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Visa

As we are authorized tour operator in Russia (registration number: РТО 020723),
we provide our tourists with free invitation letters necessary to get visa and additional permissions to visit some border zones of the Russian Federation.

According to Visa regime in Russia there are 27 countries whose citizens don’t need visa to visit Russia. If your country is not on the list, follow our guide.

E-visa to Russia

The nationals of the following countries are able to obtain a single e-visa:

  • 1. Andorra
  • 2. Austria
  • 3. Bahrain
  • 4. Belgium
  • 5. Bulgaria
  • 6. China (including Taiwan)
  • 7. Croatia
  • 8. Cyprus
  • 9. Czech Republic
  • 10. Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • 11. Denmark
  • 12. Estonia
  • 13. Finland
  • 14. France
  • 15. Germany
  • 16. Greece
  • 17. Hungary
  • 18. Iceland
  • 19. India
  • 20. Indonesia
  • 21. Iran
  • 22. Ireland
  • 23. Italy
  • 24. Japan
  • 25. Kuwait
  • 26. Latvia
  • 27. Liechtenstein
  • 28. Lithuania
  • 29. Luxembourg
  • 30. Malaysia
  • 31. Malta
  • 32. Mexico
  • 33. Monaco
  • 34. Netherlands
  • 35. North Macedonia
  • 36. Norway
  • 37. Oman
  • 38. Philippines
  • 39. Poland
  • 40. Portugal
  • 41. Romania
  • 42. San Marino
  • 43. Saudi Arabia
  • 44. Serbia
  • 45. Singapore
  • 46. Slovakia
  • 47. Slovenia
  • 48. Spain
  • 49. Sweden
  • 50. Switzerland
  • 51. Turkey
  • 52. Vatican City State

E-visa is very convenient: you can get it online and it's valid throughout Russia for up to 16 days. E-visas are issued online for tourist, business, humanitarian and guest trips. Applicants do not need an invitation, hotel booking or any other documents confirming the purpose of their journey to the Russian Federation. The consular fee is $40 only. For more information you can visit the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry website.

We (Big Country Company) are ready to help you at any stage of applying for an e-visa: we can assist with filling an application form, etc.

Tourist visa

In case you are unable to obtain an e-visa, we can provide assistance with getting a standard tourist visa. We, as a registered tour operator (certified by the Federal Agency for Tourism in Russia), can issue travel invitations for foreigners to get a visa.

Preparation

We advise you to start preparing everything 2 months in advance. You should contact Russian Consular office or Visa centre in your country and specify the list of required documents. Visa centre is an organization verified by Russian consular office and eligible for submitting documents for visas (VFS Global in most EU countries, ILS center in the USA, VHS in Germany, etc.)

You can apply for visa no earlier than 90 days to the planned entry date. Usually the visa process lasts for 10 days, also there is 3-days express visa service for additional cost.

The common list of documents for visa is:
  • A valid passport
  • Two filled-out visa application forms (printed and signed)
  • Two colour photos (3.5 x 4.5 cm size, white background)
  • A payment receipt for the consular fee
  • An invitation letter issued by a tour operator company (which confirms reception of a foreign tourist)
  • Additional documents for application (you might need to prove your financial capability to stay in Russia during all the trip or make travel insurance)

Submitting the documents

Collect all the documents and pay the consular fee which is 35 euros for a regular visa and 70 euros for express visa. As for an invitation letter, we will send it to you when you book a trip (it is usually enough to have a scan of the letter, but, if needed, you will get a paper one).

Take everything to the Consular Office yourself or send the package by post (whether your Consular office receives it by post). If you apply through Visa centre, make sure it has a relevant accreditation.

Receiving the visa

Keep the payment receipt until you get the visa. When receiving it, check if your personal details are filled correctly (passport, name, date of birth, dates of the trip, etc).

Your chances to receive visa are quite high unless you have some problems with documents or any “bad” past experience. However, if your visa is denied and you’ve already paid for the tour, we will refund the payment according to the signed contract.

Additional permissions

Some of our trips include routes to the border zones of Russia (the Kamchatka region, the Kuril islands, the Altai Republic, the Kola peninsula, some places in the Northern Caucasus, etc.). We issue such permissions for our guests for free when needed. Please, mind that in some cases permits must be made 3 months before the trip.

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  • offer you the best outdoor routes around Russia matching your preferences;
  • improve our trips according to your personal needs;
  • provide visa assistance;
  • book your flight;
  • find a guide speaking your language.

All our guides are locals and professional travellers.
We provide tours to all regions of Russia and of all travel styles.