Yes - A visa is required for travel to Russia

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

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

Russia Visa Application Form:

Original Russia visa application completed online, printed and signed, plus one copy. 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)”.
- For applications to be filed in New York or San Francisco, single or double entry visas can only be processed as Rush processing, unless using a telex invitation. If choosing regular processing without a telex invitation please follow instructions for a Business 3 year visa.

IMPORTANT:
At 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.

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

3

Photo Requirements:

Two recent 2" x 2" passport style photographs; head and shoulders, face forward, neutral expression, in color, and with a plain/white background. The applicant may not wear eyeglasses or headwear except for religious purposes. The photo should not be affixed to your application and the photograph may not display evidence of adhesive tape or staples.

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.

4

Official Invitation:

Original invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Services – OR – if the official Russian visa invitation was submitted directly to the Embassy of Russia or Russian Consulate, provide a record of the telex visa invitation number and date the telex should be received by the Consulate. The original invitation from Russia or telex number is required. Information from the invitation is needed to complete the Russian Visa Application Form. You must have the invitation, or have the information from your host, before you can fill out the new Russia visa application form.

Travisa is able to obtain the official business invitation for you. To request this service, simply complete the form included with your Visa Application Kit once you place your order.

5

Business Letter

An original Business Cover Letter from your U.S.-based company. Be certain your letter meets the specific requirements of the consulate by using our Digital Business Cover Letter. To generate a Russia Business Cover Letter on-line, simply request this service and provide your information using the simple online form in your Visa Application Kit, which you will receive once you place your order.

Washington, DC: not required

6

Proof of Travel Arrangements:

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

7

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.

8

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

Visa Validity:

Russian visas are issued for single, double or multiple entries. 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 official 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