Russian Rail is a non-governmental organization. Our partner OOO Express is officially registered as a Russian tour operator and is authorized to issue Russian visa invitations (sometimes called a Russian visa voucher or Russian visa support).

urgent*

$ 39 /pp
  • Processing: 12 Hours
  • Entries: 1-2
  • Maximum stay: 30 Days

express

MOST POPULAR

$ 25 /pp
  • Processing: 1-2 days
  • Entries: 1-2
  • Maximum stay: 30 Days

regular

$ 18 /pp
  • Processing: 3 days
  • Entries: 1-2
  • Maximum stay: 30 Days

regular**

$ 70 /pp
  • Processing: 3 days
  • Entries: 1
  • Maximum stay: 30 Days

* Please note that this URGENT visa invitation can only be processed during our usual business hours. Our office is open 9.30-18.30 Mon-Fri. (Moscow time)

**This option is valid for the following countries: Albania, Bahamas, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, HongKong, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Sri-Lanka. For these countries, it is necessary to provide a scanned copy of your passport. We also highly recommend you to book hotels before ordering Visa Invitation, because the Consulates often require Hotel payment confirmation.

Double-entry tourist visas are only issued when the second country is of the 'near-abroad' (CIS states, Baltics) or those that require return transit through Russian territory, such as China and Mongolia, etc.

Some Russian Consulates will request the original of the visa invitation instead of a copy. If you discover that the original invitation or voucher is required by the Russian Consulate in your country, please tell us and we will send it to you by express post. We require that express postage be paid by the customer.

What is a Visa Invitation?
A Russian visa invitation (sometimes called a Russian visa voucher or Russian visa support) is the document necessary for foreign travelers to apply for a Russian visa at their local Russian Consulate. It is impossible to apply for a Russian tourist visa without this document.
Russian tourist visa invitations are not issued directly by the Russian government but are rather issued by a qualified Russian tour operator that arranges tour programs and hotel accommodations in Russia. The actual Russian visas can be applied for directly with the Russian Consulate using the official site of the official site of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
How to get your Russian Visa
  1. Select the type of visa that you require and create an order on our website.

  2. Pay online with your credit card.

  3. Receive your Visa Invitation by email, fax or mail. The document will be accompanied by detailed instructions on the visa application process.

  4. Apply for your visa at the Russian Consulate or order Full Visa Support from us and we will take care of all contact with the Consulate. In this case, you send your passport and documentation to our processing centre in your country and we take care of the rest. This service is available in many countries including USA, Canada, Australia, India, Indonesia, China, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, and Ireland.

Typical requirements for applying for a Russian tourist visa
  • Russian visa invitation, sometimes called a Russian visa voucher or Russian visa support, issued by a Russian travel agency registered in the Russian Unified Register of Tour Operators

  • Original passport with expiration date at least 6 months beyond the end of the visa expiration date and a copy of the passport’s vital pages with bearer's personal data, passport validity extension, the bearer's name change, etc. You must have 2 free, clean pages (no stamps or marks on these 2 pages) in your passport where the visa will be inserted – the pages should be side by side

  • A completed visa application form (one per person) with one professional passport size 3.5*4.5 cm photo which was taken within the last 6 months. This photo should be glued to the appropriate space of the application form. Applicants should complete the Visa application on-line on the website: http://visa.kdmid.ru. After you are finished filling in the application online, print the completed application out. Please note that other application forms are not acceptable.

  • Consular visa processing fee payable to the Russian Consulate or an authorized visa center or a travel agency that provides full visa support.

  • For certain countries, an original medical insurance policy document, valid on the territory of the Russian Federation and covering the entire duration of the visa is required.

  • Fingerprinting is required for those who apply for a Russian visa in the United Kingdom (including the Russian Visa Centres in London and Edinburgh), Denmark (including the Russian Visa Centre in Copenhagen), Myanmar and Namibia.

  • You can usually submit your application in person at the Russian Consulate closest to your home. Different countries have different rules. To find out the telephone numbers and addresses of the Russian Consulate closest to you and additional information on your country's application process, please visit https://www.mid.ru/en/maps

List of countries for which we cannot handle Russian visa support
Afganistan Algeria Angola Antigua & Barbuda Argentina Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Beliz Benin Bermuda Bolivia Bonaire Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Brunei Burkina-Faso Burundi Cabo Verde Cambodia Cameroon Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Channel Islands Chile Colombia Congo Cook Islands Cote d'Ivoire Cuba Curacao D R Congo Djibouti Dominica Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Eritrea Ethiopia Faroe Islands Fiji French Polynesia Gabon Gambia Georgia Ghana Gibraltar Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guam Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Korea PDR Kuwait Kyrghyzstan Laos Lebanon Lesoto Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Macedonia Madagascar Malavi Mali Marocco Marshall Islands Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Moldova Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Netherlands Antilles Islands New Caledonia Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Paraguay Peru Qatar Republic of Korea Reunion Russia Rwanda Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Somali South Africa Sudan Surinam Syria Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates Uruguay Uzbekistan Vatican City Venezuela Vietnam Virgin Islands Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

Registering Your Visa in Russia

Russian law requires that travelers register their Russian visas if they are staying in Russia for more than 7 business days. In this case, travelers should apply for registration immediately upon arrival (on the same day). Travelers who do not have their visas registered are required to pay fines when they attempt to exit Russia or if they are stopped by the police. Travelers staying in Russia for less than 7 business days do not have to register their visas.

  • If you are staying at a hotel, the hotel will register your Russian visa.

  • If you are staying at an apartment you will have to apply together with the owner of the apartment at the local migration department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation (MVD) or at a post office to have your Russian visa registered.

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