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5 Things to Know About Traveling in Russia (1)Getting to Russia is easy (and we can make it even easier) – you need a  passport that is current and a travel visa whether you’re going as a tourist or on business.  Now, here are five things to know about Russia that you’re likely to experience.

Before you enter Russia…
U.S. travelers will go through Immigration Control. Usually, you won’t be asked the nature of your visit to Russia, as it’s clear from the type of travel visa you’re carrying. Then you will go through Customs Declarations. It’s very simple. A green door for travelers who have nothing to declare and under $10K in cash on hand. If you have more than $10K in cash or you are selling something in Russia during your stay, there is a red door for your entry. This is the final hurdle for entry into Russia.

The Food
One of the best ways to experience a country is to ditch the restaurants that are recommended to tourists and go for the foods of the region you’re in. You should make it a point to seek out Pelmeni. They are wonderful little dumplings made with unleavened bread and filled with everything from Siberian pork, beef, fish and sometimes vegetables. Each region will have their own unique type served with dipping sauces ranging from sour cream, chili, curry, and even mayonnaise! Shaverma is popular, known as shawarma in the Middle East where the dish hails from. The Russians put their own stamp on it and make it just as awesome. A typical St. Petersburg Shaverma usually has a meat such as lamb, goat, chicken, or beef and they are combined with tomato, cucumbers, onion, and a tasty white sauce usually made from kefir and mayonnaise. The sandwich will be wrapped in a traditional pita or lavash bread.

Getting Around Russia
If you don’t have an international driver’s license, you might think to commute around a country as huge as Russia would be a logistical nightmare, fortunately, it is not. Russia actually has a pretty good and affordable system of public transportation around the country. The railway connections were rated to be on-time by most travelers. In Moscow, the subways are rated as fast and convenient.

Internet and Mobile Service
In the cities, you will find free Wi-Fi on public transportation as well as cafes, airports, hotels and many other places. The prices for mobile data are also very affordable.

Easy Availability of…Everything
In Germany, it’s the norm that not too many people are out after midnight. In Russia, the cities don’t sleep. Most food and drugstores operate 24/7. There are late night movie showings, you can get food delivered at any hour. There is literally always something to do, see, or eat.

The Hospitality of the People
Forget anything you heard about surliness, Russians are NICE. Travelers rated the passion of the people highly for love of their country as well as helpfulness for tourists.

Need help getting your US passport or travel visa for Russia? We can help! Call our office at 713-874-1420 to get started.

Questions and Answers about...Russia Travel Visas

Since 2017, Russia has three consulates in the U.S. — in Seattle, Houston and Washington, D.C. — the same number the U.S. has in Russia.


Russia is one of the top ten destinations we process both individual and corporate travel visas for. The following is an overview of some of the most common questions we get.

Do I need an Apostille?
It’s likely. Apostille is a French word meaning certification. It is a one-page certificate issued by authorities at the state or Federal level validating the seal and signature of the official on the document. We can tell you if your documents meet the requirements or will require an Apostille.

Is the type of Russia visa I get depend on the purpose of my travel?
Yes, there are two types of travel visas available. You can get a business travel visa for entry to the country or if you’re going for the purpose of tourism, you will need a tourist visa.

What is the maximum stay on a visa?
The current maximum stay is 90-days.

Is it true my travel visa will need to show my exact dates for my stay in Russia?
Yes, your visa will be written with the dates of arrival and departure.

Can I extend my visa after I arrive in Russia?
Obviously this is a case-by-case basis, but generally speaking, it is difficult to extend the time on a visa once you are in Russia.

How do I register with OVIR?
Basically, you must be sponsored to be in Russia. You must register with OVIR if staying longer than 72 hours. Hotels offer this service if you don’t have a relative, friend, or business to sponsor you.

Can I fill out the Russia visa application online?
Yes, you can find the application link for both business and tourist visas here.

How many passport photos do I need to submit with my Russia visa application?
You will need to submit one passport photo.

Will I need an invitation from a Russian host?
Yes, for a business-class and tourist-class travel visa, you will need to have a written invitation from a Russian host. Hotels can provide the invitation to tourists.

I don’t have extra pages in my passport, does Russia require any for entry?
Yes, your passport must have an expiration date that is six months after your trip completion date. Also, you will need one blank visa page. As of January 2016, individuals may no longer add pages to their passport. Travelers now must renew their passports when extra pages are needed.

How long does it take to get a travel visa to Russia through Texas Tower?
Standard processing time is 5-10 business days, if you need rush service we can obtain your Russia visa in a little as 1-2 business days.

And there you have it, the most common questions we get. If you have a question about your Russia visa, just call our office at 713-874-1420, our staff is happy to assist you.

goldenringIf you’re planning to visit Russia, make it a point to arrange to tour the Golden Ring.

What is the Golden Ring?
The Golden Ring is a group of cities and towns that were part of the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. Many of the structures from the 12th through the 18th centuries still stand much as they did during the formation period.

What Cities are included in the Golden Ring?

Golden Ring Map - source Wikipedia.
Golden Ring Map – source Wikipedia.

There are no official cities included, but there are eight anchor cities that are always part of the Golden Ring. Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal, Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, and Rostov Veliky.

Is a Visa Necessary?
U.S. citizens will need a tourist visa to enjoy a Golden Ring tour. On a Russian visa the maximum stay is for 90 days. You need to already have your travel plans in mind before you tour as your visa will be written for the exact dates you plan to stay in Russia. Also, you will need to register with OVIR if your stay in Russia will extend beyond 72-hours. This is a service most hotels offer, ask if yours does and if there will an extra charge for this service.

Need help with your passport or visa to Russia? Let one of our agents help you. Get started here on our Russia Visa page.