russian visa application in Japan
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 20, 2013 5:46 AM Last Post By: someguy123456789
Oct 21, 2012 10:37 PM
russian visa application in JapanI'm living in Kansai (Japan), holding a US passport, and am planning a visit to Russia in January. Has anyone tried the Osaka consulate? The location seems a bit odd and I'm not sure whether it's still working. For the insurance on the visa form, is it going to be alright if I just say no? I assume that the insurance thing is a reciprocal measure for Schengen state passport holders. Also in the form for US passport holders, does one really need to list all the countries one has visited in the past 10 years?
Oct 23, 2012 2:11 AM
1Yes, you need to list all countries for the last 10 years or at least as many as will fit in the box.
I have no reports about the consulate in Osaka.
This is the information about the consulate from the Embassy website:
Address: 1-2-2, Nishi-Midorigaoka, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka-fu
Tel. 06‐6848‐3451, 06‐6848‐3452
Visa application hours: from 14:00 till 16:00 (except weekends and Russian national holidays).
Consular district: Kinki region (Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Wakayama, Hyogo), Chugoku region (Tottori, Okayama, Hiroshima), Chubu region (Gifu, Aichi).
Please, Please look for new information about US passport holders and Russian visas.
Nov 28, 2012 6:15 PM
2Just an update:
The consulate in Osaka is functional. The working hours are different from whatever one may find online. They are off on Wednesdays, weekends and Russian holidays (but amazingly they work on Japanese holidays), and on Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri They are open (9:30-12:30 and 14:00-16:00). Phone calls in English were not very useful (later on I realized that they do respond if you speak Japanese and just want to confirm whether the consulate is open or not).
The consulate is in a "hard to get to" area by public transportation. I drove there the first time on a Wednesday without knowing that it's closed. The Japanese guards told me so. The second time the guards (probably very bored) even let me park my car amongst their armoured vehicles on street. Inside the consulate the staff (2) was reasonably professional and could speak English. They checked my documents (prepared as instructed and there was no surprise) and I paid about 10,000 yen for a single entry visa (semi-rush service, to be picked up in 4 working days). I was hoping to get the 3year multiple visa (the new rule as mentioned in many places). But they had never heard of it and said they would need time to check with their superiors to confirm this. To save time I opted for the simple single-entry one.
Jun 27, 2013 8:05 PM
3Hi, I'm a UK citizen and got my Russian visa at the Russian consulate in Osaka without any problems. I applied in June 2013. I wrote about how I got my visa here http://thoughtsfromplac.es/post/54065694243/how-to-get-a-russian-visa-in-japan
Jul 20, 2013 5:46 AM
My girlfriend and I (Australian citizens) just applied through Osaka without too much bother. We did however need to make an extra trip to the consulate because the consulate staff there require an 'autobiography' (CV) in RUSSIAN, though this only applies to Australian citizens. We just copied all the basic facts from our CV (Name, birthdate, places of employment, education) in Google translate and that was fine.
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