Consulate information


2650 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007

VFS Global (Russian Representative office):

1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Office hours:

Drop off:  Mon to Fri  9 am – 12 pm

Pick up: Mon to Fri  3 – 5 pm

Phone: (202) 298-5700 Website

Important Facts

Until further notice, travel to Russia is not recommended due to safety reasons.

  • COVID-19 REGULATIONS (Subject to change). Passengers must have a printed negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. A completed application form must be presented upon arrival.
  • NO RUSH SERVICE for the US passport holders effective January 2020 until further notice.
  • Passport must be valid for at least a full six (6) months after the visa expiry date and have at least two (2) blank visa pages.
  • NO VISA REQUIRED for nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela, and some other countries for a maximum stay of 90 days. A valid passport is required for entry.
  • 3-YR MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA. It is recommended that the US citizens apply for a 3-year multiple-entry visa regardless of what is stated in the travel vouchers or letter of invitation. This visa can be applied for business, private, humanitarian, or tourist visits.
  • TRANSIT VISA. A regular visa is required if transiting over 24 hours in Russia.
  • For more information and questions contact the GC Visa office.
Visa Application Requirements US NON-US
Valid passport
Completed and signed application form
The application must be typewritten. Not handwritten.
Passport size photos - one (1) photo
White background and should be free of shadows, in color and clear, without glasses. Applicants must directly face camera w/ a neutral expression and clearly visible eyes.
Invitation letter (Business visa or study visa only)
Autobiography translated into Russian
(Only for Australian nationals)
Agency travel voucher
Copy of flight itinerary
A round trip travel airline ticket with traveler's name.
Copy of hotel reservation/Evidence of address while staying in the country.
Proof of valid legal residency in the US (copy only)
Be ready to show the original when applying in person.
Travel health insurance

Forms and Links

Application Form – AUSTRALIA/CANADA/USA Application Form – Non-US

Processing Time

Processing timeService type
10 to 15 business daysRegular

Fee per Visa

Payment Method: Cash, Money Order,

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entryTerm of visa
US Nationals
160.00Multiple3 years
US Nationals
Business/Tourist/Transit (Rush)
VFS fee - all type of visa38.00

Additional Notes

  • Allow (2) two extra days for GC Visa Office to process your application.
  • For Long Term/Work Visa and Children under 18, Contact GC Visa Office.
  • Please note that Embassies/Country Representative Offices change the requirements on a regular basis without notifying us.
  • There is a GC surcharge for our services.

Last updated: May 16, 2022