Russian tourist visa for USA (american) citizens

28 October 2016

Russian tourist visa for american citizens is issued to those foreign citizens from US who are willing to visit Russia for exploring the cultural and historical attractions. To obtain a tourist visa for US citizens you need an invitation to travel.

Such an invitation may be issued by travel company, which is registered in the Federal Register of Tour Operators and has its own reference number. It is made up of two parts - a tourist voucher and confirmation of the reception of foreign tourists.

Appearance of tourist invitation is not regulated by law, but it should have the name of the travel agency and its reference number, passport data of the tourist, names of cities, which he plans to visit, the validity of the visa, its multiplicity and some other information.

When making a tourist visa at a consular post in US, plane tickets and documents confirming the booking of the announced period, as well as an insurance can be demanded.

When issuing invitations tourist travel agency does not have to check the presence of unpaid fines, expulsion or criminal records in previous visits. However, this check will be done by consular office where a US citizen applies for visa. If he admitted any wrongdoing in his previous visits to Russia, the visa is denied. Thus, the presence of an invitation from a travel company does not guarantee a visa.

Documents US citizens for russian tourist visa:

  1. A detailed description of the travelling route. It is only necessary to be able to clearly tell where you are going, what you will do and where you stop.

  2. Letter from the employer or sponsor of a tourist. Certificate of employment is made on the official letterhead of the employer with details and contact numbers.

  3. Medical insurance.

  4. Passport with current or previous visas.

  5. Other documents for tourist visa. Depending on the situation at the interview may be required other documents for the russian tourist visa for american citizens.

Tourist visa is issued to US citizens for up to 30 days. It can be single or double.

Foreign tourists should also register in Federal Migration Service on arriving to Russia. The exception is coming for less than 7 days, but in case they stay in hotel it should anyway officially register the foreign citizen.

Visa to Russia from USA

Type of visa The price Processing time Validation period
Tourist visa invitation 37$ 24 hours 1 - 30 Days
Business visa invitation 367$ 15 Days 3 Months
396$ 15 Days 6 Months
424$ 15 Days 12 Months
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Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington DC, USA

  • Address:    Embassy of the Russian Federation, 2650 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington D.C., 20007, USA
  • Phone: +1 202 298-5700, 298-5701, 298-5704
  • Fax: +1 202 298-5735
  • Telex: (234) 248400 WSHP UR
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