Before you go to Russia you should check with a Russian local consulate if you need to obtain a Russian travel visa. Most foreign visitors still need a Russian travel visa, but some don't.
There are several types of Russian visas. The main types are tourist visa, business visa, visitor's visa and transit visa. A Russian visa is usually valid for the period written in the invitation, except for the visitor's visa that can be valid up to 3 months.
To obtain a visa in your country, you need to submit the necessary paperwork to the Russian Consulate. In order to issue the applicant a visa, the Consulate requires a Russian visa invitation that can be issued by a travel agency or another organization authorized by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The type of invitation depends on the type of visa you are applying for. The most popular types of invitation are tourist invitation, business invitation and private invitation.
A tourist invitation is necessary to obtain a tourist visa to Russia. This type of invitation involves 2 documents, which are a tourist confirmation and a hotel voucher. These documents contain information on your stay in Russia and our company.
You can Request or buy a Tourist invitation on our website.
A business invitation is required for business visas. This type of invitation is an official letter issued by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its regional representatives or special local offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The letter should contain official seal, legal address of the agency, signature and name of a person, officially authorized to invite foreigners to Russia.
A private invitation is required to obtain a private (visitor’s or homestay) Russian visa. This type of visa is given to the foreigners who come to Russia for a personal visit. To obtain this visa, you need a personal invitation certificate from a person living in Russia. This person should go to a local OVIR office, get an application form, fill it in and submit to immigration officials for consideration. It takes about 45 days to get the invitation.
Invitations should be submitted to the Consulate along with other paperwork required by the Consulate. Most consulates accept copies of invitation sent by fax or e-mail. Sometime consulates ask for original invitations. In this case, documents must be sent by mail. Note that a private invitation can be sent only by mail. This type of invitation cannot be faxed or e-mailed.
Electronic visas can be currently received for travelling to Far-Eastern region of Russia, Kaliningrad and Saint Petersburg. E-visas do not require any invitations and consular fees. You can read more of eVisas at the link: https://www.visitrussia.com/guide/electronic_visa_saintpetersburg
Tourists arriving with cruise ships don't need Russian visa for 72 hours (3 days)!
Choose your Visa-Free Shore Tour!
During the one-day tour of St. Petersburg you will get acquainted with the Nothern Capital of Russia and see all the major city sights. You will visit the State Hermitage and be definitely impressed by its rich collections of art. In the second part
Price from: 320
During the one-day tour of St. Petersburg you will get acquainted with the Nothern Capital of Russia and see all the major city sights. You are awaited a guided excursion of the State Hermitage - one of the largest museums in the world. This one-day
Price from: 247
During this two-day tour you will get acquainted with St. Petersburg, see all its major attractions, visit the State Hermitage - one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. We also offer you to make an enthralling boat trip to Peterhof, the w
Price from: 324
View more visa-free tours