tourist, business or private visas are usually issued
for a single trip with the dates of entry and exit
specified. You may apply for a visa in person or send
documents by mail (please enclose a self-addressed
envelope or a prepaid air bill). Please present the
A copy of vital pages of a valid passport or other
travel document with personal data of the bearer.
One completed application form in English or Russian.
Three identical color or black & white passport
size photos, signed on the back.
Visa processing charge payable to the Consulate
General in a money order or company check (sums shown
below). Charge for a bounced check is $20.00.
BUSINESS visas require an official invitation
from a Russian host Organization. TOURIST visas
require a cover letter from the US travel Agent
arranging the tour with dates of entry and exit,
places to be Visited in Russia, a Russian travel
agency reference number or a copy of The voucher. PRIVATE
visas require the original private invitation from
Relatives or friends in Russia, registered with local
authorities ("izveschenie"). A TRANSIT
visa requires the visa to the country Destination
and a copy of the ticket. (No Russian transit visa is
needed if you have the entry-exit visas of Armenia,
Belarus, Kasakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan and
depend on the number of working days for processing by
for 2-hour RUSH visa service: $120.00 (or same day
return by mail). Double entry/exit visa processing
requires additional payment of $20.00 (both dates of
entry/exit should be given). Multi-entry visas can be
issued only upon authorization of the Foreign
Ministry. Charge for multi-entry visa service is
$140.00. The extension and correction of visas is
further information, please contact:
The Consulate General of the Russian Federation
2790 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94123.
Phone: (415) 202-9800 (press "0" for
Visa Section: (415) 929-0862; Passport Section: (415)
FAX: (415) 929-0306.