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I'm considering including parts of Russia on my next big overseas adventure.

Russian visas are very expensive, at least for me at home in Australia. For a multiple entry business visa like friends recommend it works out over $500 AUD.

From experience I have learned that it's often, but not always, possible to obtain a visa for some countries, in a third country. The Chinese visas I bought in Laos were much cheaper than I would've had to pay in Australia for example.

But I'm having trouble finding information online about Russian visa prices in Cambodia.

On the site of the Russian embassy in Cambodia, I can only find fees for Cambodians.

(Yes I realize Russia normally only issues visas to residents of the country in which they submit their application. In this case it turns out to be very easy to get a resident status in Cambodia that Russia will recognize for visa purposes.)

  • In the meantime I have emailed the consular section of the Russian embassy to Cambodia and am awaiting a response ... – hippietrail Jul 12 '16 at 6:33
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    Are single entry tourist visas just as expensive in Australia? In Europe you can arrange one for around 150 USD. – JonathanReez Jul 12 '16 at 7:32
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    Probably a question in its own right, but how do you get the "resident status" in Cambodia that you mention? +1 to both Q & A. – mts Jul 12 '16 at 7:42
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    @hippietrail will do right now. will I need to be Australian citizen or does European do a as well? – mts Jul 12 '16 at 7:52
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Wow I got a reply from the consular section of the Russian Embassy to Cambodia already!

For all types of visa for Australian citizens:

Single Entry Visa
100 USD 7 business days processing
200 USD 3 business days processing

Double Entry Visa
200 USD 7 business days processing
335 USD 3 business days processing

Multiple Entry Visa
340 USD 7 business days processing
600 USD 3 business days processing

** CAVEAT! **

I've just noticed that the email they setd me does not make clear whether these prices are for tourist visas, business visas, or the same for both.


For comparison, here are the fees from the Consulate General in Sydney:

Visa fees (AUD) for Australian citizens and processing time applicable from 1 October, 2015:

Tourist single entry visa:

$ 150.00 – ten business days processing (~ $114 USD)
$ 300.00 – two business days processing (~ $229 USD)

Tourist double entry visa:

$ 300.00 – ten business days processing (~ $229 USD)
$ 510.00 – two business days processing (~ $389 USD)

Private, Business, Humanitarian, Study and Working single entry visas:

$ 150.00 – ten business days processing (~ $114 USD)
$ 300.00 – two business days processing (~ $229 USD)

Private, Business and Humanitarian double entry visas:

$ 300.00 – ten business days processing (~ $229 USD)
$ 510.00 – two business days processing (~ $389 USD)

Business and Humanitarian multiple entry visas:

$ 525.00 – ten business days processing (~ $400 USD)
$ 900.00 – two business days processing (~ $686 USD)

So it seems to be a bit cheaper, but it could depend on fluctuations in the exchange rate. The greatest savings are made when obtaining a multiple-entry business visa. That's more than $100 cheaper.

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    At least at European embassies, the visa purpose does not affect the Price, only the number of entries and processing time – Crazydre Jul 12 '16 at 8:05
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    Finnish embassy lists prices for Australian citizens. Multiple entry visa can be obtained as low as 150€, and single entry visa at 47€. You don't have to be a Finnish resident to apply for visa in Finland (or at least FAQ in the website says so). vfsglobal.com/russia/finland/Detailed_Visa_Fees.html – user46435 Jul 12 '16 at 10:24
  • @user46435 That's "embassy [of Russia] in Finland", not "Finnish embassy" [of Finland]. – jpatokal Jan 8 at 6:43

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