GUIDE TO RUSSIA
RUSSIAN VISA SERVICE
RUSSIAN TOURIST VISA SERVICE INSTRUCTIONS
PLEASE GATHER, PREPARE AND SEND THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:
Former Russian citizens or their children can no longer apply for Russian tourist visa. The applicant must apply Russian Private Visa with a official Russian government invitation.
1 Valid Passport:
You must send the actual passport. The passport must be signed and have at least six (6) months validity remaining before expiration and has at least two complete blank visa page for the visa stamp.
NOTE: The last three pages on the passport are not visa pages and are not acceptable. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.
NOTE: Russia government does not recognize dual citizenship. If you were Russian citizen or have ever held Russian citizenship, you must using a Russian passport travel to Russia, or prove that you have renounced your Russian citizenship (or that your parents renounced their citizenship before you were born). This included anyone born in Russia, or born overseas to at least one Russian parent.
2 Visa Application Form (please, no handwritten form):
Completely fill-out and sign Russia visa application form. One form per applicant.
Important message: You need to register an account Online first in order to fill out the application online. After the account registration, you should see a DeclarantId and Password. It's very important to keep the DeclarantId and Password for your record. Also, after you print out the application form, please write your DeclarantId Password and the answer of your security question on top the application.
Click here, to completely fill-out and sign Russia visa application form online, then print it out, and write your DeclarantId and Password on top the application.
You must provide two 2x2 passport type color photo. Your photo has to be a color photo, on a white background and clear, and you are not to wear a hat, bandana, or sunglasses (prescription glasses are an exception).
Please DO NOT glue or staple your photo to the application!
4 Requirement for former USSR country citizen and their children:
List of former USSR countries:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
Additional documents for the former USSR country citizen:
-. Copy of Old USSR passport and exit stamp; or copy of Exit visa
-. Copy of naturalization certificate
-. Statement letter from consulate (attach: Former USSR Statement form), please fill it out completely in Russian (including the name of applicant). Click here to download the statement letter.
-. For former Ukraine, Please provide a letter from you about where were you born, where did you live, Which city did you register in Ukraine, when did you leave your country, when did you enter USA, statement that you never have Russian citizenship and you never apply Russian citizenship. The Letter must has address to Russian Consulate in Houston, signature and date.
-. Proof of name change, if you have changed your name.
Additional documents For Child (If one of the parent is from former USSR country):
-. Copy of Birth Certificate
-. Copy of Parent’s Marriage certificate
-. Statement letter from parent who was former USSR citizen (attached: statement for Son & Statement for Daughter), Please fill it out completely in Russian, including the applicant’s name must be in Russian.
Click here to download Statement letter for child.
5 Letter of Invitation:
For individual travelers : Invitation, or confirmation, plus voucher of hotel arrangements from a hosting authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel, showing reference number and confirmation number for the visa.
If you would prefer, we can obtain the invitation for you. Click here to see the instruction and fees for obtain the invitation through us.
6 Order Form:
Click here to completely fill-out order form. You will be asked to input your personal information, order information, and payment information. After inputting your data, click on "Submit Order" which will create your completed order form, then print it out and sign it.
7Total Fees (A + B):
A) Consulate Fee & Service Fee:
Please check the following table for Russian consulate fee and our service fee:
|SERVICE TYPE||ENTRIES||CONSULATE FEE||SERVICE FEE||PROCESSING TIME|
|REGULAR||1||$115||$89||8 BUSINESS DAYS|
|REGULAR||2||$165||$89||8 BUSINESS DAYS|
|RUSH||1||$195||$179||3 BUSINESS DAYS|
|RUSH||2||$290||$179||3 BUSINESS DAYS|
B) Return Shipping Option & Fee:
FedEx Next Day Service $29
FedEx to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico $49
FedEx Saturday Delivery $49
FedEx First Over Night (8 am delivery) $79
8 Payment Methods:
We accept company check, money order, cashier's check or credit card**. Please make check or money order payable to Visa Express. You can write the total amount on one check or money order.
** Credit card payment is subject to a $3 or 3% processing charge, whichever is greater.
9 Ship Above Materials to:
Please send all the required documents to Visa Express, the address is listed on the top of your order confirmation page.
If applications require Same Day or Rush service. The application must be received before 10:30 AM. You must send your documents using FedEx Priority Overnight Service or UPS Next Day Service only. Applications received after 10:30 AM will be processed the next business day.