How to obtain a Russian Visa in an easy and cost-effective way in 2019

How to obtain a Russian Visa in an easy and cost-effective way in 2019

Applying for a Russian Visa as an Australian often seems like a complicated and overwhelming process. Whether you want a visa for tourism, work, study, or business, it’s not as difficult as you may think. Let’s take a look at the documents you will need, as well as how to apply online. Ensure that your application gets approved quickly and cost-effectively the first time.

When To Start Applying For a Russian Visa

It’s recommended to start applying for a Russian visa as soon as you know you will be visiting. It takes 10 business days for processing, although there is a rush fee for 4 day processing also.

As an Australian, you can apply for a Russian visa up to 6 months before your intended travel date. So it makes sense to organise it as early as possible, instead of leaving it until the last minute.

Steps For a Russian Visa Application 

Step 1: Have a Valid Australian Passport

To apply for a Russian visa, you must first have an Australian Passport. It must be valid for at least six months after the expiration date of the visa listed in the application. There should also  be two consecutive blank pages available.

If required, you can apply for a new passport via the Australian Passports Office.

Step 2: Select Your Itinerary – Cities & Hotels

It is compulsory for your visa to include the entry and exit dates of your trip. This means the first date you will arrive in Russia, and the date which you will leave. You must know the travel dates for your trip in advance before applying for the visa.

Important Note: It’s not required to have already bought tickets to get your visa.

You can apply first, and when approved, then book your flights.

After you’ve worked out the exact entry and exit dates, the next step is to decide which cities you are planning to visit. As well as the hotels or apartments where you plan to stay. Most people apply for a single-entry visa.

But, if you want to travel to a neighbouring country and then return to Russia, you can apply for a double-entry or multi-entry visa.

To do so, you need to meet the following conditions:

– The purpose of travel to the other country is tourism.

– In between entries to Russia, you are only visiting a neighbouring country.

The best sites to find accommodation are or Airbnb, which range from budget to luxurious.

Step 3: Get a Letter of Invitation or Visa Support

A letter of invitation (or tourist confirmation/visa support letter) is a crucial document you need for your application to be approved. It is often confused with a hotel reservation. However, they are different, as you do not need a hotel reservation to get a visa.

It must be issued by either a Russian family member, hotel, education institution, or business who has invited you.

There are two options to get visa support for a tourist trip:

  1. You can ask the hotel you will stay at for it directly (even without a booking).
  2. An authorised Russian Tour Operator can provide it for you.

Step 4: Apply For The Visa

After you have your entry and exit dates, a current and valid passport, and a letter of invitation, you can then apply for the visa.

Visit our online application at, here you can enter your details, pay online then download the required documents. Print these documents, fill out the forms and return to our office along with your passport, a 3.5cm by 4.5cm passport photo, completed forms and any extra documents. We will then make sure you have everything filled in correctly and take it all to the Russian Consulate for approval. Once completed we will then pick up your passport from the Consulate and let you know your Visa application is complete and ready for pick up. Alternatively we can post your passport back to you.

Then it’s just time to enjoy your Russian getaway!


Best Time To Travel To Russia

The coolest time of the year in Russia is during January. The average temperature reaches beyond freezing -6°C. There is also a lot of rain during October and November.

The high season for Russian travel is from May until October. There are higher crowds visiting during the Summer (Australian Winter) in July and August. During this time tourist attractions are extremely busy and crowded.

The best time of year to visit Russia is between May and June, which is when the weather is ideal for extended days of sightseeing.

Flights To Russia

Flights to Russia vary greatly in price depending on the time of year. The cheapest flights to Russia are in November, March, and late August. The most expensive flights are during the Summer (Australian Winter).


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Where To Visit

People travelling to Russia usually visit both Moscow and Saint Petersburg.


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Moscow is Russia’s capital city, and it’s most vibrant. It is over 800 years old and is full of history. Must visit sites include the Moscow Kremlin fortress, and the beautiful architecture of Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. Also, be sure to visit Lenin’s Mausoleum which contains the embalmed body of the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

Saint Petersburg 

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Russia’s famous port city on the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg was founded in 1703 and is the cultural centre of Russia. Cruise down the picturesque canals by boat. See the best art and antique treasury in the world at The Hermitage, or take in a show at The Mariinsky Theatre. There is something for everyone.

Travel between the two cities is easy using the iconic Red Arrow night train. A trip takes 3 hours and 43 minutes, and the distance is 635 kilometres. Tickets can be purchased from the official RZD Russian trains website.


An Easier Way To Get A Russian Visa

TexVisas is the easy, hassle free way to get your Russian Visa. Simply submit your documents to TexVisas, and we do the rest for you. We provide fast service and guarantee the best price to ensure you obtain a Russian Visa for your trip of a lifetime. Contact us today on 02 9332 2424 or online to speak to a professional consultant.