EEVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RUSSIAN VISA
WE HAVE PREPARED A DETAILED STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO APPLY FOR A RUSSIAN VISA ON YOUR OWN.
Most nationals need a visa to travel to Russia. Although starting from October 1, 2019 there are 52 countries that are now allowed to enter Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region, the Kaliningrad region and Far Eastern Federal District on electronic visas. E-visa is free of charge. Here is the list of the countries which are allowed to entry with e-visa.
China (including Taiwan)
Note: You don’t need a Russian visa within 72 hours if you are a cruise visitor.
Please note we are not a Consulate and we are not a visa agency. We do not issue visas; however we assist our customers in obtaining them in any way we can.
You will be applying on your own and first of all should visit official Embassy websites for more instructions. Travelers from most countries are required to obtain a visa when visiting Russia.
Specific requirements depend on the country of your residence. To apply for a visa to Russia in Russian Consulate or Embassy you need to have an invitation (sometimes also called visa voucher/visa support document) from an officially licensed tourism Russian organization. Great news! All of our tours already include visa support document. We cannot arrange a visa support without you booking a tour with us.
Number of entries: A single-entry visa permits ONE entry to Russia within the specified period of time. A double-entry visa permits ONE or TWO entries to Russia within the specified period of time. A multiple-entry visa is valid for several visits to Russia over a period of 3, 6, or 12 months. Visa types: Tourist visa. Single or double entry visas available for a maximum stay of 30 days. They are non-extendable. You cannot just prolong your stay, while staying in Russia. You have to leave the country and obtain a new visa. Business visa. For visitors who intend to stay in Russia for more than 30 days. For business purposes only (representatives of foreign governments, members of official delegations, cultural or sports exchange visitors, etc.). This type of visa is valid up to 12 months. Important for a multiple entry visa: visitors are restricted to a maximum of 90 days in a 180-day period.
Official Russian visa invitation (visa voucher/visa support document). You will need to send us your full name, date of birth, passport number, citizenship, dates of arrival and departure, the name of your hotel.
Filled, printed and signed Russian visa application form. The form must be filled out on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://visa.kdmid.ru/
*Please, check your passport, there should be empty pages for a visa and it must be valid 6 months after arrival from Russia. If you make a typo or provide insufficient information, the Consulate might reject your visa application.
Passport-size photos (must be recent and taken against white background)
The Consulate may request you to provide a travel insurance, hotel reservation confirmation, roundtrip tickets to Russia, a detailed itinerary in Russia
You should start your visa procedure 2-3 months prior to departure.
All foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation must register their visas within three working days of their arrival (excluding weekends and official public holidays). It is common tourists register their visa at the first hotel they check into. You have to register with each new hotel you stay in. Registration must be done not by you but by the host (hotel administration, the host of the apartment, relative or a friend).
Please note that you cannot have 2 valid Russian visas in your passport. The Consulate has to cancel the old one and issue a new one.
You can apply no earlier than 90 days before your requested visa start date.
No, but it is depending on your country of residence. A scanned copy is sufficient, we send our clients a copy of the invitation letter via e-mail. Simply print out your copy of the letter and hand it over to the consulate when you apply for your visa; however some Russian Consulates will request the original of the visa invitation instead of a copy. Contact the Russian consulate in the city you intend to apply for a visa if you are unsure what they require.
No. Obtaining the visa support letter is just the first step towards receiving your Russian visa. Please follow our step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Russian visa. If you don’t have the Russian visa in your passport, you either won’t be allowed to board your plane/train to Russia, or you will be deported by Immigration at your own cost!
The validity of the visa begins from the date of your departure mentioned on the visa.
You should know the exact dates. A Russian tourist visa is issued for the exact dates you request, up to a maximum of 30 days. This is inclusive of your days of entry and exit. Please note you may not enter Russia before the visa starts and you must leave Russia before the visa expires. Just in case, we suggest that you add a few days before and after your expected dates of travel.
If your child has a separate passport, you will need to get a separate visa for them. The process of applying for a child’s visa is the same as it is for adults.
The issuance or refusal of a visa is the sole prerogative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.
Yes. All applications for Russian visa require documents as specified by the Embassy of the Russian Federation even if you are applying again.
Travelers with a dual citizenship, one of which is Russian, have to travel with a valid Russian passport.
If you lose your passport and visa while travelling, you’ll need to apply for a new exit visa. We will assist you if this happens while on your tour with us. First, you need to report the matter to a local police precinct to provide you with an official document confirming your passport with a visa in it was lost. You will then need to make arrangements to get a new passport from your national embassy in Moscow. With your new passport, a new photo, your return ticket, you are now ready to apply for the exit visa and we will gladly help you in any way we can.