Russia

Tourist 3 Year

A valid passport and visa are required to travel to Russia. US citizens can request multiple-entry business, homestay/private, humanitarian and tourist visas valid for up to 3 years and allowing a stay of up to 6 months per visit. Requests for this longer validity visa require a written letter of invitation composed by the host. If you need assistance obtaining your invitation, please view Tourist Visa Requirements.

1. Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Russia, with at least two blank visa pages available for Russian visa stamp(s). Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Russian visa stamps.

San Francisco: the blank pages must be adjacent or back to back.\

2. Russian Visa Application Form:

Two original Russia visa applications completed on-line, printed and signed; plus one copy.

*Important: – You must have the visa invitation information or obtain it from your inviting organization in order to complete the application form.

– You must save the Application ID and remember the security question in case you need to return later to make any changes or corrections to the online application. Please provide this information on your Global Service Order Form comments for us to better assist you.

– When asked to select the location where you will be applying for your visa choose “Visa Application Center ILS (city)”.

IMPORTANT:

click on the image for a larger view At the end of the online Russian visa application, you will be asked to select the visa issuing office. You must select “ILS WASHINGTON”, “ILS NEW YORK”, “ILS SAN FRANCISCO”, or “ILS HOUSTON” depending on what Travisa location will process your visa. If you select the city without “ILS”, the application will not be accepted.

Improperly completed Russian visa application forms will delay the processing of your visa. Please view our helpful video instruction guide to completing the online Russia application.

3. Photo Requirements:

One recent passport type photograph per application, in color, front view and with a plain/white background. Glasses should not be worn in the photo unless the photo in the original passport includes glasses.

OR – you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.

4. Other Forms:

A letter of intent addressed to the Embassy or Consulate, respectfully requesting the visa to be issued including the preferred validity. The letter must be signed by the applicant. The letter must include the applicant’s name, nationality, passport number, date and place of birth, address in the US and cities to be visited in Russia.

Houston: additional required documents:

– Bank Statement with a minimum balance of $3,000

– Letter of employment from HR department

– Check stub to show proof of payment/employment

– Copy of health insurance card

– Proof of property ownership

– Signed Certificate of the makeup of the applicants family
5. Official Invitation from Russia:

Two copies of official Tourist Voucher and Confirmation issued by a Russian hotel, travel agency or joint venture registered as a tourist company with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A copy of the Voucher and Confirmation should be carried with your passport and Russian visa.

6. For accompanying children the Russian visa application form can be completed and signed by a parent. In the case where a minor child’s Russia visa application is being submitted separately from the parents’ Russia visa applications, a photocopy of the parent’s passport information page and an original signed letter from at least one parent must be included authorizing the Russian Consulate to issue the Russian visa and explaining who the minor will be traveling with to Russia.

New York: must include a photocopy of the minor’s birth certificate.

7. Special Instructions:

Some applicants may be required to appear for a personal interview, at the discretion of the Consulate.

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Processing times and fees:

Houston:

Regular processing:         15 business days:

Multiple (3 years) $195

Houston: A Russian visa application can be submitted up to 30 days in advance of travel to Russia.

 

New York:

Regular processing:         15 business days:

Multiple (3 years) $195

 

San Francisco:

Regular processing:         15 business days:

Multiple (3 years) $195

 

Washington:

Regular processing:         7 business days:

Multiple (3 years) $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jurisdictions:

THE CONSULAR SECTION OF THE EMBASSY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

2641 Tunlaw Road, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20007

Visas: (202) 939-8913

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland,

Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia,

Puerto Rico.

 

THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN NEW YORK

Address:               9 East 91 Street, New York, NY 10128

Telephone:          (212) 348-0926 Fax:(212) 831-9162

Office hours:      Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.,

Friday 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

 

 

THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN SAN FRANCISCO

Address:               2790 Green Street

San Francisco, CA 94123

Telephone:          (415) 928-6878 , (415) 202-9800

Visa Desk :Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.

 

 

 

THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN SEATTLE

Address:               600 University Street, Suite 2510

Seattle, WA 98101

Telephone:          (206) 728-1910

Visa Desk :Monday – Friday 2:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

 

 

THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN HOUSTON

Address:               1333 West Loop South, Ste. 1300,

Houston, TX 77027.

Telephone:          (713) 337-3300

Fax:        (713) 337-3305

Office hours:      Monday – Friday 9:00 – 12:30; 14:30 – 18:00

Jurisdiction:        Alabama,

 

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