English  Russian  Dutch  French  Spanish Home | Contact us | FAQ
Get a Russian Visa! As simple as it gets
worldwide +7-495-665-5424
1. general >
2. detalisation >
3. payment >
4. confirmation
FROM
TO
2. PURPOSE OF VISIT 3. NUMBER OF ENTRIES 4. CITIZENSHIP
6. COUNTRY OF BIRTH 5. CONSULATE*- where you’re going to get Russian visa
country city currency
 

FAQ


1. Do I need a visa at all?

2. The consulate says they need an "invitation" in order to issue me a visa. What is this?

3. I booked a hotel. Does my confirmation constitute an "invitation" to Russia so that I can apply for a visa?

4. I have an invitation from Russia but the airline did not allow me to board the plane to Russia. Why?

5. My visa application was refused. Why?

6. BEFORE LEAVING FOR RUSSIA

7. REGISTRATION

8. What to do if...

8-1. I have lost my passport.

8-2. I would like to extend my stay in Russia.

8-3. Can I obtain a new visa without leaving Russia?

8-4. If the police want to check my documents...



1. Do I need a visa at all?

A Russian visa is required for nationals of most countries. However, Russia has recently established visa free regimes with several European, Asian, and South American countries. To check whether a visa free regime is applicable in your case, please contact the Russian consulate in your country. Contact info is available at: www.russianembassy.net

2. The consulate says they need an "invitation" in order to issue me a visa. What is this?

To obtain a Russian visa, you need to be provided first with visa support (an official invitation). You will then need to take your visa support to the Russian consulate in your country and be issued an actual visa.
We would be glad to provide you with visa support for tourist or business visas. You may use our fast, convenient online application.

3. I booked a hotel. Does my confirmation constitute an "invitation" to Russia so that I can apply for a visa?

Please note that the hotel booking confirmation and visa support (invitation) is not the same thing.
Some first-class hotels (such as Sheraton, Marriott, etc.) are authorized to issue visa support – but this should be confirmed with the hotel. In most cases, you will need a separate invitation from an authorized tour company in order to get a visa.
We will be glad to arrange an invitation for you via our secure online system. Tourist invitations will be processed the same or next business day, in accordance with your urgency. If you apply for a business visa, the hotel booking confirmation will not be required.

4. I have an invitation from Russia but the airline did not allow me to board the plane to Russia. Why?

An invitation enables you to apply for a Russian visa but IT IS NOT A VISA! Once you have received an invitation, you need to apply at the Russian consulate for an actual visa.
You will need to the present the consulate with the following: a completed consulate application form, invitation letter, original passport, one passport-size matte-finish photo, the consular fee, and proof of medical insurance.
We recommend that you contact your local Russian consulate to learn the visa cost and processing time and confirm the materials needed. Contact details of the Russian consulates are available at: www.russianembassy.net

5. My visa application was refused. Why?

In order to obtain a visa, it is essential that the visa application form is filled out correctly. The information you enter in the application form must match the information on your invitation. Fill out the visa form with the invitation in front of you and match the information requested field-for-field.
While there are several visa application forms (one for US passport holders, one for those who apply for a visa in the UK, etc.) and the order and wording of the questions may vary, the information required by the consulate is mostly the same in every case.
Here are the correct answers to the questions asked in the consulate application form.

Tourist visa application

  • Purpose of visit – TOURISM.
  • Russian institution to be visited – non-applicable. You need a tourist visa, not a business visa. Tourists are not supposed to be visiting any departments or organizations.
  • Itinerary (cities to be visited) – as listed on the invitation.
  • Date of entry – as listed on the invitation.
  • Date of departure – as listed on the invitation.
  • Number of entries – as listed on the invitation.
  • Type of passport – TOURIST.
  • Name and reference number of the tourist group - as listed on the invitation.
  • Address of stay while in Russia – as listed on the invitation. Those who apply for a tourist visa are supposed to have booked a hotel in advance. This is why a name of a well-known hotel is always included in your invitation and indicated in Latin characters for your convenience. Please make sure to indicate this same hotel on the visa application form.
  • Are any of your relatives citizens of Russia – please note that the visa type is supposed to match the actual purpose of your visit. If you indicate that you have relatives in Russia, the consulate may want to make sure that the actual purpose of your trip is not a private visit, but actually tourism. Additional documentation (such as hotel payment confirmation) may be required. At the same time, experience shows that the answer to this question is almost never checked by the consulate.
Business visa application
  • Purpose of visit - BUSINESS.
  • Russian institution to be visited – please indicate the name of the invitation issuer. This information has been sent you along with an invitation.
  • Itinerary (cities to be visited) – as listed on the invitation.
  • Date of entry – as listed on the invitation.
  • Date of departure – as listed on the invitation.
  • Number of entries – as listed on the invitation.
  • Type of passport – TOURIST.
  • Name and reference number of the tourist group – non-applicable.

6. BEFORE LEAVING FOR RUSSIA

6-1. Please check your visa once you get it. If your passport details or travel dates are incorrect, you need to have your visa revised before you leave for Russia. Please apply to the Russian consulate or the visa agent that has provided your visa and have them make the necessary adjustments. You will not be able to do this upon arrival to Russia.

6-2. Please keep with you the contact information of the invitation issuer. This information is written on your visa support (tourist voucher or on the business visa support confirmation). If any unexpected circumstances arise, the invitation issuer is the only entity that will be able to help you, and the sooner you can contact them, the easier the problem will be resolved. Please keep the name, address, and phone number of the invitation issuer during your journey. If your visa support was part of the service provided by your loсal visa agent, please have the agent supply the contact information of the invitation issuer.

6-3. It is always a good idea to make a photocopy of your passport and take it to Russia with you. The photo page and the visa page are the most important.

6-4. If you have dual citizenship and will enter Russia with no visa with your Russian passport, please make sure that your Russian passport is valid. If necessary, you should extend it before leaving for Russia. Please note that if you have dual Russian citizenship, you must enter Russia with your Russian passport and exit with the same passport..

7. REGISTRATION

Each foreign citizen visiting Russia on a tourist or business visa must register with the local migration authorities. Initial registration has to take place within seven working days upon arrival to Russia.
Note that "working days" does not include weekends or official Russian state holidays, meaning that if one, for example, arrives on Saturday the 7th and leaves on Monday the 16th, one would not have to register at all. Even though the total stay in this case would be 10 days, four of those days would land on weekends, meaning only six working days had been spent in Russia.
If you visit several cities, you need to re-register your visa at each city where you stay more than seven business days.
The registration must be completed by the "receiving entity." Please note that the receiving entity is not necessarily the same as the inviting organization or hotel entered in the person's invitation and visa but can be a company, organization, hotel, or private person a foreigner is actually visiting in Russia.
When you stay at a hotel, the registration is fully taken care of by the hotel reception.

If your invitation was issued by our company and you stay at a private apartment in Moscow, you can have your visa registered at our office. Our Moscow office address is 29 Leninskiy Prospect, Bldg. 8, tel.: (495) 665 5424

In other cities your visa is to be registered by your Russian host. The host can apply at the local post office and will have to fill in the registration form (notification form) and enclose a copy of your passport (photo page and visa page) and a copy of your migration card. Your host will also need to show his/her passport registered at the same address. Your host can also apply to the migration authorities (the local FMS office) but experience shows that getting registered through the post is less time-consuming.
The notification form has two parts separated by a puncture line. The main part is submitted to the authorities. The tear-off receipt or its copy must be kept throughout your stay in Russia and shown to the police or to the passport control officers at the border if requested. Before leaving Russia, you must return the original receipt to your Russian host, who in turn must submit it to the migration authorities within 48 hours. Failure to do so may lead to the authorities’ assuming that the visa has been overstayed. This in turn could lead to your being fined or placed on one of the blacklists maintained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which might make future travel to Russia more difficult. In addition, the receiving entity (your Russian host) will also be fined. When leaving Russia, please keep a copy of your tear-off registration receipt.

8. What to do if...

The first and most important rule is as follows: all your problems should be dealt with by the inviting organization and everything can be fixed easier the earlier it is dealt with. Time is of the utmost importance! If your invitation has been issued through us, please do not waste time trying to contact anyone else and do not let any information obtained by hearsay influence your actions. It is us and us only who must help you and help you we will.

8-1. I have lost my passport.

  • Please contact the nearest police station urgently and report the loss. You will be provided with a certificate confirming the loss of your passport.
  • Please contact your consulate in Russia to order a new, temporary passport.
  • Please contact us and we will have your visa transferred into your new passport. The police certificate and a new passport are both musts in this process!

8-2. I would like to extend my stay in Russia.

Neither a tourist nor a business visa can be extended. If you happen to overstay your visa, you will need an exit visa in order to leave the country. An exit visa is to be taken care of by the invitation issuer. Please do not waste time trying to contact anyone else and do not let any information obtained by hearsay influence your actions. You will be surely turned away at the airport if you attempt to leave with an expired visa. You will miss your flight, need to reschedule, and will still have to obtain the exit visa. Please contact us once you realize that you are unable to leave Russia in time and we will provide detailed instructions as to the paperwork you will have to collect in order to obtain an exit visa.
We must warn you that obtaining an exit visa is extremely complicated, time-consuming, and, truth to tell, expensive. We strongly recommend you avoid overstaying your visa.

8-3. Can I obtain a new visa without leaving Russia?

An entry visa to Russia is processed by the Russian consulates in foreign countries. No entity in Russia can issue a Russian visa.
Sometimes people think it is a good idea to ship their passport back home via FedEx and have the consulate or a visa expediting agency send back the new visa once it is ready. Indeed, this is the worst possible option because your new visa will in fact be invalid as you will not have crossed the Russian border with this visa and obtained the proper stamp in your passport.
What with one visa expired and the other, invalid, you will find yourself in a most difficult situation. The only thing you can do is to obtain an exit visa (which is a really complicated procedure – see above) and leave the country as soon as possible.

8-4. If the police want to check my documents...

There is nothing unusual about the police checking a foreigner's documents. Please do not take it personally, do not start to argue but just show your passport and the registration tear-off receipt. However, it would be better if you do not hand your documents to the police. All you need to do is to have the policeman see your papers. He does not need to actually touch them. If you happen to be invited to sit in a police car and “discuss matters", you should absolutely decline. You are legally entitled to ask the policeman for his identification as well. Doing so is a good way to resolve the need to "discuss matters."

 
VisasSupport
check visa order status
order #:
last name:

Reviews

Thank you very much. All is well received. Again thank you for the very professional way that you do business. It is appreciated!
Thank you so much for your efficient service. Today you sent to me, our visa supports with excellence, I will certainly recommend you!
Many thanks. Very professional. I will certainly recommend your agency to all my friends (in UK:-)
Thank you we went through a visa service! Your explication are great!!
I have to commend your company on your level of prompt action. I'll certainly be using you in future and I'll be recommending your services
Patrick Carroll, Ireland Many thanks! I can see why your company is recommended so highly! :-)
MAREK SKOLIMOWSKI - I'm really very impressed with your service. You are so professional. Especially Olga, Elvira, Daria. Thanks a lot!!!
I am truly delighted to work with you. Thank you so much for your Fantastic service and I wish you all the best of luck.
Sam Carlo, USA I think you guys ROCK! I can understand why others are jealous of your service.
Congratulations! If I need further information, I'll contact you once again. Thank you, and with best regards
Matthias Messmer, Switzerland - Dear Ekaterina Thank you very much. I have to say that you really work very efficient and consumer-friendly!
GIOVANNI ROMERIO, France Dear Ekaterina, Waawww! This is ... flash administration! Long live Russia and God bless you! Best regards
I really appreciate the way of working, your answers are very good and the reply is fast. An example of how a company should work!
Maarten Bastian , Netherlands First of all I would like to say thank you for your help.
Seela Guy Wade, United States - Your customer service is excellent, and I appreciate the help you provided in obtaining my visa.
Jeff - Thanks again for the speedy service.. way better help than the people we had helping us.. will recommend you to our friends.
Diana Owen, United Kingdom - Fantastic, thank you! and such a quick response - very impressed with the service. thank you
Charlotte,USA - Thank you for your help, I will tell my son to use your service to get the documents as well, so easy to do working with you
I will recomend your services to friends and certainly I will use your services in the future.
Mauricio Morales, Mexico - Svetlana, Thank you very much for your attention, I'm definetiy very pleased with your service!
Aquilina, Marc: Thanks for all the help, i would be lost without your site.
Elizbeth, UK - Good service you guys, thanks very much. I'll certainly use you again when possible and refer people to your service.
Sandra, USA - I am very impressed with your promptness and efficiency.
Mia-Lena, Sweden - Your people seem to be the right people in the right place.
Vincent, UK - Thank you for your help, it will be my pleasure to refer others to you.
Tom, USA - I was impressed with your service so will be using you again.
Elisa, USA Thanks again. It has been a pleasure working with your company!
I appreciate the help and advice you have provided on this matter. It is nice to see honest customer service is still available today.
This is a non-government site and whilst every endeavour is made to ensure the information is correct and up to date, there may be changes which we are not aware of. It is always a good idea to check the latest regulations. You should confirm details with your local Russian Consular Office.
VisaCard MasterCard AmEx DinersClub JCB         © 2017         Complete Visa Center         Privace Policy         FAQ         Follow us on Twitter