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Getting a Russian Tourist Visa

by David Pacella | September 26th, 2009

Moscow is a beautiful city with some interesting historic attractions, like the imposing fortress of the Kremlin and the iconic onion-shaped domes of  St. Basil’s Cathedral.  However, if you want to visit Moscow to see the sites, you will need to obtain a Russian tourist visa first.

This is not as easy as it sounds. Russia has a visa system that the US Department of State’s website calls “restrictive and complicated.”  Here’s a list of what you need to get a Russian tourist visa:

  • Your passport.
  • A completed visa application form
  • 1 passport photo
  • A copy of your airline tickets or a copy of your itinerary showing your flight number and the dates that you’ll be in Russia.
  • A tourist invitation from a Russian travel agency or hotel that can serve as your visa sponsor. The hotel or travel agency  must be registered with the Russian government.
  • A hotel voucher from your hotel.

The Russian visa system can be difficult to navigate on your own. To make sure your vacation happens as planned, you might want to consider using a visa expediting company like  We can research your situation and make sure you have all the required documents. We can also obtain a tourist invitation letter for you if one of is not provided by your travel agency.

Plus, we’ll provide you with a helpful checklist with clear, easy-to-follow instructions for filling out the paperwork and sending it in. Then, we’ll forward it to the appropriate Russian consulate for expedited processing.

By using an expediting company, you’ll get personal, professional help navigating Russia’s complex visa system.  With, you can spend less time on paperwork and more time preparing for your trip.

Apply for your Russian visa today!

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