All foreigners visiting Russia need a visa. In order to get a visa, travelers need an invitation from a Russian citizen or company, which is taken to a Russian embassy or consulate, where the actual visa is issued.
The price for sending invitations are presented in real-time.
And depending on the type of invitation and the length of stay on the territory of Russia.
There are many types of Russian visas, but most travelers get one of the following ones:
Tourist visa can be obtained on the basis of an invitation from a tourist agency, registered with the Department of Consular Service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs according to the Russian law, or on the basis of a hotel confirmation. Tourist visas are issued for a period for up to 30 days and usually have just one or two entry.
These are the most popular ones among business people. Officially business visas are intended for foreign citizens who travel to Russia to meet their business partners, take part in negotiations, sign a contract, visit an exhibition, etc. You do not need to plan hotel reservation or an itinerary to get a business visa. These visas do not imply official employment in Russia (for this purpose a work visa should be obtained).
These visas are for those foreigners who have relatives or friends in Russia able to get a private invitation. The period of validity is from one to three months, and the visas have one entry only.
This visa is for foreigners, who travel to a third country via Russia. Prices for transit visas are usually low, and it is not very difficult to obtain it.
Visa for Members of Family.
If you travel with your close relatives, they may apply for the so-called “Family Member Visa”, issued on the basis of your invitation and visa. Children up to 16 may be mentioned in your own invitation; while for elder relatives it will be necessary to get a separate invitation (the purpose of visit in the invitation will be “Family Member”). Usually Family Member visas are given to relatives of a foreigner, who stays in Russia for a long period on a business or work visa.
Period of stay in Russia on a Family Member visa can be similar or shorter (no longer) than that for the “head of the family”.
Terms and prices: usually the consulate/embassy issues the visa itself within the same period as for the “head of the family”, and the consular fee is usually lower.