Yes - A visa is required for travel to Russia

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Temporary Entry Suspension

Please be advised that Russia has suspended entry for all nationalities until further notice. This is a rapidly changing situation. Travisa is monitoring the situation closely so check our website for updates.

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

US citizens can request 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. If you need assistance obtaining your invitation, please view Tourist 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 stamps. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Russian visas.


Russia Visa Application Form:

Original Russia visa application completed online, printed and signed, plus one copy.
Please Note:
- You must have the visa invitation information before you can complete the application form.
- You must save the Application ID password in case you need to make any changes or corrections to the application form.
- 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.

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.

Washington, DC: Signed copies of the completed online application are acceptable


Photo Requirements:

Two recent 2 x 2 inch passport style photographs: 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.

Washington, DC:

You must provide one color, passport-type photograph that meets the following criteria:

  • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high-quality photo paper
  • Be taken against an all white background
  • Be two inches by two inches
  • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
  • You may wear neither eyeglasses nor headwear except for religious purposes
  • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive tape or staples

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


Official Invitation:

Two copies of official Tourist Voucher and Confirmation invitation issued by a Russian hotel, travel agency or joint venture registered as a tourist company with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A copy of the tourist Voucher and Confirmation should be carried with your passport and Russian visa.

Travisa is able to obtain the Russian Tourist Voucher invitation for you. To request this service, simply complete the form included in the Visa Application Kit, sent to you once you place your order.


Applicants Under the Age of 18:

All minors must submit a copy of his or her birth certificate. Other conditions may apply:
- If the minor is traveling to Russia with only one parent or without both parents he or she must submit a notarized original letter of consent providing permission from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian to travel to Russia on the specified dates of the trip. Those signing this letter must provide copies of his or her driver’s license and passport information page
- If the minor is adopted then you must submit a copy of the adoption papers in addition to a copy of the birth certificate
- If the parents already hold a Russian visa then they must provide a copy of the Russian visa showing validity that covers the minor’s travel dates
- If the parents are Russian citizens they must provide certification of Russian citizenship


Please refer to the information below for minor visa applicants:

  • If the minor is adopted, then you must submit the original adoption papers in addition to the birth certificate
  • If the parents already hold a Russian visa, then they must provide the original Russian visa showing validity that covers the minor's travel dates
  • If the parents are Russian citizens, they must provide certification of Russian citizenship


Letter of Intent:

Written and signed by the applicant, addressed to the Embassy or Consulate, respectfully requesting the visa to be issued including the preferred validity. The letter must include the applicant's name, nationality, passport number, date and place of birth, address in the US and cities to be visited in Russia.


Previous Visa:

Note: if you possess a current valid Russian visa in an expired or previous passport, you must also submit that passport. Your Russian visa must be cancelled and a new one issued in your current passport.


Country of Origin:

Former citizens of the USSR or the Russian Federation: You must provide a cover letter stating the date that you renounced your Russian citizenship. The consulate will not issue a visa to former Russian nationals who do not supply this cover letter. This can include a "Visa to Israel", or stamp in their passport saying that they left for "permanent residence abroad" before February 6th, 1992, or an official document certifying their Russian citizenship was renounced.
Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens: If you were born in a state of the former Soviet Republic or Ukraine, you must supply a copy of your Soviet or Ukrainian passport along with a letter stating when you immigrated to the U.S.

Houston: If you are a former Russian national, you must provide one fully completed form included in the application kit.


Special Instructions:

Some applicants may be required to appear for a personal interview, at the discretion of the Consulate. If you will not be staying in a hotel, or are engaging in activities other than business, additional documentation will be required. For more details, please contact Travisa for more information.

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

Visa Validity:

Russian tourist visas can be issued for multiple entries, valid for up to 3 years and allowing a stay per visit of up to 6 months. 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 letter of invitation, at the discretion of the Russian Consulate.

Register your trip with the US Embassy:

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