Important Visa Information

I. In accordance with the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on the simplification of visa formalities for nationals of the Russian Federation and nationals of the United States of America, the US citizens shall as a rule be issued multiple-entry business, private, humanitarian and tourist visas that are valid for three years (36 months) from the date of issue of the visa.
Please have a look at the recommended list of documents for the submission of additional information regarding 3-year multiple-entry business, private, humanitarian, and tourist visas.

II. Dear US Applicants,
1. According to the Agreement it is recommended that you submit your documents for obtaining a 3-year multiple-entry visa at least 8 working days prior to your intended date of entry into Russia.
2. When filling out the electronic visa application form at: please choose «multiple» from the drop-down menu and indicate a 3-year period of stay starting from the date of entry in your visa support documents (invitation).
3. Your Visa Application must be accompanied by an invitation from the hosting party. Copies or facsimilies of the invitation are acceptable.
4. A multiple-entry visa allows subsequent trips with a purpose other than what was initially indicated in the visa. Thus, the new purpose of each trip and information on the new hosting organization must be indicated in the Migration Card form in order to clear Russian customs and border control.
5. The passport of the applicant, as a rule, must be valid for at least full six months after the visa expiry date.
III. Dear Visa Applicants!
Please be advised that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on December 14, 2016 has issued Order № 23359, which outlines the uniform method in calculating the actual consular expenses, associated with the exercise of consular actions.
The Order regulates the procedure for assessing the fee due from foreign nationals applying for a Russian visa, as of the 28th of January, 2017 (The date on which the Order comes into effect).
Please note that in accordance with the new Order, the rates for the issuance of visas have changed.
Please, acquaint yourself with the updated consular fees required to obtain a Russian visa, effective as of 28th January, 2017.

New visa processing fees for US Citizens

1. Single-Entry Visas
4-20 Business days $90
3 Business days $180

2. Double-Entry Visas
4-20 Business days $144
3 Business days $288

3. Multiple-Entry Visas
4-20 Business days $270
3 Business days $540

4. Single-Entry Transit Visas
4-20 Business days $90
3 Business days $180

5. Double-Entry Transit Visas
4-20 Business days $144
3 Business days $288

6. Visas for Temporary Residency
Irrespective of Processing Time $90

Visa Transfer or Replacement
Visa transfer or replacement at a Consular
Divison or Consular Section of a Diplomatic Mission
of the Russian Federation which initially issued the visa $36

IV. Russian Visa Center in the United States
Under the agreement between the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United States of America and the company «Invisa Logistics Services LLC», in improving visa services, US citizens, foreign nationals and stateless persons may apply for all Russian visa types at the above-mentioned company's Visa Center. The company is nationwide, with five offices: Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Houston, and Seattle.
Please be advised that the current Visa Center service fee is $ 33.00 per visa.
Consular visa tariffs remain the same.
For more information visit
For your convenience, you may reach Call-Center Representatives at:
(202) 827-0880 or e-mail your inquiries to: [email protected]
Monday-Friday (Eastern Time)
9.00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
Technical break: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Call-Center Representatives are standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding the visa process or general consular inquiries.

V. Foreign applicants for Russian visas can apply directly to the Consular Division of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.
Prior to submitting your visa application to Russian consulate you must make an appointment on the following web-site. For applying directly you are required to appear in person for a visa interview at the Consular Division from 9 a.m. till 12.15 p.m. Please, comply with the general visa obtaining procedure and have available all the documents concerning your trip. Tourist\visa processing agencies have to submit applications to the ILS only.

VI. All applications for Russian visas submitted in the United States must be prepared using the electronic visa application form at the website
Russian visa applications prepared using the old format or in a different way are not accepted any more.

VII. Procedure for trips by foreign nationals to the Republic of Crimea (Russian Federation)

VIII. Information for Turkish citizens

In accordance with the Decree № 583, issued by the President of the Russian Federation on November 28, 2015, the procedure for entering the Russian Federation for citizens of the Republic of Turkey, bearers of a regular Turkish passports, has been revised.
As of January 1, 2016, Turkish citizens bearing said passports will be required to obtain a Russian visa issued by a diplomatic or consular division of the Russian Federation. (For more information please visit our website
This does not affect Turkish citizens:
- bearing temporary residency permits or permanent residency cards for the territory of the Russian Federation;
- bearers of special or official passports, traveling to the Russian Federation for less than 30 days;
- bearing special or official passports who are working at diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Turkey on the territory of the Russian Federation, and their family members who hold valid special or official Turkish passports;
- or Turkish citizens who hold a Seaman's Passport, provided they are entering for maritime purposes on ship orders.