Frequently Asked Questions

A tourist visa is a single/double entry visa valid for up to 30 days, while a business visa can be multiple-entry and valid for up to 12 months.

The main difference between the two is the duration and purpose of the trip.

Whatever type of Russian visa (with the exception of a transit visa), it requires a specific visa support document.

That is, an invitation issued by the party that invites you to visit Russia, whether it be a tourist company, friend or relative, legal institution or a company-employer.

Business invitations are issued by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Alternatively, they are issued by the Passport and Visas Department of the Ministry of Interior of Russia upon requests of accredited companies.

Tourist invitations are issued by Russian travel agencies, accredited in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

A single or a double entry invitation for 30 days can be processed in 1 business day.

Yes, you may mention rough travel dates within a month.

Please note: the Consulate prefers to have identical information on your invitation, application form and ticket.

Any discrepancy might lead to visa refusal.

No, you need to have a tourist voucher and invitation to apply for a Russian Tourist Visa.

This can be issued only by a company registered by the Russian Ministry of Foreigh Affairs and must have a reference number.

The standard processing time is 4-6 working days.

Urgent processing is available for an additional fee.

If you have no opportunity to go to the Russian consulate in person, we can apply for a visa on your behalf, regardless of whether you have used our services as a tour operator. Logistic fees apply.

Whatever the reason for a visa refusal, official consular fees are non-refundable.

Your Russian visa may be registered at the reception desk of the hotel/hostel where you are staying, or by the host company/person if you are renting an apartment (or staying in private accommodation with friends or a family).

A valid visa is necessary to leave Russia.

Travellers who overstay the validity of their visa, even by one day, will be prevented from departing. You then need to obtain an exit visa.

Your visa sponsor (any person or legal entity who supports visa invitations) should intervene and present the following to the Federal Migration Service office:
- A letter of request 
- Your passport 
- Two photos
- A travel ticket with a fixed departure date 

A visa fee will also need to be paid, along with a fine for overstaying the validity of the visa.

We go the extra mile for our clients and always will support in any unforeseen situation.

First of all, apply for a new passport at the embassy of your country of citizenship.

It is normally impossible for a visa to be replaced. The traveller has to apply for an exit visa instead.

Your visa sponsor (any person or legal entity who supports visa invitations) should intervene and present the following to the Federal Migration Service office:
- A letter of request
- Your passport
- Two photos
- A travel ticket with a fixed departure date

A visa fee will also need to be paid, along with a fine for overstaying the validity of the visa.

We go the extra mile for our clients and always will support in any unforeseen situation.

Contact your host.

Under Russian law, every foreign traveller must have a Russian-based sponsor, whether it is a hotel, tour company, relative, employer, university, etc.

Even if your visa was obtained through your local travel agent, you will find your legal Russian sponsor's name indicated on the visa.

Address

Office 1002,
Oxlynn Centre,
315 Lynnwood Road,
Menlo Park, 0081
Pretoria 
Gauteng, South Africa

Contact Details

Phone: 012 362 0598
Email: info@cjunited.co.za