Visa Support

Most foreign tourists coming to Russia require a visa. A tourist visa can be obtained on the basis of a letter of invitation. Tourist visas to Russia are issued for 30 days and usually, the process of obtaining the visa takes around 30-14 days. We are not a Consulate and we are not a visa agency, but we assist our customers in obtaining visas.

The invitation price for 1 person is 90 US Dollars. For customers who purchased one of our tours, the invitation is included in the cost of the services.

The following information (for each travelling guests) should be submitted to receive a letter of invitation:

  1. all names, all surnames as in passport
  2. sex
  3. date and place of birth
  4. passport number and validity
  5. dates of entry to the territory of Russian and departure from the country
  6. citizenship

It takes usually around 24h to issue an invitation letter. A scanned copy of the visa invitation will be sent electronically to the e-mail address of the reservation manager. If the original is required, it will be sent by post for the extra charge.

To obtain a visa you need to submit a letter of invitation and the necessary documents to the consulate or the embassy, whichever you prefer. The prices for issuing Russian visa and the period of processing of your request depending on your citizenship and the consulate or embassy you are turning to.

NB: Black Russian Tours LLC cannot issue visas, and not responsible for the decision of the Consulate, as well as for the Consulate charges and decision-making time.

The citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to Russia:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Guatemala
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Turkey

If you travel to Russia, your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your stay.


Foreign citizens arriving at the Russian Federation have to:

  • present a valid passport and visa (if necessary)
  • obtain and fill in the migration card before passing through the passport control
  • medical insurance
  • return ticket
  • travel itinerary


Where to get:

  • if you travel by plane: in a plane or in terminal building before the passport control area
  • if you travel by train: train attendant
  • if you travel by bus: bus attendant
  • if you travel by private car: border control officer

The migration card consists of two identical parts printed either side-to-side or top-to-bottom. Both parts need to be filled out, in either English or Russian

  1. Side A – arrival information, Side B – departure information
  2. Every foreign citizen has to fill in the migration card personally
  3. Under ‘Given name(s)’, print both your first and middle names.
  4. Leave ‘Patronymic’ blank.
  5. Remember to list dates by day/month/year.
  6. For ‘Passport or other ID’, write ‘passport’ and fill out the number
  7. For ‘Purpose of travel’, underline ‘Tourism’ or ‘Business’
  8. Under ‘Name of host person or company’, write the name of the company which issued your invitation.
  9. Make sure the dates indicated under ‘Duration of stay’ are from the current date to the departure date indicated in your visa.

Having filled out the card, you will need to queue to go through passport control. Make sure you choose the line for foreign nationals. An immigration official will take your passport and migration card from you and stamp your passport and the card, removing one half of the card and placing the other half in your passport. It is very important that you do not lose your migration card. It will be required upon your departure.

NB: If you lose the migration card please immediately address Black Russian Tours Company, we will help you to solve this problem.


Under the Russian Federation Law, every visitor needs to have his/her visa registered. Visa registration is compulsory. In order to register your visa, the receptionist will make a copy of your passport, visa, and migration card, in some cases they will need to keep your passport for a certain period of time, from several minutes to 24 hours.

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