In these cases, an invitation must be processed by the persons or entities you really plan to visit.
If a cruise passenger does not wish to be with the group and prefers making an individual city tour, just having a tourist visa would not be sufficient. You should be met at the port and ushered through the passport control by a representative of the tourist company whose services you have booked. A cruise passenger cannot just show their passport with visa to the passport control officers and go to the city. One has to be escorted.
A tourist visa is available for up to 30 days and business visa can be issued for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. Please note that a multiple-entry business visa allows nationals of all countries to stay in Russia up to 90 days out of the period of 180 days. An alternative option is using 3 months’ business visas and re-applying for them when necessary.
It is not possible to extend a tourist or business visa.
For requirements oo applying for various types of visas, click on the corresponding link at the top of this page.
A business invitation and visa will be valid for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months since the date of your first planned entry to Russia.
There are two different types of invitations. If it’s a Telex then the number will be emailed to you once the processing is completed. If you require a paper invitation, then it will take longer, as the invitation must be presented to the consulate in original, so it will be posted by UPS (extra charge apply).
Full name and reference number of the invitation issuer are indicated in Latin characters at the bottom of your voucher.
Information on the cities you plan to visit and hotels you plan to stay at is listed on the confirmation and voucher. Your itinerary will be specified as per your application. The names of hotels will be indicated in Latin characters for your convenience.
Being issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service, a business invitation is in Russian. Your itinerary will be specified as per your application.
Please contact your consulate in Russia in order to be issued a new temporary passport.
If you happen to overstay your visa, you will need an exit visa in order to leave the country. An exit visa is to be taken care of by the invitation issuer. Please do not waste time trying to contact any other entities and do not let any information obtained by hearsay influence your actions. We feel it is our duty to warn you that the exit visa obtaining procedure is extremely complicated, time-consuming, and, truth to tell, expensive. We strongly recommend you to avoid overstaying your visa.
Sometimes people think it is a good idea to send their passport from Russia to their country of origin via FedEx and have the consulate or a visa expediting agency send back the new visa once it is ready. Indeed, this would be the worst possible option to take as in such a case your new visa will be invalid as you will not have crossed the Russian border with this visa and obtained a stamp in your passport.
With one visa expired and the other, invalid, a foreigner may find themselves in a most difficult situation. The only thing that can be done is to obtain an exit visa (which is a complicated procedure) and leave the country directly.