Visa to Russia | Russian Tourist visa
Below you can read how to obtain a Russian visa in two simple steps.
To obtain a Russian visa you first need to get an invitation.
Tourist visas can be valid for up to 1 month and are usually single-entry. The invitation comprises a tourist voucher and a reservation confirmation, which can only be issued by a Russian travel agency, registered in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
When you have an invitation, you need to submit it to the Russian consulate and apply for a visa. It's better to check with the Russian consulate beforehand if they accept copies of invitations or only originals.
To apply for a Russian visa, you need to provide the following along with your invitation:
1. your passport or one copy of the first page
(the passport should be valid for at least 6 month after the visa expires),
2. 3 photos (3 by 4 cm),
3. Russian Visa Application Form, completed and signed.
(click to download.
A special program called Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 4.0 or higher is needed to open the file. If you do not have it,
the program is available for free )
4. evidence of medical insurance
For instructions consult the website of the Russian Embassy or Consulate near you.
After you submit all the documents and papers needed, it should take the consulate from 1 to 21 days to make a visa, depending on how much you pay.