Russian Visa Arrangements

If you are traveling to Russia you need to obtain an appropriate visitor’s visa.

Getting a Russian visa is a two step process. First, you will need to get an official letter of invitation from a company authorized by the Russian Ministries of Foreign and Internal Affairs called Visa Support Document or Invitation. Then you will need to take this invitation along with the application form and two passport size photos and an original of your passport to the Russian Consulate in order to have your visa processed. A visa will be glued directly on one of the pages of your passport.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before requesting your visa support!

For visa registration information after you arrive to Russia please click here.

You have to choose a visa support type that best suits your purpose of travel. If you are travelling to Russia for general tourist purposes you will need a tourist invitation. Travel for other business purposes requires a business invitation as below. We will refer your visa support application to our partner company in Russia where it will be processed.

Russian Visa Arrangements

If you are traveling to Russia you need to obtain an appropriate visitor’s visa.

Getting a Russian visa is a two step process. First, you will need to get an official letter of invitation from a company authorized by the Russian Ministries of Foreign and Internal Affairs called Visa Support Document or Invitation. Then you will need to take this invitation along with the application form and two passport size photos and an original of your passport to the Russian Consulate in order to have your visa processed. A visa will be glued directly on one of the pages of your passport.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before requesting your visa support!

For visa registration information after you arrive to Russia please click here.

You have to choose a visa support type that best suits your purpose of travel. If you are travelling to Russia for general tourist purposes you will need a tourist invitation. Travel for other business purposes requires a business invitation as below. We will refer your visa support application to our partner company in Russia where it will be processed.

A business invitation to Russia may be issued by:
-the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or its regional representatives;
-the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS)or its local offices;
-an authorized Russian company (this type of invitation can only be used by EU, US and Japan passport holders)

We suggest that you contact your local Russian consulate and make sure that an electronic copy of the invitation would be sufficient. The original is available upon request (you can order it to be delivered when make an online application). It will be sent via DHL to the address you will have indicated.

Please note that a multiple entry visa is only available for people who have been issued a Russian visa before. A copy of your previous visa should be enclosed to your new application. If this visa was processed before 2013, we strongly recommend that you should contact your local Russian consulate and make sure that a multiple entry visa would still be available.

INVITATIONS PROCESSED BY AUTHORIZED RUSSIAN COMPANY (FOR EU, US, JAPAN and CHINA)


As per the governmental agreement between Russia, several European countries*, the US, Japan and China passport holders are eligible to obtain a business visa using an invitation issued on a registered Russian company letterhead. An official invitation processed via FMS or MFA is no longer complusory for a business visa processing.

* Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

ELECTRONIC INVITATIONS via FMS


A Telex is a visa directive sent by the Russian Federal Migration Service to the Russian consulate of your choice. Once the telex is ready, its number will be sent to you and you should refer to it when applying to the consulate for an actual visa. A paper copy of a telex does not exist and is not required. Please note that the authorities may find it necessary to take an application to additional control. In this case the sending of a telex may be delayed a day or two.

INVITATIONS PROCESSED VIA FMS


This type of invitation is required for nationals of the countries that did not sign an agreement with Russia on the simplification of the visa regulations. We especially recommend it for citizens of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and non-European or North American countries.

Invitations processed via FMS for citizens of developing countries and People's Republic of China


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