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Russian visa invitation. What is it and how to get it?

Russian visa invitation (also called visa support or tourist voucher) is a mandatory document to obtain the visa to Russia. I have requested letters of invitation to many hotels and to different Russian tour operators. In this article I will tell you my experience about this document, which continues generating many doubts and questions when it comes to processing the visa to Russia.

What is the invitation letter (or visa support) to Russia?

The invitation letter to Russia, also called visa support or tourist voucher, is a document by which a natural or legal person, resident in Russia, invites you to visit him/her, whether for tourism, business, studies or personal purposes.

It is a mandatory document to apply for a visa to Russia. Don’t confuse the invitation letter with the hotel reservation. They have nothing to do with each other. The hotel reservation is not necessary to obtain the visa. For other visas, such as the Chinese visa, it is usually necessary to submit a copy of the hotel reservations tickets, but not for the Russian visa.

Tourism invitation voucher (if you are staying in hotels or apartments)

The tourist invitation letter is the most common of all and it is necessary to process the tourist visa. It can be issued by:

  • The hotel or hotels in which you will stay. Some offer it for free, but most charge a price for issuing it. Fewer and fewer hotels do it for free, but keep in mind that if they issue it for free and then you decide to change hotels, you will be charged a penalty of up to 5,000 rubles on the credit card with which you made the reserve. The letter can be sent to you by email or fax.
  • Russian tour operators authorized by the Federal Tourism Agency of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. The list of Russian tour operators authorized to issue invitation letters can be found at this link: https://www.russiatourism.ru/operators/ (in Russian). Some of these tour operators allow you to get the invitation letter online in 5 minutes, noting the hotels where you plan to stay (nothing happens if you stay later in other hotels). It is sufficient to print the PDF document to submit it along with the rest of the documentation. In the last section of this article I’ll explain how to get an invitation letter online and quickly.

Russian Visa

 

Trip to russia IS A CERTIFIED TOUR-OPERATOR LISTED IN THE UNIFORM FEDERAL REGISTER OF THE TOUR OPERATORS OF THE FEDERAL TOURISM AGENCY.

 

WE ISSUE TRAVEL INVITATIONS, WHICH ARE IN THE LIST OF OBLIGED DOCUMENTS FOR RUSSIAN VISA APPLICATION. EXPLORUSSIA ISSUES INVITATION LETTERS ONLY FOR TRAVELLERS PURCHASING ANY OF OUR SERVICES.

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First and foremost, please check whether your country of citizenship is eligible for visa-free entry or not.

 

TOURIST VISA

 

Citizens of most countries will need a visa for Russia. It cannot be obtained at the border, therefore you should apply for a Russian Visa prior to travelling.

At the present day tourist visa to Russia is usually granted to any foreigner on the basis of the tourist invitation to Russia. Contact us and we will prepare all the required documents. Tourist visa to Russia (visa is issued at the Consulate of the Russian Federation in the country of citizenship on the basis of a tourist invitation) can be issued for single or double entries, if the total stay in Russia does not exceed 28 days. Term of registration of the tourist invitation takes up to 2 business days.

In Russia visa requirements also include travel insurance and a photograph of you. Make sure you have those under your belt when you apply!

Sometimes it can be a long process but we will be there to help you every step of the way to your Russian tourist visa.

 

 

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