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 visas are issued for a period for up to 30 days, and most often up to 14 days. They usually have just one entry and cannot be extended while in Russia!
A double entry tourist visa can sometimes be obtained in case if a foreign citizen travels to Russia, then to a neighboring CIS country, then back to Russia, and only after that to a third country. A double entry tourist visa cannot be issued for two separate trips to Russia with a return travel to the home country in between. Total period of validity of a double entry tourist visa cannot extend 30 days.
Tourist Invitation from Hotel in Russia
The hotel issuing an invitation should also be registered with corresponding authority and have its own “tourist reference number”. Hotels issue invitations only for the period pre-booked, and Russian tourist visas cannot be extended while in Russia. Usually it is safer to order a tourist invitation at a travel agency. Tourist visas are not issued on the basis of a confirmation of hotel reservation, unless the hotel has its own tourist reference number.
Here are some hotels in Moscow that can issue invitations on their own behalf:
Balchug Kempinski Moscow
Best Western Art Hotel
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