This type of visa is issued to travelers coming to Russia for tourism purposes. A Russian tourist visa can be single-entry or double-entry only, and is valid for a period of up to 30 days. It usually takes the Russian consulate from 1 to 10 days to issue this type of visa. To obtain a Russian tourist visa, you need a tourist invitation. The tourist invitation consists of a tourist voucher and a tourist reservation confirmation, which may be united in one document. The invitation can be issued by a Russian travel agency and should have the MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) reference number of the company. If is is not required by the Russian Consulate, a copy of the invitation can be presented to the Consulate for getting a tourist visa by the applicant for that visa.
The voucher is basically a receipt from the travel agency, confirming your tourist agreement with a travel company. The reservation confirmation is a document for the Consulate, containing your name, date of birth, passport number and the dates you will enter and leave Russia. Your visa will be issued for the period of your stay in Russsia.
Note: When filling in your visa application write exactly the same data as in the invitation%
- the dates you want your visa to be valid for;
- the names of the cities you plan to visit;
- the name of the inviting travel agency;
- the purpose of the trip (this must be ‘tourism’);
Note: After coming to Russia, you need to register within 72 hours. If you are staying in a hotel, the registration will be done by the hotel for the whole period you stay there; if you are staying in an apartment, the landlord (the owner of the apartment) should fill out a special landlord letter and submit it to the immigration authorities.
Please contact us if you need an invitation for your tourist visa and get it free if you book a tour with us.