Everything You Need to Know About Visas
Many of our tours require that you have a visa. As such there exist specific requirements for Australia and New Zealand citizens when traveling to Russia, China and Mongolia. We are not a Consulate nor a visa agency, yet all of our package tours include full visa processing or comprehensive visa assistance.
Russian visa instructions
Applying for a visa to Russia can be tricky as the procedure is rather complicating. First, you need to get an official Russian visa invitation, then fill out an official application form, and etc. But the good news is that all of our package tours already include full visa processing or comprehensive visa assistance.
What is required to apply for a Russian visa
An official Russian visa invitation (sometimes also called visa voucher)
A filled out and printed Russian visa application form (the form must be filled out on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx)
Original passport, must be valid 6 months after arrival from Russia. Must have at least 2 consecutive empty pages for the visa stamp
2 passport-size photos (photo size: 3.5 x 4.5 cm for Australia and New Zealand; photos must be recent and taken against a white background)
Usually it takes up to 3 weeks for the Consulate to process your documents and issue your visa. If you need it urgently the procedure can be expedited for extra charge.
The Consulate may request you to provide additional documents and information such as travel insurance, hotel reservation confirmation, round-trip tickets to Russia, a contract for provision of tourist services, a detailed itinerary in Russia.
If you plan to enter the country more than once during your trip, you are required to have a double-entry or multi-entry visa.
The ideal time to start your visa procedure is 2-3 months prior to departure. Please note that we recommend not to make any non-refundable bookings for your trip until you receive your passport with the visa stamp back from the Consulate.
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Need help with your visas? Use our paid visa services
Visas to other countries
If your travel itinerary includes more than one country, for instance, if you are planning a Trans-Siberian journey, you will cross the borders of Russia, Mongolia and China. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand are required to have all three visas. If you wish to skip the unpleasant procedure of obtaining multiple visas, you can take advantage of our paid visa services or read the detailed visa instructions on the official Consulate website of the country you are traveling to.
General list of documents for a tourist visa
Filled out visa application forms
Original, signed passport with at least six months of remaining validity and 2 blank visa pages
Travel Insurance (use our trusted insurance provider)
2 passport-size photos
Proof of legal stay (applicable to those who apply at the country of non-residence) and other documents upon request of the Consulate (hotel reservation, round-trip tickets, etc.)
Quick facts about our visa services
All our tours include visas
When you book with us, full visa preparation & processing is included by default.
99.9% approval rate
Visa applications prepared by our Visa Department boast a 99.9% approval rate.
Wide range of visa services from document preparation to Russian visa invitation.