Obtaining the e-visa (or electronic visa) to Russia is very simple and quick: you will only need your passport and a digital photo. However, the e-visa can only be requested by some nationalities and at the moment it is only available to visit the regions of Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Kaliningrad and the Far Eastern Federal District. The electronic visa is not valid to travel to Moscow, Kazan or
1. Visa to Russia, China and other countries of the former USSR
The vast majority of foreigners traveling to Russia require a visa to enter the country, including US, Canadian, British, European, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Australian citizens. In this section you will find all the information on how to independently process your visa quickly and and how to get the letter of invitation in an economic way: Tourist visa, Business visa, Transit visa, Humanitarian visa, Private visa, Work visa and Student visa.
I also explain how you can obtain the visa to China in case you want to take the Trabsiberian or Transmongolian route, or how to obtain the visa for countries of the former USSR.
If somehow you have made a mistake in requesting your invitation, or you simply want to change your hotels, it is possible to modify your invitation letter before submitting your visa application at the visa center or at the Consulate. In this post I’ll explain you how to do it with these three tour operators: iVisa, Russia Support and HotelsPro. When requesting your invitation letter to
Most people who travel to Russia do so through a tourist visa, which allows a maximum stay of 30 days. A business visa, on the other hand, allows longer stays and greater flexibility. For this reason, travelers who need a stay of more than 30 days (be it for tourism, business or to visit family or friends) often use this type of visa. In this article I will explain how to process the Russian
A frequently asked question is where to apply for a Russian visa if you are in a foreign country. Well, to request and process the Russian visa in a foreign country, you must have legal residence in that country, and go to the Russian consulate or the Russian visa center. To process a Russian visa in a foreign country, you need to have legal residence in the country for more than 90 days,
In this section I have compiled the official websites of the Russian Embassies and Consulates located worldwide (from New York to Sydney, passing through London, Paris, Berlin or New Delhi), as well as the existing Russian Visa Centres, sorted by county and city. Below you can see the list that I will try to keep updated. Introduction Russia is present in some 150 countries around the
There are around 50 nationalities which are not required to have a visa to enter Russia. If you are not a citizen of any of these countries (and you don’t have a diplomatic passport), then you need to apply for a visa to Russia before departure. However, there are some minor exceptions to this general rule, for example, travelers arriving to Russian ports in a cruise. Article updated on June 29,
If you are travelling to Russia and you are making your hotel reservations with Booking.com or similar platforms, you can get your invitation to Russia quickly and economically through various registered Russian tourist tour operators. In this post I’ll explain how to do it step by step and in 5 minutes. Introduction Most tourists who travel to Russia, book their hotel or apartment through
It’s not very common to get denied the Russian visa, but what does happen sometimes is that some of the documentation provided is incorrect and you have to correct it. In this article, I will explain what are the most frequent errors that can cause your Russian visa application to be rejected or denied, and how to avoid or solve these errors. 0. THE DENIAL OF THE RUSSIAN VISA IS RARE Most
Russian visa invitation (also called visa support or tourist voucher) is a mandatory document to obtain the visa to Russia. I have requested letters of invitation to many hotels and to different Russian tour operators. In this article I will tell you my experience about this document, which continues generating many doubts and questions when it comes to processing the visa to Russia. I also
There are a number of questions about changing or extending the Russian visa that are raised repeatedly by many people traveling to Russia. So I’ve tried to put together the most common ones in this article: Is it possible to change the itinerary? Can I visit other cities not indicated in my visa application? Can I change my hotels? Can I extend or renew my visa? etc. 1. MODIFYING