Watch these videos in order before proceeding to Step 2.
It is important that you watch the above videos as they state detailed instructions on how to go about your official application form and what you need to mail out to us.
You can also email us your completed official application form so we can review it and let you know of any mistakes you need to correct.
Secure your passport photo, if you haven’t yet.
If you don’t have a passport photo yet, you can take a new one with a smartphone – download the Passport Photo Booth app and email your photo to [email protected].
You must follow these criteria when taking your photo
We will provide feedback via email and will ask you to retake your photo should we see your submitted photo has not met the requirements stated above.
Please disregard this if you’ve already made a payment for your consulate fee.
Please see the Standard Package Checklist we emailed you for detailed instructions on how to mail out your documents to us.
Don’t hesitate to send us any questions at all during the process. Contact Us!
An official invitation comes from a Russian organization authorized to invite guests to Russia. The type of visa you are applying for comes with the appropriate invitation. Only a Russian tourist company can issue tourist invitations, also known as tourist vouchers.
Not all people need visas to visit Russia. Many countries in South America have visa-free agreements with Russia. This allows a guest to come for usually up to 90 days. Citizens of countries in North America and Europe need to obtain a visa to enter Russia.
In order to apply for a visa, you’ll need to pay the Russian consulate fees and processing fees in addition to what the invitation and visa service charge. These fees differ based on country, its visa agreement with Russia, processing time, number of entries desired, type of visa and third party service fees.
For example, for a 30-day, single-entry tourist visa, a US citizen pays $123 for the consulate and processing fees plus our fees of $15 for the invitation and $99 for submission. That’s $237.
The answer depends on the citizenship of the applicant and where he or she is applying. However, in general an applicant will need:
1. A visa invitation.
2. Visa application filled out and signed.
3. Passport Photo
4. Payment to an official visa processing center
5. Original passport valid for at least 6 months after the expiration date of the visa
6. Proof of insurance (not needed for US citizens applying for tourist visas)
It depends on many factors, but generally 3-10 business days. For a tourist visa in the USA, it takes about 10 business days to process. We recommend applying at least one month before your trip.
For EU citizens, the process is about 3-5 business days for a tourist visa.
In some cases you may expedite your visa. There are additional costs associated with quicker processing.
You cannot, however, expedite 3 year visas unless it’s an emergency. In such a case, you’ll need to write a letter to the Consular explaining the reason to expedite the process.
Yes. As long as you have an invitation from a Russian organization, you are welcome to go through the process yourself. If you live near a visa processing center, this will save you some money. However, we don’t recommend this route unless making a trip to the visa center is convenient for you.
Many first-time applicants make minor mistakes which can mean running back and forth for documents or making corrections. Just pay for the service and save your time and the headache. You’ll thank us later. We promise.
If you are planning a one-time trip for less than 30 days, a single or double entry tourist visa will suffice.
If you are a US passport holder and plan on visiting Russia multiple times, apply for a 3 year tourist visa.
As a general rule of thumb, apply for the type of visa that will fit when the Russian border guard asks, “What is the purpose of your visit?” You can hold a business meeting on a tourist visa and you can see some sights while on a business visa. However, the MAIN purpose of your visit should comply with your visa type.
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