Russian Visa Support

If you intend to apply yourself directly to a Russian consulate for your visa, then you will need to provide a visa support document (also known as a letter of invitation) from a licensed organisation in Russia.

This organisation will be your official sponsor both for visa processing at the consulate and for the Russian authorities while you are in Russia.

When you obtain visa support from Real Russia you are sure that it is genuine and that our company is available for “back up” if needed when you are in Russia itself.

Important Russian visas update

It has been reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a presidential order which directs that foreign citizens travelling to the country must be fingerprinted starting from 10th December 2014.

An order published on the government’s website said it hoped the move could tackle illegal migration, improve the effectiveness of law enforcement and help prevent terror attacks. The Foreign Ministry and the Federal Security Service will organise the data gathering.

Fingerprint enrolment will initially be launched at Russian embassies and consulates in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia, and also at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport. This would mean that on and after 10th December people applying for a Russian visa in the United Kingdom may have to attend the Russian consulate to provide their fingerprints.

We have received no notification from the consulate or other authorities as to the process or requirements of such biometric data gathering though it is reported that this information will be provided by 5th December 2014, and we will update this news item as soon as we know.

If you are intending to obtain your Russian visa, we would urge you to do so as soon as possible to avoid any potential requirement to visit the consulate to provide your bio-metric data.

Are there any external issues which may affect my visa processing?

Please see the following link for any processing issues which may be affecting the Russian visa support service.

What types of visa support are available?

There are two basic types of visa support documents that we can provide depending upon the purpose and duration of your visa. These are:

Tourist visa support is provided to people travelling to Russia for tourism or leisure purposes and allows the consulate to process a visa that is valid for a maximum of 30 days and allows for a single or double entry.

Russian business visa support is generally used by people who travel to Russia on official or private business, allows them to travel when and stay where they wish (within the validity of the visa) and allows the consulate to prepare visas for single, double or multiple visits that are valid from between one and twelve months.

To learn more and order your visa support documents please see the following links:

Please note that if you are applying for our full tourist visa or business visa service, then you do not need to order separate visa support documents as these are included in the cost.

Will the visa support allow me to enter Russia?

No, if you try to enter Russia with the visa support documents alone you will either be refused entry, or if you have arrived by air, then you will be deported.

You will need to enclose the visa support documents with your application to the Russian consulate of your choice providing your passport and all the other documents required to allow them to process a visa.

Registration Information

The registration rules have changed again in March 2011 so that you now only have to register in each Russian city if you're staying there for 7 working days or more. If you do need to register, it is still your responsibility to hand in the original registration slip at the border on departure from Russia. Please see the registration page of our website for more information.

Emergency Assistance

If you’re in need of assistance whilst travelling we offer a dedicated 24 hour telephone support service.

For all emergencies you can call us on +44 (0) 207 100 7370 where our operators are available to provide help 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you experience problems whilst away, our team can offer guidance and support. If for example you have mislaid your passport, you are experiencing difficulty boarding a train or any number of other travel issues, call our emergency helpline for immediate assistance.

Can you tell me more?

We try to give you as much information as we can to help you choose the service you need, though if you still have more questions please feel free to look at our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us directly and we will be happy to help.