How to get a Russia tourist visa

How to get a Russia tourist visa
iVisa | Updated on Sep 26, 2019

Russia is a beautiful country. The famous Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral are the most visited landmarks, but there are plenty of other attractions you can enjoy. However, do not forget that Russia is one of the countries that require a visa upon entry. Getting one is not difficult. All you need to do is go to the Russian embassy in your country and apply for one. There is one little detail, though, that you need to take care of. One of the requirements for obtaining a Russia tourist visa is an invitation letter. iVisa can get that invitation letter for you. All you need to do is apply, and the document will be in your email inbox in the timeframe you choose.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need a visa to visit Russia?

Depending on your nationality you will know if you need a visa or your country is visa-exempt. Some nationalities can also apply to other types of visas for Russia. You can use our visa checker by clicking here. Just choose your nationality and Russia as your destination and you will be able to check the information. If it is the case that you need a visa to enter Russia, you will require to have an invitation letter before applying.

Which types of invitation letters and visas are there for foreigns traveling to Russia?

There are these kinds of invitation letters and visas:

  • Tourist Invitation Letter.

  • Business Invitation Letter.

  • Kaliningrad eVisa.

  • Far East (Vladivostok) eVisa.

Please note that not all nationalities can apply to Kaliningrad and Far East eVisas. Also, information on this blog is about the Tourist Invitation Letter. You can check information about the other options here.

If invitation letter cost is zero, why do I need to pay?

It is a difficult process to obtain an invitation letter and it is a necessary requirement to apply to the Russian visa. To obtain your invitation letter with iVisa, you just will need a few minutes of your time and we do the rest of the job. Then, you will be able to obtain your invitation letter in as little as 30 minutes! That is why we charge you a small amount for it.

What is a Tourist Invitation Letter?

It is a document which indicates that you are invited to Russia by a Russian travel company or a hotel that is accredited by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. This document has two parts: A Voucher and a Confirmation of the Admission of a Foreign Tourist. It is necessary for you to present an Invitation Letter to apply for a Russian visa.

What are the documents required to apply?

To apply for an Invitation Letter with eVisa, you will need the following:

  • Valid passport (at least 6 months after arrival in Russia).

  • Credit/debit card or Paypal account.

  • Valid email address.

  • Arrival and departure date.

  • Accommodation information.

  • Specify which cities you will visit during your stay in Russia.

  • Number of entries required for your trip.

  • Proof of financial status (if required).

What are the processing times and prices?

For the processing time of your invitation letter, iVisa offers you three options, and you can choose depending on your needs:

  • Standard processing – your application is processed within 24 hours, and the price is USD 20.00 (service fees included).

  • Rush processing – you will receive your letter within 12 hours, and the total price of it is USD 45.00 (service fees included).

  • Super rush processing – this is the fastest option. You will get your Invitation Letter in only 30 minutes, and you will be charged USD 70.00 (service fees included).

Click here to start your application.

What is the difference between a Tourist Invitation Letter and a Russian Visa?

The Tourist Invitation Letter is a document that must be presented along with your visa application. It is not an actual visa, but a document that the Russian government requires you to have to apply for an actual visa.

Does the Invitation letter guarantee that a visa will be issued?

No, it is merely a document that allows you to apply for the actual visa. The issuance of your visa will be at the discretion of the Russian government.

How long does it take to apply for a Russia Tourist Invitation Letter?

Applying online with iVisa will take you less than 10 minutes. Then, shortly we will let you know the status of the application by email.

How can I apply for a Russia Tourist Invitation Letter?

The form consists of two steps:

  1. First, you need to put in your basic information. You also need to select the type of letter you want and the processing time.

  2. The second step of the application will require you to revise the first step and make the payment. After the payment is processed, you can submit your application and wait for the invitation letter to arrive via email in the timeframe you selected. Do not forget to print it in color and take it with you to the Russian embassy.

Click here to start. After you are done, you submit your form and wait for your letter to arrive. In case you need assistance to fill your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.

What happens after I have applied?

Once you submit your form, you will immediately receive a confirmation email.

Can I travel to Russia with just my invitation, without obtaining a visa?

No, it is not possible. You will need a Russian eVisa and the Tourist Invitation Letter allows you to apply for it.

How does the Russia Tourist Invitation Letter look like?

This is how the Russia Tourist Invitation Letter looks like:

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What do I need to do after I receive the Invitation Letter?

After your invitation letter has been released, you need to go to the Russian embassy for your interview. Before doing so, you should find out which documents you need. It is best if you give them a call before you go. After the interview, the embassy will release your Russia visa if approved.

What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?

If we already submitted your application, then you can NOT make any changes and you will have to apply again but we will NOT charge you another service fee, then please, if this is the case, let us help you by contacting one of our customer representatives.

Is it safe to use iVisa to get my Russia Invitation Letter?

Many people think that information online leaks and that it can get into the wrong hands. However, that is not the case with our services. We provide maximum safety for your personal data, confidentiality, and we invest a lot in the security of our database. Your personal information could not be safer. You can check what hundreds of happy customers say about us here.

I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more info?

Click here and start chatting with one of our customer service representatives if you have specific answers. Alternatively, you can find more info and FAQs here.

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