It is not permissible to acquire an electronic visa for Russia at the moment. However, iVisa can still help Japanese with the process if the destination far-east Russia (the rule applies only to that region). An evisa is not accessible currently but the company can still help you with the invitation letter. In order for you to get a consular visa, you need an invitation letter which is both tourism and business. iVisa can help Japanese get that letter in as little as two hours, as long as you follow a few simple steps.
What do you need to provide?
iVisa will assist Japanese obtaining the invitation letter and the entire process that comes with acquiring it. Just submit a few things so that iVisa can begin the process. Here is a list of what you need:
Valid passport – chances are that you already posses one. Just make sure that you take a look at its expiry date. Additionally, 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. 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 produce 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 want to travel to Russia on a business visa.
Accepted payment – the payment to iVisa is made before submitting your application. As methods of payment, iVisa accepts PayPal in addition to credit/debit cards payment.
How Japanese can apply?
You can start filling in the online form once you have collected all you need. Japanese have three steps that needed to be completed. Conveniently, iVisa has a customer service that is ready to take your call 24/7 in case you need any assistance
Firstly, Japanese need to provide your general information. You must also select the type of your invitation letter (single-entry or double-entry tourist, business) and the processing time. Those factors will help determine the cost of your visa so keep that in mind.
The next step will ask Japanese to review the information provided and make the payment. The revision is really more crucial than people thought about it. It is impossible to do corrections after the application is processed.
Finally, step three will ask you to upload additional documents. The number and type of the document will be case to case basis. Just hit submit and wait after Japanese have completed all three steps.
Processing time and fees
As mentioned previously, the visa cost depends on the type of the letter you want and processing time. Fortunately, iVisa comes with three processing time for Japanese:
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 urgent situation, you can select this option for $75. Your application processed within just 2 hours.
The fees mentioned previously to a single-entry tourist visa. For a double-entry visa, the processing time remains the same, but the price increases to $10 for each processing time. The business invitation letter processing time changes to 3, 2, and 1 business day. As for the fee, you will be charged $75, $100, and $125 respectively.
After the invitation letter arrives, Japanese will need to go to the Russian embassy for an interview. Do not forget to print letter you receive from iVisa in color. Japanese may need to have some additional documents as well so 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 directly from the source.