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Russia Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Russian Transit Visa Requirements for US Citizens:
A valid passport and visa are required to transit this destination. .
In accordance with an agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States of America, effective September 9, 2012 US citizens can receive multiple-entry business, homestay/private, humanitarian and tourist visas valid for up to 3 years and allowing a stay of up to 6 months per visit. Requests for this longer validity visa require a written letter of invitation composed by the host, and processing cannot be rushed. (See Tourist 3 Year Visa requirements).
Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Russia, with at least two adjacent blank visa pages available for Russian visa stamp(s). Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Russian visa stamps.
Russian Visa Application Form
One original Russia visa application completed online, printed and signed, plus one copy.
- You must have the visa invitation information or obtain it from your inviting organization before you can complete the application form.
- You must save the Application ID and remember the security question in case you need to make any changes or corrections to the application.
- When asked to select the location where you will be applying for your visa choose “Visa Application Center ILS (city)”.
At the end of the online Russian visa application, you will be asked to select the visa issuing office. You must select one of the following depending on what Travisa location will process your visa. If you select the city without "ILS", the application will not be accepted.
"ILS NEW YORK"
"ILS SAN FRANCISCO"
Improperly completed Russian visa application forms will delay the processing of your visa.
One recent 1 3/8 x 1 3/4 inch passport style photograph - head and shoulders, face forward, neutral expression, in color, and with a plain/white background.
The applicant must not wear glasses in the photo unless the photo in the original passport includes glasses. Photos with glasses must not have glare or reflection in the lenses.
OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
A copy of onward destination visas (if applicable).
Proof Of Departure:
Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or travel agency or copy of airline tickets is required.
For accompanying children the Russian visa application form can be completed and signed by a parent. In the case where a minor child's Russia visa application is being submitted separately from the parents' Russia visa applications, a photocopy of the parent's passport information page and an original signed letter from at least one parent must be included authorizing the Russian Consulate to issue the Russian visa and explaining who the minor will be traveling with to Russia. Applications submitted in New York must include a photocopy of the minor's birth certificate.
A letter of intent requesting the Russian visa and outlining the applicant's purpose of travel through Russia, the length of intended stay in Russia, final destination, places to be visited, contact information, and accommodation information is required.
Global Service Order Form
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
Click here for Russia Consular Fees and Visa Processing Times
Russia Visa Validity:
Russian transit visas are issued for single or double entries for a maximum period of 30 days. Russian visa validity and the number of entries permitted will be according to the dates on the travel itinerary, at the discretion of the Russian Consulate.
Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?
Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in Russia
The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (
In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).
Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.
Russia Visa Application Procedures
Review instructions based on the purpose of journey to Russia
Complete, print and sign all visa application forms, including Travisa's Global Service Order Form
Send all of the visa application requirements listed above to Travisa.
Russia Visa Applications can be processed in the following location(s):
Send documents to:
Travisa - Houston
2700 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 1430
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: (713) 961-3500
Send documents to:
Travisa - New York
290 5th Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 613-2223
Send documents to:
Travisa - San Francisco
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 991
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415) 837-0771
Tel: (800) 421-5468
Send documents to:
Travisa - Washington, DC
1731 21st. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 463-6166
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