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Russian visa

HOW TO OBTAIN A TOURIST VISA TO RUSSIA

All foreign nationals are required to have entry visas to travel to the Russian Federation. To obtain a Russian tourist visa you first need to get a tourist invitation. Tourist visas can be valid for up to 1 month. The invitation comprises a tourist voucher and a reservation confirmation, which can only be issued by specially authorized travel agency, registered in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

You can apply for a Russian visa support. The invitation and the voucher will be prepared the next business day and sent to you by fax to any country in the world.

To obtain your visa, present the invitation and voucher at any Russian Consulate Worldwide. To apply for a tourist Russian visa, you need to bring the following:
1. Confirmation of hotel arrangements from authorized Russian travel company, showing reference number and confirmation number for the visa (a fax, in most of the consulates).
2. Photocopy of the vital information pages of your valid passport (showing Name, Birth Date, Passport Number, Expiration Date).
3. Three photos (3 by 4 cm), a filled-in visa application form (available in the consulate).
4. A visa application fee (depends on the type of visa and the time of processing).
It's always better to check with the consulate beforehand what documents they need exactly. After you submit all the documents and papers needed it should take the consulate from 1 to 21 days to make a visa, depending on how much you pay.

Every foreigner who comes to Russia should have his/her Russian visa registered within 7 working days upon arrival, excluding holidays and weekends. Before it is 7 days after your arrival, your tickets (train, bus, plane tickets) to the place you're in (e.g. St. Petersburg) is the document, which can confirm how long you've been staying there.
The total visa expenses include: payment for an invitation (paid to Russian authorities agency), visa application fee (paid to a Russian consulate), visa registration fee (paid upon arrival to Russian authorities agency).

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