Yes - A visa is required for travel to Russia

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A valid passport and visa are required to travel to Russia. Immediate family members of a Russian citizen, (spouse or minor child, under 18 years of age), may apply for this type of visa. For other travelers visiting a friend or relative in Russia please see instructions for Homestay (private visit) visa.

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

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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.

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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.

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Letter Of Invitation from Russia:

Houston: For immediate family members of a Russian citizen, (spouse or minor child, under 18 years of age), traveling together with the Russian citizen, the official homestay invitation can be replaced by a letter from the Russian citizen. The letter must be written by the Russian citizen in Russian and on the correct letterhead, addressed to the appropriate Russian Consulate and must include the following information: who applicant will be traveling with (relationship, first and last name); where they will be traveling (city); where they will be staying in Russia (full address); how long applicant will stay in Russia (cannot exceed 90 days).
In addition, the following items must be submitted:
- The original, valid international Russian passport of the inviting person.
- Original and one additional copy of the passport of the applicant.
- Proof of the relationship to the Russian citizen (original marriage certificate or birth certificate).
- For a minor child, a photocopy of the information page of both parents' passports.
- Copy of the round trip flight itinerary, showing entry and departure date from Russia.
- Invitation letter written in Houston Consulate Format.

Washington, DC: For immediate family members of a Russian citizen, (spouse or minor child, under 18 years of age), traveling together with the Russian citizen, and submitting the Russian visa application through Travisa in Washington DC or Houston; the official homestay invitation can be replaced by a letter from the Russian citizen. The letter must be written by the Russian citizen in Russian and on the correct letterhead, addressed to the appropriate Russian Consulate and must include the following information: who applicant will be traveling with (relationship, first and last name); where they will be traveling (city); where they will be staying in Russia (full address); how long applicant will stay in Russia (cannot exceed 90 days).
In addition, the following items must be submitted:
- A copy of the information page of the valid international Russian passport of the inviting person.
- Copy of the Green Card or US passport of the inviting person.
- Original and one additional copy of the passport of the applicant.
- Proof of the relationship to the Russian citizen (copy of the marriage certificate or birth certificate).
- For a minor child, a photocopy of the information page of both parents' passports.
- Copy of the round trip flight itinerary, showing entry and departure date from Russia.
- If applying for 3 year multiple entry visa, invitation letter written in Washington DC Consulate Format.
- If applying for single entry 90 day visa, invitation letter written in Washington DC Consulate Format.

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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.

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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 homestay visas are issued for single or double entries, according to the homestay invitation and itinerary, 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