Visa issues arise when a foreign citizen wants to visit Russia. The standard procedure of getting a visa is not simple or fast but you should never give up. According to Russian legislation all foreign citizen should have a valid visa, if the person wants to enter Russia. Visa application procedure and the documents which are required depend on the visa type as well as the duration. The required documents that you should have include visa application form, passport, two passport photos and medical insurance that will cover your staying period in Russia. Visa turnaround time doesn’t exceed more than twenty working days. EU citizens usually get their visas within five to seven days.
Incase a foreign citizen goes to Russia as a private visitor to visit either friends or relatives to attend a private occasion and she or he is not going to be staying in a hotel, she requires an invitation to get a visa. The invitation is made by a receiving party at the local department of Federal Migration Service. The receiving party should provide relevant information like expected date of travel, passport, date of the guest, application fee receipt and a letter to guarantee guest accommodation. The invitation is considered within four to six days and the waiting period cannot exceed thirty days.
If the trip is not arranged by a travel agency, the visa to Russia application process may appear to be long and difficult for the receiving party and the guest. But, there is a way that you can make it simple given the commitment and money to invest. You can request any local travel agency to arrange the visa for you. The application process will cost you one hundred euros. Find out from your local visa centers which have been accredited by embassies if they offer such kind of service. But, the good thing is that most hotels in St. Petersburg offer visa support, they also take care of your migratory registration but if you only book a room there. There are so many travel agencies that are ready to help with an invitation for a tourist visa. This will cost you 1000 RUB.
All foreigners who are entering Russia should fill the migration card. You are going to be given this card during your flight at the customs service. All foreign citizens should register at local Federal Migration Service within seven days upon their arrival. Notification is provided by friends, hotel administration and relatives. If you are planning to stay in Russia for less than seven days, there is no need of registering. If your plan is to visit to Russia on a cruise ship, you should not be worried about getting visa to Russia as long as you will take your shore excursions with a tour operator who is licensed.
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