Express to Russia is a non-Government based service that is officially registered under the name OOO Express as a Russian tour operator and is authorized to issue Russian visa invitations (sometimes called a Russian visa voucher or Russian visa support), the document necessary for foreign travelers to apply for a Russian visa at their local Russian Consulate. It is impossible to apply for a Russian tourist visa without this document. You can order your visa invitation here.
After receiving your visa invitation or voucher, you should visit the website or contact the Russian Consulate in your country to learn how to submit your documents and apply for a Russian visa. You can find contact details for all Russian Consulates worldwide on the official website of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Usual required documents to obtain your visa are: Visa Invitation; Original Passport valid for at least 6 months after the visa expiry date with at least 2 clean pages facing one another; Russian visa application form; 1-2 passport size photos; Travel Insurance (not required for US citizens); Consular Visa Processing Fee.
Different countries have different rules - please see the Consulate website for more details. Some Russian Consulates will request the original of the visa invitation instead of a copy. This is frequently the practice for business visas, however often business visas invitation can be sent electronically directly to the Russian Consulate. If you discover that the original invitation or voucher is required by the Russian Consulate, please tell us and we will send it to you by express post. We require that express postage be paid by the customer.
Russian visas can be applied for directly at the Russian Consulate. Express to Russia also acts as an expeditor and agent between our customers and the Russian Consulates, delivering visa applications to the Russian Consulate on behalf of our clients. This service is available in many countries including USA, Canada, Australia, India, Indonesia, China, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, and Ireland. This can save our customers time and money by alleviating the necessity for our customers to travel to the Russian Consulate themselves and to wait in long lines to apply. Please see our full visa support page for more information.
IMPORTANT! A foreign citizen (and non US citizen) can obtain a visa to Russia only in the country of his/her citizenship. Exceptions include those who have a residence permit in a foreign country for a period exceeding 90 days. US citizens can apply for a Russian visa in any Russian Consulate in any country.
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