A valid passport and visa are required to travel to Russia. .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 passport pages available for Russian visa stamps. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Russian visas.
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 password 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)”.
Improperly completed Russian visa application forms will delay the processing of your visa.The Consulate of Russia requires a visa application be completed according to strict guidelines. Make sure your documentation is accurately prepared by making use of Document Preparation Service. After placing your order, you will receive an Application Kit which includes an optional form where you can provide simple answers. If you choose this service a Specialist will work with you to ensure the required documents are prepared according to government and consular requirements. Once your application form is complete, we will return it to you via a secure and encrypted email for your signature, keeping your personal information safe. p>
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 should 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.
Official Invitation from Russia:
A Guest of the Embassy Visa is given to those who have received an official invitation to visit Russia as a guest of an Embassy (or Consulate).
Country of Origin:
Former citizens of the USSR or the Russian Federation must submit documentation confirming they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation. such as "Visa to Israel", or stamp in their passport saying that they left for "permanent residence abroad" before February, 06 1992, or an official document certifying their Russian citizenship was renounced.
Russia Visa Validity:
Russian visas are issued for single, double or multiple entries. The validity and the number of entries granted on a Russian visa will be according to the dates and number of entries specified on the official invitation, at the discretion of the Russian Consulate.
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. Registration notifies the US Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Feel more secure about your international travels by having Travisa register your trip with the US Department of State; simply complete the form on your visa application kit after placing your order.
Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.
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