Pacific Wave Co.,Ltd. is an agency specializing in Russian visas for business people and tourists. We provide consultation and assistance in obtaining necessary documents from the Russian government. In order to enter Russia a valid passport and entry visa are required. Travelers without passport or entry visa may be subject to large fines, days of processing backlogs, and/or immediate deportation by route of entry (at own expense). All visas are issued by Russian Embassies/Consulates abroad based on a support letter (the so-called "izveshenie" or invitation) from a Russian individual or organizational sponsor (e.g. Pacific Wave Co.,Ltd.) and other supporting documentation. The US Consulate residing outside the US cannot act as sponsor.
In most cases a single-entry tourist visa is sufficient for traveling to Russia for a short (up to 30 days) period of time. All you need to do to obtain this visa support is to contact Pacific Wave Co. Ltd in Vladivostok Russia and request the visa support kit. It consists of two documents issued per person: a Tourist Confirmation Letter (also called Letter of Acceptance) and a travel voucher. We offer complete visa support for our clients when booking tours with us. After you receive these documents you will need to mail or take them in person to the Russian Consulate servicing your area.
A complete visa application consists of the following items:
• Visa application form - one per person.
• Tourist confirmation letter and travel voucher (provided by Pacific Wave Co. Ltd).
• Valid passport with at least two clear pages and valid for not less than six months following departure from Russia.
• One photo.
• Consular fee.
• A self-addressed return envelope (if applying by mail).
Depending on the turnaround time you choose, your tourist visa can be ready anywhere from the same day to twelve business days. Sometimes errors in dates or other information on visas occur. Therefore it is helpful to have someone who reads Russian check your visa prior to your departure from your home country. In case you plan to travel to a number of Russian cities, have all points of entry and all itinerary points in Russia printed on visa to avoid potential difficulties in registering visas and/or lengthy delays in travel.These points must be noted on your original "Invitation".
REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS TO ENTER THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
A tourist invitation letter with voucher is needed to get a Russian tourist visa. Tourist visa can be valid for up to 30 days and are single or double entry. So, a tourist visa is the best if you stay in Russia not longer than 1 month and need a single or double entry only.
TOURIST TRAVEL apply online
•Passport (must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay)
•Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel
•Vaccinations - None Required
PRICE: Single Entry $50.00 USD invitation for next day apply online
EMPLOYMENT OR STUDY TRAVEL:
Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for details.
Please contact us for any additional information you might need.
Visa Advice for Cruise Passengers.
If you are planning to take a cruise to Russia, you need to consider the following. In case you join the cruise companies shore excursions (which many first-time travelers do), then getting visas through your cruise line is the optimal choice. However, if private tour arrangements are more to your liking and you want to have a personal tour guide showing you around, please refrain from using the cruise reference number supplied in your cruise brochure - get your visa support kit from the actual company you will be touring with. This is extremely important because the Russian customs regulations stipulate that your hosting travel agent (i.e. your visa sponsor) is held responsible for your entire stay in Russia and, hence, can exercise control over your entry into Russia.
This said, if you obtain your visas through the cruise company and decide to tour Vladivostok with a private tour guide, you may well be refused disembarkation. While being profoundly frustrating, such a refusal is perfectly understandable, since the cruise line's local travel partner clearly cannot assume responsibility for those touring the city on their own. Fair is fair.
To avoid any frustration, please make sure you obtain your visas the right way: either through the cruise line (if you plan to join their shore excursions) or through Pacific Wave Co. Ltd, who provides you with a personal tour guide.
ADDITIONAL POINTS TO CONSIDER:
Upon arrival at the point of entry (airport, marine-terminal) all travelers must complete an "Arrival Card" (migration card) form to surrender to the customs officer along with your passport and visa for entry. All travelers staying in Russia more than 3 days must register their visa through a hotel or their sponsor. Visitors who overstay their visa's validity (even for one day), or neglect to register, may be prevented from leaving and/or pay late registration fine at the customs when leaving from Russia. Thus, travelers who have not registered their visa during their visit run potential risk of missing their flight back home, as filling out forms and paying the fine takes some time.
Due to random document checks by police, carry originals or copies of passports and registered visas. Failure to provide proper documents can result in detention, heavy fines or even cancellation of your visa resulting in your immediate deportation. A recent case of similar deportation took place in Moscow when an American couple were stopped by police in the Arbat Street for document check and were deported the next day, as their visas had not been registered for 11 days since their entry to Russia.
Travelers planning to stay more than 3 months in Russia must present a negative HIV certificate. The certificate must contain applicant's passport data, proposed length of stay, blood test results for HIV infection, including date of test, signature of doctor conducting test, medical examination results, diagnostic series and seal of hospital/medical organization. Certificate must be valid for 3 months from the date of medical examination.
Please consult with the Russian Consulate in your country as to their "exact" requirements for obtaining your visa. These requirements can differ somewhat from country to country.
Russian Tour Operator Registration MT3 006753 • Pacific Wave Co. Ltd. • Vladivostok, Russia • Russkaya 65-3, 690105 Tel: 7-423-234-64-59 Fax: 7-423-224-44-39