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Russia Visa

Washington Express Visas provides expedited Russia visa and passport services to the Russian Embassy.

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Washington Express Visas offers same day pick-up and prompt, reliable Russia visa services and passport processing available 24 hours a day. When others tell you it will take weeks to get your visa, call us and we can do it in mere days. We will walk you through the process step-by-step and immediately notify you if any problems or delays occur. Your documents can either be picked up and returned directly to your office, or you can send them to us via FedEx, UPS, etc. to our Processing Office.

*Please note that due to ILS/Russian Embassy restrictions we can only process Visas and Documents for residents living within the Washington D.C. jurisdiction (Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, Puerto Rico).  The Russian Embassy no longer permits cross-jurisdictional processing.

Instead of the medical insurance policy the applicants will have to present a guarantee letter from the sponsoring organization. In the letters it must mentioned that the sponsoring company guarantees to cover living, medical and deportation costs.

For a U.S. citizen requesting a Russian Visa, we will need the following:

Russia Tourist Visa Documents*:

  • U.S. Passport – You must provide your signed passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have a blank page available.
  • Russia Visa Application Form – Effective July 1, 2011, the Russian Embassy requires that all applications for Russian visas submitted in the United States be prepared using the Electronic Visa Application Form which is a web-based application, available online at the Russian government site.   After filling in the Electronic Visa Application form online, applicants will have to print a copy of their application form, sign and date it.  *Please note – no corrections (typed or handwritten) are allowed.  If an error is made, you must go back online and start over.
  • Washington Express Visas Visa Request Form - filled out completely.
  • Photograph – Please provide one color, passport size photo. The photograph must be printed on photo paper, it must be 2″ by 2″ and have a white background, and it must have been taken in the last 6 months. Do not glue or staple the photograph to the Visa Application.
  • A standard tourist confirmation from a hosting authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel, registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Voucher with Voucher Confirmation from your hotel or travel agency in Russia.  In other words, to travel to Russia you must get an invitation issued by an agency that is recognized by the Russian government, or your visa will not be approved.
  • Copy of your airline ticket or travel agent itinerary.

*Please note that Russian tourist visa applications are accepted only within 90 days of the proposed entry date to Russia.  Please apply only within 90 days of the date of travel.

Russia Business Visa Documents*:

  • U.S. Passport – You must provide your signed passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have a blank page available.
  • Russia Visa Application Form – Effective July 1, 2011, the Russian Embassy requires that all applications for Russian visas submitted in the United States be prepared using the Electronic Visa Application Form which is a web-based application, available online at the Russian government site.   After filling in the Electronic Visa Application form online, applicants will have to print a copy of their application form, sign and date it.  *Please note – no corrections (typed or handwritten) are allowed.  If an error is made, you must go back online and start over.
  • Washington Express Visas Visa Request Form - filled out completely.
  • Photograph – Please provide one color, passport size photo. The photograph must be printed on photo paper, it must be 2″ by 2″ and have a white background, and it must have been taken in the last 6 months. Do not glue or staple the photograph to the Visa Application.
  • A business letter of introduction from your company (on company letterhead) addressed to the Embassy of Russia stating the purpose of travel, the name and contact of the company in Russia you’re visiting, and a financial guarantee for all of your expenses.  Click here to see a sample business letter.
  • An official letter of invitation from your hosting organization approved by the Russian Ministry of Interior or the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs OR Telex number with the name of the inviting organization. This must be the original letter, copies will not be accepted.
  • Copy of your airline ticket or travel agent itinerary.

For applicants born in the former USSR or Russia you will also need the following:

  • Certificate of Renunciation of Citizenship from the Russian Embassy.
  • Evidence of Emigration – copy of old passport and stamps showing date of emigration. If you no longer have your old passport you must explain exactly what happened to it in your personal letter (see below).
  • A personal letter from the applicant addressed to the Embassy of Russia explaining the complete route and date of emigration.  Letter must also include a declaration that you do not hold Russian citizenship.

*Please note that Russian business visa applications are accepted only within 45 days of the proposed entry date to Russia.  Please apply only within 45 days of the date of travel.

Embassy Processing Times and Fees (required):

Russia Consular Fees:
*Effective March 11, 2013, regular processing time will take at least 10 business days.
**Russia has begun using a Third Party Outsourcing company to process Visas and Documents and requires an additional processing fee of $33.
***Visas are granted or denied at the discretion of the consulate, this includes type of visa (single, double or multi entry) & duration. Embassy fees are non-refundable.

  • Single entry visa - Processed in 10-20 business days: $160
  • Single entry visa  - Processed in 4-5 business days: $250
  • Double entry visa  – Processed in 10-20 business days: $160
  • Double entry visa - Processed in 4-5 business days: $250
  • Multiple entry visa – Processed in 10-20 business days: $160
  • Multiple entry visa – Processed in 4-5 business days: $450
  • 3 year Multi enty visa – Processed in 15-20 days: $160 (3 business days not offered)

Washington Express Processing Times and Fees (optional):

If you choose to use our services, Washington Express Visas Fees are:

  • Visa Service:  $185
  • Re-Write: $25 (If Embassy requires correction on the Application)

Please note that this fee is additional to the Embassy fees listed above.

Shipping:

If you choose to use Washington Express Visa to help process your application, please send your documents to the address below. If you choose to file via the government site, click here

Forward Documents to:

Washington Express Visas
1920 N Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

We ask that you send the documents listed above via FedEx or UPS so the delivery can be tracked. Please call us at 202-393-3030 to let us know that your documents have been sent.

Additional Information:

  • Passport and/or passport replacing documents must be valid on arrival.

Additional Information:

  • Passengers are required to hold return/onward tickets and documents required for the next destination

Except those holding a visa

  • All passengers must hold an Immigrant Card which can be obtained free of charge on board or on arrival. In case of stay in the Russian Fed. exceeding 3 days, passengers must register their Immigrant Card and visas through their hotel or sponsor.
  • Passengers visiting relatives must register with local police upon arrival and have registration entered in their visa. If staying in a hotel, this will be arranged by the hotel.
  • All visitors are strongly recommended to have sufficient health insurance or travel insurance that will cover any medical expenses.
  • Valid visas in expired passports or other expired travel documents are not accepted.

Warning:

Health Information:

No vaccinations are required to enter Russian Fed. from any country.

Warning:

  • Passengers exceeding a stay of 90 days in Russian Fed. should present an AIDS Test Certificate together with a visa application form to the consular department or embassy of the Russian Fed.