Yes - A visa is required for travel to Russia

Russia Work visa for US citizens. Apply Now!

Monday, August 31, 2015

A valid passport and visa are required to travel to 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).

Send these documents to Travisa


Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Russia, with at least two adjacent blank passport 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:

Original Russia visa application completed online, printed and signed, plus one copy.
New York: For multiple entry requests two original signed applications, plus one copy, are required.

- 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)”.

 click on the image for a larger viewAt 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.

Improperly completed Russian visa application forms will delay the processing of your visa.


Photo Requirements:

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.
Houston: 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.


Official Invitation from Russia:

Original letter of invitation from the Russian Ministry of the Interior provided by the Russian host/employer.

Learn more about Russia Invitations.


Proof Of Departure:

To support rush visa requests submitted in New York, a computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or travel agency or copy of airline tickets is required. All emergency visa requests must be submitted with an itinerary or copy of tickets.



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. Accompanying family members must submit HIV test results, including minor children 6 months or older.


Medical Requirements:

Copy of negative HIV test result, taken within previous 90 days. Results must contain the name, address and phone number of the hospital/laboratory/clinic where the test was taken.


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:

A Russian work visa is issued according to the dates and number of entries specified on the official invitation, at the discretion of the 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. (Learn more).

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.