It is a must to obtain a visa if someone wants to travel to Russia. However, tourist visas for Russia cannot be obtained on entry in the country and failure to obtain a visa can result in airlines refusing to support you, or entry being rejected on arrival.
Rules and laws for tourist visas may vary from country to country – though the same regulations apply in each case:
- You will need Russian tourist visa invitation from an authorized Russian tour operator, along with a hotel receipt stating your accommodation for a period of duration.
These papers are in Russian language and cannot be checked by many non-Russian speakers. There are many online hotel booking services that provide this service at free of cost, all you just need to do is to book the hotel.
- Best russia hotels can provide these letters at no cost, but keep in mind that you will have to obtain one letter for your whole stay.
Obtaining 2 letters from Mosocow hotels and St Petersburg hotels will not easily be accepted to a Russian Consulate. Also, if you stay for a longer period, the cheaper will be the cost. Bear in mind that you cannot apply more than 3 months before your date of travel.
- Your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date of your departure from Russia. Only a few consulates allow private applications in person whereas others only by post.
- There are some consulates that are under pressure with a large number of applications and limited staff members to deal with all of these applications, so it can be frustrating for a long time to find your entry. To know more in detail, visit here.
There are many companies that provide visa services – companies that make the process easier and manage the process for you. Such companies are basically specialized in travel to Russia and can help you with detailed information.