Updated Russian Visa Information 2018 – For USA only

Source: General Visa Information | Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United States of America

General Visa Information

Travel to Russia requires an entry visa. The Consular Division of the Embassy issues different categories of visas to Russia based upon the purpose of the trip and the duration of stay in Russia.

In general, it’s recommended that US citizens apply for 3-year multiple business, private, humanitarian and tourist visas (please have a look at the correspondent visa type information).

The following documents should be submitted in order to obtain a visa according to its category:
1. Completed visa application signed by the Applicant only. Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed.
Application available online at http://visa.kdmid.ru
All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he should put “N/A”.
Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally.
2. Valid national passport (original only and it should have at least two clear visa pages). It must be valid no less than six months after the visa expiration date. Holders of travel documents such us: Permit to Re-Enter the United States of America, Travel Document, etc. must submit valid Permanent Resident Card (an original and a copy).
3. One picture of an applicant. Russian visa photo specifications.
4. Money Order or Certified Bank Check made out to the Russian Consulate for visa processing. Please note that we do not accept cash, credit or debit cards, personal or company checks.
5. Invitation to Russia from a host person or organisation.

Dear Applicants, when applying for a Russian visa please be advised that
• In order to expedite and improve visa obtaining process as well as for security concerns the Consular Division is no more processing visa applications by mail, starting from June 1, 2010.
• Non-US citizens should also provide proof of legality of their stay in the USA (US Resident Alien status, form I-94) when applying for a visa.
• Applicants who used to be citizens of the USSR or the Russian Federation and emigrated from the USSR or from Russia must submit one of the documents which confirms that they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (so called “Visa to Israel” or stamp in their passport saying that they left for “permanent residence abroad” before February, 06 1992 or official document certifying that their Russian citizenship was renounced), otherwise the applications will not be accepted.
• In accordance with Russian laws citizens of the Russian Federation regardless of any other citizenship they may have, must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.
• Visa processing starts only after the Consular Division has collected all necessary documents.
• Visa processing fee is not refundable.
• Type of visa or dates of entry/departure can not be changed or extended. If your travel plans have changed after the visa issuance you have to reapply for a new visa.
• After you received your visa, please check all the data indicated in it and, if necessary, return it to the Consular Division for corrections. The Consular Division will not be responsible for any mistakes in the visas, which were not brought to our attention prior to your departure from the US.
• Any visa applicant may be interviewed by the consular officer, if necessary.
• Processing time, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice.
• In certain cases the Consular Division is entitled to consider visa applications as long as it necessary. Visa can be denied if the Consular Division has serious reasons to believe that an applicant’s entry into or stay in the territory of the Russian Federation will not be desirable.
• Please be advised that person can not have two valid visas in one passport. In this case the first visa is to be cancelled.

On the 1st of June, 2007 the Russia-EU Visa Facilitation Agreement came into force and according to its provisions visa processing fees are changed for the citizens of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia.
Citizens of these countries should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay. Medical insurance certificate should contain Russian contact phone number for emergency or assistance.
However these provisions are not valid for the countries which did not sign the Agreement: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway.
Holders of diplomatic passports of the countries mentioned above do not need a visa to enter Russia for 90 days.
The fees are:
• For all types of visa (including multiple entry) for 10 days processing – $50
• For all types of visa (including multiple entry) for urgent (3 days) processing – $100


We could be watching a equipoise…

Time will tell if what we are witnessing is nothing but a alteration of the outward fixture, or if what we are seeing is a true solidity of corporeality…

I have a desire to see Europe get off its ass and become something worthy of being called civilized, but I have my doubts as to what is really happening. The EU is talking the talk right now, but can the EU walk the walk?

“At this point, we have to replace the United States which as an international actor has lost vigor, and because of it, in the long-term, influence,” President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said while speaking to Belgium’s Flemish regional parliament on Wednesday. He went on to say that Washington had been turning away from constructive international relations “with a ferocity that can only surprise us.”

I will make it simple: Equipoise means, “balance of forces or interests” and that is totally necessary for the world…

The USA is a perfect example of what happens when outside and inside forces run amok and lose site of right and wrong. I voted for Trump to do just what he is doing. I realized, good or bad, he was going to turn things upside down and not necessarily for the better. Trump could never fix anything (the issue was past fixing,) but he was capable to upset that applecart and maybe, just maybe he has. That means my vote was worth it…

I also will say that the EU has enough issues to choke a horse, but they need to make sure that the issues are their issues and not someone else’s issues being dumped on them…

Therefore, the EU better grab it while they can. Fix issues and take care of her people. This means to get out from under the coercer called America. The EU is much more in alignment with Russia and China, for its future. The USA is not able to offer a future for the EU, or at least a future that is not riddled with pain and suffering in financial and warmongering ways and means…

I can only hope that Europe will wake up and start turning the ship in the correct direction. Russia and China will help and support such a move. The USA has lost its way and has to see the bottom, before getting its act back together again…

I see that a fork in the road has been reached and the decisions made in the next few weeks could make or break the world. The EU has been given a tough row to hoe….Stay with the old and hope for the better and or grab something new and make something better out of what you grab…

Most likely made in China… 🙂

Dr. Seuss said it best…

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. – Dr. Seuss

Wake up people….no more reliant upon others who have no interest in your future. You must do what is good for you and your loved ones, your country and your country’s people. Grab an oar and row, if you have to…

As I talked about yesterday:

Those who do support the US and those that don’t…

Maybe the EU would do better letting Britain get on out?

We will see!