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How to get a Russia tourist visa
3 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Thinking of traveling to Russia? In August 2023, the country’s government revealed the relaunch of the Russia eVisa program. This eagerly awaited announcement will grant citizens from specific countries the opportunity to get a visa for stays of up to 16 days.

The visa replaces the former visa systems for different regions in the country, which is now unified into one simple online application process.

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Learn more on our dedicated page about the Russia eVisa application requirements, validity, costs, and process, or apply directly via our platform or user-friendly iVisa app.

Do I need a visa to visit Russia?

Whether you need a visa to enter Russia depends on your nationality and if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Travelers from more than 50 countries can apply for this visa to visit Russia. These include travelers from Europe, Korea, Mexico, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Japan, Iran, and Turkey. Are you from another country? Find out if you can apply for this visa using our handy Visa Checker Tool and apply instantly online.

With this visa, you can enter Russia for:

  • Tourism.

  • Private business.

  • Sports, cultural, sociopolitical, economic, or scientific events.

Essential documents for the Russia eVisa application

Getting your Russia eVisa is streamlined and hassle-free, requiring only the following documents:

  • Valid passport: Your passport should have a minimum validity of six months from the application date.

  • Application photo: Secure a flawless, government-compliant application photo using our digital photo service.

Do I need an invitation letter to get the Russia eVisa?

Unlike conventional visa applications, eVisa applicants are exempt from the typical requirement of submitting an invitation letter to prove the purpose of their visit to the Russian Federation.

However, if you’re applying for a different type of visa for Russia, this requirement must still be fulfilled. Easily get an invitation letter through our services here without issues and assistance whenever you need it.

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

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 for you to apply for a visa (other than the eVisa).

Can I travel to Russia right now?

Although there are no direct flights from many countries to Russia at the time of writing, it is possible to visit Russia with a valid visa. You may need to transfer in Turkey or another country.

Insider tip: Our world traveler for Project Kosmos, Michael Zervos, who recently traveled to Russia, recommends using a travel agency to book flights, or if you're lucky enough, have a friend in Russia who can book for you. The reason being, that most US nations have sanctions against Russia at the moment, so you can't use your usual major international payment methods. Check out more tips in our Top 10 tips for traveling to Russia blog.

Keep in mind that the Russian eVisa offers entry to the country only through certain land borders, airports, and seaports.

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

Chat with one of our customer service representatives if you have another question about the Russian eVisa, Invitation Letter, or another travel document. Alternatively, you can WhatsApp us.

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