Q: DO I NEED A VISA TO RUSSIA?

A: Most nationals need a visa to travel to Russia. Please check if you need a visa at this link.(ссылка в раздел виз)

 

Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO OBTAIN  A RUSSIAN VISA ?

A: There are two types of services available at the moment: express and standard. Express service takes 2 working days, standard service takes 6 working days.

 

Q: WHAT DOES SINGLE/DOUBLE ENTRY VISA MEAN?

A: A single entry visa allows you to enter Russia once, while double entry allows you to enter Russia twice within the period of validity of your Russian visa

 

Q: I HAVE BOOKED A  HOTEL IN RUSSIA. DO I STILL NEED AN INVITATION?

A: Hotel booking confirmation and visa support documents (invitation) are not the same thing. Confirmation from a hotel is only sufficient if a hotel is authorized to provide visa support for foreign citizens. Only first class hotels (such as Sheraton, Marriott, etc.) are entitled to do this. If you book another hotel, you should also present a letter of invitation from an authorized tour company in order to get a visa.

We will be glad to issue a tourist letter of invitation for you upon receiving an online request. An invitation will be processed same or next business day in accordance with your urgency.

 

Q: CAN I CHANGE THE DATES  OF MY RUSSIAN  VISA IF IT HAS ALREADY BEEN  ISSUED?

A: Unfortunately you cannot change the dates if the visa has already been issued. In this case you need to reapply submitting all the required documents for the visa and paying the visa fee again.

 

Q: CAN I SUBMIT  A HANDWRITTEN APPLICATION FORM  IF I’M HAVING  PROBLEMS FILLING IT IN ONL?

A: All application forms are filled in online, printed off and signed by the applicant.

 

Q: I HAVE DUAL NATIONALITY, ONE OF WHICH IS RUSSIAN. CAN I APPLY FOR A RUSSIAN VISA WITH MY SECOND PASSPORT?

A: Under Russian legislation, Russian nationals need to have a valid Russian passport to travel to Russia.

 

Q: DO I REALLY NEED TO BOOK A HOTEL?

A: Hotel booking confirmation and visa support documents (invitation) are not the same thing. Confirmation from a hotel is only sufficient if a hotel is authorized to provide visa support for foreign citizens. Only first class hotels (such as Sheraton, Marriott, etc.) are entitled to do this. If you book another hotel, you should also present a letter of invitation from an authorized tour company in order to get a visa.

We will be glad to issue a tourist letter of invitation for you upon receiving an online request. An invitation will be processed same or next business day in accordance with your urgency.

 

Q: CAN I USE A TOURIST OR BUSINESS VISAIF THE ACTUAL PURPOSE OF MY VISIT IS DIFFERENT?

A: Generally, the type of visa that you may use mostly depends on the duration of your visit. However, a tourist or business visa cannot be used if:

you visit Russia in order to adopt a child (a specific adoption visa will be required)

you want to send a child to Russia with his/her Russian mother (a homestay visa will be required)

you want to stay in Russia more than 90 days (a student or work visa will be required)

In these cases invitations must be processed by the persons or entities you really plan to visit.

 

Q:ONCE I AM ISSUED A VISA, CAN I TRAVEL ALL OVER RUSSIA?

A: Normally, yes. You will be issued a visa to the country, not to any specific places. Once in Russia, you have the right to change your original itinerary and travel elsewhere. However, there are places and regions in Russia foreigners have but limited access to.

 

 Q:I HAVE ARRIVED IN RUSSIA. HOW DO I REGISTER MY VISA? 

A: A foreign citizen must register with the local migration authorities within 7 business days upon arrival. Then a visa has to be re-registered at each city where you stay more than 7 business days.

The registration must be completed by the receiving entity. Please note that the receiving entity is not necessarily the same as the inviting organization or hotel entered in the person's invitation and visa but a company, hotel or person a foreigner is actually visiting in Russia.

If you do stay at a hotel, the registration is fully taken care of by the hotel reception.

If you stay at a private apartment, your visa is to be registered by your landlord. Please have the landlord apply at the local police precinct (in Moscow) or FMS office in other cities. He will just need to fill out a registration form indicating your passport and migration card details. Your landlord will have to present his passport with the registration (a so-called "propiska") at the same address.

In most cities the form can also be sent to the migration authorities from the local post office. As sending a document by post takes considerably less time than presenting it to the police, we recommend that you use this option whenever possible.

Should you happen to meet any problem, please get in touch with us immediately. If anything goes wrong, we will be glad to provide all necessary assistance depending on the situation and actually register your visa in Moscow if necessary. However, it is essential that the problem is resolved within 7 days upon your arrival to Russia.

 

Q: I HAVE LOST MY PASSPORT? 

A: 1. Please contact the nearest police station urgently and report the loss. You will be provided with a certificate confirming the loss of your passport.

   2. Please contact your consulate in Russia in order to be issued a new temporary passport.

 

Q: CAN I OBTAIN A NEW VISA WITHOUT LEAVING RUSSIA?

A: No, not legally. Here is the explanation why.

An entry visa to Russia is processed by the Russian consulates in foreign countries. No entity in Russia can issue a Russian visa.

Sometimes people think it a good idea to send their passport from Russia to their country via FedEx and have the consulate or a visa expediting agency send back the new visa once it is ready. Indeed, this would be the worst possible option to take because in such a case your new visa will be invalid as you will not have crossed the Russian border with this visa and obtained a stamp in your passport.

What with one visa expired and the other, invalid, a foreigner founds himself in a most difficult situation. The only thing he can do is to obtain an exit visa (which is a really complicated procedure) and leave the country directly.

 

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