Business or Tourist Visas for Russia

PLEASE NOTE: You will be required to submit your passport to the consulate. You will NOT have access to your passport until the visa process is finished by the consulate. Please plan accordingly. The consulate will not release your passport until the visa process is finished.

ATTENTION: Foreign consulates do not accept demands from travelers. They do not work around a traveler’s time-frame, and may request additional documents not listed in the general instructions at any given time and circumstance without notice.

STEP 1

Fill out your ONLINE forms and gather your required documents outlined below.

GATHER DOCUMENTS

Follow the instructions below. Pay close attention to the important notices!

STEP 2

Come to our office so we can review, sort, prepare your documents and take your photos.

COME IN TO OUR OFFICE

If you already have your own passport-type photos, bring them with you. Otherwise we will take your photos.

STEP 3

Your visa application will be submitted to the foreign consulate the next business day.

SUBMIT APPLICATION

Should any additional requirements or demands from the consulate arise, we will communicate it to you immediately after we leave the consulate lobby.

STEP 4

We will collect your passport and visa from the consulate on the day scheduled by the consulate.

RECEIVE DOCUMENTS

Your visa & any other original documents will be at our office available for pick up on the business day after they are released by the consulate.

Follow These Instructions to Obtain a Visa for Russia

The VISA APPLICATION FORMS must be typed-in ONLINE, printed and signed by hand. Please save your application ID number and password, and provide that to Arista, if you would like us to edit the voucher information in the system for you at a later time.

DO NOT ship your documents to our office without first communicating with us.

DO NOT ship your materials for 8AM delivery unless instructed to do so.

Visa Requirements

  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave Russia
  • Your passport MUST contain at least TWO blank, completely clear “VISAS” page (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count)
  • Your passport MUST be signed

Click here if your passport does NOT meet ALL of these requirements.

  • CLICK HERE for the Visa Application Form
    • ATTENTION: On the very first question on the electronic application link above, where it asks for “Country (select the country where you will be applying for your visa)”, please be sure to select “UNITED STATES”
    • As you finalize your online application, on the Appointment Details page, please select Visa Application Center – ILS (Seattle) as the location where you will be applying for your visa
  • CLICK HERE to print and sign the Work Order Form & Terms of Service

IMPORTANT:

  • The application CANNOT be hand-written offline. It must be typed-in ONLINE and signed by hand only
  • PLEASE SAVE YOUR APPLICATION ID NUMBER AND PASSWORD. WE WILL NEED THIS INFORMATION IN ORDER TO UPDATE YOUR APPLICATION WITH YOUR VOUCHER INFORMATION.
  • Professional passport-type photographs: qty 2
    • Recent photo taken within the previous 6 months
    • Mouth-closed, neutral expression
Copy of your Tourist Voucher/invitation issued by tourist company or hotel in Russia approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you do not have your voucher yet, you must inquire with the hotel where you are staying in Russia for the necessary steps. We can obtain the Tourist Travel Voucher for you:

  • 1-month Tourist Voucher: $45 – Turnaround time: 1 day
  • 3-year Tourist Voucher: $95 – Turnaround time: 1 to 2 days
  • Copy of round trip or cruise-line tickets or tentative itinerary, printed from online vendor or travel agency letterhead
  • If you have trouble printing your form or itinerary, you are welcome to email it to us as an attachment and we will be glad to print it for you at our office

When applying for a Russian visa it is MANDATORY to provide documentation that you no longer possess Russian citizenship.  The following is a list of documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship renunciation. Present as many as possible:

  • Copy of USSR passport with a stamp stating you left for “permanent residence abroad”, dated prior to February 6, 1992
  • Copy of a “Visa to Israel” issued prior to February 6, 1992
  • Copy of a Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996
  • A document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship
  • Copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992
  • In the absence of any documentation, please provide a written statement explaining the circumstances of your departure from the USSR
  • The following is displayed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation’s website:
    • In accordance with Russian law, visas can not be issued to Russian citizens, even those with expired passports. We remind you that in accordance to Article 12 of Russian Law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”, children born to two parents who are Russian citizens, automatically gain Russian citizenship, regardless of the place of birth. In this case visas are not issued, and they must apply for Russian citizenship, or have their information written into the passport of one of their parents, or obtain a Russian passport.
Type of visa Validity Processing Consulate Fee Our Service Fee
Single entry up to 30 days 10 to 12 business days $123 $160
5 to 7 business days $213 $240
3 to 4 business days $243 $350
Double entry up to 30 days 10 to 12 business days $177 $160
5 to 7 business days $321 $240
3 to 4 business days $351 $350
Multiple entry 3-Year 10-12 business days $303 $160

*Emergency processing may also be available.  Contact us for more information.

  • The visa fees indicated above are PER VISA
  • All visa and service fee payments must be made upfront prior to the submission of applications
  • Validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country
  • A convenience charge of 3% will be added to the consulate fee amount to cover credit card services fees for groups of 4 or more applicants using a credit card for the payment of the consulate visa fees

Our Service Fees INCLUDE:

  • Tracking the visa status (emails and phone call follow ups)
  • Shipping of ONE application package to/from Seattle, WA
  • One submission and one pick-up visit to the consulate

Visa Fees and Service Payments:

Make ONE payment to us for all services and fees altogether (We will then pay for the government fees on your behalf)

  • Cash, checks, debit/credit cards and money orders are accepted
Shipping documents back to you:

      • Please provide us a return method for return shipments, such as an air-bill, credit card info, or a prepaid envelope
      • Per your request, we may ship your documents back to you by FedEx only, and add our flat shipping charge to the total fee for the services provided to you
      • Please CLICK HERE to visit our SHIPPING page for more info
  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave Russia
  • Your passport MUST contain at least TWO blank, completely clear “VISAS” page (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count)
  • Your passport MUST be signed.

Click here if your passport does NOT meet ALL of these requirements.

  • CLICK HERE for the Visa Application Form
    • ATTENTION: On the very first question on the electronic application link above, where it asks for “Country (select the country where you will be applying for your visa)”, please be sure to select “UNITED STATES”
    • As you finalize your online application, on the Appointment Details page, please select Visa Application Center – ILS (Seattle) as the location where you will be applying for your visa
  • CLICK HERE to print and sign the Work Order Form & Terms of Service

IMPORTANT:

  • The application CANNOT be hand-written offline. It must be typed-in ONLINE and signed by hand only
  • PLEASE SAVE YOUR APPLICATION ID NUMBER AND PASSWORD. WE WILL NEED THIS INFORMATION IN ORDER TO UPDATE YOUR APPLICATION WITH YOUR VOUCHER INFORMATION.
  • Professional passport-type photographs: qty 2
    • Recent photo taken within the previous 6 months
    • Mouth-closed, neutral expression
Original Business Voucher/invitation issued by the host company in Russia, approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you do not have your voucher yet, you must inquire with the host company in Russia for the necessary steps. We can obtain the Business Travel Voucher for you:

  • 1-year Business Voucher: $250 – Turnaround time: 5 to 7 days
  • 3-year Business Voucher: $350 – Turnaround time: 5 to 7 days
  • Copy of round trip or cruise-line tickets or tentative itinerary, printed from online vendor or travel agency letterhead
  • If you have trouble printing your form or itinerary, you are welcome to email it to us as an attachment and we will be glad to print it for you at our office

When applying for a Russian visa it is MANDATORY to provide documentation that you no longer possess Russian citizenship.  The following is a list of documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship renunciation. Present as many as possible:

  • Copy of USSR passport with a stamp stating you left for “permanent residence abroad”, dated prior to February 6, 1992
  • Copy of a “Visa to Israel” issued prior to February 6, 1992
  • Copy of a Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996
  • A document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship
  • Copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992
  • In the absence of any documentation, please provide a written statement explaining the circumstances of your departure from the USSR
  • The following is displayed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation’s website:
    • In accordance with Russian law, visas can not be issued to Russian citizens, even those with expired passports. We remind you that in accordance to Article 12 of Russian Law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”, children born to two parents who are Russian citizens, automatically gain Russian citizenship, regardless of the place of birth. In this case visas are not issued, and they must apply for Russian citizenship, or have their information written into the passport of one of their parents, or obtain a Russian passport.
Type of visa Validity Processing Consulate Fee Our Service Fee
Single entry up to 30 days 10 to 12 business days $123 $160
5 to 7 business days $213 $240
3 to 4 business days $243 $350
Double entry up to 30 days 10 to 12 business days $177 $160
5 to 7 business days $321 $240
3 to 4 business days $351 $350
Multiple entry 1-Year 10-12 business days $303 $160
Multiple entry 3-Year 10-12 business days $303 $160

*Emergency processing may also be available.  Contact us for more information.

  • The visa fees indicated abover are PER VISA
  • All visa and service fee payments must be made upfront prior to the submission of applications
  • Validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country
  • A convenience charge of 3% will be added to the consulate fee amount to cover credit card services fees for groups of 4 or more applicants using a credit card for the payment of the consulate visa fees

Our Service Fees INCLUDE:

  • Tracking the visa status (emails and phone call follow ups)
  • Shipping of ONE application package to/from Seattle, WA
  • One submission and one pick-up visit to the consulate

Visa Fees and Service Payments:

Make ONE payment to us for all services and fees altogether (We will then pay for the government fees on your behalf)

  • Cash, checks, debit/credit cards and money orders are accepted
Shipping documents back to you:

      • Please provide us a return method for return shipments, such as an air-bill, credit card info, or a prepaid envelope
      • Per your request, we may ship your documents back to you by FedEx only, and add our flat shipping charge to the total fee for the services provided to you
      • Please CLICK HERE to visit our SHIPPING page for more info

  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave Russia
  • Your passport MUST contain at least TWO blank, completely clear “VISAS” page (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count)
  • Your passport MUST be signed

Click here if your passport does NOT meet ALL of these requirements.

  • CLICK HERE for the Visa Application Form
    • ATTENTION: On the very first question on the electronic application link above, where it asks for “Country (select the country where you will be applying for your visa)”, please be sure to select “UNITED STATES”
    • As you finalize your online application, on the Appointment Details page, please select Visa Application Center – ILS (Seattle) as the location where you will be applying for your visa
  • CLICK HERE to print and sign the Work Order Form & Terms of Service

IMPORTANT:

  • The application CANNOT be hand-written offline. It must be typed-in ONLINE and signed by hand only
  • PLEASE SAVE YOUR APPLICATION ID NUMBER AND PASSWORD. WE WILL NEED THIS INFORMATION IN ORDER TO UPDATE YOUR APPLICATION WITH YOUR VOUCHER INFORMATION.
  • Professional passport-type photographs: qty 2
    • Recent photo taken within the previous 6 months
    • Mouth-closed, neutral expression
  • Your original permanent resident card (green card), I-94, or advance parole originals
Copy of your Tourist Voucher/invitation issued by tourist company or hotel in Russia approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you do not have your voucher yet, you must inquire with the hotel where you are staying in Russia for the necessary steps. We can obtain the Tourist Travel Voucher for you:

  • 1-month Tourist Voucher: $95 – Turnaround time: 1 day
  • Copy of round trip or cruise-line tickets or tentative itinerary, printed from online vendor or travel agency letterhead
  • If you have trouble printing your form or itinerary, you are welcome to email it to us and we will be glad to print it for you at our office
Please present a copy of you insurance card or policy materials with your name on it.

When applying for a Russian visa it is MANDATORY to provide documentation that you no longer possess Russian citizenship.  The following is a list of documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship renunciation. Present as many as possible:

  • Copy of USSR passport with a stamp stating you left for “permanent residence abroad”, dated prior to February 6, 1992
  • Copy of a “Visa to Israel” issued prior to February 6, 1992
  • Copy of a Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996
  • A document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship
  • Copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992
  • In the absence of any documentation, please provide a written statement explaining the circumstances of your departure from the USSR
  • The following is displayed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation’s website:
    • In accordance with Russian law, visas can not be issued to Russian citizens, even those with expired passports. We remind you that in accordance to Article 12 of Russian Law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”, children born to two parents who are Russian citizens, automatically gain Russian citizenship, regardless of the place of birth. In this case visas are not issued, and they must apply for Russian citizenship, or have their information written into the passport of one of their parents, or obtain a Russian passport.
Type of visa Validity Processing Consulate Fee Our Service Fee
Single entry up to 30 days 10 to 12 business days Call Us $160
6 to 8 business days Call Us $220
4 to 5 business days Call Us $350
Double entry up to 30 days 10 to 12 business days Call Us $160
6 to 8 business days Call Us $220
4 to 5 business days Call Us $350
Multiple entry 3-Year 10-12 business days Call Us $160

*Emergency processing may also be available.  Contact us for more information.

  • The visa fees indicated above are PER VISA
  • All visa and service fee payments must be made upfront prior to the submission of applications
  • Validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country
  • A convenience charge of 3% will be added to the consulate fee amount to cover credit card services fees for groups of 4 or more applicants using a credit card for the payment of the consulate visa fees

Our Service Fees INCLUDE:

  • Tracking the visa status (emails and phone call follow ups)
  • Shipping of ONE application package to/from Seattle, WA
  • One submission and one pick-up visit to the consulate

Visa Fees and Service Payments:

Make ONE payment to us for all services and fees altogether (We will then pay for the government fees on your behalf)

  • Cash, checks, debit/credit cards and money orders are accepted
Shipping documents back to you:

      • Please provide us a return method for return shipments, such as an air-bill, credit card info, or a prepaid envelope
      • Per your request, we may ship your documents back to you by FedEx only, and add our flat shipping charge to the total fee for the services provided to you
      • Please CLICK HERE to visit our SHIPPING page for more info
  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave Russia
  • Your passport MUST contain at least TWO blank, completely clear “VISAS” page (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count)
  • Your passport MUST be signed

Click here if your passport does NOT meet ALL of these requirements.

  • CLICK HERE for the Visa Application Form
    • ATTENTION: On the very first question on the electronic application link above, where it asks for “Country (select the country where you will be applying for your visa)”, please be sure to select “UNITED STATES”
    • As you finalize your online application, on the Appointment Details page, please select Visa Application Center – ILS (Seattle) as the location where you will be applying for your visa
  • CLICK HERE to print and sign the Work Order Form & Terms of Service

IMPORTANT:

  • The application CANNOT be hand-written offline. It must be typed-in ONLINE and signed by hand only
  • PLEASE SAVE YOUR APPLICATION ID NUMBER AND PASSWORD. WE WILL NEED THIS INFORMATION IN ORDER TO UPDATE YOUR APPLICATION WITH YOUR VOUCHER INFORMATION.
  • Professional passport-type photographs: qty 2
    • Recent photo taken within the previous 6 months
    • Mouth-closed, neutral expression
  • Your original permanent resident card (green card), I-94, or advance parole originals
Original Business Voucher/invitation issued by the host company in Russia, approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you do not have your voucher yet, you must inquire with the host company in Russia for the necessary steps. We can obtain the Business Travel Voucher for you:

  • 1-year Business Voucher: $250 – Turnaround time: 5 to 7 days
  • 3-year Business Voucher: $350 – Turnaround time: 5 to 7 days
  • Copy of round trip or cruise-line tickets or tentative itinerary, printed from online vendor or travel agency letterhead
  • If you have trouble printing your form or itinerary, you are welcome to email it to us as an attachment and we will be glad to print it for you at our office
  • Please present a copy of you insurance card and policy materials with your name on it

When applying for a Russian visa it is MANDATORY to provide documentation that you no longer possess Russian citizenship.  The following is a list of documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship renunciation. Present as many as possible:

  • Copy of USSR passport with a stamp stating you left for “permanent residence abroad”, dated prior to February 6, 1992
  • Copy of a “Visa to Israel” issued prior to February 6, 1992
  • Copy of a Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996
  • A document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship
  • Copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992
  • In the absence of any documentation, please provide a written statement explaining the circumstances of your departure from the USSR
  • The following is displayed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation’s website:
    • In accordance with Russian law, visas can not be issued to Russian citizens, even those with expired passports. We remind you that in accordance to Article 12 of Russian Law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”, children born to two parents who are Russian citizens, automatically gain Russian citizenship, regardless of the place of birth. In this case visas are not issued, and they must apply for Russian citizenship, or have their information written into the passport of one of their parents, or obtain a Russian passport.
Type of visa Validity Processing Consulate Fee Our Service Fee
Single entry up to 30 days 10 to 12 business days $123 $160
5 to 7 business days $213 $240
3 to 4 business days $243 $350
Double entry up to 30 days 10 to 12 business days $177 $160
5 to 7 business days $321 $240
3 to 4 business days $351 $350
Multiple entry 1-Year 10-12 business days $303 $160
$240
Multiple entry 10-12 business days $303 $160

 

  • Our Service Fees INCLUDE:The visa fees indicated above are PER VISA
  • All visa and service fee payments must be made upfront prior to the submission of applications
  • Validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country
  • A convenience charge of 3% will be added to the consulate fee amount to cover credit card services fees for groups of 4 or more applicants using a credit card for the payment of the consulate visa fees
  • Tracking the visa status (emails and phone call follow ups)
  • Shipping of ONE application package to/from Seattle, WA
  • One submission and one pick-up visit to the consulate

Visa Fees and Service Payments:

Make ONE payment to us for all services and fees altogether (We will then pay for the government fees on your behalf)

  • Cash, checks, debit/credit cards and money orders are accepted
Shipping documents back to you:

      • Please provide us a return method for return shipments, such as an air-bill, credit card info, or a prepaid envelope
      • Per your request, we may ship your documents back to you by FedEx only, and add our flat shipping charge to the total fee for the services provided to you
      • Please CLICK HERE to visit our SHIPPING page for more info


For further details, please contact us