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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
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.
- 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)”.
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 to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
Houston: - Bank Statement with a minimum balance of $3,000 - Letter of employment from HR department - Check stub to show proof of payment/employment - Copy of health insurance card - Proof of property ownership - Signed Certificate of the makeup of the applicants family
Official Invitation from Russia:
Two copies of official Tourist Voucher and Confirmation 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 Voucher and Confirmation should be carried with your passport and Russian visa.Travisa is able to obtain the Russian Voucher and Confirmation for you. To request this service, please fill out our Online Russia Voucher and Confirmation Request Form. You will receive a confirmation of your request and the inviting Russian Agency name and reference number for your Russian visa application. You will receive the voucher and confirmation visa support documents by email. We offer 24 hour and Same Day service. Learn more about Russia Invitations.
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.
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.
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.
Some applicants may be required to appear for a personal interview, at the discretion of the Consulate.
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:
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.
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.
Visa Applications can be processed in the following location(s):
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Travisa - Houston
2 Greenway Plaza Suite 200
Houston, TX 77046
Tel: (281) 972-8009
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Travisa - New York
60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 106-107 Lobby
New York, NY 10165
Tel: (516) 986-9576
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Travisa - San Francisco
555 Montgomery Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: (415) 366-1217Tel: (800) 421-5468
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Travisa - Washington, DC
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (240) 437-4144
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