This page contains information about Russian visas. The text is a one-to-one copy of the original text from the Russian Embassy in the United States Washington.
Do not use this information as official, the Russian Embassy changes their rules frequently. Always visit their own website for the latest official update, before taking action for applying a Russian visa!!!
Although the copied text is specific for US citizens, the main procedure is for almost any western country. Refer to the specific websites listed in this page for your specific country.
The following documents should be submitted in order to obtain a tourist visa:
Visa processing fees are:
Next-day or Same-day processing is available only if our volume of work permits.
If you apply by mail please allow one more day for processing.
Visa processing starts only after we have collected all necessary documents.
IMPORTANT: Russian tourist visa can be issued for not longer
than one month! When entering Russia with a tourist visa, you
are required also to present at the border check point your
tourist confirmation, voucher from your hotel and a return
ticket with a fixed date of departure from Russia. You also will
have to prove that you have sufficient funds for your travel.
However, this does not apply to cruises and tourist groups!
Visa Processing Fees are Not Refundable
Please follow specific pattern when submitting your papers.
The copy of the passport page should be trimmed to the size of
the original and stapled to the upper left-hand corner of the
application form. Two pictures should be stapled to the copy of
the passport page and one – to the marked space the upper
right-hand corner of the application form.
Paperwork submitted in a different manner will not be accepted.
If you are going on a cruise and wish to go sight-seeing, you
should get a visa as explained above. Your cruise sponsors must
provide you with the name and reference number of the Russian
organization which will be responsible for this cruise.
Processing times, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice.
If you need more information please call us at (202) 939-8913, 8918, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visa section is open for visitors Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. only. Visa documents are accepted until 12:15 p.m. only.
To obtain a homestay (visitor's) visa the following documents should be submitted to the Consulate:
NOTE: The first time your relative applies for a "IZVESHCHENIE" can take up to two month's before it will be ready. The second and next permission will be ready within 2 weeks. If it will be applied by the same person.
If you apply by mail, you should enclose a completely-addressed and stamped return envelope or prepaid air bill for USA delivery only, bearing your account number and showing yourself as both shipper and recipient. We do not accept air bills marked "Bill Sender", or "Bill Third Party", or "Bill Credit Card", or "C.O.D". If you fail to follow the above-mentioned requirements, your visa application will not be processed. If the papers are not acceptable for any reason or some documents are missing, we will return them by regular mail. When forwarding documents to us, please specify "Attention: Visa Section". We do not accept documents for international delivery. If you apply personally or through a travel agency or visa service, you or your representative should get a pick-up slip from the visa officer. You should present this slip to pick up your visa when it is ready, or refer to the number of the slip to find out the status of the application. Please, note that we do not accept documents delivered to the Consulate by courier services.
Visa processing fees are: Check the Russian Embassy website for current visa fees
Please note, that drop-off day is not counted as a business day.
Next-day or Same-day processing is available only if our volume
of work permits.
After you receive your visa please check it for mistakes and, if
necessary, return it to the Consulate for corrections. The
Consulate will not be responsible for any mistakes in visas
which were not brought to its attention prior to departure from
If you need more information please call us at (202)939-8907, 8913, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visa section is open for visitors Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. only. Visa documents are accepted until 12:15 p.m. only.
VISA SUPPLEMENTAL FOR US MALE CITIZENS
In January 2002 the US Consular Service introduced a new
procedure for Russian citizens seeking non-immigrant entry visas
to the United States. This procedure requires to provide
supplementary information regarding their military service,
participation in the military conflicts, their college or
university degree, a list of countries visited in the last 10