Russian Visa Demystified – Part I – Intro To Russian Visa

So, you’ve decided to outsource or offshore your business, services, or department, you’ve picked the local Russian partner, and are ready to start outsourcing. You, probably, need to meet your partner face-to-face and have to visit mother Russia. Unless you’re one of those lucky few citizens of these former USSR countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldavia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan, you’re required to obtain a visa to travel to Russia.

If you’re novice in Russian travel or it is your 10th something trip to Russia, I believe that our new Russian Visa Demystified corner will teach you the process of getting Russian visa from start to finish. I truly think that each of you will learn something new about Russian visas through articles. They will become handy money-saving readings.

Types of Russian Visa

If you want to be precise, there are 11 different Russian visa types:

* Diplomatic visa,

* Guest/Private Visit visa,

* Tourism visa,

Schengen Visa

* Work visa,

* Business/Commercial Visit visa,

* Student/Education visa,

* Government Business visa,

* Humanitarian visa,

* Transit visa (valid up to 72 hours),

* Temporary Stay visa,

* Refugee visa.

Each visa type corresponds to the stated purpose of your visit. During my professional experience I’ve noticed that around 90% of all issued Russian visas fall under TWO major visa categories:

Tourist Visa:
is your first pick for short, up to 30 day, one-time visits to Russia even if you go for reasons other than tourism (e.g. business meetings, conferences, visiting relatives, etc.) Unfortunately, you will need a Business Visa, if you intend to stay beyond 30 days.

According to Russian bureaucracy TOURIST visa can be obtained with an official invitation/sponsorship/support letter (more on this in the next article) from a hotel or a travel agency, registered with the Department of Consular Service at Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (abbreviated as MFA).

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