Russia Visa Question

Discussion created by bkatspt on Feb 19, 2020
Latest reply on Feb 20, 2020 by maryjo

Hi all - I am a USA resident traveling to St. Petersburg Russia the last week of July 2020 (staying 5 nights at the Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel) and have questions about obtaining a tourist visa that I hope others may be able to help out with.  I've been to Russia before, but during the World Cup the visa came with your credentials and tickets - this is the first time I'm applying for a visa alone.  


I have posted a question to Marriott support to see if they can help me get the 'hotel invitation" for my girlfriend and I for the dates we are in town - I understand this is the first requirement for a visa.


My questions:

  • Is it best to use one of the Visa services (ie. ils-usa.com, traveldocs.com, …)? If so, which have you had the best luck with?
  • Did you fedex/ups your documentation or go to one if the Visa Services place of business?
  • Did you take your documentation directly to the Russian Consulate and avoid the Visa service companies altogether?
  • Any tips or "gotchas" that we should be aware of ahead of time?


 Thanks in advance for any advice you might be able to provide.  Brian