How to Get a Russian Visa?

Russian Visa

Visas are required for all visitors to Russia except for Baltic cruise passengers. Unlike some other countries, you cannot obtain a visa at the airport upon arrival.

To enter Russia you need:

  • An invitation
  • Money and goods imported declaration
  • Passport
  • Visa

To leave Russia you need:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Declaration of what you are taking out

There are three kinds of visa – tourist, business and private. Formally, you should have a Russian visa invitation. Our tour company arranges visa invitations for single and multiple entry tourist visas.


How to Get a Russian Visa

Obtaining a Russian tourist visa through the Embassy/Consulate can be a complex time-consuming process. Nowadays it’s easy to apply for a visa over the Internet. For those who’d like to avoid going along in person to the Russian Embassy, a number of visa services are available.

How to get a Russian visa? To apply for the visa at the Embassy/Consulate, you will need:

  • Your passport
  • A Russian visa invitation (=visa support) from the tour company or your pre-booked hotel (or other accommodation)
  • Visa application filled out at the Embassy/Consulate

Document requirements change quite regularly, s it is essential to check these in advance.

Russian Visa Invitation


To successfully obtain a visa to Russia, it’s essential to have a Russian visa invitation (visa support). One might have visa invitations provided by the hotels, to show proof of pre-booked accommodation.

IMPORTANT! The visitors are required to include every town and village they intend to visit on their visa application. The Russian Embassy will accept maximum two visa support letters for one trip to Russia. If you intend to visit more than two towns/cities in Russia, it’s better to have one Russian visa invitation letter for the entire stay.

We provide our customers a Russian visa invitation covering all the cities, towns and villages of visit. This service is complimentary and goes together with the tours ordered through us.