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Russian Letter of Invitation

A Russian Visa Letter of Invitation (also called a visa support or tourist voucher) is a document indicating 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. It is a mandatory document required for obtaining Russian business or tourist visas.

The organisation on your Russian Letter of Invitation 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 Russian Invitation Letters are available?

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

  1. Russian tourist visa invitation letter - for people travelling to Russia for tourism or leisure purposes. This allows the Russian Consulate to process a visa that is valid for a maximum of 30 days and allows for a single or double entry.
  2. Russian business visa invitation letter - for people who travel to Russia on official or private business such as conferences or meetings. This allows them to travel and stay where they wish (within the validity dates of the visa) and allows the Russian 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.

What does the Russian Visa Letter of Invitation look like?

A Letter of Invitation to Russia is usually formatted on A4 paper then stamped and signed by the inviting company. The most common type of Invitation Letter is the tourist version, and this consists of two parts:

  1. Tourist voucher - This part certifies you have approached a hotel service in Russia and also includes personal details related to your application including proof of reservation, number of cities you intend to visit etc.
  2. Confirmation letter - This part acts as confirmation of your hotel or accommodation. This will also include your personal details.

We have included a labelled example of a Russian tourist visa invitation letter from Real Russia below to give you an idea of what to expect and where you can find the information you need:

Example of a Russian Visa Invitation Letter
Example of a Russian Visa Invitation Letter

Does the invitation letter need to contain the same validity dates as my visa?

Yes, your Letter of Invitation needs to be valid for the dates allocated on your Russian visa, for example, if you apply for your visa from 6th April to 16th April, you need to make sure that your Invitation also matches or exceeds this. It will not matter if your Invitation is valid for longer.

Will I need more than one invitation letter if I stay in multiple hotels while in Russia?

This will depend on who you use as your official sponsor. If you apply independently, you will need to contact each hotel to get a Letter of Invitation for your length of stay in that particular hotel. In the event you are staying in several hotels, the easiest and often best way to handle this, is to apply through an authorised Russian tour operator where this can all be arranged in one place.

Please be aware that although you are not obliged to stay in the hotels you list on your invitation letter, the hotels may charge you on the debit/credit card you used to make the reservation (especially if they included the invitation free of charge) in case of a no-show.

We have offices in Moscow and Volsky and can act as your official sponsor when applying for a Russian visa Letter of Invitation.

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.

 

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