Yes - A visa is required for travel to Russia

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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 detailed visa requirements below).

Send these documents to Travisa

1

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 stamps. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Russian visas.

2

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.

*Important:
- 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)”.

IMPORTANT:
 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.
  • "ILS WASHINGTON"
  • "ILS NEW YORK"
  • "ILS SAN FRANCISCO"
  • "ILS HOUSTON"

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.

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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. 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.


OR - you can upload a passport photo when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.

4

Official Invitation from Russia:



Houston, San Francisco and Washington, DC: An original, official invitation obtained by the Russian host from the local office of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or an an original, notarized written letter from the hosting individual.

A letter of invitation must include the surname, first name, patronymic, date of birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, address of registration, and address of the actual residence of the hosting individual, as well as the surname, first name, other names, date of birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, number of entries requested, purpose of travel, requested period of entry, location of intended residence of the visa applicant, and the cities to be visited. The host individual could be either a Russian citizen registered on the territory of the Russian Federation or a US citizen who has the permit to stay on the territory of Russian Federation for more than 90 days (i.e. work permit, student visa, diplomatic visa as employee of the USA Embassy or Consulate, etc). If the host is a Russian citizen, a photocopy of the domestic and international passport (if held) must be attached. If the host is not a Russian citizen, a photocopy of the passport and Russian visa must be attached.

New York: An original, official invitation obtained by the Russian host from the local office of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

5

Proof Of Departure:

Emergency requests must be submitted with an itinerary or copy of tickets.

6

Minors:

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 child's birth certificate and the parents' 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.

New York: A photocopy of a minor's birth certificate and copies of both parents' passport information page is required even if traveling together with parents.

7

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.

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 visas are issued for single or double entries, according to the official homestay invitation issued in Russia. The Russian visa validity and the number of entries permitted will be according to the dates and number of entries specified on the official Russian visa 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.


How to Apply for a Visa to Russia

  • Review the requirements to apply for your visa
  • Gather your documents and complete the forms
  • Ship your documents to our office

Where to Apply for Your Russian Visa

Travisa - Houston
2 Greenway Plaza Suite 200
Houston, TX 77046
Tel: 877-876-3266

Travisa - New York
60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 106-107 Lobby
New York, NY 10165
Tel: 877-876-3266

Travisa - San Francisco
555 Montgomery Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: 877-876-3266

Travisa - Washington, DC
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 877-876-3266