While getting an electronic visa for Russia is not possible at the moment, except if you want to travel to far-east Russia (the rule applies only to that region), iVisa can still help Estonians tourists with the process. Maybe an evisa is not accessible at this point, but the company can still help you with the invitation letter. As it seems, in order for you to get a consular visa, you need an invitation letter, for both tourism and business. iVisa can help Estonians get that letter, and if you follow a few simple steps, you can get it in as little as two hours.
What do you need to provide?
iVisa will handle the invitation letter and the entire process that comes with acquiring it. However, you need to provide a few things so that they can get started. Here is a list of what you need:
Valid passport – chances are that you already have one, and if you, make sure that you take a look at its expiry date. Also, the passport needs to be valid for at least another six months from your date of arrival in Russia. If it is is not, your application will be denied.
Valid e-mail address – after processing, iVisa will send you the invitation letter via e-mail. That is why it is extremely important to provide a valid e-mail address. Make sure that the spelling is correct. Otherwise, your visa may end up to someone else or nowhere at all.
Proof of accommodation – you can provide such evidence by uploading a hotel booking, Airbnb confirmation, or you can upload a letter from a host in Russia.
Arrival and departure date
Number of entries you wish to make
Proof of finance – this is not always required, but a bank statement should suffice.
Business card – this applies to people who wish to travel to Russia on a business visa.
Means of payment – the payment to iVisa is made before submitting your application. As methods of payment, iVisa accepts credit/debit cards and Paypal account.
How Estonians can apply
Once you have everything you need, you can proceed to fill in the online form. Estonians have three steps that you need to complete. In case you need any help, iVisa has a support service that is ready to take your call 24/7.
First of all, Estonians need to provide your general information. You must also choose the type of your invitation letter (single-entry or double-entry tourist, business) and the processing time. Keep in mind that both those factors will help determine the cost of your visa.
The second step will ask Estonians to revise the information provided and make the payment. The revision is much more important than people give it credit for. Corrections are impossible to make after the application is processed.
Last but not least, step three will ask you to upload additional documents. The number and type of the document depend on the situation. After Estonians have gone through all three steps, just hit submit and wait.
Processing time and fees
As mentioned above, the cost of your visa depends on the type of the letter you want and processing time. As for the latter, iVisa comes with three options for Estonians:
Standard – when you select this option, your application will be processed within one business day, and it will cost you only $25.
Rush – the timeframe goes down to 6 hours this time, and you will be charged $50 for your letter.
Super Rush – if you are in a hurry, you can choose this option and have your application processed within just 2 hours. Of course, you need to pay more. You will be billed $75.
The fees mentioned above apply to a single-entry tourist visa. If you want a double-entry visa, the processing time remains the same, but the price goes up $10 for each processing time. As for the business invitation letter, the processing time changes to 3, 2, and 1 business day. As for the cost, you will be charged $75, $100, and $125 respectively.
Once the invitation letter arrives, Estonians still need to go to the Russian embassy for an interview. Do not forget to print out the letter you receive from iVisa in color. Estonians may be required to have some other documents as well, but it is best if you call the embassy to get that information. The requirements may differ on a case-by-case basis, so it is better to know right from the source.