Visa Transfer

Visa Transfer

Visa transfer is a procedure of transferring valid visa from one passport to another. Usually it is necessary to transfer a valid visa is when a passport became invalid (lack of pages, expired passport, etc.) and new passport was issued as a replacement of the old one.

Applications prepared using any other format will not be accepted. After filling the Electronic Visa Application form online, applicants will have to print a double sided copy of their application form, sign and date it, glue (not staple or use adhesive tape) the required size photo to it and submit this printed original form, along with other necessary documentation, to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Qatar personally or via representative.

To make a visa transfer you should submit to the Consular Section:

1. Old passport with valid visa (that needed to be transferred).

2. New valid passport that will be used as a passport for transferred visa.

3. Request with original signature from the applicant for visa transfer with describing of the reasons for the need of visa transfer.

4. Double sided completed application form made on the website: Application form must be signed and dated. All information in application must be filled in according to the information of the valid visa that should be transferred.

Visa documents are accepted until 12.30 p.m. only.

Should the consular section of the Russian Embassy wish to contact you, please state clearly in the application form your contact telephone number (office and after hours).

Visa processing time starts only after the Consulate received all necessary documents. Please note, that drop-off day is not counted as a working day. After you receive your visa, please check it for possible mistakes (passport number, date of birth, term of validity etc.) and, if necessary, return it to us for corrections. The Consulate will not be responsible for the mistakes, which were not brought to its attention before your departure from Qatar.

Citizens of the Russian Federation, regardless of any other citizenship they have, must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.

Our main priority is to process the visa applications. We are not always able to answer your individual requests by phone. 

Please, carefully fill in the visa information in the application form and follow all other requirements when submitting your papers. When applying be advised that the permission to enter the Russian Federation is a courtesy of the State. Consular officer reserves the right to invite the applicant to be interviewed in person.

Visa can be denied if the Consular Section has serious reasons to believe that the applicant's visit to the Russian Federation is not desirable, and the disclosure of the reason for the denial can be withheld.

The validity and type of visa should be strictly connected to the purpose of visit. When in Russia, you cannot change your visa status i.e. from tourist to business or from business to homestay (private) and vice versa. To do that, you have to leave the country and re-enter on different visa.


The Consular Section will charge a full payment (subject to the visa type) for re-issuing a visa, if the Consular Section is not responsible for the mistakes in it, otherwise the visa will be re-issued free of charge.

Visa processing fees received from the applicant are not subject for reimbursement in case of subsequent refusal.