ON RESUMING VISA ISSUANCE
Start June 28, 2021 Russian consulate in the U.S.A. resumes the issuance of visa of all categories (including tourist visas).
Please be advised that the visas may be issued only for the U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries, who possess U.S. Green Cards.
Russian Tourist Visa Application Requirements
Gather and send the following documents to Visa Express:
All U.S. nationals who wish to enter Russia for an excursion, sightseeing, cultural events, or other forms of tourism need a Russian visa. Once it is confirmed that a Russian travel agency will host an American tourist, such a visa will be issued. Regular Russian visas can be single entry or double entry that grants a maximum stay of 30 days. However, the simplified visa agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation allows for a 3-year multi-entry Russian visa for Americans. As a result, Americans can take advantage of the 3-year multiple entry visas if they wish to enter and stay in Russia for a long period of time
This guideline will shed light on everything you need to obtain a visa to Russia.
Invitation and Voucher
This is the first document you need to start the Russia visa application process. Also called the visa support document, it contains information you need to answer series of questions on the visa form. After confirming your booking with a Cruise ship, a registered Russian Hotel, a rented apartment, etc. It is vital to request confirmation and a voucher. People staying in multiple hotels, cruise ships, etc., must request this document from every place they will visit. There are different formats of the documents since there is no specific standard format. It is primal to your Russian visa application. It’s not required if you order it through us.
It is essential to submit a signed passport that meets the following requirements:
- You need a valid passport that is eligible for at least 6 months.
- There must be nothing less than two blank pages that qualify as VISA pages.
- Endorsement and amendment pages do not qualify for this requirement.
As part of the Russian visa requirements, applicants need a single passport size photographs with the following criteria:
- Not more than six months old and printed on a superb quality photo paper
- The background must be all white.
- The photo must measure 2 inches by 2 inches.
- Displays a neutral expression (without a smile).
- Make available the full-frontal view and your facial features with the face aligned in the middle.
- Eyeglasses and all forms of head wears are not allowed. There is, however, an exception for religious purposes.
- The picture should not be fixed with the application; any evidence of adhesive, staple disqualifies the photo.
The next step is to complete and sign a Russian visa application form: Click here to fill out online application. This is an application hosted by the Foreign Ministry in Russia. The application requires detailed information; hence you need to take your time with the process. Please make sure to write down the application password on the top of the application form you printed out.
- You need to supply your country from the drop-down menu. Be sure to select the UNITED STATES.
- There is also a request for the visa issuing office. Depending on the state that will process your visa, select “Russia Visa Center Houston”. Application without “Russia Visa Center” will not be accepted.
- Make sure to supply authentic answers to all fields.
- Your name should be filled as it appeared in your passport.
- List all places you intend to visit in Russia.
- Print out your application, sign it in the signature box. For minor below 18 years, the parent will have to sign
Three-Year Multiple Entry Visa Option
For people that will like to apply for this category of Russian visa, here are some application guidelines to help:
- The number of entries in your Russian visa application form must read Multiple Entry.
- The Entry and Departure Date from Russia must cover three years. For instance, for someone whose Confirmation and Voucher commences on 12/01/2020 (Date of Entry). The departure date must be 11/30/2023, not the date you will depart as listed on the confirmation and voucher.
Former USSR or Russia Nationals:
- Copy of USSR passport with a stamp stating you left for permanent residence abroad, dated prior to February 6th 1992.
- Copy of a Visa to Israel issued prior to February 6th 1992.
- Copy of a Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996
- Document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship.
- Copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992.
In accordance with Russian law, visas cannot be issued to Russian citizens with expired passports. We remind you that in accordance to Article 12 of Russian law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”, children born to two parents who are Russian citizens automatically gain Russian citizenship regardless of the place of birth. In this case visas are not issued and they must apply for Russian citizenship or have their information written into the passport of one of their parents or obtain a Russian passport.
Minors must supply the following to get a Russian Visa:
- Copies of a valid Birth Certificate.
- A valid copy of passports from both parents.
Processing Time and Fees
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Visa Express 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 “Place Order” which will create your completed order form, then print it out and sign it.