These visas are for those foreigners who have relatives or friends in Russia able to get a private invitation. The period of validity is from one to three months, and the visas have one entry only.

The invitation ("izveschenije") is issued by local police Department of Visas and Registrations (OVIR) or Division of Passport and Visas (PVS). The process of obtaining such an invitation is long and difficult, and involves queuing and waiting. The price is not high, but the process may take up to 3 months (usually 1,5 months). The Russian consulate/embassy always asks for original invitation, which takes more time for delivery and incurs additional costs.

Terms and prices for issuing the actual visa depend on the Russian consulate/embassy, but usually the price is minimal, while the processing period is longer than for business visas.

To get professional advice and/or help regarding this type of visa from an authorized Russian travel agent in your country please click here.

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