What do you need to know before traveling to Russia?
Need Visa? Yes
Processing time: 6-8 business days
Before applying, you need:
-2 passport photos
-Registration (if staying longer than 7 days)
-Location where staying (see invitation below, AirBnb is ok with Waytorussia invite)
-Proof of medical insurance
-$160 money order (or $300 for same-day processing; 263 for expediting)
*Invitation must be tied to a hotel or hostel. Must check first with them. Must stay for duration of stay at same location. Do not select individual. AirBnB apartment is okay to specify.
Or – to waive this location restriction and get invited via agency, you can go to WayToRussia site. Cost $30 single entry.http://waytorussia.net/Services/VisaSupport/Tourist.html
Here are a few consulates where you can get your visa.
Quick tip: Make sure to have all of your paperwork ready ahead of time and it will save you tons of time!
Note: If staying longer than 7 days, you will need to register. Many AirBnb hosts will not do this for you. For $35, Waytorussia will handle this for you. You must contact them within 7 days of your arrival to handle this. You must make photocopies of your travel docs and visa after you arrive. You can take a photo of your documents and email them to WaytoRussia and they will process it without a problem.
Note: Credit card or airline when booking may have insurance that you can purchase. WorldNomad or AIG provide medical + trip coverage. The prices may be higher if using an outside service.