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Russian Visas

If you are planning to visit Russia, almost all nationalities (certain CIS countries and Israel are only exceptions- US, UK, and EU all need visas) need to obtain an entry visa from a Russian Consulate. Moscow Suites provides everything you need to apply for the visa. You can order the required visa support (also known as visa invitation) through our online ordering system and receive it within minutes. We also provide a link to all Russian Embassies and consulates, so you can find the nearest place to apply and download the necessary application forms.

Visa Terminology & Requirements

Visa Support is the invitation that is sent to you to allow you to apply for a visa at a Russian Consulate or Embassy

Visa Registration is the mandatory process to register all foreigners if they will be in Russia for more than seven business days.

Put simply, almost all visitors to Moscow require visa support. Only those travellers who will only be in Russia for 7 business days or less do not require visa registration. Please remember this when booking your accommodation. All prices for visa support and registration are per person.

If you have any questions about Visas or the application process, please consult our Visa Frequently Asked Questions page, else read below for detailed visa application instructions.

Obtaining a Russian Visa

Step 1: Get a visa invitation.

Before You apply for your visa at the Russian Consulate, you need an Invitation (also known as visa support, or the voucher and confirmation).

You can order your visa invitation online through our site, after you complete your accommodation booking. Our invitations are recognized by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and include both the voucher and the confirmation.

Step 2: Prepare documentation.

Once you have purchased an invitation, you should have all of the following documents ready to send to the Russian Consulate (please confirm this information from the consulate to which you will apply):

1) Visa Invitation

  • You should have obtained this in step 1, above

2) Passport

  • Must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your proposed visit to Russia
  • Your passport must have at least one empty page in it

3) Passport-sized photograph

  • Photograph not more than 6 months old
  • In Colour
  • Printed on normal photographic paper
  • Glued to the correct section of the application form

4) Completed visa application form

  • Obtain the correct visa application form from the consulate either through download or in person
  • US citizens must complete an additional form

We provide a complete guide to completing the application form for all visa support customers

5) Other requirements

  • Contact the Consulate directly in order to find out their visa processing time and charges.
  • Check with the Consulate you intend to use in case they have any special requirements.
Step 3: Submit your application

You can send your application by post or take it to the Consulate in person.

Postal applications

  • If the consulate you intend to use accepts postal applications (call to check), this is a simple but slower means of submitting your application for a visa.
  • If you use the postal option, the Consulate should return your passport to you by post with the visa attached inside.

Applications in person

  • If applying in person, call the Consulate to check opening hours and then arrive as early as possible to avoid queues.
  • Depending on how much you pay, the Consulate will take between 1 hour and 2 weeks to process your visa.
Step 4: Arrival in Russia

Once you arrive in Russia, it is important that you follow the procedure for completing a migration card and registering your visa.

Migration cards

  • You will receive a ‘migration card’ to complete either during your flight to Russia, or upon arrival at the border. The migration card is a simple document that requires basic passport details and will be stamped by a Russian immigration officer at the border. The officer will take one half of the card, but will leave the other half with you.
  • You must ensure you keep the remaining part of the migration card, as it must be handed in upon your departure from Russia.
  • You can read more about migration cards and how to complete them here.

Registration

  • All visitors must register their arrival if staying more than 7 business days in Russia (this does not include weekends or public holidays).
  • If you have requested visa registration as part of your booking, then Moscow Suites will take care of this for you. If you have not, then it is possible to register your visa yourself by going to a local police station or OVIR office.

If you have any additional questions about Visas or the application process, please consult our Visa Frequently Asked Questions page.