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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.

 

 

Russia visa information for UK residents

Travel visas are an essential part of your holiday and you can’t get on with your adventure until you have them but they can be complicated things to sort out. There are application forms to complete, paperwork to provide and embassy queues to stand in. If you’re a resident of the UK, we offer a handy visa service to save you this hassle. Our visa department will fill out the visa application forms for you to check, make sure that you provide the correct paperwork and stand in the queues for you.

 

Processing time can be anything from 10 working days from the time we lodge the visa. The Russian Embassy experiences unprecedented demand, so the sooner you get your application to us, the better.

 

Booking late, need your visa sooner or forgotten to do your visa application on time (less than 3 weeks prior to departure)? You will need to take the EXPRESS SERVICE. 

 

Visa applications are only accepted 3 months or less prior to the date of your exit from Russia.

 

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. 

 

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

 

If you prefer to obtain your visa your self then upon confirmation of your holiday, please visit  http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk and complete the online Russia visa application.

 

GUIDELINES FOR ALL NATIONALITIES COMPLETING THE RUSSIAN VISA APPLICATION FORM

Please note that your visa application cannot be processed until all sections of the form have been completed and (if

necessary) proof of UK residency is provided.

Please use the following informat

ion 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

• 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.

 

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

 

If you reside overseas or are departing the UK more than 3 months prior to arrival in Russia we can provide you with the necessary paperwork in order for you to procure the visa independently from a Russian Embassy in your region. Please note independent applications are your own responsibility.

 

 

 

 

 

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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