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Learn More: Business Invitation Letter

RUSSIA IS OPEN: Russia re-opened for tourism on 25 January 2021.

NOTE: Business invitation and visa suggest that a foreign citizen will be staying in a hotel or in a rental apartment. It is not possible to indicate just a private address of a friend or relative.

The Russian Invitation Letter is a requirement for you to obtain the Russian Tourist or Business Visa. The document is in A4 format and indicates that you are invited to Russia by an accredited Russian travel company or a hotel. iVisa provides Russian tourist and business invitation letters depending on the purpose of your trip and whether you are applying for a Russian Tourist or Business (Commercial) Visa.

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All nationalities who need a Russian Tourist or Business Visa to travel to Russia will also need the invitation letter.

To enter the country, every traveler must have health insurance.

Applying for the Russian Invitation Letter is easy and fast with iVisa. The process is 100% online. You can print the invitation letter and use it as one of the documents required for your Russian visa.

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Once your application for the Invitation Letter is complete and payment is made, we’ll send the document to your email inbox.

You must display the invitation letter, visa, and health insurance to officials at the immigration checkpoint upon arrival to the country.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Last Page of Passport (if applicable)

  • Passport Scan

  • Proof of Accommodation (if applicable)

Important Instructions
  • You are applying for a Russian Business Invitation Letter and not a Russian Business (Commercial) Visa. The Russian Invitation Letter is a requirement for you to obtain the Russian Business Visa.

  • For Business Invitation Letter 3 years (for US citizens), the passport should be valid at least for 3 years after arrival in Russia.

  • Please note that the Business Invitation Letter is a scan of the original. This is typically acceptable at most Russian Embassies, but there are cases where the Embassy may require the original. We suggest all applicants inquire to see if the original is required at their specific consulate, as we are unable to send originals at this time.

  • After you receive your Invitation Letter via email, you can apply for the Russian Business Visa at one of their embassies.

  • A proof of accommodation is required to obtain the travel document. The dates in this document MUST match the travel dates selected in the application. This is a requirement that is demanded by the government in order to issue the travel document.

  • The Russian Business Invitation you will receive from iVisa consists of a Business Confirmation Letter (“подтверждение о приеме иностранного туриста” - in Russian).

  • Business Invitation Letters are only available to EU citizens, US citizens and a few others.

  • The Russian Business Invitation Letter will be in Russian.

  • To enter the country, every traveler must have health insurance. There is no quarantine requirement on arrival in Russia.

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