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How to get Russian visa in 2020
We have collected and prepared for you complete information on how to obtain a visa to Russia, taking into account the current situation in the world.
Introduction

If you want to visit Russia, in most cases you will need a visa. The easiest way is to get a tourist visa, which allows you to stay in Russia for up to 30 days, move freely throughout the country and enter Russia through any Immigration post. All processes will get from 5-15 days.

In this article we will tell you step by step how to get a Russian visa easily, cheaply and quickly. So, let's begin:

COVID-19 Information
From August 1, 2020, Russia will resume flights with Britain, Turkey and Tanzania. Citizens of these countries can visit Russia by tourist visas. In order to enter Russia they will need a negative Coronavirus test made not earlier than 48 hours before the arrival.

On the part of rusvisa.online, we offer to issue a tourist invitation for obtaining a Tourist visa with the possibility of free changing the date of arrival in case of a change in the rules for visiting Russia during an epidemic.
Step 1. Passport

You must have Passport six months is valid after visa expires and two blank pages available. To apply for the visa you must submit your original passport, which will remain in the hands of the Consulate or Russian Visa Center for a few days. This is because the visa will be attached to one of the pages of your passport.
Step 2. Travel plan

Visa must include entry and exit dates of visiting Russia. It means the first and last date that you will be in the country. By this reason you will need to know the dates of your trip before applying for visa.

In most countries you do not have to buy airline or train tickets to Russia in order to apply for a visa. On the other hand, in some countries, such as China, it is necessary to provide transportation tickets. In Australia, in case of applying for a double entry tourist visa, it is also required to provide a copy of airplane or ground transportation tickets showing the full travel route from the Russian Federation to the neighboring state and back to the Russian Federation.

Once you know your entry and exit dates, you should outline your itinerary and plan out the cities you want to visit and the hotels or apartments where you'll be staying.

On the visa application form, you have to include the cities you are going to visit as well as whether you will be making one or two entries. The most common type is single entry visa but you may also want to visit Moscow, then go to Georgia and return to Moscow (double entry). You may also want to visit Latvia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan or Finland. If so, you need to be very clear about where you will be going and what dates you will be entering or exiting the country.

Step 3. Accommodation

To obtain a visa to Russia, you must have booked accommodation. We recommend you use hotels with free cancellation. This way later, if you want, you can change hotels.

Hotel or any accomodation name in Invitation Letter must be same with were you make booking and stay in Russia. Immigration have right to contact and check you reservation with hotel or accomodation management.
Step 4. Invitation Letter or Visa support service
The invitation letter (also known as the visa support letter or tourist confirmation document) is the most important document. The letter of invitation should not be confused for a hotel reservation. They are not the same.

To issue an invitation to Russia, we recommend the rusvisa.online service. On the part of rusvisa.online, we offer to issue a tourist invitation for obtaining a Tourist visa with the possibility of free changing the date of arrival in case of a change in the rules for visiting Russia during an epidemic.

Step 1. Please apply form for Invitation Letter for Russian Visa by link https://rusvisa.online/visa for you and other traveller. Price is one for all nationelety - 16 USD per each Single entry Invitation and 27 USD for double entry Invitation.

Step 2. Citizen of some Asia, African, South and Central American countries need to provide "Original Invitation Letter". Our service is include automatic DHL delivery service with will calculate cost of delivery and you will get your document during 3-5 working day in any country in world.

Step 3. After then you receive from us e-mail with 2 document Invitation/Confirmation Letter and Tour Voucher (normally in tacks not more then 2 minutes after payment). If consulate request from you Original invitation you need to show it then you visit consulate. Please note you can't apply this form without Invitation Letter. Please see example of a visa support document:
On the part of rusvisa.online, we offer to issue a tourist invitation for obtaining a Tourist visa with the possibility of free changing the date of arrival in case of a change in the rules for visiting Russia during an epidemic.
Step 5. Apply Visa Application Form

Once you get all document (passport, invitation, insurance, hotel reservation) and plan all your trip you can start to apply form for Russian Visa by link visa.kdmid.ru If consulate request from you Original invitation you need to show it then you visit consulate. Please note you can't apply this form without Invitation Letter.
Step 6. Visit consulate or visa center

Now you have all the required documents: passport, invitation, travel insurance and completed form signed and with a photo. Please contact with Russian Embassy at you country and visit consulate to apply document for visa.
Step 7. Get visa and travel to Russia

In order to collect your passport with your visa you will need to present the original receipt given to you during the submission. If you wish to nominate somebody to collect the passport on your behalf, they must carry the original receipt.

Processing times vary from application to application and are at the sole discretion of the Russian Consulate in your country. Processing times under normal circumstances are as follows (although these may be different in each country):
Normal application – 10 business days
Urgent application – 3 business days

The final result of the whole process is your passport with your visa attached to one of the pages. Check the validity of the visa issued to ensure that it covers the period of stay requested, the number or entries required, and that it is valid for the purpose of trip immediately after collection of the passport. The Embassy of the Russian Federation accept resubmission of passports for correction on the day of the passport collection only.

Below is an example of a tourist visa (ТУРИЗМ, 004), with the information you should check:
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