How to Get a Visa for
Transiting Through Russia

Russian Transit Visas are issued for:


Persons travelling through Russian Federation territory to an onward destination, will be spending less than 24 hours in Russia and do not intend to leave the airport International transit area

Get a Transit Visa to Russia
in Just 
4 EASY STEPS:

Get a Transit Visa to Russia
in Just 
4 EASY STEPS:

Step 1:
Gather Documents

Step 2:
Complete Forms

Step 3:
Ship Documents

Step 4:
Place Order

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UVC Step by Step Russian Transit Visa Help Guide 
 Easy to Follow Comprehensive Instructions
Detailed Application Requirements
Current Entry Information
Secure Online Ordering 
Downloadable Forms

STEP 1: RUSSIA TRANSIT VISA


Carefully Review the Following Information & Gather Together the Required Documents

Russia Visa Overview


UVC recommends Russian Transit Visa Applicants apply instead for a Russian Tourist Visa as the fees and processing times are the same and it would allow you to leave the airport transit area in case your flight is delayed or rescheduled.


A Russian Transit Visa is not required if your connecting flight is within the transit zone, within less than 24 hours and you will not change terminals. In this case, you will not be allowed to leave the airport.


A Russian Transit Visa is required if you have a connecting flight within 24 hours or more, or if you need to exit the transit zone in order to change terminals or airports.


Russian Transit Visa Validity is dictated by the of the dates listed on the applicants itinerary.


Processing time options for the 30 day single or double entry Russia Tourist Visa are currently:

  • Regular Processing (8-10 business days)
  • Rush Processing (5-7 business days)
  • Urgent Processing (2 business days)

Invitation Letters are Required for all Russia Visa Types. It is possible for applicants can obtain these on their own or UVC can order the your Russian tourist visa invitation for you quickly, easily, and affordably.


 

Passport


Your Actual, Currently Valid & Signed Passport must be submitted with your Russia Transit Visa Application.
The passport needs to have a minimum two blank side by side visa pages and must not be expiring 6 months or less from the date you return into the United States.

U.S citizens should note that the last six pages of your U.S. Passport cannot be for entry/exit stamps or visa issuance. These are amendment pages specifically designated for U.S. State Department use only.

If your passport does not meet current Russian Transit Visa Requirements, UVC can process your Russia Visa Application and your application to Renew Your U.S. Passport, to add Additional Passport Pages, or to Get a New U.S. Passport back to back and in time for your trip.

 

Photo


Two Passport Photographs are required for your Russia Transit Visa Application submission.
The photo's should be:

  • in color & not blurry;
  • 2×2 in size;
  • front view with body completely facing forward;
  • on a plain white background;
  • with no glasses or head wear;
  • not older than 90 days;
  • taken at a reputable facility such as Walgreen’s, CVS or Fed Ex.

 

Hotel Confirmation and Voucher


An official Invitation Letter is Required to apply for a Russian Tourist Visa. This is also know as a Tourist Voucher or Hotel Confirmation.

UVC can obtain your Russian invitation letter for you quickly & easily. Simply authorize us to acquire it when completing the Russia Tourist Visa Order Form. When completing the Online Russia Tourist Visa Application Form, in the trip details section, you should:

  • type the word "Atlanta" where it asks for your travel company;
  • type Six Zero's (000000) where it asks for registration & confirmation numbers.

UVC will input your actual Tourist Voucher information for you once your application is received.


If you have acquired an Invitation Voucher on your own, input the travel company name, confirmation number and registration number in the trip details section of the Online Russia Tourist Visa Application Form.

If you cant find or cant read this information on your invitation, you should:

  • type the word "Unknown" where it asks for your travel company;
  • type Six Zero's (000000) where it asks for registration & confirmation numbers.

UVC will input your actual Tourist Voucher information for you once your application is received. Ensure to include a copy of the invitation when you ship your documents.

Your Invitation Confirmation/Tourist Voucher must be from an authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and must have the required registration number & confirmation numbers.  As there are many fake & unauthorized invitation letters from Fraudulent websites, if you are unsure of the legitimacy of your invitation, you may email a copy to info@usvisaconnection.com for verification.

 

Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent is Required when applying for a Visa to Transit through Russian Federation territory.

The letter should state:

  • the applicant's purpose of travel through Russia;
  • the length of intended stay in Russia;
  • the final destination;
  • places to be visited;
  • contact information;
  • accommodation information.

For Minor Applicants (Under Age 18)


All minors traveling to Russia must have a letter of consent signed by both of the child's parents or legal guardians.

For children accompanying the parents, the Russian Transit Visa Application Form should be completed and signed by both parents.

For minors not applying for a visa at the same time as the parents/guardians, the following must also be submitted with the child's Russian Transit Visa Application:

  • a clear copy of the parents/guardian's Russian visa or certificate of Russian citizenship;
    AND
  • a clear color copy of the main information pages of both parents passports;
    AND
  • a clear color copy of the child's birth certificate;
    AND
  • an original signed letter from at least one parent which should authorize the Consulate of Russia to issue a Russian tourist visa for the child and explain who the minor will be traveling with to Russia.

 

Former Russian Nationals


Former Russian Nationals Applying For a Russian Transit Visa must provide documentation to prove that you no longer possess Russian Citizenship. This documentation should be:

  • a copy of a USSR passport with a stamp stating you left Russia for permanent residence abroad prior to February 6th 1992;
    OR
  • a copy of a visa to Israel issued prior to February 6th 1992;
    OR
  • a copy of a Naturalization Certificate issued prior to 1996;
    OR
  • a document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship;
    OR
  • a copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992.
For Adults claiming Russian non-citizenship: Complete, print and sign two copies of the Russian Non-Citizenship Form, this form states you do not hold Russian citizenship.

For Minors claiming non-citizenship: Complete, print and sign two copies of the Russian Non-Citizenship Form for Children of Russian Citizens, this form states that they are not a registered citizen of Russia.


If none of the above proof of Russian non-citizenship is available; then the applicants must provide a written detailed statement of explanation.

Important Note: In accordance with Russian law, visas can not be issued to For Russian citizens with expired Russian passports, in accordance to Article 12 of Russian law concerning Russian Federation Citizenship, any child born to two parents who are Russian citizens automatically gains Russian citizenship regardless of their place of birth. In this case a visa will not be issued and the minor applicant must:

  • apply for Russian citizenship;
    OR
  • have their information written into the passport of one of their parents;
    OR
  • obtain a Russian passport from the nearest Consulate/Embassy of Russia.

 

Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens


Applicants born in a state of the former Soviet Republic or Ukraine must supply a copy of their Soviet or Ukrainian passport along with a letter stating when they immigrated to the United States.

 

More Important Instructions & Helpful Information

It is recommended that applicants carry copies of their passport main page, Russian Visa, and Invitation Letter with them to Russia.


The period of stay of a Russian Visa cannot be extended in Russia.


The Russian Transit Visa is normally issued for only the necessary time dictated from the information listed on the applicants itinerary.


Embassy Requirements and Consular Fees are subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of the Russian Government.


The Russian Embassy maintains the right to request a personal interview from applicants as may be needed in particular cases. The Russian Embassy also maintains the right to request at any time additional documents showing the purpose and length of the applicant's trip to Russia, proving the applicant possess sufficient finances for their stay in Russia and verifying the applicant's intent to exit Russian Federation territory when the trip concludes.

These documents may include:

  • A Bank Statement from the applicant;
  • A statement from the applicants employer verifying wages;
  • Proof of Medical insurance valid in the Russia;
  • Proof of property ownership ownership of property in the country of his/her citizenship;
  • Family Birth Records;

STEP 2: RUSSIA TRANSIT VISA


Carefully Complete the Following Required Forms

Russia Transit Visa Application Form


Complete, print, and sign two copies of the Online Russia Transit Visa Application Form.

Helpful Notes: 

  • You will get a application ID number and create an application password. Ensure to save this information as UVC will need this to be able to make corrections or amendments to your application are required;
  • Where it asks from what country you will be applying, choose "United States";
  • Where it asks for the visa issuing office, choose the option "ILS Houston".

 

STEP 3: RUSSIA TRANSIT VISA


Select Your Preferred Shipping Method 

Shipping Instructions

Shipping Instructions

Please send all required documents, completed forms and a printed copy of your order confirmation to:


US Visa Connection

Address: 510 Earls Court Drive, Katy TX 77450
Phone: 877-VISADOC (847-2362)

Once your order has been completed, your passport with visa will be returned to you with the shipping option you choose. It is highly recommended all documents be shipped using FedEx.

 

Shipping Fees

Shipping Fees


FedEx Return Shipping FedEx Logo
Continental USA Only Price
Overnight - Next Business Day $38.00
2 Day - 2nd Business Day $28.00
Saturday Delivery $48.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day / 2 Day (No Saturday Delivery) $48.00
International Price
Call UVC for Prices (Varies by Location) Varies

If you are sending a pre-paid return label or will be using a FedEx or UPS account, you can supply that information when placing your order.

 

STEP 4: RUSSIA TRANSIT VISA


Place Your order

Fees

Russia Transit Visa Fees


U.S. Citizens: 

The US Visa Connection Fees for Russia Transit Visas are:

  • Regular processing: 99.00 
  • Expedited processing: 149.00
  • Urgent Rush processing: 199.00

 

The Russian Government Fees for Russia Transit Visas are:


  • Single entry - Regular (8-10 days): 128.00
  • Single entry - Expedited (5-7 days): 218.00
  • Single entry - Urgent Rush (2 days): 248.00 

  • Double entry - Regular (8-10 days): 182.00 
  • Double entry - Expedited (5-7 days): 326.00
  • Double entry - Urgent Rush (2 days): 356.00

 Please Note:

  • Validity of the Russian Transit Visa is based on the letter of invitation and the discretion of the Russian Consulate;
  • The Russian Consular Fees above include a 5.00 money order fee;
  • “Days” are business days and do not include weekends or consular holidays;
  • Russian visa fees & processing times listed above are for all U.S. consular jurisdictions.

 

 

Place Your Order

Place Your Order


Complete, print & sign the US Visa Connection Visa Order Form.

The Order Form provides UVC with your contact, payment, and return shipping information as well as the level of service needed to meet your intended travel date.


Have Questions? Need Assistance?

Call the Doc!  877-VISADOC (847-2362)

STEP 1: RUSSIA TRANSIT VISA


Carefully Review the Following Information & Gather Together the Required Documents

Russia Visa Overview


UVC recommends Russian Transit Visa Applicants apply instead for a Russian Tourist Visa as the fees and processing times are the same and it would allow you to leave the airport transit area in case your flight is delayed or rescheduled.


A Russian Transit Visa is not required if your connecting flight is within the transit zone, within less than 24 hours and you will not change terminals. In this case, you will not be allowed to leave the airport.


A Russian Transit Visa is required if you have a connecting flight within 24 hours or more, or if you need to exit the transit zone in order to change terminals or airports.


Russian Transit Visa Validity is dictated by the of the dates listed on the applicants itinerary.


Processing time options for the 30 day single or double entry Russia Tourist Visa are currently:

  • Regular Processing (8-10 business days)
  • Rush Processing (5-7 business days)
  • Urgent Processing (2 business days)

Invitation Letters are Required for all Russia Visa Types. It is possible for applicants can obtain these on their own or UVC can order the your Russian tourist visa invitation for you quickly, easily, and affordably.


 

Passport


Your Actual, Currently Valid & Signed Passport must be submitted with your Russia Transit Visa Application.
The passport needs to have a minimum two blank side by side visa pages and must not be expiring 6 months or less from the date you return into the United States.

U.S citizens should note that the last six pages of your U.S. Passport cannot be for entry/exit stamps or visa issuance. These are amendment pages specifically designated for U.S. State Department use only.

If your passport does not meet current Russian Transit Visa Requirements, UVC can process your Russia Visa Application and your application to Renew Your U.S. Passport, to add Additional Passport Pages, or to Get a New U.S. Passport back to back and in time for your trip.

 

Photo


Two Passport Photographs are required for your Russia Transit Visa Application submission.
The photo's should be:

  • in color & not blurry;
  • 2×2 in size;
  • front view with body completely facing forward;
  • on a plain white background;
  • with no glasses or head wear;
  • not older than 90 days;
  • taken at a reputable facility such as Walgreen’s, CVS or Fed Ex.

 

Hotel Confirmation and Voucher


An official Invitation Letter is Required to apply for a Russian Tourist Visa. This is also know as a Tourist Voucher or Hotel Confirmation.

UVC can obtain your Russian invitation letter for you quickly & easily. Simply authorize us to acquire it when completing the Russia Tourist Visa Order Form. When completing the Online Russia Tourist Visa Application Form, in the trip details section, you should:

  • type the word "Atlanta" where it asks for your travel company;
  • type Six Zero's (000000) where it asks for registration & confirmation numbers.

UVC will input your actual Tourist Voucher information for you once your application is received.


If you have acquired an Invitation Voucher on your own, input the travel company name, confirmation number and registration number in the trip details section of the Online Russia Tourist Visa Application Form.

If you cant find or cant read this information on your invitation, you should:

  • type the word "Unknown" where it asks for your travel company;
  • type Six Zero's (000000) where it asks for registration & confirmation numbers.

UVC will input your actual Tourist Voucher information for you once your application is received. Ensure to include a copy of the invitation when you ship your documents.

Your Invitation Confirmation/Tourist Voucher must be from an authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and must have the required registration number & confirmation numbers.  As there are many fake & unauthorized invitation letters from Fraudulent websites, if you are unsure of the legitimacy of your invitation, you may email a copy to info@usvisaconnection.com for verification.

 

Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent is Required when applying for a Visa to Transit through Russian Federation territory.

The letter should state:

  • the applicant's purpose of travel through Russia;
  • the length of intended stay in Russia;
  • the final destination;
  • places to be visited;
  • contact information;
  • accommodation information.

For Minor Applicants (Under Age 18)


All minors traveling to Russia must have a letter of consent signed by both of the child's parents or legal guardians.

For children accompanying the parents, the Russian Transit Visa Application Form should be completed and signed by both parents.

For minors not applying for a visa at the same time as the parents/guardians, the following must also be submitted with the child's Russian Transit Visa Application:

  • a clear copy of the parents/guardian's Russian visa or certificate of Russian citizenship;
    AND
  • a clear color copy of the main information pages of both parents passports;
    AND
  • a clear color copy of the child's birth certificate;
    AND
  • an original signed letter from at least one parent which should authorize the Consulate of Russia to issue a Russian tourist visa for the child and explain who the minor will be traveling with to Russia.

 

Former Russian Nationals


Former Russian Nationals Applying For a Russian Transit Visa must provide documentation to prove that you no longer possess Russian Citizenship. This documentation should be:

  • a copy of a USSR passport with a stamp stating you left Russia for permanent residence abroad prior to February 6th 1992;
    OR
  • a copy of a visa to Israel issued prior to February 6th 1992;
    OR
  • a copy of a Naturalization Certificate issued prior to 1996;
    OR
  • a document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship;
    OR
  • a copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992.
For Adults claiming Russian non-citizenship: Complete, print and sign two copies of the Russian Non-Citizenship Form, this form states you do not hold Russian citizenship.

For Minors claiming non-citizenship: Complete, print and sign two copies of the Russian Non-Citizenship Form for Children of Russian Citizens, this form states that they are not a registered citizen of Russia.


If none of the above proof of Russian non-citizenship is available; then the applicants must provide a written detailed statement of explanation.

Important Note: In accordance with Russian law, visas can not be issued to For Russian citizens with expired Russian passports, in accordance to Article 12 of Russian law concerning Russian Federation Citizenship, any child born to two parents who are Russian citizens automatically gains Russian citizenship regardless of their place of birth. In this case a visa will not be issued and the minor applicant must:

  • apply for Russian citizenship;
    OR
  • have their information written into the passport of one of their parents;
    OR
  • obtain a Russian passport from the nearest Consulate/Embassy of Russia.

 

Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens


Applicants born in a state of the former Soviet Republic or Ukraine must supply a copy of their Soviet or Ukrainian passport along with a letter stating when they immigrated to the United States.

 

More Important Instructions & Helpful Information

It is recommended that applicants carry copies of their passport main page, Russian Visa, and Invitation Letter with them to Russia.


The period of stay of a Russian Visa cannot be extended in Russia.


The Russian Transit Visa is normally issued for only the necessary time dictated from the information listed on the applicants itinerary.


Embassy Requirements and Consular Fees are subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of the Russian Government.


The Russian Embassy maintains the right to request a personal interview from applicants as may be needed in particular cases. The Russian Embassy also maintains the right to request at any time additional documents showing the purpose and length of the applicant's trip to Russia, proving the applicant possess sufficient finances for their stay in Russia and verifying the applicant's intent to exit Russian Federation territory when the trip concludes.

These documents may include:

  • A Bank Statement from the applicant;
  • A statement from the applicants employer verifying wages;
  • Proof of Medical insurance valid in the Russia;
  • Proof of property ownership ownership of property in the country of his/her citizenship;
  • Family Birth Records;

STEP 2: RUSSIA TRANSIT VISA


Carefully Complete the Following Required Forms

Russia Transit Visa Application Form


Complete, print, and sign two copies of the Online Russia Transit Visa Application Form.

Helpful Notes: 

  • You will get a application ID number and create an application password. Ensure to save this information as UVC will need this to be able to make corrections or amendments to your application are required;
  • Where it asks from what country you will be applying, choose "United States";
  • Where it asks for the visa issuing office, choose the option "ILS Houston".

 

STEP 3: RUSSIA TRANSIT VISA


Select Your Preferred Shipping Method 

Shipping Instructions

Shipping Instructions

Please send all required documents, completed forms and a printed copy of your order confirmation to:


US Visa Connection

Address: 510 Earls Court Drive, Katy TX 77450
Phone: 877-VISADOC (847-2362)

Once your order has been completed, your passport with visa will be returned to you with the shipping option you choose. It is highly recommended all documents be shipped using FedEx.

 

Shipping Fees

Shipping Fees


FedEx Return Shipping FedEx Logo
Continental USA Only Price
Overnight - Next Business Day $38.00
2 Day - 2nd Business Day $28.00
Saturday Delivery $48.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day / 2 Day (No Saturday Delivery) $48.00
International Price
Call UVC for Prices (Varies by Location) Varies

If you are sending a pre-paid return label or will be using a FedEx or UPS account, you can supply that information when placing your order.

 

STEP 4: RUSSIA TRANSIT VISA


Place Your order

Fees

Russia Transit Visa Fees


U.S. Citizens: 

The US Visa Connection Fees for Russia Transit Visas are:

  • Regular processing: 99.00 
  • Expedited processing: 149.00
  • Urgent Rush processing: 199.00

 

The Russian Government Fees for Russia Transit Visas are:


  • Single entry - Regular (8-10 days): 128.00
  • Single entry - Expedited (5-7 days): 218.00
  • Single entry - Urgent Rush (2 days): 248.00 

  • Double entry - Regular (8-10 days): 182.00 
  • Double entry - Expedited (5-7 days): 326.00
  • Double entry - Urgent Rush (2 days): 356.00

 Please Note:

  • Validity of the Russian Transit Visa is based on the letter of invitation and the discretion of the Russian Consulate;
  • The Russian Consular Fees above include a 5.00 money order fee;
  • “Days” are business days and do not include weekends or consular holidays;
  • Russian visa fees & processing times listed above are for all U.S. consular jurisdictions.

 

 

Place Your Order

Place Your Order


Complete, print & sign the US Visa Connection Visa Order Form.

The Order Form provides UVC with your contact, payment, and return shipping information as well as the level of service needed to meet your intended travel date.


Have Questions? Need Assistance?

Call the Doc!  877-VISADOC (847-2362)

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How soon do you need your
Transit Visa to Russia?

$99.00

Regular
8-10 Business Days

$125.00

Rush
5-7 Business Days

$149.00

Urgent
2 Business Days

Regular Processing
8-10 Business Days

UVC Fee: $99.00

Rush Processing
5-7 Business Days

UVC Fee: $125.00

Urgent Processing
2 Business Days

UVC Fee: $149.00

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Russia Fun Facts

Did you know that there are millions more women then men in Russia?


Russia has been predominantly female since World War II when a great number of Soviet men died in battle or left the country to fight. By 1950, the ratio of men to women in Russia was just 76.6 men per 100. The current gender ratio in the Russian Federation is 86.8 men per 100 women, and the ratios in Latvia (84.8), Ukraine (86.3), Armenia (86.5), Belarus (86.8) and other former Soviet nations are similarly low. 

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