Get your Russian visa Letter of Invitation with expert support

If you intend to apply for a visa directly to a Russian Consulate yourself, then you will need to provide a Letter of Invitation (also known as a Visa Support Document) from a licensed organisation in Russia.

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

What is a Russian Letter of Invitation?

A Russian Letter of Invitation (visa support or tourist voucher) is an official document required for obtaining Russian business or tourist visas. This document indicates that you are authorised by a licensed travel company or organisation in Russia to apply for a Russian visa for work, study, business or tourist reasons. This organisation will act as your official sponsor both for visa processing at the consulate and for the Russian authorities while you are in Russia.

What types of visa support are available?

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

Tourist visa support - This 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 - This 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 Letter of Invitation please see the following links:

Please note: If you are applying for our full tourist visa or business visa service, then you do not need to order a separate Letter on Invitation as these are included in the cost.

Will the Letter of Invitation allow me to enter Russia?

No, if you try to enter Russia with the Letter of Invitation 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 Russian Letter of Invitation 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

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.

Biometric data collection for Russian visas

If you are over 12 years of age and applying for your Russian visa from the UK, Denmark, Myanmar or Namibia, you are required to provide your biometric data (fingerprints) when submitting your Russian visa application documents at the Consulate. 

See our FAQ on how the Russian visa biometric process works for a full list of things you need to know, including where to submit your fingerprints.

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.

If you would like to see an example of what your tourist visa Letter of invitation would look like, see our article on 'Understanding your Russian Letter of Invitation'.

Other services

Real Russia also offer other travel services; from booking your train tickets, to providing you with a smart and affordable way to call abroad, Real Russia cater towards all of your travel needs.