Travel to Russia requires an entry visa. The Consular Division of the Embassy issues different categories of visas to Russia based upon the purpose of the trip and the duration of stay in Russia.
1. Original invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Services
Invitation to Russia is required for all common types of visa but the transit one. Information from the invitation is needed to complete the Russian Visa Application Form. You must have the invitation, or have the information from your host, before you can fill out Russia visa application form.
Please take a note that a letter from your friends or business partners cannot be regarded as official support documentation valid for obtaining a visa to Russia.
2. Consulate Application Form
As with all other visa related documents, it is important to avoid confusions and contradictions with other documentation. One of the most common reasons for rejecting an application is nonconformity to the purpose of visit to Russia of the documents supplied.
Please make sure to mention correct data for your sponsoring organization and the purpose of visit which exactly corresponds to your invitation!
The latest consulate application form is available on the Russian Consulate website in that country where you plan to apply for your visa. Please fill it in, print it out, sign it and send it with other required paperwork.
Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Russia, with at least two adjacent available for Russian visa stamps. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Russian visas.
One recent 1 3/8 x 1 3/4 inch passport style photograph - head and shoulders, face forward, neutral expression, in color, and with a plain/white background. The applicant should not wear glasses in the photo unless the photo in the original passport includes glasses. Photos with glasses must not have glare or reflection in the lenses.
Submit the Documents
Pay the Consular Fee
Consular fees vary greatly from one Consulate to another. Please contact your nearest Russian Embassy/Consulate to find out the exact amount and available methods of payment.
Get the Visa and Other Visa Relating Documents from the Consulate
Besides the visa you will get from the Consulate a two part Arrival/Departure card which is preseted to passport control authorities once you cross the Russian border. To avoid losing this card please staple it into your passport.
Note: If you have a multiple-entry visa make sure to make enough copies for numerous border crossings.
Check your Visa
And better check it twice. Make sure that all the information is correct before leaving the Consulate, as this is the only authority which can make amendments. No mistakes in your visa can be corrected after you have arrived to Russia!
A visa mistake can lead to:
problems when entering Russia
refusal to enter Russia
probems with registering your visa in Russia
fines by police
deportation or return trip earlier than you planned - and at your own expense!