Business Visa Application Requirements for a Russia Visa

  1. Passport

    You must provide your actual signed passport. Your passport must:

    • Contain at least one blank visa page for single entry; two blank visa pages for dual or multiple entry visas. Amendments and endorsement pages cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
    • Be valid for six months beyond the validity of your requested visa

    If your passport does not meet the above requirements, please contact CIBTvisas at 800-929-2428 for further details.

  2. Photographs

    You must provide one color, passport-type photograph that meets the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high-quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be two inches by two inches
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
    • You may wear neither eyeglasses nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive tape or staples

  3. Russia Business Invitation

    You must obtain an official Russian Business Invitation to travel to Russia.  CIBTvisas can obtain a Russian Business Invitation on your behalf.  Consult the form in this application kit for more information about this helpful service.

    If you have secured your own invitation you need to send us the original. Copies are not accepted by the consulate.

    If you have secured your own Telex then you must apply for your Russia Business visa in the city where the Telex is approved.  That city may be different than the city where you have been directed to processes your visa.  If you are unsure then confirm this information with the organization that provided the Telex.

  4. Visa Application Form

    The Russian Consulate requires a visa application completed online. The application must be completed online by all travelers, and can be found at https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx. This application, hosted by the Russian government, may take up to an hour to complete and requires very detailed information. For Washington DC visa issuing office, select "Visa Application Center ILS (Washington)" in the drop down box. Your visa request cannot be processed if you do not complete the application form online. Your completed application must:

    • Provide answers for all fields (handwritten changes are not accepted)
    • Include your name as it appears in your passport
    • Include the institution or organization in Russia to be visited
    • Display a signature inside the box found directly below the section where we will attach your photograph. If the visa application is for a minor under the age of 18, the parents must sign the application
    • Be accompanied by a copy of your Application ID and password

    CIBTvisas provides a guide to assist you in completing the application. To access the guide follow this link: https://cibtvisas.com/forms?formname=Russia Business Guide.pdf or type the address into your browser.

  5. CIBTvisas Order Form

    Provide the CIBTvisas Order Form included in this kit.

  6. Former Russian Nationals Only

    You must provide a cover letter stating the date that you renounced your Russian citizenship. The consulate will not issue a visa to former Russian nationals who do not supply this cover letter.

  7. Minors Traveling to Russia

    All minors must submit a copy of his or her birth certificate.  Other conditions may apply:

    • If the minor is traveling to Russia with only one parent or without both parents he or she must submit a notarized original letter of consent providing permission from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian to travel to Russia on the specified dates of the trip.  Those signing this letter must provide copies of his or her driver's license and passport information page. To access a sample consent letter follow this link: https://cibtvisas.com/forms?formname=ParentalConsent.pdf or type the address into your browse
    • If the minor is adopted then you must submit a copy of the adoption papers in addition to a copy of the birth certificate
    • If the parents already hold a Russian visa then they must provide a copy of the Russian visa showing validity that covers the minor's travel dates
    • If the parents are Russian citizens they must provide certification of Russian citizenship

  8. Activities in Russia

    If you will not be staying in a hotel, or are engaging in activities other than business, additional documentation will be required. For more details, please contact CIBTvisas for more information.

  9. Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens

    If you were born in a state of the former Soviet Republic or Ukraine, you must supply a copy of your Soviet or Ukrainian passport along with a letter stating when you immigrated to the U.S.

  10. Paper Invitation for Travelers Age 65 and Older

    Travelers age 65 and older are not permited to secure a Russian Business Invitation Telex.  CIBTvisas can assist travelers age 65 and older in securing a Russian Business Invitation printed on paper or a Tourist invitation.

  11. Urgent Applications

    If you have an urgent visa application that carries a tight deadline, CIBTvisas can help you to save valuable time and avoid expensive delays. A CIBTvisas expert will review all of your documents to certify your application is accurate, complete and ready for submission. We will contact you personally to quickly handle any mistakes ensuring your application is submitted correctly. Visit https://cibtvisas.com/visa-pre-check-service to learn more about this service.

  12. 3-Year Multiple Entry Option Also Available

    The Russian Federation offers U.S. nationals the opportunity to apply for a three year multiple entry visa.  To be eligible for consideration, the traveler must have a passport valid for at least three and a half years beyond date of first entry into Russia with at least two blank pages.

    Requirements for the 3-Year visa are different. For further information about how to apply for this visa, return to the CIBTvisas website and choose the appropriate 3-Year visa option.

  13. Passport Validation

    All applicants, without any exceptions, must validate their passport by their signature. The Embassy of Russia in Washington DC will not issue visa to an unsigned passport. If you have requested a new or second passport and a Russian visa in the same order, your new passport must be returned to you for signature before it can be submitted to the consulate for the visa process; additional shipping costs are applicable.

Tourist Application Requirements for a Russia Visa

  1. Passport

    You must provide your actual signed passport. Your passport must:

    • Contain at least one blank visa page for single entry; two blank visa pages for dual or multiple entry visas. Amendments and endorsement pages cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
    • Be valid for six months beyond the validity of your requested visa

    If your passport does not meet the above requirements, please contact CIBTvisas at 800-929-2428 for further details.

  2. Photographs

    You must provide one color, passport-type photograph that meets the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high-quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be two inches by two inches
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
    • You may wear neither eyeglasses nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive tape or staples

  3. Russian Tourist Visa Support Letter

    You must obtain an official Russian Tourist Visa Support Letter to travel to Russia.  CIBTvisas can obtain a Russian Tourist Visa Support Letter on your behalf.  Consult the complete application kit to obtain the forms and instructions for this service. 

  4. Visa Application Form

    The Russian Consulate requires a visa application completed online. The application must be completed online by all travelers, and can be found at https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx. This application, hosted by the Russian government, may take up to an hour to complete and requires very detailed information. For Washington DC visa issuing office, select "Visa Application Center ILS (Washington)" in the drop down box. Your visa request cannot be processed if you do not complete the application form online. Your completed application must:

    • Provide answers for all fields (handwritten changes are not accepted)
    • Include your name as it appears in your passport
    • Include the institution or organization in Russia to be visited
    • Display a signature inside the box found directly below the section where we will attach your photograph. If the visa application is for a minor under the age of 18, the parents must sign the application
    • Be accompanied by a copy of your Application ID and password

    CIBTvisas provides a guide to assist you in completing the application. To access the guide follow this link: https://cibtvisas.com/forms?formname=Russia Tourist Guide.pdf or type the address into your browser.

  5. CIBTvisas Order Form

    Provide the CIBTvisas Order Form included in this kit.

  6. Former Russian Nationals Only

    You must provide a cover letter stating the date that you renounced your Russian citizenship. The consulate will not issue a visa to former Russian nationals who do not supply this cover letter.

  7. Minors Traveling to Russia

    All minors must submit a copy of his or her birth certificate.  Other conditions may apply:

    • If the minor is traveling to Russia with only one parent or without both parents he or she must submit a notarized original letter of consent providing permission from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian to travel to Russia on the specified dates of the trip.  Those signing this letter must provide copies of his or her driver's license and passport information page. To access a sample consent letter follow this link: https://cibtvisas.com/forms?formname=ParentalConsent.pdf or type the address into your browse
    • If the minor is adopted then you must submit a copy of the adoption papers in addition to a copy of the birth certificate
    • If the parents already hold a Russian visa then they must provide a copy of the Russian visa showing validity that covers the minor's travel dates
    • If the parents are Russian citizens they must provide certification of Russian citizenship

  8. Activities in Russia

    If you will not be staying in a hotel, or are engaging in activities other than business, additional documentation will be required. For more details, please contact CIBTvisas for more information.

  9. Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens

    If you were born in a state of the former Soviet Republic or Ukraine, you must supply a copy of your Soviet or Ukrainian passport along with a letter stating when you immigrated to the U.S.

  10. 3-Year Multiple Entry Option Also Available

    The Russian Federation offers U.S. nationals the opportunity to apply for a three year multiple entry visa.  To be eligible for consideration, the traveler must have a passport valid for at least three and a half years beyond date of first entry into Russia with at least two blank pages.

    Requirements for the 3-Year visa are different. For further information about how to apply for this visa, return to the CIBTvisas website and choose the appropriate 3-Year visa option.

  11. Urgent Applications

    If you have an urgent visa application that carries a tight deadline, CIBTvisas can help you to save valuable time and avoid expensive delays. A CIBTvisas expert will review all of your documents to certify your application is accurate, complete and ready for submission. We will contact you personally to quickly handle any mistakes ensuring your application is submitted correctly. Visit https://cibtvisas.com/visa-pre-check-service to learn more about this service.

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Visa Pre-Check

Have an urgent visa application that carries a tight deadline?  CIBTvisas can help you to save valuable time and avoid expensive delays.  A CIBTvisas expert will review all of your documents to confirm your application is accurate, complete and ready for submission. We will contact you personally to quickly handle any mistakes ensuring your application is submitted correctly.

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Digital Photo Service

Need a fast, easy and inexpensive way to get a photo you can use for your passport or visa application? Use your own camera in the comfort of your home or office. Simply click and then upload your photo to our website. We will take care of the rest ensuring your photo meets government and consular requirements.

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