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Visa & Entry

Visa Types and Appearance
A Russian visa provides the right to enter and stay in the country for a certain period. On the visa, the exact duration of the trip (date of entry/exit) is usually indicated, a photograph is attached and, if necessary, the name of the sponsoring organization - the inviting company or travel agency is indicated. All document fields are duplicated in Russian and English, however, personal information is entered only in Russian by transliteration rules. There are tourist, guest, business, working, educational, humanitarian and transit visas.

Visa Appearance https://russiau.com

Tourism

The tourist visa is issued by invitation from the travel agency for up to 30 days. The inviting organization must be registered in the Unified Federal Register of Tour Operators. When applying to the consulate, it is necessary to provide a Tourist Invitation and a Tourist Voucher in the form of a copy or an original, depending on the requirements of the representative office in a particular country. For example, Chinese citizens must submit an original document sent by the agency from the territory of Russia by mail. Residents of the EU can be submitted with a printout of an electronic copy of the invitation. The cost of the issue is 500-10000 rubles, depending on the prices of the travel agency. Some companies offer online services (for example, iVisa, Russia Support, Hotels Pro) with registration and delivery of originals by mail.

Travel voucher https://www.visahouse.com

In addition to the invitation, you must provide airline tickets, copies of confirmation of hotel reservations, the proposed route and a printout of the online application form. In some cases, additional insurance may be required.
Visa fees vary by country. US citizens pay $ 160, not including additional administrative fees. In Canada, a visa costs 112 Canadian dollars. Russian visa centers in the UK will take 63 pounds, while in Germany you need to pay 75.5 euros. A service charge is added to this price, which on average is in the region of 30-70 US dollars and varies due to urgency and the use of additional services, incl. Passport delivery with a courier visa.

Private visit

To apply for this visa, an invitation from a private person is also required. The document is drawn up on the appropriate application to the OUFMS or through the State Services. The receiving party must provide a statement of income, pay a fee and write a letter of guarantee, which confirms the consent to provide financial assistance to the guest if necessary, as well as bear material liability for the foreigner in case of his deportation. An additional interview may be required to invite guests from countries with high migration risk. The document is issued within 20 days, after which it must be sent by mail to a foreigner for subsequent submission for a visa. The duration of the trip can be 30 or 90 days without the possibility of extension.
Invitation https://visa-exp.com

Other types

Obtaining other categories of visas also requires an invitation. In the case of a work visa, it is necessary to provide an employment contract, the duration of which will determine the period of validity of the visa. The grounds for obtaining a humanitarian visa are “the implementation of scientific, cultural, socio-political, sports or religious ties and contacts”, and the business visa is intended for business travel, research, and teaching.

Registration at the place of stay

Foreigners must register for migration within 7 days from the date of entry into the territory of the Russian Federation. This can be done by the inviting party or guest at the IFC, the Ministry of Internal Affairs or by mail. Lack of registration may be fraught with subsequent deportation and a fine of 2,000 to 7,000 rubles. Hotels accepting foreigners must notify the migration service of all foreign guests within 24 hours, and the guest will not need any additional registration.

Visa-free entry

134 states and territories have bilateral or multilateral visa-free agreements with Russia. The passport of these countries allows you to enter without a prior visa (56 states) or when applying for a special "simplified" scheme. Most of the list - the countries of the former USSR, as well as South and Central America. The number of days during which a citizen of one of these countries are allowed to stay in Russia is determined by the agreement and can be unlimited (for example, Belarus), 90 days (Armenia, South Africa, Argentina), 60 days (South Korea and Mauritius), 30 days ( Serbia, Thailand, Seychelles), 14 days (Brunei, Hong Kong, Nauru). Chinese citizens can stay in Russia without a visa for 15 days if they travel in a group of 5 to 50 people and are accompanied by a representative of a tourist organization registered in both countries. The Japanese can travel to the Kuril Islands according to pre-approved lists as part of tourist groups, and the indigenous people of Alaska can travel to Chukotka to visit relatives through certain entry points.

The Russian government is also working on eVisa, an electronic document that is issued online and allows citizens of certain countries to visit Russia for up to 8 days. Often, electronic entry permits are subject to regional restrictions. For example, residents of Turkey or Japan (as well as another 16 countries) have the opportunity to obtain a visa via the Internet to enter only the territory of the Far East. To travel to other regions, citizens of states from the list will need to contact consular offices. There is a similar eVisa for the Kaliningrad region.

Some Russian territories are closed to foreigners. Trips to closed cities require special permission. The list includes Chukotka, the islands of the Gulf of Finland (except Gogland), 85% of the territory of North Ossetia, 15% of the Kaliningrad region, about 10% of the Moscow region, part of the Arkhangelsk region and Novaya Zemlya, Murmansk region, Kamchatka and Primorye.