Do I need a visa?
Most foreign nationals, including those from Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
are required to obtain a visa before they travel to Russia. Citizens of former CIS
Republics, except Georgia and Turkmenistan, may enter Russia with their national passports.
Can I enter Russia by showing the visa support?
Do not try to enter Russia just using Visa Support Documents, you will be deported
immediately at your own cost!
Once you have the visa support documents you must apply to a Russian embassy for the visa.
Only when you have received this may you travel to Russia.
Should I provide you with the exact travel dates in my application or can I give you rough
A Russian tourist visa is issued for the exact dates you request and as shown on the
invitation up to a maximum of 30 days, inclusive of day of entry and exit.
Please note you may not enter Russia before the visa starts and you must leave Russia before
the visa expires and as such we would suggest that you add a few days before and after your
expected dates of travel to allow for changes in your plans and you can then enter and leave
Russia within that period.
How many cities can I visit in Russia?
If you know in advance which cities you will visit, you should choose them on our online
order form. You can choose up to 6 cities for the invitation, but you are free to visit
whichever cities you like once you have your visa.
Do I need a flight or hotel to be booked in order to get a tourist visa?
No. You can book them after you get the visa.
Can I enter Russia after the date my visa starts?
Yes. The dates you specify is simply the time span during which you have to enter and leave
Russia. You don't have to travel on these dates.
How long before my travel dates can I apply for the invitation and the Russian visa itself?
You can get tourist visa support at any time, however we do not recommend applying for one
more than six months in advance as some consulates may cause issues with “old” visa support
You can apply for a tourist visa at a Russian consulate not earlier than 90 days before your
requested visa start date.
Do I need a visa for my child?
If your child has a separate passport, you will need to get a separate visa for them. If your
child is included in your passport please contact us about including your child on your visa
Do I need the original invitation?
No: a copy sent by e-mail is enough in the majority of cases including UK, EU, USA, Canada,
Australia and New Zealand as well as most Asian countries such as China or Thailand.
Most consulates in Africa as well as those in Turkey, India and a few select others may
request the original in which case we can send this to you by DHL at extra cost.
Do I need to register my visa?
All foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation must register their visas within
three working days of their arrival (excluding weekends and official public holidays). An
unregistered visa can cause problems and delays with even the most common tasks that require
a passport as identification and even cause you to be denied exit from Russia.
Can you help with visa registration?
If you are staying in a hotel then they will register the visa for you, if you are staying in
Moscow then we can register your visa for a fee at our office, if you are not staying in a
hotel or outside of Moscow you will need to ask the people you are staying with to help.
Can I extend my tourist visa while in Russia and if so, for how long?
Generally the Russian visas can not be extended except in cases such as:
- Missing your flight
- Serious illness
- Seat unavailability in case of an open-date ticket
In all the cases mentioned above our Moscow office can extend your visa for up to 2 weeks and
you will need to provide the appropriate documents to prove your case. The cost of the exit
visa varies according to circumstances to between $100 to $500
What do I do if my visa is lost or stolen?
In that unfortunate case, you need a new exit visa, this is where you are glad you are
dealing with us directly and not some third party organisation!
First of all, you must contact a local police precinct and make a request for an official
document confirming that your visa was lost. To make the processing easier we recommend you
to state that your documents were lost, not stolen.
Then, you need to get a new passport from your Embassy in Moscow.
With the documents mentioned above, one matt finished photo and your return ticket (with the
fixed returned date) you should visit our Moscow office. We will process a new exit visa for
you. Please note that the processing takes no less than 5 business days.
Is this service legal and reliable?
Tens of thousands of travellers get their visa support through East West Link every year, we
are listed in the top 100 in-bound Russian tour agencies, are recommended by Lonely Planet,
BBC, Rough Guides and many other publications.
This is no accident!