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Russia Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements - Russia

 

All visitors to Russia will require a visa unless travelling on one of our Visa Free Tours (please see details below). A Russian tourist visa is only issued to travellers who have fully booked and confirmed travel arrangements.

 

NOTE: Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of return from Russia .

 

Please provide us with your passport details as soon as possible after booking as we need them for train and other bookings.

 

 

Visa Free Tours to Russia

Helsinki to St Pete's and St Pete's & the Baltics are Visa Free Russia Tours, meaning that you do not need to procure a Russian visa. This is due to the fact that ferry passengers can visit St Petersburg visa-free, provided that their stay does not exceed 72 hours, and they have sightseeing arrangements. We will provide you with the necessary documentation required for entry. 

 

Visa requirements may differ depending on the type of passport you hold. Please check below for information about the visa requirements that you may need to fulfill.

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR ALL NATIONALITIES COMPLETING THE RUSSIAN VISA APPLICATION FORM

In order to obtain a Russian visa you require a Russian 'invitation letter'. On The Go Tours can obtain the 'invitation letter' from the Russian authorities that is required for all Russia tourist application forms. 

 

Visa applications are only accepted 6 months or less prior to the date of your exit from Russia.

 

Please note that your visa application cannot be processed until all sections of the form have been completed and (if necessary) proof of residency is provided.

Please use the following information to fill in the application:

• Please complete every question (in English) on the application form

• Visa Category and type:Common Tourism

• Type of passport: Tourist

• Purpose of section: Tourism

• Purpose: Tourism

• Reference Number: 010431

• Number of confirmation (voucher number -which you will receive from your On The Go consultant)

• Name of tourist organisation: Tour De Force.

Address: Office 6H, 10 A, Mokhovaya street, St. Petersburg, 191028, Russia

• Medical Insurance: Is compulsory, your application will not be accepted unless ‘yes’ is    ticked

• Please type your details, print out the page exactly as specified on the Russian Embassy    Website and sign and date it in BLACK ink.

• Hotel in Russia: If your tour starts in Moscow: “Izmailovo -Gamma Delta” 105613, Russia,   Moscow, Izmailovskoye sh., 71, 3V; ph: +7 (495) 7377000.

  If your tour starts in St Petersburg: "Hotel Moscow", 2 Alexander Nevsky Square, Saint     Petersburg, Russian Federation ph: ph: +7 (812) 333 2 444.

• Route of journey (e.g. Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Veliky Novgorod) - check your itinerary and note all cities visited in Russia in the order visited

NOTE: You must post your application and documents to us within 7 days of completing the online form, or the embassy may reject your application

 

The granted tourist visa is valid strictly for the specified dates of your itinerary including your chosen trip and any pre or post trip accommodation you may require.

 
The visa lists entry/exit dates (based on the entry/exit dates you inserted on your application) - so please exercise care when completing this section on your visa application form. as on the go cannot be held responsible for incorrect dates and your passport data.

 

Please note that once you have completed the visa application form online, you will need to print it out EXACTLY as stated on the Russian Embassy website and also ensure that your photo EXACTLY fits the photo box on the visa application page - otherwise the Russian Embassy can and will reject your visa application.

 

 

 


Russia visa information for UK residents

 

The Russian government introduced biometric applications in the UK on 10 December 2014. That means that if you are a UK resident you will need to apply for your Russian visa in person at the visa application centre and submit your biometric data at the time of application (fingerprints and facial image), along with your letter of invitation, your visa application form and payment for the visa. 

 

RUSSIAN VISA APPLICATION CENTER IN LONDON:

15 - 27 Gee Street, London, EC1V 3RD

Hours of Operations:

Application Submission

08:30 - 15:00 Hrs - Monday - Friday,

except on declared holidays.

 

Collection of Passports

16:00 - 17:30 Hrs - Monday - Friday,

except on declared holidays.

 

RUSSIAN VISA APPLICATION CENTER IN EDINBURGH:

 16 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LH

Hours of Operations:

Application Submission

08:30 - 15:00 Hrs - Monday - Friday,

except on declared holidays.

 

Collection of Passports

16:30 - 17:30 Hrs - Monday - Friday,

except on declared holidays.

 

Please note: This biometric requirement is being trialled by the Russian Embassy and may change. For more information and to complete the online visa form please visit the Russian Embassy website.

 

ru.vfsglobal.co.uk

or email: info.ruuk@vfshelpline.com

 

UK Visa Service

For a fee, we offer a visa assistance service which includes filling out your application form, checking and preparing your paperwork before you submit it to the embassy and collecting your passport once the visa is issued. 

 

For details on how to obtain your Russian visa - click here

 

* Please note that On The Go Tours charges a fee for our visa service, as well as the Russian embassy fee and the invitation letter fee. This visa service is provided in the UK only.

 

 

 

 

Russia visa information for Australian and New Zealand residents

Please visit the embassy link below for visa form and instructions.

 

Australia

Embassy of Russia - Sydney

7-9 Fullerton Street, Woollahra NSW 2025

Tel : (02) 9326-1188 9326-1866

Fax : (02) 9327-5065

http://www.sydneyrussianconsulate.com

 

New Zealand

Embassy of Russia - Wellington

57 Messines Road, Karori, Wellington

Tel: (04) 476 6113

Fax: (04) 476 3843

www.rus.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

Russia visa information for USA and Canadian Residents

Obtaining A Passport

If you do not have a passport you can download instructions and an application form using the following links:

 

US passport service

http://www.americanpassport.com/Passport_Services

 

Canadian passport service

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/form/index.aspx?lang=eng

 

Please ensure you allow plenty of time to obtain a passport and visas before your tour departure date.

 

Please visit the embassy link below for visa form and instructions.

 

USA

Embassy of Russia

2650 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington DC, 20007

Tel: (202)298-5700

Fax: (202)298-5735

www.russianembassy.org

 

Canada

Embassy of Russia

285, Charlotte Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K 1 N 8 L 5, Canada

Tel: +1 613 235-4341, 236-1413

Fax: +1 613 236-6342

http://www.rusembassy.ca/node/400

 

 

 

Finland

A tourist visa is not required for a stay up to 90 days for residents of United Kingdom, USA, Australia and New Zealand. South African residents require a tourist visa prior to travel, please check with your embassy for the latest information.

 

 

Estonia

A tourist visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days for residents of the United Kingdom, USA, Australia and New Zealand. South African residents require a tourist visa prior to travel, please check with your embassy for the latest information.

 

 

Ukraine

A tourist visa is not required for a stay up to 90 days for residents of the United Kingdom and USA. Australian, New Zealand and South African residents require a tourist visa prior to travel, please check with your embassy for the latest information.

 

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