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Where to Apply for a Russian Visa

March 14th, 2014

Planning to visit Russia in the near future? You’ll need a visa. But where do you get one?

Russian Embassies and Consulates

Getting a Russian visa is an infamously bureaucratic process. If you’re applying by yourself instead of using a visa expeditor, you must apply in person at the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate.

There are five Russian consulate offices in the United States. Each has its own service area, or jurisdiction, based on your home address.  To figure out which office services your area, see the list below:

  • Washington, DC

Address: 2641 Tunlaw Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

Phone number for visa questions: 202-939-8913202-939-8913

Jurisdiction: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, Puerto Rico.

  • New York City

Address: 9 East 91 Street, New York, NY 10128

Phone number for visa questions: (212) 348-0926(212) 348-0926

Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

  • San Francisco, CA 

Address: 2790 Green Street San Francisco, CA 94123

Phone number for visa questions: (415) 928-6878(415) 928-6878 , (415) 202-9800(415) 202-9800

Jurisdiction: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.

  • Seattle, Washington

Address: 600 University Street, Suite 2510 Seattle, WA 98101

Phone number for visa questions: (206) 728-1910(206) 728-1910

Jurisdiction: Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

  • Houston, TX

Address: 1333 West Loop South, Ste. 1300  Houston, TX 77027

Phone number for visa questions: (713) 337-3300(713) 337-3300

Jurisdiction: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas.

Russian Visa by Mail

What if you aren’t lucky enough to live in or near one of the five cities listed above? Can you apply by mail? Unfortunately, not any more. According to the Russian Embassy website,

“In order to expedite and improve visa obtaining process as well as for security concerns the Consular Division is no more processing visa applications by mail, starting from June 1, 2010.”

Russian Visa Online

You can fill out and print the Russian visa application form online here, but you cannot apply online.

If you need a Russian visa and don’t want to travel or to deal with the Russian Embassy on your own, use a visa expediting company. In fact, even if you live near an Embassy, you’ll have an easier time navigating the red tape if you go through an expediter.  A visa expediting company walks you through the application process and deals with the Embassy or consulate on your behalf, helping you avoid common errors that slow processing time.

Also, you can ship your application materials to the expediter (generally using a carrier like FedEx), possibly saving you money on gas, flight, hotels and time off work.

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Travel Visa Service: 4 Countries Worth The Money

December 17th, 2013

Applying for a travel visa for one of the countries on this list? You’ll probably want to seek professional help with the application process from an experienced group of experts.

India

Currently, India’s visa system is complex and can be confusing, even if you’re just going as a tourist. In fact, the US Department of State notes that “Indian visa regulations change frequently, often with little advance notice, and changes may be poorly advertised and inconsistently enforced.”

With 16 different types of Indian visas to choose from with varying requirements, and a sometimes nit-picky application process, it helps to have a professional visa expediter to guide you through the process and act as your advocate.

China

With an alphabet soup of different visa types, you need to make sure you apply for the right one and that you have the appropriate supporting documents and invitation letter when necessary.

if you don’t use a third-party visa courier, China requires you to apply for a Chinese visa in person. Unless you live in or near one of the 5 Chinese Consulates General locations, you’ll save travel and work time using an expediting service.

Russia

According to the State Department, “Russian visa requirements are complex, and U.S. citizens must take care they do not unintentionally violate entry and exit regulations.”

Need we say more? Visa experts can help you navigate this maze of red tape!

Brazil

Brazil has what is called a “jurisdictional” visa system, which means you must apply at the correct consulate based on your home address. Their rather long list of required documents, include formal invitations for conferences or family, proof of yellow fever vaccination, requirements for children and more. In addition, each consulate can have its own set of requirements.

For example, if you apply in Houston or you live in Connecticut or Rhode Island, they not only require you to submit a copy of your driver’s license, you also have to get it notarized. If you’re applying in Washington, DC and you need proof of yellow fever vaccination, you’ll need your original vaccine certificate as opposed to a copy.

These are just some examples, wouldn’t you rather be planning your trip to the rainforest or deciding which beaches to sunbathe on? Let us help you get your Brazilian visa, and you’ll have more time to spend planning the perfect trip.

If you’re traveling to one of these countries (or anywhere else that requires a visa), we’re here to help. Contact us today!

New Azerbaijan Visa Requirements for Tourists

October 29th, 2010

Until just recently, American citizens could visit Azerbaijan without having to apply for a visa in advance. It’s always been a good idea to do so, because getting a visa in the airport meant waiting through a number of long lines, but airport visas were an option if you didn’t have the time to apply at an Azerbaijani embassy before you left.

However, as Gadling notes, the rules have changed and travelers to Azerbaijan need to take note:

“Then, in the middle of October, Azerbaijan suddenly changed its visa regime, requiring visitors to obtain visas at the country’s embassies in advance. This requirement is not particularly annoying for tourists, who usually have time to drop their passports off at embassies prior to travel, but it’s a huge hassle for business travelers who often need to travel at the drop of a hat.”

The US Department of State further clarifies the new rules: “With limited exceptions, (diplomatic or official government travelers, or persons with invitations from high-ranking officials of the Government of Azerbaijan) you cannot get a visa at the airport. Nor can you get a visa at the land borders with Georgia and Russia.”

You can apply for your Azerbaijan visa at an Azerbaijani embassy. If you’re applying as a tourist, you will need the following documents:

  • 1 completed visa application form
  • 2 passport photos
  • A tourist voucher from a hotel in Azerbaijan with a confirmation number.

The default tourist visa for visitors to Azerbaijan is a single-entry visa. If you need multiple entries, you will also need a letter of invitation from someone in the country.

RushMyTravelVisa can help you get an Azerbaijan visa before you travel. We’ll walk you through the paperwork and deliver your application to the appropriate embassy or consulate for the fastest processing available.

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Chris Guillebeau On The Difficulties of Getting a Belarus Visa

August 13th, 2010

Like Russia, Belarus is one of those countries that seems to absolutely revel in bureaucracy. Consequently, if you decide you want to visit, you should be prepared to jump through more hoops than your average circus animal. Even professional travelers can find Belarus’ visa system frustrating. For example, it took Chris Guillebeau, a writer/digital nomad who is in the process of visiting every single country in the world, 3 tries to get into Belarus, even using a visa service.

From his blog, here’s a list of the problems he had on his last, successful attempt:

1. Can not write “OR” for state – must write “OREGON.”

2. Can not write “Oregon” for state – must write “OREGON.”

3. Can not use “#” for “Number” – must write “NUMBER”

4. Digital signature not accepted on application.

5. Real signature must include each letter of name.

6. Real signature must be in black ink! No other color!

7. Visa card accepted for Canadian applicants; Americans must use only MasterCard.

8. Blue-colored Mastercards are not accepted (“image too dark for bank.”)

9. Signature on alternate MasterCard must match signature on application, even if signature on application is wrong due to requirement #5.

Wow. Even then, he ran into a hassle getting in, as he didn’t have enough acceptable cash to pay the visa fees when he arrived at the airport. Make sure you know how much your visa is supposed to cost, and bring more than you think you need. In brand-new, crisp bills. Seriously.

If you need a Belarus visa, visa services like RushMyTravelVisa.com can help you cut through some of the red tape. We offer assistance with the application, answering any questions you might have and providing a second pair of eyes to catch common mistakes that could keep your visa from being issued in a timely fashion.

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Algerian Visa Hassles Leave “Art of Nonconformity” Author Guessing About His Next Destination

August 3rd, 2010

Poor Chris Guillebeau! After 3 tries, he finally managed to get the necessary visa to get into Belarus, but according to his blog, now the Algerian visa system is wreaking havoc with his plan to visit every country in the world:

I have a ticket for Algeria and a hotel reservation in Algiers, both of which were required to apply for a visa in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago. The whole point of this trip is to go to Belarus and Algeria, two countries that are relatively difficult to get to. The problem is, I still have no Algerian visa, and my duplicate passport is still in Washington as I fly off to Europe with my regular passport.

So, what’s next? Depends on whether or not Algeria issues him a visa in a timely fashion. If they do, the visa service he’s working with will overnight it to him and he can continue with his trip as planned. If not, he’ll have to reroute and go visit another country at the last minute.

Of course, Chris Guillebeau isn’t really “poor.” Through a combination of courage and good business sense, he’s making his dream of traveling the world a reality. But his story does illustrate why it’s a good idea to work with a visa service, especially if the country you want to visit has a visa system that’s less than welcoming. Because he’s basically a professional traveler, he’ll probably land on his feet no matter what happens with his Algerian visa. For someone who has the opportunity to travel less frequently, visa snafus are a much bigger deal.

Whether you’re traveling to Algeria, Belarus or somewhere else, a visa service like RushMyTravelVisa can help smooth out the process of applying for a travel visa. We can’t make the Algerian Embassy issue a visa if they decide to drag their heels (like they’re doing to Chris Guillebeau), but we can walk you through the application process, making sure that all the forms are filled out correctly and reducing the chance that your visa application will be delayed or that you’ll have to submit additional information. We’ll also deliver it to the Embassy for you for the fastest possible processing.

Traveling to Algeria? Let us help you with your Algerian visa application today!