Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, 
Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Fiji, Guatemala, Israel, Kazakhstan, Korea, Republic, 
Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Peru, Serbia, 
Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine.

If You are coming from countries listed above you won`t need to receive russian tourist visa and you may be able to stay at least 30 days in Russia. If your сountry is not listed above that means you just need to have a Russian tourist visa.


Before applying to visa you need to have an official letter of invitation, also known as a visa support letter from russian side.


Altai World will provide a Russian visa support letter for you for free, upon booking a tour with us. After that, you can apply for the visa at a Russian consulate either by yourself or through a local travel agent (usually for an extra fee). Be careful, however, because many agents and hotels “lock” people into a fixed itinerary or limit their visa validity to the period they are staying at a particular hotel.


Contact us, fill in the information required and you will receive scan copy of the invitation, scan copy is enough for the consulate.

 This invitation letter, and the visa application form available here, a Valid passport for more than 6 months and 2 passport Photo’s 3.5* 4.5 cm in Size are all the documents you’ll need to get a Russian tourist visa. You don’t need to make any extra reservations.


Sometimes it makes sense to use a travel agency to apply for a Russian visa. You can contact one of the agencies below, so that they do the rest. Normally it will involve helping you filling out the Russian visa application form and bringing your documents to the consulate, so you don’t have to deal with the bureaucrats or spend hours in the queues. They charge from $50 to $100 US for their services in addition to the consulate’s fee, so see how you feel about it: once you have the Russian visa support and the application, it’s easy to do it yourself and usually takes about 2 hours when you apply and half an hour when you get your visa back.


Here’s some travel agencies we know about that will do a good job with your visa:

Real Russia

A specialist agency with offices in London, Moscow and St. Petersburg, has extensive knowledge on Russian visa application process and a very easy application process. They charge about £50 on top of the consular fee for their services.
 3, The Ivories, Northampton Street, Islington, London
 +44 (0) 207 100 7370

If you don't have an invitation yet, you can use this form to apply for full Russian visa processing.

The consular fees are very high in the US, but you can try to apply through Real Russia in UK (although you won't be able to get express service).

CIBT - The Global Visa and Passport Professionals
 One of the major visa agencies, expedites visa applications for many countries 
around the world. The prices are a bit high though – they charge about $89 US 
on top of the consular fee for expedited visa service.

CIBT New York
60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1250, New York, NY 10165
 Phone:  800-929-2428
 Walk In Hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm PST
 CIBT Los Angeles
6300 Wilshire  Boulevard, Suite 1520, Los Angeles, CA 90048
 Phone: 800-929-2428
 Walk In Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm PST
 CIBT Miami
 169 E. Flager Street, Suite 1522, Maimi, FL 33132
Phone: 800-929-2428