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Applying for a Russian visa invitation is easy with Express to Russia.

A Russia visa invitation is necessary to receive a Russia visa
Express to Russia » Russian Visa » About Russian Visas

Russian Visas

Express to Russia is a non-Government based service.

Express to Russia and our sister company CR Tour is a non-governmental organization that is officially registered as a Russian tour operator and is officially 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.

Russian visas can be applied for directly with the Russian Consulate. Express to Russia also acts as an expeditor and agent between our customers and the Russian Consulates in the US, UK and Canada, delivering visa applications to the Russian Consulate on behalf of our clients - please see our full visa support service for more information. 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.

Our Value Proposition and Services for Russian Visa Support
  • Processing Time: 5 - 12 Days for Full Visa Service, 1-3 days for Visa Invitations
  • Fee: Consulate Fee and Service Fee for Full Visa Service, Service Fee only for issuance of Visa Invitations
  • Support: Telephone, Email and Live Chat

Express to Russia can help you obtain a Russian tourist visa or Russian business visa quickly and easily. To order a Russian visa invitation please select the Russia visa type from the table below. If you are interested in full visa support – where you send us your passport and we take care of the rest, please visit our full visa support page. This service is available only in the US, UK and Canada.

Visit the Official Websites of Russian Foreign Ministry to Apply for a Russian Visa Processing time Fees
Visit Russian Foreign Ministry Site to Fill in Russian Visa Application and Apply 3-10 days Free application
Visit Russian Consulate in USA for Tariffs for Visa Application Submission 3-10 days 140 - 450 USD
IMPORTANT! Starting from December 10th, 2014, those applying for Russian visas in the UK, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia will have to be fingerprinted at the Russian Consulate in those countries. The same procedure will be introduced at the border crossing point at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. See details here.

Russian Visa Invitation Type Processing time Russian Visa Support
Includes invitation only
Tourist single entry for countries of migration risk* 3 days
30 USD
Tourist double entry for countries of migration risk* 3 days
30 USD
Tourist single entry 3 days
18 USD
Tourist single entry 1-2 days*
25 USD
Tourist single entry 12 hours*
39 USD
Tourist double entry 3 days
18 USD
Tourist double entry 1-2 days*
25 USD
Tourist double entry 12 hours*
39 USD
Business 1 month single entry 7 days
180 USD
150 EURO
Business 1 month double entry 7 days
190 USD
160 EURO
Business 3 months single entry 7 days
180 USD
150 EURO
Business 3 month double entry 7 days
190 USD
160 EURO
Multiple entry 6 months 13 days
240 USD
200 EURO
Multiple entry 1 year 20 days
140 USD**
115 EURO**
Multiple entry 1 year 13 days
250 USD
205 EURO

* Please note that this type of visa invitation can only be processed during our usual business hours. Our office is open 9.30-18.30 Mon-Fri. (Moscow time: 20:54)

**Russian visa invitation on paper.  This type of invitation must be sent to you.  Postal costs are not included in listed price. Express postage is charged at market rates (approximately 100 USD per package).

All tourist visa invitations are sent to you by email. All business visas listed except where indicated are sent electronically directly to the Consulate where you will pick it up. Some Russian Consulates will request the original of the visa invitation instead of a copy (especially if you apply for visa at a Consulate that is not in the country of your citizenship). 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.

*List of countries of migration risk:
Mexico, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Thailand, Venezuela

Russian Visa Support

We offer Russian visa support for those travelers who would like to obtain their Russian visas directly from the Russian Consulate themselves. This consists of a Russia visa invitation (sometimes called a voucher) that our company issues and either mails, scans or faxes to you. Customers ordering Russian visa support will be responsible for paying the Russian Consulate fees themselves and the logistics involved in getting their passports to and from the Russian Consulate. To order Russian visa support, please click here.

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About Russian Visas

All foreigners visiting Russia require a Russian visa. In order to receive one, travelers need a Russian visa invitation from a Russian citizen or a company (sometimes called a voucher for tourist visas), which is then taken to a Russian Consulate, where the actual visa is issued.  Russian visa processing fees vary according to the applicant's citizenship and the Russian Consulate applied to.

Within seven working days of arrival in Russia, the visa should be registered by the person or organization that issued the invitation either at a hotel or at a local registration office (OVIR). Registration is important because people lacking registration may have trouble leaving the country.

Below is information on the three most popular types of Russian visas.

Russian Tourist Visa (non-US citizens)

A Russian tourist visa is good for stays of up to 30 days.  Although technically, a Russian hotel should issue the invitation only if the guest will actually stay at the hotel for the dates indicated, many tourist agencies will still issue the invitation and assist with Russian visa registration although the guest has not stayed at the hotel.  In order to apply for this type of visa, the Consulate requires your passport which must be valid for six months or more after the date of your return from Russia.  There should also be at least 2 clean, unstamped pages within the passport to place the visa on.  For a full list of documents, please see the section applying for a Russian visa. Order Russian tourist visa invitation.

Russian tourist visa invitation

Russian Business Visa (non-US citizens)

A Russia business visa allows you to do much more than a Russian tourist visa.  Russian business visas are best for people coming to Russia for longer stays, those traveling independently without tour groups and those who may not require a hotel.  Technically, the visitor should be in Russia for business negotiations, contract signing, etc. but this rule is often not followed and there are many visa agencies out there that will issue the guest a business invitation.  Russian business visa invitations are issued by a Russian company rather than a tourism company or hotel.  Frequently travel agencies specializing in visas and travel to Russia can help arrange these invitations.  Order Russian business visa invitation.

Visas for US citizens

In accordance with the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on the simplification of visa formalities for nationals of the Russian Federation and the United States of America effective September 9, 2012, US citizens shall as a rule be issued multiple-entry business, private, humanitarian and tourist visas for a stay of no more than 6 months starting from the date of each entry. The visas shall be valid for three years (36 months) from the date of issue of the visa. You can download the new Agreement and updates on Russian visa requirements

To apply for a Tourist visa you will need: Confirmation of a hotel reservation, a contract for the provision of tourist services, confirmation of reception of the tourist. The above mentioned documents shall have the register number from the Uniform Federal Register of the Tour Operators of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency and the seal of the host organization or a standard tourist letter of confirmation and a voucher from a hosting authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel, registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The confirmation must contain the agency's reference and registration number. Order Russian tourist visa invitation

Russian business visas are best for people who are traveling independently without tour groups and those who may not require a hotel. Order Russian business visa invitation.

For a full list of documents, please see the section applying for a Russian visa

Russian Student Visas

Russian student visas are very convenient.  They are very flexible, allow long stays and also allow the visitor to purchase Russian theater, airplane, museum and train tickets at prices that are frequently below the normal cost.  The obstacle to being issued a Russian student visa is that the visitor must be enrolled in a Russian institution of higher learning (university, college, etc.).  The administration of the college or university can assist the applicant in the receipt of such a visa to Russia.

Other types of Russian Visas

Besides the 3 most popular types of Russian visas listed above there are also Diplomatic visas, transit visas and visas that can be issued by MID (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on the spot.  Transit visas may be a good option for people just passing through Russia with the final destination being China or Central Asia but these visas really limit the visitor’s time in Russia and sometimes it is hard to exit Russia in time which can lead to problems.  Diplomatic visas are only issued for Foreign State Department workers and on the spot Russian visas are almost never available.

Visa Russian

Immigration Cards

Immigration cards are issued to foreigners at entry points to Russia.  They are part of additional measures by the Russian government to keep track of foreigners during their time in Russia.  The cards have 2 identical sections where contact details, document numbers, visa number and other information are entered.  One part of the document is kept by the passport control people at the entry point and another part should be retained by the visitor throughout his or her stay in Russia. On exiting the country, the other half is given to the passport control people at the border. 

Visa Russia - immigration card
Immigration card

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance is required for the citizens of Israel, Finland, Estonia, as well as for the citizens of Schengen Agreement Member States (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain). Medical insurance is not required for US citizens.

Russian Visa for Children

If Children are traveling on their parent’s passport they do not require a separate Russian visa but Children traveling on their own passports must apply for and be issued a separate Russian visa.  If children are traveling with people other than their parents they will also need a notarized statement from their parents confirming that the parents have given the children permission to travel without them.  If the last name of the child differs from the parents a copy of the child’s birth certificate should be included in the travel documents.

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Russian business visas are a good solution for those wanting to stay in Russia for over 30 days

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