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Travel Visa Express can assist you with passport and visa applications, so you could travel around the world. If you are interested in a Russian visa, we hope you take advantage of our personalized service from the team of travel experts.

Traveling to Russia is wonderful. It includes sightseeing, visiting new places, social or public events with local communities. Russia is a very big country which has many different climatic zones and stunning untouched nature reserves, forests, lakes, rivers and seas.

Russia is the land situated on two continents – Europe and Asia and the place that has a surface area of 17.13 million square kilometers. We provide travel and business visas to Russia.




Russian Tourist Visa is suitable when you plan a tourist trip to one of the biggest countries in the world. It has a lot to offer tourists when it comes to history, culture, traditions, food, architecture, and breathtaking natural surroundings.

Russia Business Visa is for travelers who want to discuss commercial deals, invest, visit clients, attend conferences and trade shows, and conduct other types of business in Russia.

Whatever your needs, Travel Visa Express can help you get on the plane with a valid visa and passport.

RUSSIAN TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS

1. Russian Visa Application. The application for a Russian Visa is filled out electronically.
Click Online Russian Visa Application when ready to apply.
In the beginning you will be assigned an online ID and asked to create a password. Please write them down, as you will need them should you have to log in to your application later. You will also need to provide us with both ID and password.
The application may take about 20-30 minutes to complete depending on the amount of information you put in. Please save it at the bottom of every page to avoid losing data if you leave the form for extended period of time.
Please answer all questions carefully and truthfully.
Once the form is complete, please print out the PDF version of it that will be generated at the end of the process and enclose it with the rest of the paperwork.

2. A letter of invitation (a.k.a. tourist voucher a.k.a. visa support document) issued by an authorized Russian travel agency, tour operator or a hotel. If you do not have one, we will gladly provide it, and it is included in the cost of your visa.

3. Your original passport
The passport should be signed. A parent can sign for a minor.
The passport should be valid for at least 6 months after expiration date of the visa you are applying for.
The passport should have at least two blank (without any markings) visa-designated pages side-by-side. Visa-designated pages usually have the word "Visas" at the top. Amendment pages at the back of the passport are not usable for visas.
If your passport is nearing expiration, does not allow for the desired length of visa validity or does not have enough blank visa pages, we can assist with its renewal.

4. Two passport-size photos
The photos should be in color, on a plain white background, of sharp resolution, printed on a photo paper, glossy, 2" x 2" and taken within the past 6 months. Wearing glasses is not recommended, and your face should be recognizable when compared to the photo in your passport.

5. For applicants born in Russia or former USSR republics: please provide a copy of a document that serves as proof of absence of Russian citizenship. Such document may be different for each applicant, depending on where they immigrated from, when and under what circumstances; here are some documents accepted by consulates:
a copy of a Soviet passport that belonged to the applicant or their parent (if immigrated as a minor) with a stamp stating that the person immigrated "for permanent residency" prior to 1992;
a copy of an exit immigrant visa (a.k.a. "Israel visa");
a copy of Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996;
a document issued by a Russian consulate or embassy confirming renunciation of Russian citizenship;
a copy of the passport issued in a former USSR republic (other than Russia) after 1992.
If you are not sure what documents you should provide, please contact our office. Please keep in mind that becoming a US citizen and/or allowing Russian passports to expire does not lead to automatic annulment of Russian citizenship. Those who never lost or renounced their Russian citizenship are expected to have valid Russian travel passports to be used to travel to Russia without visas and are not eligible to obtain Russian visas, with exceptions made only under compelling urgent circumstances.

6. For minor applicants: please provide a copy of the minor's birth certificate and both parents' passports or valid IDs.
If both parents were born in Russia or the former USSR, please provide a copy of a document confirming absence of Russian citizenship for at least one parent.
Children born to two Russian citizens are not eligible to apply for Russian visas and are advised to obtain Russian citizenship and Russian passports. This rule does not apply once they reach the age of 18 (unless they obtained Russian citizenship as minors or were born in Russia).

7. For non-US citizens: please provide proof of legal status in the US (a copy of both sides of green card, valid long-term non-visitor US visa, etc.) and proof of medical insurance valid in Russia during the dates of visa validity.
If you are a dual citizen (or have other citizenship(s) besides the US), you have to use your US passport when applying in the US.

8. If you have a valid Russian visa in the same passport, you can renew it as early as 30 days prior to that visa's expiration, unless you apply for a different visa type or renew your passport. If you have a valid visa in another (second valid) passport, please submit that passport as well, so the visa could be invalidated. One is not allowed to have more than one valid Russian visa.
If you have a valid visa in a passport that was cancelled (in the process of renewal), please provide photocopies of that passport's bio pages and the visa that is in it.

Russia Tourist Visa Prices

Rates vary depending on the speed of processing, number of entries and visa validity.

$439
Tourist Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 3 years
Uninterrupted stay: up to 6 months per visit

Processing time:
20 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$539
Tourist Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 3 years
Uninterrupted stay: up to 6 months per visit

Processing time:
15 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$684
Tourist Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 3 years
Uninterrupted stay: up to 6 months per visit

Processing time:
10 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$894
Tourist Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 3 years
Uninterrupted stay: up to 6 months per visit

Processing time:
8 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$399
Tourist Single Entry

Validity: up to 30 days

Processing time:
20 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$459
Tourist Single Entry

Validity: up to 30 days

Processing time:
15 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$534
Tourist Single Entry

Validity: up to 30 days

Processing time:
10 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$564
Tourist Single Entry

Validity: up to 30 days

Processing time:
6 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$664
Tourist Single Entry

Validity: up to 30 days

Processing time:
4 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$774
Tourist Single Entry

Validity: up to 30 days

Processing time:
3 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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$834
Tourist Single Entry

Validity: up to 30 days

Processing time:
2 business days

including Consular Fees and Invitation letter
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RUSSIA BUSINESS VISA REQUIREMENTS

Russian Visa Application. The application for a Russian Visa is filled out electronically. Once complete, you must:
  1. Print 2 copies of the PDF receipt you'll download at the end of the application, and
  2. Mail in one copy of the receipt with your passport and other supporting documents to our offices.
You will need your visa support / letter of invitation to complete the online application
Click Online Russian Visa Application when ready to apply.
Passport: Valid, Signed (blank pages). You must send your physical passport—copies cannot be used for visa issuance.

Note: If you are applying for a multiple entry visa your passport must have two (2) blank visas pages side by side.

Your signed passport must be valid and contain sufficient blank visa pages—visas are stamps affixed to the blank "visa" pages of your passport. Amendment pages (clearly marked as such) in the back of your passport are not acceptable for visa issuance.

Your passport's expiration date must be greater than six months from the date you plan to depart the country you intend to visit. If your passport does not meet this requirement, you must renew your passport or obtain a new one prior to applying for your visa.

Russia Visa Application Password. In order to prevent delay in processing your Russian visa, please include your application password. While not mandatory, having this information will allow us to electronically fix common errors and mistakes often made while completing the visa application. This will prevent you from needing to redo your application from start to finish.

Passport Photograph: Russia. You must provide one (1) passport photograph that meets Passport Photo Style Regulations regarding quality (recent, within the last 6 month, full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background printed on photo quality paper).

Russian Visa Support / Letter of Invitation. A tourist voucher issued by either a tour company or hotel in Russia who is approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required. The voucher is commonly called "visa support" or a "letter of invitation".

Former Citizens of Russia / Former Soviet Republics / Adopted from Russia. Former citizens of Russia/Adopted from Russia: submit a Certificate of Renunciation of Citizenship obtained from the Russian Embassy. Adoption papers are not needed.
Please contact the Embassy directly to start your Renunciation process.

For former citizens of the USSR:
When applying for a visa it is necessary to provide documentation that you no longer possess Russian citizenship, such as:
  • Copy of USSR passport with a stamp stating you left for “permanent residence abroad”, dated prior to February 6, 1992;
  • Or a copy of a “Visa to Israel” issued prior to February 6, 1992;
  • Or a copy of a Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996;
  • Or a document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship;
  • Or a copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992;
In accordance with Russian law, visas can not be issued to Russian citizens with expired passports.

Article 12 of Russian Law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”, children born to two parents who are Russian citizens, automatically gain Russian citizenship, regardless of the place of birth. In this case visas are not issued, and they must apply for Russian citizenship, or have their information written into the passport of one of their parents, or obtain a Russian passport.

Valid Russian Visa on Expired/Cancelled Passport. If you have a valid Russian visa on your expired/cancelled passport, you must send:
  • a copy of your valid russian visa
  • a copy of your expired/cancelled passport
Applicants 18 and Under: Additional Documents. Please provide copies of:
  • birth certificate
  • both parents' passport info page; Even if visa request is submitted with parents

*FOR BUSINESS VISA ONLY: iF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR YOUR BUSINESS VISA, YOU SHOULD PROVIDE - THE ORIGINAL BUSINESS LETTER OF INVITATION. It must be approved by either the Russian Ministry of Interior or the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required. Scanned or faxed copies are no longer accepted by the Russian Embassy. You may provide the telex number associated with the invitation letter if you do not have the original invitation.

The original letter of invitation must be approved by the Russian Ministry of Interior or the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It must have an official seal and provide the legal address of the agency, document registration number, date of registration, signature and name of official authorized to invite foreigners, travel itinerary, dates of stay, and the names of persons being invited.

Russia Business Visa Price

Rates vary depending on the speed of processing, number of entries and visa validity.
$439
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 3 years
Uninterrupted stay: up to 6 months per visit

Processing time:
20 business days

including Consular Fees
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$539
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 3 years
Uninterrupted stay: up to 6 months per visit

Processing time:
15 business days

including Consular Fees
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$684
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 3 years
Uninterrupted stay: up to 6 months per visit

Processing time:
10 business days

including Consular Fees
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$894
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 3 years
Uninterrupted stay: up to 6 months per visit

Processing time:
8 business days

including Consular Fees
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$399
Business Single Entry

Validity: up to 90 days

Processing time:
20 business days

including Consular Fees
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$459
Business Single Entry

Validity: up to 90 days

Processing time:
15 business days

including Consular Fees
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$534
Business Single Entry

Validity: up to 90 days

Processing time:
10 business days

including Consular Fees
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$564
Business Single Entry

Validity: up to 90 days

Processing time:
6 business days

including Consular Fees
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$664
Business Single Entry

Validity: up to 90 days

Processing time:
4 business days

including Consular Fees
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$774
Business Single Entry

Validity: up to 90 days

Processing time:
3 business days

including Consular Fees
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$834
Business Single Entry

Validity: up to 90 days

Processing time:
2 business days

including Consular Fees
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$399
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 12 months
Uninterrupted stay: up to 90 days out of each 180 days of visa validity

Processing time:
20 business days

including Consular Fees
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$459
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 12 months
Uninterrupted stay: up to 90 days out of each 180 days of visa validity

Processing time:
15 business days

including Consular Fees
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$534
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 12 months
Uninterrupted stay: up to 90 days out of each 180 days of visa validity

Processing time:
10 business days

including Consular Fees
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$564
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 12 months
Uninterrupted stay: up to 90 days out of each 180 days of visa validity

Processing time:
6 business days

including Consular Fees
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$664
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 12 months
Uninterrupted stay: up to 90 days out of each 180 days of visa validity

Processing time:
4 business days

including Consular Fees
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$774
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 12 months
Uninterrupted stay: up to 90 days out of each 180 days of visa validity

Processing time:
3 business days

including Consular Fees
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$834
Business Multiple Entry

Validity: up to 12 months
Uninterrupted stay: up to 90 days out of each 180 days of visa validity

Processing time:
2 business days

including Consular Fees
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Russia Visa Processing Times and Fees

VISA RETURN SHIPPING & HANDLING FEES (per person)
$20.00 - FedEx Second day
$25.00 - FedEx Standard Overnight (3.00PM delivery on next business day)
$30.00 - FedEx Priority Overnight (10.30AM delivery on next business day)
$40.00 - FedEx SATURDAY Priority Overnight (12noon delivery on Saturday)
$55.00 - Puerto-Rico, Hawaii, Alaska
$85.00 - Western\Central Europe
$40.00 - Canada, Mexico
$85.00 - Eastern Europe\Asia\South America
Processing time is in BUSINESS DAYS. Processing time is set forth by the Russia Consulate and is not guaranteed.
How does it work?
1

Apply online

We will review a scan of your documents and application for any errors and let you know if additional steps are required. It’s FREE!
2
Send us your documents
After ensuring everything is OK just mail us your documents through secure tracked shipping service (FedEx, DHL, or UPS). In some cases we may not even need the physical copy!
3
Receive your passport or visa
Once your Visa is ready we will mail it to you via FedEx or DHL right to your doorstep.
US or Worldwide… we’ll get your documents to you wherever you may be.
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HEALTH IN RUSSIA

Western medical care in Moscow can be expensive, difficult to obtain, and not entirely comprehensive. Some facilities offer quality services, but many restrict services to normal business hours and/or to members or people willing to pay for services in advance. Acceptance of insurance in lieu of prepayment is rare.


Most patients pay in cash and receive reimbursement from their insurance companies upon their return to the United States.


Russian nationalized medical care is officially free of charge, but the quality of service ranges from unacceptable to merely uncomfortable. However, Russian doctors often demand payment for disposable needles, medications, and some services. Medical evacuation to another country is an expensive option.


The Embassy strongly urges all travelers who visit Russia to purchase traveler’s medical insurance which includes coverage for a medical evacuation.



FAQ for travelers in Russia

Question
Do people entering Russia need to be vaccinated?
Answer:
People entering Russia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status.
Question
If I'm not vaccinated do I need a travel exemption to travel to Russia?
Answer:
Unvaccinated visa holders do not​ need a travel exemption to travel to Russia.
Question:
Are people leaving Russia asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status?
Answer:
People leaving Russia are asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status, non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants are required to show proof of vaccination to travel to the United States.
Question:
Do I need to use a mask on my flight to Russia?
Answer:
Masks are still required on flights traveling to Russia.
Question:
Do I need to delay my flight if I feel bad but my PCR-test is negative and I don't have COVID-19?
Answer:
COVID-19 continues to pose a health risk overseas. It is important that you consider how you can best protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 infection. People who are unwell should delay travel.
Question:
Do I need a pre-departure test before boarding my flight when leaving Russia?
Answer:
No. People who are traveling overseas are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test at check-in to meet Russian outbound travel requirements.
Question:
My test result is positive – what happens now?
Answer:
You should not go to the airport as you may be stopped from checking-in or boarding the aircraft by your airline. You may also have primary close contacts in your travelling group. These people should not travel as you may have passed the infection on to them. A primary close contact is anyone who has had unprotected exposure to a confirmed case. You and your primary close contacts should immediately isolate and seek advice from your local health authority.
Question:
Do I need a negative COVID-19 test coming back to USA?
Answer:
The CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.
Question:
What money can I use in Russia?
Answer:
You will need Russian Roubles (RUR), and you can even get them in your home country. Please enquire at your local post office or currency exchange agents. However, it is simple and convenient to change either Euros or US dollars once you arrive in Russia.
Question:
Will I be able to communicate in English when I come to Russia?
Answer:

English is widely spoken in good restaurants, expensive shops and in the busier, tourist areas of Russia. Most hotel staff around the country also speak English. This is, however, not always the case in regular bars, standard shops and amongst most taxi drivers or metro staff. Nevertheless, most people are responsive and will try to help you even without language knowledge.
Question:
What is the standard voltage in Russia?
Answer:
The standard voltage is 220V, 50Hz AC. Sockets require a Continental or European plug with two round pins. Pack a travel adaptor.
Question:
What is the weather like and what should I wear in Russia?
Answer:
Summer in central Russia is similar to that in northern Europe: hot but with frequent showers. Evenings can be cold even in July and August, so don’t forget a warm coverup and a jacket or umbrella. Autumn is brief, and by the end of November winter sets in, bringing with it lots of snow and extremely low temperatures. Spring arrives with a vengeance, heralding the great thaw in late March and April. Pack very warm clothes if arriving in winter, as temperatures between end-November through end-February plummet to well below zero degrees Celsius.
Question:
Can I drink the water from the tap in Russia?
Answer:
It is not advisable to drink the water in Russia unless it has been boiled or purified. You can buy bottled drinking and sparkling water at any supermarket or street kiosk in all cities and villages.
Question:
Is Russia a safe country?
Answer:
Russia is a very safe country and people do welcome foreign tourists. You just need to have common sense when traveling around like in any other big city like London or New York.

What is a visa to Russia?

If you want to go to Russia, you must apply for a regular visa before entering the country.
The visa can be called a sticker issued by the Russian government and affixed to the passport.
With this visa you are allowed to enter the territory of Russia.
The visa will be checked during passport control in Russia.

What is the difference between tourist and business visa to Russia?

Tourists from US need a visa to Russia, this visa is suitable for 1 entry for 30 days, 90 days, 180 days (double-entry or multiple entry) with overall stay 30 days.
Business visas come in different variants, which can be applied for for 1 entry (single-entry) for 30 days, double-entry or multiple entry 6 months, 1 year and 3 years.

How long I am allowed to stay in Russia?

If you apply for the tourist visa to go on holiday, you can stay in Russia for a maximum of 30 days at a time.
If you request a double-entry or multiple-entry variant (with a total validity period of 180 days), each individual stay may also last a maximum of 30 consecutive days.
If you apply for a business visa, you can stay in Russia for up to 90 days consecutively.
If you apply for a double or multiple-entry visa with a validity period of 6 or 12 months, you can stay in Russia for a maximum of 90 days in any consecutive period of 180 days.

Can existing Russian visa been extended?

No, it is not possible to renew a visa. Please also note that any new visa application for Russia will immediately invalidate any old visa for Russia. So only submit a new visa application when you no longer want to use any previously issued visas.

How many times I am allowed to enter Russia with one visa?

If you apply for the tourist visa to go on holiday, you can stay in Russia for a maximum of 30 days at a time.
If you request a double-entry or multiple-entry variant (with a total validity period of 180 days), each individual stay may also last a maximum of 30 consecutive days.
If you apply for a business visa, you can stay in Russia for up to 90 days consecutively. If you apply for a double or multiple-entry visa with a validity period of 6 or 12 months, you can stay in Russia for a maximum of 90 days in any consecutive period of 180 days.

How long will it take before I get my visa?

The costs for the visa can vary per visa and processing time. Normally a standard application takes 23 working days. However, there is a possibility to use an agency like travelvisaexpress who can help you to make an emergency procedure in 21 working day.
We also must say that sometimes it takes the embassy longer to assess your application than the stated average processing time for this.

How do I send my passport and documents?

There are a number of delivery methods.
Most of them we are talking about are here.
The possibility and costs depend on the the time and the courier service.
You can contact us for the possibilities of sending your documents.

Which conditions apply to my passport if I want get Russian visa?

The passport must be valid for at least six months after each entry.
The passport must contain at least two blank pages.
The passport must be free of covers and loose content.
You must have the invitation letter.

Is it possible to extend Russian visa?

No, it must be mentioned that it is not possible to renew a visa. You also must note that any new visa application for Russia will immediately invalidate any old visa for Russia. So only submit a new visa application when you no longer want to use any previously issued visas to Russia.

My application has been denied by Russian embassy. Can I get my money back?

No. We must pay the visa in advance. If the Russian government decides that you are not allowed to enter the country for any reason, we cannot get costs back.

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