How and where to get a business and tourist invitation for a foreigner in Russia: prices and documents.

Would you like to visit friends in Russia, to go to a festival or another important business or leisure event, or just get to know the Russian culture and sights? But do you know how to get a Russian visa? Do you know how to go about it, what to do to get an invitation for a Russian visa?

You can search online and spend a whole lot of time and energy having an invitation executed yourself; or you can get an invitation for a Russian visa by contacting the competent staff of Association «RosBusinessTour» OOO (LLC) located at: 41 lit. A, ul. Komsomola, Saint Petersburg (Pl. Lenina underground station), support line: +7 (812) 335-1313.  Our experts will explain what kind of invitation is required to get a visa, which documents and data are required to apply for the invitation, how soon and for how long it may be issued.

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  • What is necessary for a foreign citizen to receive a Russian visa?
  • What kinds of invitations are available to foreigners and what is the difference between them?
  • Where can a foreigner arrange a particular type of invitation to Russia?
  • How can an invitation be made quickly and easily?!

To obtain a Russian visa, one needs to get an invitation from a Russian representative, be it a private individual, a travel agency or another company with which you have a contractual relationship. Upon obtaining an invitation, a foreign citizen shall take it to a Russian Consulate in order to get a visa. Having considered the invitation, the consulate decides whether to issue a visa or not, and for what validity period it may be opened.

Depending on the person issuing the invitation and the purpose of travelling to Russia, invitations can be divided into private, tourist and business.

A private invitation for a foreigner

A private invitation is arranged through a department of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) by the inviting party (your friend or relative). The purpose of travelling by a private invitation may be visiting friends, relatives and sightseeing. To have an invitation executed, your friend in Russia will have to pay a duty, fill in a form, and visit an FMS department twice: to submit documents and then to receive the invitation. Then the invitation shall be forwarded to you by mail or courier. Turnaround time of an invitation for a foreigner will be 30 days.

A tourist invitation for a foreigner

A tourist invitation is arranged by travel agencies included in the register of tour operators of the RF. The purpose of travel by a tourist invitation is tourism and aim-tourism, which can cover sightseeing, vacation in a recreational compound or a spa resort, going to an exhibition or a festival etc.

– Where can a tourist invitation for a foreigner to Russia be executed?

– Association «RosBusinessTour» OOO is included in the register of tour operators of Russia under number РТО 000830 and has the right to execute tourist invitations for foreigners.  

– How does one have a tourist invitation for a foreigner arranged through your travel agency?

– Forward us a scan of your passport or fill in an online questionnaire and pay for the travel agency's services. You will receive a copy of your invitation by email. The turnaround time will be just 1 business day.

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A business invitation for a foreigner

A business invitation is arranged by legal entities accredited by the Federal Migration Service (FMS). The purpose of travel on a business invitation can be exchange of best practices, attending conferences and seminars, signing a contract etc.

– Where can a business invitation for a foreigner to Russia be arranged?

– If you are going to negotiations with a company's representative and it is accredited by the FMS, the company can arrange a business invitation for you itself. Whereas if the company is not accredited by the FMS, or you wouldn't like to bother anyone with this matter, our experts will help arrange a business invitation since Association «RosBusinessTour» OOO is accredited by the FMS and registered under number 17252. It empowers us to arrange business invitations for foreigners coming to the Russian Federation for business matters.

– How does one have a tourist invitation for a foreigner arranged through your travel agency?

– Forward us a scan of your passport or fill in an online questionnaire and pay for the company's services. You will receive a copy of the invitation by e-mail, the original invitation can be picked up from the office or delivered by Fedex delivery service for an extra fee, if necessary. The turnaround time for a business invitation on an FMS letterhead will be 20-25 business days, the turnaround time for our company's letterhead is 1-2 business days.

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If you still have questions about how and where to have an invitation to Russia arranged for a foreigner, contact our experts by phone +7 (812) 335-1313