Each person non resident of the Russian Federation prior to applying for visa in the consulate must get an invitation according to the purpose of his or her visit.
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2 simple ways to get visa to Russia

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First, easiest one and the most expensive is addressing any reliable travel agency that works with Russia as travel destination for visa assistance. This company should collect all necessary documents (including your passport, consular application form and insurance, etc.) and apply for the visa to Russia for you. In this case you will have to pay extra for their services. Fee depends on your country, but generally starts from € 40

Second way of getting visa to Russia is to find a travel agency in Russia — remember that it should have a reference number that allows to issue tourist invitations or be registered in the Migration Service to issue business invitations. After you have checked with the company, you can order visa invitation but you will have to prepare other documents for the Russian Consulate. Please note that many of these agencies don't accept credit cards or bank transfers so you a limited to Western Union or other cash payment options. This method is great for experienced in Russian travel because dealing with consular formalities might be tricky.

Also remember to contact your local Russian Consulate for the full list of documents as the list could differ from country to country. The Consular officer should answer all your questions but sometimes if they are overflowed with applications lines will always be busy.

The biggest advantage of applying for visa to Russia by yourself is that you control the whole process and are sure that you were given the right type of visa without any mistakes and delays. Please, do not forget to check your visa printed in passport — entry and exit travel dates, the number of days you were asking for and your personal data.

Of course, it can take more time than if you addressed the travel agency, but it's definitely worth it! The rules and laws function in Russia nowadays so you will have no problems dealing with the Consulate while getting visa to Russia. Sometimes they seem more bureaucratic than you thought but on the other hand you will be surprised by the simplicity of the process.

Enjoy your trip to one of the greatest and amazing countries — Russia.