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.
Russia 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)”.
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.
OR - you can upload a passport photo when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
Houston: - Bank Statement with a minimum balance of $3,000. - Copy of health insurance card.
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:
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.
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
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.
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