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Russian Tourist Visa

Tourist visas are best for short visits. According to Russian law it is illegal for a hotel to provide you with an invitation if you are not going to stay there but this law is broken more often than it is followed. Many agencies can get you a visa and have it registered without a night booked in a hotel, and many hotels will give you give you an invitation and register it even if you're only staying with them for part of your trip.

To obtain a tourist visa, please contact your travel agency and submit the following documents:

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 standard tourist confirmation ("Podtverzdeniye") from an authorized hosting Russian travel agency, registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The confirmation letter must contain the agency's special reference number

5. A tour voucher original or its copy attested by the travel agency

6. A cover letter from your travel agency containing:

applicant's name or alphabetical list of a group
dates and points of arrival and departure in and from Russia, means of transport
itinerary in Russia
the name of the hosting Russian company and its reference number

Please follow the above requirements when submitting your papers. Otherwise, the documents will be returned.

Apart from a tourist visa, you may be required to present at the border check point your tourist confirmation, voucher and a return ticket with a fixed date of departure from Russia, 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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