visa, or I can simply post the application stuff?

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    You are in Germany, or are you a German National?
    – gmauch
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 16:04
  • i am not a german national
    – poisson
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 19:57
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    What is your nationality? What is your visa situation in Germany? Are you living in Germany or visiting?
    – Aleks G
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 20:17
  • What does their website say?
    – Calchas
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 21:59
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    I don't understand the close votes, the question seems straightforward, the OP is not asking us to second-guess his decision to apply at the Russian embassy in Germany or tell him if he needs a visa, he apparently made this determination himself and just wants to know if he can send a visa application through the mail!
    – Relaxed
    Commented Aug 14, 2015 at 8:02

2 Answers 2


You do not need to go in person as long as your application is straightforward and you have an acceptable invitation. If the embassy decides your application is not straightforward they will ask you to make an appearance.


Visa for Russia are generally (depending on the city) handled by a visa center, not the embassy. When I applied for my visa for visiting Russia, I never went to the embassy. However, I had to visit (and leave my passport for a few days) a visa agent. You will almost certainly not be able to do this online, as they require your passport as well as some signed documents. A travel or visa agent can manage this for you, if not you need to visit the nearest visa center.

There is no requirement that you personally show up at the visa center, otherwise agents wouldn't be able to do it for you. Your best option would be to find the visa center that handles wherever in Germany you live and call them.

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