Russian Visa Applications & Requirements for Tourists

Step 1: Collect Documents

Tourist Visa

Please download and print our Walk-through for the Online Russian Application.

Passport

Application

    • 1 Application Form, fully completed, signed.
      • Please Note: As of July 1st 2011 the Russian Embassy requires that all applications be filled out online. Click here for the Guide.
      • At the end of your application choose “ILS Washington” as your place of submission.

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A1 Order Form

Additional Requirements

  • Group travelers or Cruise Passenger:
    • Tour Company’s Invitation letter and visa voucher (Confirmed cruise or Tour Company’s itinerary including the confirmation from an authorized Russian travel company showing the reference and confirmation for the visa)
  • If Individual Travel:
    • Copy of the “Visa Support” showing the Invitation and visa voucher obtained from a Russian hotel form an authorized Russian travel company or from the hotel. This document must show the reference number as well as confirmation number. Please note that the validity of your visa will be for the exact dates shown on your visa supports documents that are given to you by the hotel or travel agency.
  • 1 fully completed Russian visa manifest: You must print and complete this form and include with the rest of your visa documents.
  • Non U.S. Citizens must submit a copy of their medical insurance card and also provide proof of their legal status in the U.S. such as an I-94 or a Permanent Resident Card.

Business Visa

Passport

Application

    • 1 Application Form, fully completed and signed. Please Note: As of July 1st 2011 the Russian Embassy requires that all applications be filled out online. Click here for a guide.
      • At the end of your application choose “ILS Washington” as your place of submission.

Proof of Travel

Invitation Letter

    • Official invitation from an organization authorized to invite business visitors to Russia.
    • To prepare an invitation in Russia, your sponsor would normally need the following information to be able to process and then fax the invitation to you:
      • A clear scan copy of the vital pages of your passport is usually required showing your full name, passport number, and your nationality
      • Dates of Arrival and Departure in Russia
      • Name of the cities you’ll visit

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A1 Order Form

Additional Requirements

  • Non U.S. Citizens must submit a copy of their medical insurance card and also provide proof of their legal status in the U.S. such as an I-94 or a Permanent Resident Card.

Important visa information:

  • The letter of invitation to Russia must be approved by The Ministry of Interior or its local offices; or other authorized Russian Agencies.
  • The letter must have an official seal, the signature of the authorized person to invite foreign nationals to Russia and the complete address of the company.
  • The Russian consulate has the right to request the original invitation, although a copy may be sufficient. Original invitation is a must if applying for work visa.

Step 2: Fees

A-1 Service Fee:

  • $95.00 per visa – Regular (7 up to 21 days)
    $150.00 per visa – Rush (5-7 Business days)
  • $220.00 per visa – Emergency (1-2 Business days when available)

Consular Fee:

TypePriceProcessing time
Regular - Single $123 Stay up to 30 days7-21 days
Regular - Double$177 Stay up to 30 days7-21 days
Regular - Multiple$303 Stay up to 180 days7-21 days
Rush - Single$213 Stay up to 30 days5-7 business days
Rush - Single$321 Stay up to 30 days5-7 business days
Emergency - Single$243 Stay up to 30 days1-2 business days
Emergency - Double$351 Stay up to 30 days1-2 business days
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Return Shipping Fees

SpeedPriceQuantity
Priority Overnight$281-3 Passports
Priority Overnight$314+ Passports
Saturday Delivery$411-3 Passports

Please be advised that the shipping fee for some states are slightly higher than the ones mentioned above. Your receipt should indicate the fee differences also the above rates apply to most Continental USA. Higher rate applies to Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and US Virgin Islands.

Calculate: Consular Fee + A1 Service Fee + Shipping = Total Due

Step 3: Shipping

Please forward the completed requirements detailed above to:

A-1 Passport & Visa Express,
1411 K STREET NW. SUITE 805
Washington D.C. 20005

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