Please note: You cannot apply for the new kind of visa if you have a letter of invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service or a telex from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this case you can only get the kind of visa mentioned in your invitation. 

The applications for the new (up to 36 months) visa take 10 days. The processing time may be extended. 

NEW BUSINESS AND HUMANITARIAN VISA

New Business and Humanitarian visa can be issued for US citizens only traveling to Russia with business purposes. Visas issued according to the Russia-US 2012 Visa Agreement are valid for up to 36 months period and allow you to stay in Russia for up to six months from the date of your entry. After it you have to leave Russia and may entry again for new six months period. Documents required for new Business visa:

  1. Letter of Invitation issued directly by the visa applicant's Russian business partner according to the Russia-US 2012 Visa Agreement for US citizens only. A "Letter of Invitation" should provide:

    a. Information about the Russian sponsor:
       - Full name of the Russian sponsor organization/company and its current legal address and contact information.
       - Full name and official company post of the person who signed the letter.
       - Russian organization/company`s INN number (in Russian: "Individualiy Nomer
    Nalogoplatelshika") – the Individual tax number of the Russian sponsor.

    b. Information about the visa applicant:

       - Full name of the visa applicant.
       - Date of birth of the visa applicant.
       - Citizenship of the visa applicant.
       - Full passport information of the applicant (passport number, date of issue/expiration, where/who issued passport).

    c. Information about the visa being requested by the visa applicant:

       - Number of entries.
       - Specific purpose of the travel (conference, meeting, etc.).
       - Anticipated duration of trip.
       - Full address the applicant will be staying at in Russia.
       - Itinerary (cities, places to be visited).

  2. Standard Visa Application form with one passport-size photo glued on the application form.

    Each applicant has to fill out visa application form online, print it on your printer at home or in your office and submit with other documents required.

    No blank spaces must be left. If a question does not apply, please type "N/A". If the answer is none, write "None". Kindly ensure that the dates of your entry and exit, as entered in the application form, match with the period specified in your invitation. The form should bear the original signature of applicant and must be well readable. Please note that all dates in your application form must be written in European style (date, month, year). Please state clearly your contact telephone number (office, home). Incomplete forms, forms with no signature, forms with corrections, forms filled out illegibly or not from the official web site will be returned to the applicants unprocessed.

  3. Passport (original). Passport must contain at least two blank pages marked "visas", otherwise the passport and documents will not be accepted and will be returned. Passport must be valid no less than six months after visa expiration date. Applicant's passport will be in the Consulate's possession within the whole period of visa processing. 

NEW PRIVATE (HOMESTAY) VISA

New Private (homestay) visa can be issued for the US citizens only traveling to Russia private purposes. An invitation for this type of visa can only be provided by a private sponsor - either a Russian citizen with permanent residence stamp of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) in his Internal Russian passport or by a Foreign citizen who has long stay immigration status in the Russian Federation (a residence permit, work permit, long term student visa, diplomatic\consular card). Visas issued according to the Russia-US 2012 Visa Agreement are valid for up to 36 months period and allow you to stay in Russia for up to six months from the date of your entry. After it you have to leave Russia and may entry again for new six months period. Documents required:

  1. A personal Letter of Invitation either from a Russian citizen - private sponsor with permanent residence stamp of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) in his Internal Russian passport or from a Foreign citizen who has long stay immigration status in the Russian Federation (residence permit, work permit, student visa, diplomatic\consular card). A "Letter of Invitation" for Private visa (type 3) should provide:

    a.  Information about the Sponsor - a Russian private citizen or a Foreign citizen with long term immigration status in the Russian Federation:
       - Full name of the Sponsor, date of birth, current permanent residence address in Russia and full contact information. Foreign citizen sponsors should provide all above and also a copy of a residence permit, work permit, student visa, diplomatic\consular card).
       - Copy of the Sponsor's passport including page with permanent residence stamp of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) or long stay immigration status in the Russian Federation (residence permit, work permit, student visa, diplomatic\consular card). 
       - IMPORTANT: Signature of the Russian or Foreign private Sponsor MUST be notarized by a Russian Notary Public. 

    b.  Information about the visa applicant:
       - Full name of the visa applicant. 
       - Date of birth.
       - Citizenship of the visa applicant.
       - Full passport information (passport number, date of issue/expiration, where/who issued passport) of the visa applicant.

    c. Information about the visa being requested by the visa applicant:

       - Number of entries.
       - Specific purpose of the travel (conference, meeting, etc.).
       - Anticipated duration of trip.
       - Full address the applicant will be staying at in Russia.
       - Itinerary (cities, places to be visited). 

  2. Standard Visa Application form with one passport-size photo glued on the application form.

    Each applicant has to fill out visa application form online, print it on your printer at home or in your office and submit with other documents required.

    No blank spaces must be left. If a question does not apply, please type "N/A". If the answer is none, write "None". Kindly ensure that the dates of your entry and exit, as entered in the application form, match with the period specified in your invitation. The form should bear the original signature of applicant and must be well readable. Please note that all dates in your application form must be written in European style (date, month, year). Please state clearly your contact telephone number (office, home). Incomplete forms, forms with no signature, forms with corrections, forms filled out illegibly or not from the official web site will be returned to the applicants unprocessed.

  3. Passport (original). Passport must contain at least two blank pages marked "visas", otherwise the passport and documents will not be accepted and will be returned. Passport must be valid no less than six months after visa expiration date. Applicant's passport will be in the Consulate's possession within the whole period of visa processing.

NEW TOURIST VISA

Attention cruise sea ship passengers! 

According to the Russian Immigration Law if you travel on an International Cruise Sea Ship and follow below- mentioned conditions: 

1. During your stay in the Russian Seaport you have accomodations on the the Shipboard in the same Sea Port;
2. You have group tourist program organized by a local tour operator or your Cruise company in the same city.

You don't need tourist visa for the period of up to 72 hours. 


This special immigration regulation does not apply to individual Sea Cruise tourists without organized tourist program, river board cruise passengers and travelers coming to Russia on package tours. For this type of travelers please see Consulate's visa requirements below.

All other applicants have to apply for tourist visa.


New Tourist visa can be issued for the US citizens only traveling to Russia with tourist purposes. Visas issued according to the Russia-US 2012 Visa Agreement are valid for up to 36 months and allow you to stay in Russia for up to six months period from the date of your entry. After it you have to leave Russia and may entry again for new six months period. Documents required:

  1. Standard "Tourist Confirmation" and "Tourist Voucher" from Russian travel agency. Travel Agency should be duly registered as a tourist company with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and assigned a special reference number. This reference number should be indicated on the Confirmation Letter. 

    In order to simplify the process it's recommended to contact any tourist\visa processing agency to verify how to obtain Russian tourist visa support documents.

       - If you intend to stay in the Russian hotel (without visa support from the travel\visa processing agency located in the US) ask your Russian hotel management to send you by fax or e-mail "Hotel Confirmation" and "Hotel Voucher" (just let them know that you need visa support documents). For all reliable hotels it's standard procedure and they will assist you in this matter promptly. 
       - Cruise sea (river) ship passengers without organized group tourist program are required to submit a letter from the Cruise Company and a Cruise Confirmation Letter from the Cruise company's partner agency in Russia (ask your cruise operator for a copy of that letter prior to applying for a visa). 
     
  2. Standard Visa Application form with one passport-size photo glued on the application form.

    Each applicant has to fill out visa application form online, print it on your printer at home or in your office and submit with other documents required.

    No blank spaces must be left. If a question does not apply, please type "N/A". If the answer is none, write "None". Kindly ensure that the dates of your entry and exit, as entered in the application form, match with the period specified in your invitation. The form should bear the original signature of applicant and must be well readable. Please note that all dates in your application form must be written in European style (date, month, year). Please state clearly your contact telephone number (office, home). Incomplete forms, forms with no signature, forms with corrections, forms filled out illegibly or not from the official web site will be returned to the applicants unprocessed.
     
  3. Passport (original). Passport must contain at least two blank pages marked "visas", otherwise the passport and documents will not be accepted and will be returned. Passport must be valid no less than six months after visa expiration date. Applicant's passport will be in the Consulate's possession within the whole period of visa processing