When most of you think of going to Russia one of the first questions you have is HOW TO GET A RUSSIAN VISA?
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So lets begin, here is general information about VISA to Russia:
1) There are countries that can enter Russia without visa, for example Brazil, South Korea, South Africa and approx 15-20 more countries. If you are lucky most probably you know that))
2) Unfortunately, most of the countries, including all European countries, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, etc. need visa to enter Russia
Standard tourist visa is 30 days long, can be single or double entry. With USA it's an exception, standard tourist visa can be 30 days or 3 years as well. But that is the only such exception that we know. If you need more that 30 days for your trip most common way is to apply for business visa, it can be 90 days, 180 days, 365 days and even 3-5 years, single, double or multi entrance as well.
There are many other types of visa, but that's not applicable to motorcycle travelling. Everybody uses, either tourist, or business visa.
You can apply for a visa 3-6 (depends on country) months before you plan to visit Russia. Application process takes 10-14 days. During last years more than 500 riders from all over the world travelers with us in Russia and we NEVER had any case when our customer couldn't make a visa. It's a paper work and it takes some time, but in general there is nothing special.
The list of necessary documents for Russian visa:
- Invitation (from Russian tour company, we do this)
- Visa application form
- Color photo measuring 35mm x 45mm
- Medical insurance policy
Most tricky question is how to get an invitation letter. If you travel with us we will prepare it. If you travel on your own and don't have any contacts in Russia write us and we will find solution. Possibly we can do it for you or advise place where you can get it.
Application form must be downloaded or filled online at Russian Embassy website or at Russia Visa Center web site. We will give you addresses below.
Also, you need usual medical insurance for travel abroad. You can buy it your local insurance company. We strongly suggest making extension for active sport/motorcycle riding.