Russian Visa Requirements





 Effective May 1, 1999

In order to obtain a visa for a business/tourist trip to Russia, the following paperwork should be submitted:

Completed visa application form (one per person) which can be obtained from the Consulate or travel agencies. All entries must be typed or printed in block letters. Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed.

Copy of the passport pages which contain personal data of the bearer, or originals of other travel documents. Diplomatic passport holders are required to submit the originals.

Three (3) standard passport-size pictures of the applicant (one only for the diplomatic passport holders going on an official trip). Please, sign on the back.

1)For business visas: Invitation from a duly registered Russian organization.

Note: Traveler's name, as well as dates and itinerary of his trip should be stated in the invitation in a clear and precise manner. Those who plan to stay as guests of persons employed by foreign diplomatic missions, news agencies, or Russian-based foreign companies should have their hosts apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. The Ministry will instruct us accordingly.

Multi-entry visas can be issued only upon authorization of the Russian Foreign Ministry based on a request of hosting Russian organizations.

2) For tourist visas: copy of a telex/fax message from the Russian tour operator with appropriate reference and confirmation numbers that can be obtained through your local travel agency.

a receiving hotel or a joint venture in Russia. The receiving organization must be duly registered as a tourist company in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Moscow and be assigned a special index. That index and a tour reference number must be indicated in the confirmation.

1. Cover letter
2. Visa processing fees are not refundable.
3. Self addressed and stamped envelope or prepaid air bill, if process visas are to be returned by mail.

Important notes:

1) The Consulate General reserves the right to invite any applicant for an interview.

2) Since we process visas by computers, all paperwork should be presented in the following pattern. Copies of the passport pages should be trimmed to the size of the original and stapled to the upper-left corner of the application form. Two pictures of the applicant should be stapled to the copy of the passport page and one -- to the specially marked place in the upper-right corner of the application form.

Paperwork submitted in the manner different from the above, or incomplete set of documents, shall not be processed and may be returned to the applicants.

3) When a traveler applies for a visa in person, a numbered pick-up slip is issued by the visa officer. The slip should be presented to the visa officer when the visa is claimed by the applicant.

4) After visas are received, they should be checked and returned to us, if necessary, for corrections. The Consulate shall not be responsible for any discrepancies which were not brought to our attention before departure from the USA.

5) The validity of the visa can be extended provided it is supported by a new invitation from the same hosting organization.

Effective May 1, 1999

Consular Charges for Visa Procession

  1. For traveler's convenience, the following expedited services are available ( where applicable):
    Single Entry Visa Double Entry Visa
    --two week
    $70.00 $120.00
    --one week
    $80.00 $130.00
    --three business
      day service
    $110.00 $160.00
    --next business
      day service
    $150.00 $200.00
    --same day $300 $350

Visa Processing fee is non-refundable 

Russian Consulates & Embassies

United States

Embassy of Russia in the United States
2650 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington DC 20007
Tel: (202) 298-5700, 298-5772
Fax: (202) 298-5749

Visa Department:
1825 Phelps Place N.W.
Washington DC 20008
Tel: (202) 939-8907
Fax: (202) 939-8909

Consulate General in New York
9 East 91 St.
New York, NY 10128
Tel: (212) 348-0926
Fax: (212)831-9162

Consulate General in San Francisco
2790 Green St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
Tel: (415) 928-6878
Fax: (415) 929-0306

Russian Mission at UN
136 East 67th St.
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 861-4900
Fax: (212) 628-0252

Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle
2323 Westin Building
2001 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121-2617
Tel: (206) 728-1910
Fax: (206) 728-187
Telex: 6505700941 MCI UW


Embassy of Russia in Canada
285 Charlotte St., Ottawa, Canada
Tel: (613) 235-4341
Fax: (613) 236-6342

Visa Department:
Tel: (613) 236-7220, 236-6215
Fax: (613) 238-6158

Consulate General in Montreal
3655 Ave Du Musee
Montreal, Quebec, H3G2EI
Tel: (514) 843-5901, 842-5343
Fax: (514) 842-2012

Russian National Tourist Offices

United States
130 West 42 Street, #412
New York, NY 10036
Tel. (212) 575-3431
Fax (212) 575-3434


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