iVisa | Updated on Jan 17, 2020

If you are planning a trip to Russia and you know that you must go to the consulate and apply for a visa, then you are aware that a Russia invitation letter is required for the application process.

If you are curious as to how a Russia invitation letter sample looks like, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section, and you will be able to take a look. However, chances are you will not understand anything since the letter is in Russian. That's why we decided to explain you a little about this process in this post.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Russian Invitation Letter?

First of all, you need to know that a Russian Invitation Letter is an important requirement for you to get the Russian Tourist or Business Visa. You can have one for Tourism or Business purposes. This letter confirms that you are invited to Russia by an accredited Russian travel company or a hotel.

What are the requirements?

Disregarding how a Russia invitation letter sample looks like, if you go to Russia, you need one so that you can apply for your visa. iVisa can help you in that department. We cannot process visa applications, but we can facilitate the process of getting the invitation letter. Here is what you need:

  • Passport – if you want to apply for a Russian invitation letter, you need to hold a passport that is valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Russia. Do not forget to check the expiry date before you apply.
  • Accommodation information – you need to have proof that you have a place to stay while in Russia. You do not have to book a hotel before you apply, but you need to be able to provide the accommodation information.
  • Established travel dates – if you do not know the exact travel dates, you need to be able to provide the closest approximation possible. You do not have to book a flight before you apply.
  • E-mail address – iVisa will send you the Russian invitation letter via e-mail in PDF format. You need to print it out in color before you take it to the consulate.
  • Means of payment – iVisa accepts multiple methods of payment so that you can use the one that is most convenient for you. Credit and debit cards are allowed, but you can use PayPal as well.

What is the price of this e-Visa?

In the case of the procing, you should know that iVisa gives you three choices. You'll see next the choices according to the the Invitation Letter for a Tourist e-Visa and for USA Citizens. To check how the price could change, we recommend you to visit this page.

  • Standard processing – your application is ready within 24 hours and you have to pay USD 20.00.

  • Rush processing – your invitation letter is processed within 12 hours, and you have to pay USD 45.00.

  • Super Rush processing – you get your Russian invitation letter in only 12 hours, but you need to pay USD 70.00.

If you feel ready to apply, then you can click here.

How can I apply for a Russian Invitation Letter?

Once you're ready with the documents and also you know what processing time to choose, the next thing on your to-do list is the application form. The form is short and quite straightforward, but if you need assistance, you can contact iVisa’s support service 24/7 without charge.

You will notice how the application form consists of three steps.

  1. The first one requires you to insert your personal information, travel details, and passport info. You also need to select a processing time and a vis type before you move on. Keep in mind that the processing time options and fees above apply when you need a Tourist invitation letter with a single entry and a 30-day validity period. If you want a double-entry Tourist visa, things are a bit different:

  2. The second step asks you to make the payment and revise your form.

  3. The third and last step wants you to upload the application’s supporting documents. At this point, you are done.

Feel free to check out the Russia invitation letter sample we prepared for you in the FAQ section, but you have to admit that obtaining it is not difficult when you use iVisa.

How long is this Invitation Letter valid for?

It would depend on the nationality, but most of the time, you're able to have it for 30 days Total. Consider that when issuing your Russian Visa.

What other options do I have to visit Russia?

With iVisa, you still have other alternatives if you want to enter this country, and with no need of Invitation Letter:

  • Kaliningrad e-Visa
  • Far East Visa (Vladivostok)
  • Saint Petersburg e-Visa

However, don't forget that these visas are not always available. You can check that visiting the Russian e-Visas page.

Is it completely safe to apply with iVisa?

Yes, for sure! We've been working with a professional and skillful team for a long time, and that's why we always offer the best. On the contrary to what many people believe about online information being leaked and putting them in danger, we always prove that your information is totally safe with us.

Where can I see a sample of this Letter?

As we mentioned before, you can have it here, but to make things easier for you, here's a sample of the Russian Invitation Letter:

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Where can I read more about Russia e-Visas?

Do you want to know how to travel to Russia? Then you're in the right place! We have two options for you. You can read more about Russia and its Visas, or even other FAQs here. Our second option, is just to contact our customer center in this page.

At the end of the day, the choice is entirely yours. However, consider that getting a Russia private visa invitation letter takes longer and implies more effort on behalf of your friend or relative. You can spare them that trouble by applying for a Russia invitation letter with iVisa.

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