Russian Visa Arrangements
In order to get a Russian visa, you need to obtain an invitation (also called visa support) first. Different visa types require different visa support documents.
For a tourist visa, it is a "travel voucher" and a "hotel reservation confirmation" issued by a Russian travel agency.
Both papers are called “invitation” or “tourist visa support” and can be ordered online through this page.
You will then need to take your visa support to the consulate in order to get a Russian visa along with the other documents needed (usually, your passport, photos, and visa processing fee - normally $50 to $100 US). After you get your visa support documents through this site, you can contact the Russian consulate in your country to learn how you can apply for the visa and what exactly you should bring to the consulate in addition to your visa support documents.
If you would like an agency in your country to take care of all the arrangements, so you don't have to go to the consulate by yourself, please, get the visa support (invitation) through this page and then choose one of the agencies listed on Russian Visa Net website.
Please read our Terms and Conditions before requesting your visa support!
A business invitation to Russia may be issued by:|
-the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or its regional representatives;
-the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS)or its local offices;
-an authorized Russian company (this type of invitation can only be used by EU, US and Japan passport holders)
We suggest that you contact your local Russian consulate and make sure that an electronic copy of the invitation would be sufficient. The original is available upon request (you can order it to be delivered when make an online application). It will be sent via DHL to the address you will have indicated.
Please note that a multiple entry visa is only available for people who have been issued a Russian visa before. A copy of your previous visa should be enclosed to your new application. If this visa was processed before 2013, we strongly recommend that you should contact your local Russian consulate and make sure that a multiple entry visa would still be available.
INVITATIONS PROCESSED BY AUTHORIZED RUSSIAN COMPANY (FOR EU, US, JAPAN and CHINA)
As per the governmental agreement between Russia, several European countries*, the US, Japan and China passport holders are eligible to obtain a business visa using an invitation issued on a registered Russian company letterhead. An official invitation processed via FMS or MFA is no longer complusory for a business visa processing.
* Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
ELECTRONIC INVITATIONS via FMS
A Telex is a visa directive sent by the Russian Federal Migration Service to the Russian consulate of your choice. Once the telex is ready, its number will be sent to you and you should refer to it when applying to the consulate for an actual visa. A paper copy of a telex does not exist and is not required. Please note that the authorities may find it necessary to take an application to additional control. In this case the sending of a telex may be delayed a day or two.
INVITATIONS PROCESSED VIA FMS
This type of invitation is required for nationals of the countries that did not sign an agreement with Russia on the simplification of the visa regulations. We especially recommend it for citizens
of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and non-European or North American countries.
Invitations processed via FMS for citizens of developing countries and People's Republic of China
To process a business invitation for a person who applies for a visa not in his own country, the Russian migration authorities demand the original notarized translation of his work or residence permit into Russian. The notarization must be done in Moscow. The service is available upon receipt of a copy of work/residence permit. The cost is 100 euros.