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Russian Business Visa

Business visas aren't just for foreigners working in Russia. Far more flexible than tourist visas, they are often the best choice for tourists who are visiting friends and don't need a hotel, or who are looking to spend an extended period of time in Russia, especially those who want to travel independently or extensively. In order to get a business visa you need an invitation from a Russian firm, which can usually be arranged through a visa agency. You do not need to plan hotel reservations or an itinerary to get a business visa.

To obtain a business visa, the following documents are required:

1. A completed visa application form  (one per person)

2. National passport (original) valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from Russia

3. Three identical professional passport sized (3x4 cm) photos on a white background. Pictures can be black-and-white or colour, preferably on matt paper. Please write your name in capital letters on the back of the photos. One photo should be stapled to the specially marked place of the application form

4. A letter of invitation from the Russian Foreign Ministry, or its Regional Representative Offices, or from the Ministry of the Interior or its local offices, or from an authorized Russian host organization (the letter must be printed on the company letterhead and must contain official round seal and legal address of the agency, invitation letter registration number, date of the letter registration, signature and the name of the official authorized to invite foreign citizens on behalf of the company, travel itinerary, dates of stay, full names and dates of birth of the persons invited).

The Consulate reserves the right to request the original or copy of a cover letter from the Russian host organization with information about the traveler, destinations, terms and purpose of visit.

5. An HIV test certificate is required for visas valid for more than 3 months.
Please follow the above requirements when submitting your papers. Otherwise, the documents will be returned.

Should the Consulate wish to contact you, please state clearly your contact telephone number (office and after hours) in the application form.

Apart from a business visa, you may be required to present at the border check point your invitation from a Russian host organization, as well as evidence of your ability to support yourself during the travel.

Visa processing time starts only after the Consulate has received all necessary documents. Please note, that drop-off day is not counted as a business day. If you apply by mail, please enclose a return self-addressed sufficiently stamped envelope and add one more day for processing.

Payments must be made in cash, by money order or bank cheque to the Consulate. Personal cheques are not accepted.

After you receive your visa, please check it for possible mistakes (passport number, date of birth, term of validity etc.) and, if necessary, return it to the Consulate for corrections. The Consulate will not be responsible for the mistakes, which were not brought to its attention before your departure.

Types of Visas
Tourist Visas, Business Visas, Student Visas, Other Visas

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