Tourist Visas for Russia—A Complete Checklist for Entering the Country
Russia is the biggest and one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. If you wish to travel to this great country, you’re probably wondering whether U.S. citizens need tourist visas for Russia and what is required to get them.
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U.S. citizens are obligated to obtain tourist visas to enter Russia. The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the U.S.A. recommends that all American tourists apply for a three-year tourist visa that allows multiple entries to the country, regardless of the duration of their stay.
The visa application needs to be submitted at either one of the two Russian embassies in the United States. Find their details in the table below:
|Embassy Information||New York||Washington D.C.|
|Address||145 W 45th Street, New York 10036||2650 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007|
|Work Hours||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
To apply for a Russian tourist visa, you will need to contact one of the designated visa offices in your state of residence and book an appointment during the visa scheduling hours. Embassies don’t work during the weekends and Russian holidays.
When your appointment is due, you need to bring the required documentation and wait until the embassy processes your submission. You’ll need to pick up your visa at the embassy where you applied for it, provided that your application was successful.
Every visa applicant needs to complete an online application form before their appointment with the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Here is how you can do it:
- Open the visa application website
- Select your country of residence and language from the dropdown menus
- Read the information presented on the page and confirm that you agree with it
- Click on Complete New Application Form
- Follow the on-screen instructions
All Russian visa applicants have to meet certain requirements, as follows:
- Printing out and sign the aforementioned application form
- Gluing one passport-sized photo to the form
- Mailing or submitting the form in person
- Paying the Russian tourist visa fee to the designated consulate or embassy
- Presenting a valid U.S. passport that doesn’t expire at least six months after leaving Russia and has at least two empty pages
- Proving to have enough funds for the duration of the trip via a bank statement
- Showing a statement from the employer with recent wages
- Presenting medical insurance with full coverage during the stay
- Proving property ownership in the country of residence
- Filing any marital or child certificates (if applicable)
If you wish to vacation in Russia, you should be aware of the current COVID-19 prevention measures for foreign visitors:
- A negative COVID-19 test must be presented upon entry (taken no earlier than three days before arrival in Russia)
- Health screenings are enforced at all airports and other transit points
- Certain regions in Russia are off-limits for individuals who didn’t get a vaccine. Note that many vaccines popular in the West aren’t recognized in Russia (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna)
U.S. citizens are currently not required to quarantine upon entering Russia.
Traveling during the pandemic is hard but not impossible. Good planning is key to everything, especially for a trip overseas. Getting informed about visas months ahead of your departure is a clever strategy, and DoNotPay can assist you with it.
In the case of countries like Russia, where a visa is required, DoNotPay can help you by:
- Contacting foreign embassies in your stead and getting first-hand information about remote applications
- Preparing a visa PDF guide and application form if a physical application is necessary
- Sending you a direct link to the online application portal (if possible)
To gain access to these perks, you should sign up for DoNotPay and:
- Choose the Tourist Visa Guide feature
- Type in your passport details
- Enter your destination
Unlike Russia, some countries in Europe don’t require U.S. citizens to have tourist visas to enter. DoNotPay can help you find out all about country-specific visa requirements for the rest of Europe, so you can have a stress-free travel experience. Check out the table below for detailed info:
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