To visit the Sochi Winter Olympic Games as a spectator you will need a tourist visa, and, as a leading provider of Russian visas for people resident in the UK, the Real Russia team in London will be working closely with the Russian consulate to ensure a quick and accurate service for anyone visiting the Sochi Games.
The Russian consulate has announced two options for spectators to the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games which include:
Option One – standard processing
Visitors may apply for a regular tourist visa following our standard online procedure paying for the relevant processing time as outlined on the Russian tourist visa page
Option Two – express processing
Real Russia can process applications using a special “one working day” service only for tourist visas for visitors to the Sochi Olympics. This service allows us to lodge your application and collect your passport and visa in one working day instead of the usual two under the condition that:
a) Your invitation letter (visa support document) shows "зритель Сочи 2014" (Sochi 2014 spectator) as a purpose of their visit;
Please note if you need an invitation letter from Real Russia for this purpose we can provide this, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
b) You provide a copy of your spectator pass, event tickets or receipt for event ticket purchase with your application to Real Russia to prove to the consulate you are visiting the Sochi Olympics.
c) When completing the online application:
a. Select the next day processing
b. Select “Sochi spectator” as the purpose of visit.