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Russian Travel Visa Information

A Russian travel visa stamped in a valid passport is required of all US citizens wanting to enter Russia. This applies to tourist, business, humanitarian, transit and work/study purposes.

An agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States of America declares that citizens of the United States shall be issued multiple-entry business and tourist visas that are valid for 3 years from the date of issue of the visa. The visitor can stay no more than 6 months for each entry.

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Russian Travel Visa Types

There are five types of visas for Russia: Tourist, Transit, Business, Student, Work, Humanitarian and Private/Home-stay. The most sought-after are the tourist and business visas.

To enter the Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad Region, Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Region nationals of some countries can apply for a single-entry common business (purpose of visit is business), common tourist (purpose of visit is tourism) and common humanitarian visa (purposes of visit are sports, cultural, scientific and technological relations) e-visa. An e-visa is free of charge.

Visa Requirements

The requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • U.S. Passport
    • Minimum validity of 6 months beyond the visa expiration date
    • and two blank pages;
  • One professional 35 mm X 45 mm photo;
  • Completed visa application form;
  • Payment for fees.
  • Invitation to Russia from a host person or organization

Russia Visa Application Form

All Russian visa applications submitted in the United States must be prepared using the Electronic Visa Application Form. Once you complete the Electronic Visa Application form online, you need to print a copy, sign and date it, glue the photo to it and submit this printed original form, along with all necessary documentation, to the Consular Division.

Online Russian Travel Visa Application Form

Russia Tourist Visa

Besides the general requirements listed above, you also need to submit the following items to obtain a tourist visa to Russia:

  • confirmation of your travel plans from an authorized Russian travel agency or hotel;
  • cover letter from your travel agency in the US, including your name, dates and places of arrival and departure and means of transportation, itinerary while in Russia and index and reference number of the receiving organization.

Click here for more information about the Russian tourist visa.

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Russian Business Visa

Besides the general requirements above, you are required to submit the following for a Russian business visa:

  • an official letter of invitation from the Russian Foreign Ministry or its regional representatives;
  • a cover letter from your company containing information about yourself, destination, terms and purpose of the trip.

The fee is the same as that of a tourist visa.

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Russian Travel Visa Fees

The fees for processing a Russian visa depend on the speed with which you want it done and the number of entries requested. NOTE: The Russian visa processing fee is not refundable.

Visa Type /
Processing Time*
Single EntryDouble Entry
Multiple EntrySingle Entry TransitDouble Entry Transit
4-20 Business Days $90 $144$270 $90$144
3 Business Days $180 $288$540 $180$288
*Note: The day of submission/delivery does not count toward processing time.

Russian Travel Visa Courier Service

Expedited service is not available by mail, only in person. If you are unable to personally visit the embassy or consulate in order to submit your application, you can employ the services of an expedited visa courier service.

Expedited visa couriers are registered professionals with experience in working with consular official to obtain travel documents quickly. Not only do they hand carry your application form and supporting document but they also ensure that all your documents are complete before submission.

We have reviewed many visa expediting services and highly recommend Travel Visa Pro. They have an A+ rating with the BBB, offer excellent service and include the required invitation from Russia with their fee.

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