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Russian Visas- A Brief Guide

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.