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Our website is privately owned and not affiliated with the Russian government. To find the closest Russian Consulate or Embassy nearest you, please consult the official site of the Russian Foreign Ministry. For US citizens, please follow this link to Russian Consulate of the USA.
Russian tourist visa invitations are not issued directly by the Russian government but are rather issued by a qualified Russian tour operator that arranges tour programs and hotel accommodations in Russia.
|Visit the Official Websites of Russian Foreign Ministry to Apply for a Russian Visa||Processing time||Fees|
|Visit Russian Foreign Ministry Site to Fill in Russian Visa Application and Apply||3-10 days||Free application|
|Visit Russian Consulate in USA for Tariffs for Visa Application Submission||3-10 days||140 - 450 USD|
Please apply for your Russian visa personally at the Russian Consulate located closest to your home. If you cannot submit the documents in person, the Russian Consulates in the USA currently are using the processing service of http://www.ils-usa.com. ILS will allow the applicant to mail in the necessary documentation to their offices. Please contact ILS for more information. It is always a good idea to check with your local Russian Consulate before proceeding with your application. In order to receive a Russian visa invitation please contact a travel agency certified by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RussianConsulate.org currently is working through Express to Russia. Click here to contact them.
Russian invitation (voucher)
Russian visas are issued at the discretion of the Russian Consulate. Russian visas are sometimes refused. The Russian Consulate may invite the applicant in personally for an interview if they feel that this is necessary. The visa issuance and review periods listed on this site and on the websites of the Consulates of the Russian Federation may be changed at the discretion of the Russian Consulate. Russian Consulate fees are non-refundable.
Russian Immigration Cards
Immigration cards are handed out to foreigners entering Russia at all border points. They must be filled out, submitted to the passport control officials at entry point and also submitted to passport control when leaving the country.
The cards have 2 identical sections in which the entrant must fill out personal data, information on the organization that invited them, passport details, visa number, etc. The first section is given to the border control on entry into the country, the second section is given on exit.
The immigration card should be carried at all times along with the guest’s passport
Example of Russian immigration card
Russian Visa Registration
On arrival in Russia, all guests must register with the authorities within 3 business days. Registration may be made by certain hotels or directly at the local offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Sometimes tourism companies can assist in visa registration. Failure to register may result in fines and trouble leaving Russia.
Negligence can result in penalties and fines.
Please note! It is illegal to have 2 valid Russian visas in 1 passport at any given time. One of the Russian visas must be stamped "invalid".
Applicants can apply for and be issued a Russian visa only in the country of the applicant's citizenship. An exception may be made for applicants who hold a permanent residence document or residence permit in the country in which they are applying that has a duration of 90 days or longer. In rare cases, a Russian visa may be obtained in a country outside of the country in which an applicant holds citizenship at the discretion of the Consulate officers. This most frequently occurs with applicants having urgent official business with the Russian Federation.
Russian business visas now allow guests to reside in Russia only up to 90 days out of every 180 days.
Citizens of Israel, Finland and Shengen Agreement States (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and France) should submit national medical coverage certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay.
Citizens of Estonia must submit to the Russian Consulate medical insurance certificate valid for Russia and covering all period of stay.
Applicants who used to be citizens of the USSR or of the Russian Federation and then emigrated from the USSR or from Russia must submit one of the documents which confirms that they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (so called "Visa to Israel" or stamp in their passport saying that they left for "permanent residence abroad" before the 6th of February, 1992 or official document certifying that their Russian citizenship was abrogated), otherwise the applications will not be accepted.
The Russian Consulate reserves the right request an interview of the applicant and ask questions on personal, financial, business, corporate related issues as well as on applicant's Russian contacts and relatives.Besides issuing invitations for Russia visas our partners can help with accommodation, tickets and much more in Russia. Contact us to find out more!
After receiving your Russia visa please check all the details carefully to make sure your personal data is correct