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.
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:
To learn more and order your Letter of Invitation please see the following links:
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.
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:
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
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.
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 4981 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.