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Visa support


You may either opt to process a visa to Russia on your own, or this may in fact be necessary depending on your country of residency or if you are traveling already. If this is the case, please take the time to read the following sections. Additional helpful hints in processing your visa are also provided when ordering Visa Support with Sokol.

Visa support-what is it?

Visa Support is an essential part in obtaining a visa to the Russian Federation. Without it the Russian Consulate simply will not start processing your materials. Please note that visa support is not necessarily an official letter. Depending on type of visa it can be an official letter, a "voucher" confirming hotel reservation or simply electronic telex/notification sent directly to the Russian Consulate, authorizing them to issue you a visa based on the other materials you have supplied.

The information required by the Russian Consulate in order to process your visa usually includes a completed application form, visa support, original passport (in some cases copy) data page, passport photo (s), HIV test results (for visas over three months in duration), and the visa-processing fee. This is the standard list as pertains to tourist and business visas, but if you will be processing the visa on your own, contact your Consulate to verify requirements and fees before submitting your documents. Click here to locate the Russian Consulate nearest to you. If you must obtain a visa while outside your home country, this is generally possible, but depending on type of visa, may entail additional documentation, such as that supporting your reason for processing there.

Visa Support with Sokol Tours includes:

 - Collecting and processing required data;
 - Delivery of Visa Support and registration instructions by email/fax/post.

Cost

The table below outlines the costs for tourist and business visa support (invitation). Note that with business visas, the cost depends on three main factors: duration of visa, number of entries, and processing time of the visa support.

Tourist Visas (click on price to add items to your Duffle bag)


Type and duration
Processing time

next bus. day
Single entry up to 30 days45$
Double entry up to 30 days45$

Business Visas (click on price to add items to your Duffle bag)


Type and duration
Processing time

2 bus. days

6 bus. days

11 bus. days

25 bus. days
Single entry 1-month130$ 120$ --
Single entry 3-month180$ 120$ 115$ -
Double entry 1-month135$ 125$ --
Double entry 3-month199$ 135$ 130$ -
Multiple entry 3-month-210$ 130$ 115$
Multiple entry 6-month-315$ 150$ 125$
Multiple entry 1 year-430$ 160$ 135$

Visa Registration

The system of registering all foreign visitors implemented by Soviet Union during the cold war, unfortunately, did not vanish with the collapse of the USSR. It remains a must law in Russia as well as several newly Independent States and is strictly enforced by the local police in each city. Although it has gone through considerable modification and is under constant revision to ease the travel prospective, it can be a cause for stress if ignored. There are usually several options how and where to registry your visa. To make sure you dont waste valuable time by dealing with the bureaucracy upon arrival, please contact your travel Consultant in advance to make sure the registration is arranged and will not affect your budget and travel plans. The fees for visa registration range from $1 to $150. There are also hefty fines for not following the requirements.




 

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