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Learn More: Tourist Invitation Letter

Content updated, September 2023

NOTE: Tourist invitations and tourist visas are for foreign citizens who will be staying in hotels or holiday rentals. We require a formal tourist accommodation operator's address to process this invitation letter. A 'private visa' for travelers to stay with a friend or relative can be obtained through Russian government portals.

Get your Russian Invitation Letter online with iVisa!

Are you planning a trip to Russia? To travel to this country, you will need the proper travel documents.

With iVisa you can apply completely online to get your Russia Tourist Invitation Letter. Forget about visiting the embassy or filling out confusing forms! We make all the hard work for you, so you can relax and plan your travel.

Keep reading to learn more about the Russia Tourist Invitation Letter and how to apply.

What is the Russian Tourist Invitation Letter?

The Russian Invitation Letter is a requirement if you want to obtain a Russian Tourist or Business Visa. The document comes in A4 format and is evidence that you have been invited to Russia by an accredited Russian travel company or hotel.

iVisa provides Russian Tourist and Business Invitation letters in accordance with the purpose of your trip. There are 2 different tourist invitation letters providing a single or double entry into Russia.

Apply now.

Who can apply for the Russia Tourist Invitation Letter?

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

If you want to know if you need this document, you can use our Visa Checker Tool. You just need to enter your nationality and you can start your application!

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

Benefits of getting your Russia Tourist Invitation Letter with iVisa

  • Application 100% Government Compliant: Our iVisa team will review each one of the answers you give on the form and adjust them to be 100% compliant with the government requirements.

  • Simplified Form: While on the Embassy website, you will have to answer confusing and tedious questions, at iVisa, you will only have to answer a simplified form with clear questions. It will be like filling out a short survey.

  • Fill out the form at your own pace: With the iVisa platform, you can fill out the form at your own pace, make changes whenever you want, and save your progress, so you do not have to start from scratch, unlike the embassy website which cuts you off from their website every time you take a break.

  • iVisa values your safety. That is why we have a solid security system to protect your personal information. We recommend you go over to our reviews section and read what our past customers have said about our services. We’re sure you’ll find them to your liking.

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How can I apply for the Russia Invitation Letter online?

To obtain the Russia Invitation Letter online with iVisa you just need to follow these few simple steps below:

  • Step 1. You have to complete the application form with your personal details, dropped the required documents, and travel information. Review carefully all your application information.

  • Step 2. Once you fill it in, you can pay the fee. You can pay with a credit/debit card or PayPal.

  • Step 3 Receive your Russia Invitation Letter, and get ready to travel!

You will be notified via email about the process of your invitation letter.

We offer a shipment service for the Russian Tourist Invitation Letter. Since it takes between one day and three weeks to process this product, we advise you to apply at least three weeks in advance.

Please, check with the embassy or consulate if you will need your original and stamped Russia Tourist Invitation Letter or a copy to be delivered before starting your application, since our shipment service only works if you need the original document.

When you will obtain your Russia Tourist Invitation Letter, then you will be able to apply for a Russian Visa.

Pretty easy right? Apply for your invitation letter now!

What documents do I need to apply for the Russia Tourist Invitation Letter online?

  • Your valid passport. We advise you to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after your departure from Russia.

  • Your proof of accommodation. This could be a hotel booking, a hostel booking is not allowed. Make sure the dates in this document match the travel dates selected in your application, it needs to be pre-paid and cover your whole stay in Russia. This is a government requirement to issue the travel document.

  • Invitation Letter. This is only necessary for air travelers. 

Do you have these documents? Apply now!

Where can I learn more?

In case you have any questions about the Russia Tourist Invitation Letter or any other travel document, you can reach out to our outstanding customer support team online or by email: [email protected]. They are available 24/7 to assist you in case you run into any difficulties.

Visit the FAQs below to solve any other questions you may have about this type of travel document.

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Required Documents to Apply

  • Last page of passport (if applicable)
  • Passport page (if applicable)
  • Proof of accommodation (if applicable)
  • Travel itinerary

Important Instructions

  • Bear in mind that you are applying for a Russian Invitation Letter and not a Russian Tourist Visa. The Russian Visa Invitation Letter is a requirement for you to obtain the Russian Tourist Visa.

  • Besides your passport information, you are required to provide your travel dates and accommodation information in order to apply for the Visa Invitation Letter.

  • Information on which cities you plan to visit during your stay in Russia is also necessary in order to apply for the Visa Invitation Letter.

  • Proof of accommodation will be needed to obtain the travel document.

  • The Russian Tourist Invitation you will receive from iVisa consists of a tourist confirmation letter.

  • Please, check with the embassy or consulate if you will need your original and stamped Russia Tourist Invitation Letter or a copy to be delivered before starting your application, since our shipment service only works if you need the original document.

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

  • The Russian Consulate may ask you for your hotel booking or any other proof of accommodation when issuing your Russia Visa.

  • We advise you to apply at least 3 weeks in advance for this document.

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

  • iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, see the FAQs below.

Questions?

If this happens, please contact our customer service team as soon as possible. Our visa experts are available 24/7 and will gladly help you resolve the problem.

Our iVisa experts review all visa applications and accompanying documentation before submission; thus, rejections are rare.

However, if government officials find any errors and reject your application, iVisa will refund your iVisa processing fee, and you will have the option to reapply for your Russian Tourist Invitation Letter.

NB: Government fees will not be refunded.

Travelers passing through Russia on their way to another destination do not require an invitation letter. Russian transit invitation letters do not exist. However, travelers intending to transit through Russia must apply for a Russian transit visa, even if they are just changing planes in Moscow or another international airport in the country.

We understand that unexpected changes in travel plans may happen, and that you may want to request a cancellation of your application and a credit for the amount paid. However, we will only approve the refund/credit if it meets our Refund policy guidelines:

  • If our team has not reviewed your application nor submitted it to the government for approval, then you will receive a credit for the total amount of the iVisa processing fee and government fee (visa cost).

  • If your application has been reviewed by our team but has yet to be submitted to the government for approval, you will receive a credit for the total amount of the government fee (visa cost).

  • If your application has been submitted to the government for approval or a visa is already issued, unfortunately, we cannot issue any refunds or credits.

Our policy also applies to these circumstances:

  • If we make a mistake on your application, a 100% refund of the iVisa processing fee will be issued, and we will process your visa again at no cost.

  • If you purchase Rush or Super Rush processing and we do not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a credit for the iVisa Rush or Super Rush processing fee.

  • If you miss your trip because iVisa does not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a full cash refund of the government and iVisa processing fees.

NB: There is an exception to the clause above if the government is the cause of the delay or if your arrival date was sooner than our Super Rush processing time. In such a case, you will receive a credit for the iVisa processing fee.

If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with our services, please feel free to contact us.

If this occurs, please contact our customer service team immediately so that we can help you fix the problem. Our experts are available 24/7.
You will receive the documents via email once the application is accepted. In addition, you will receive an email notification if your application has any problems.
Disclaimer
  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: http://www.gov.ru

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