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Visa information

General information about Russian visa

All foreign citizens may enter or leave Russia for travel or business with a valid passport and visa. The main types of visa are «tourist visa» (valid for up to 30 days) and «business visa» (valid up to 12 months). A visa to the Russian Federation is a document, permitting stay in Russia for a specific period of time. A visa lists entry / exit dates, vital information, passport details, and has two photos stapled to it (new variant is stuck into the passport and is without a photos). 

Please note that the Russian visa is an exit permit just like it’s an entry permit: in case of it loss or stay over the designated departure date, leaving the country could be more troublesome than entering it.

Requirements for foreign citizens to enter Russia

Tourist travel to Russia 

  1. Passport must be valid 3 months beyond intended stay 
  2. Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel 
  3. Russian visa is required 
  4. Vaccination — none required 

Business travel to Russia 

  1. Passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay 
  2. Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel 
  3. Russian visa is required 
  4. Vaccinations — none required 

We currently provide Tourist and Business Russian Visa Support.

Russian Tourist Visa

This visa type is issued to tourists who have booked accommodation in Russia for non-business reason. Tourist visas are issued for a maximum of 30 days (check with your local Russian Embassy or Consulate). A tourist visa is best when you know exactly where and how long you will be staying without diverting from your planned itinerary. For a tourist visa to Russia, you must have confirmed accommodations or transit information for every night of your stay in the country. We will provide you with visa support invitation to satisfy this requirement and confirming your accommodations / itinerary. No hotel reservations or bookings are needed on your part.

Russian Business Visa

This type of Russian visa is issued for travelers, who visit Russia on official or private business. Business visas are best for visitors who do not know their exact itineraries, want to stay in Russia longer than 30 days or need to enter Russia frequently. Business visas to the Russian Federation may be issued with up to two entries and for up to 90 days. There are also multiple-entry business visas, valid for 6 or 12 months with unlimited entries / exits. We will apply for your official business visa support at the Department of Passports and Visas (PVU) in Moscow and telex it to the Russian Consulate you select or mail it to you after it will be issued.

Visa processing

Tourist visa support

  1. We need complete passport information, dates of visit to Russia and cities to be visited
  2. Invitation and voucher would be prepared same or next business day depending on your urgency and send to you by fax to any country in the world
  3. To obtain your visa, present the invitation and voucher at a Russian Embassy or Consulate

Business visa support

  1. All invitations will be processed through the Department of Visas and Passports or Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Official visa support will be either telexed directly to the Consulate or mailed to you.
  2. We will start processing your visa support on the same day if we receive documents before 12.00 p.m., or they will go in processing the next business day. 
  3. To obtain your visa, present the official visa support or telex number at your local Russian Embassy or Consulate

for telexes – we will inform you about the number of telex to Russian Embassy or Consulate in your country

for invitations – we will send the original of invitation to you by fax or by express mail (extra charge) to any country in the world or deliver it to your office for free (within Moscow area)

Registration of Visas in Russia

According to Russian law, the Russian visa must be registered within 72 hours upon arrival to the Russian federation (excluding weekends and official holidays).

  1. In case of staying at a hotel, the hotel will register the visa. The visa and the passport will be asked for registration. A small registration fee can be imposed.
  2. In case of not staying at a hotel, our office in Moscow will provide registration service. For registration it is necessary to submit the national passport and the visa. Also the client should inform the address of residing in the territory of the Russian Federation. In case of the multiple visa besides the passport and the visa it is necessary to present the official sanction on client’s registration and residing for the whole period of visa validity from the owner of the apartment, registered with the local building authorities (housing maintenance office), where the client is intend to stay in.

— Registration of visas is done by our representatives in the Department of Visas and Passports (PVU) within three working days.

Please contact our office to get detailed information on the registration procedure.

Remember that it is necessary to leave the territory of the Russian Federation within the period specified in the visa.