Russian Visa Requirements
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Russian Tourist VisasGeneral Information
Tourist visa can be obtained on the basis of an invitation from a tourist agency, registered with the Department of Consular Service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs according to the Russian law, or on the basis of a hotel confirmation.
Tourist Invitation from an Agency in Russia
If your hotel cannot provide official invitation or you are planning to stay with your friends or relatives instead, a Russian travel agency can issue a voucher for you.
A travel agency must have a special tourist reference number at the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and at the Russian Consulates/Embassies abroad to issue an invitation.
A tourist invitation should contain two parts: confirmation and a tourist voucher. Confirmation has a standard form and should look like this:
Tourist voucher does not have a standardized form and can look different. It should contain number of the voucher, name of the sponsoring organization, its address and reference data; personal data of the tourist, dates of entry and exit from Russia, detailed description of the tourist services provided and information about payment for the tourist services. Tourist voucher should be stamped and signed.
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Choosing Your Travel Agency in Russia or Abroad
Although tourist visa is considered to be the easiest one to get and travel with, it is important to choose the agency that can provide registration of your visa in Russia and advice and/or help in exceptional cases. Tourist visa is a short one and the sponsoring company will have to be able to act quickly and professionally.
We recommend using the services of recognized agents only, the best ones are listed in our Section Useful Links.
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