Sometimes it makes sense to use a travel agency to apply for a Russian visa. If you get your visa support (invitation) through this site
you can then contact one of the agencies below, so that they do the rest. Normally it will involve helping you filling out the Russian visa application form
and bringing your documents to the consulate, so you don't have to deal with the bureaucrats or spend hours in the queues. They charge from $50 to $100 US for their services in addition to the consulate's fee, so see how you feel about it: once you have the Russian visa support
and the application
, it's easy to do it yourself and usually takes about 2 hours when you apply and half an hour when you get your visa back.
Here's some travel agencies we know about that will do a good job with your visa:
A specialist agency with offices in London, Moscow and St. Petersburg, has extensive knowledge on Russian visa application process and a very easy application process. They charge about £50 on top of the consular fee for their services.
3, The Ivories, Northampton Street, Islington, London
+44 (0) 207 100 7370
If you don't have an invitation yet, you can use this form to apply for full Russian visa processing
The consular fees are very high in the US, but you can try to apply through Real Russia in UK (although you won't be able to get express service).
CIBT - The Global Visa and Passport Professionals
One of the major visa agencies, expedites visa applications for many countries around the world. The prices are a bit high though – they charge about $89 US on top of the consular fee for expedited visa service.
CIBT New York
60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1250, New York, NY 10165
Walk In Hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm PST
CIBT Los Angeles
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1520, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Walk In Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm PST
169 E. Flager Street, Suite 1522, Maimi, FL 33132
A smaller agency with offices in major US cities. Charges $55 for expedited service on top of the consular fee.
Central office: Washington DC
1731 21st. St. NW Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 463-6166
A specialist travel agency with a focus on Russia and China. They charge about €35 to submit your documents to the consulate on top of the consulate's fee, but don't get visa support through them – too expensive (€45 vs standard €25).
Address: Weinbergsweg 2, D-10119 (Mitte) Berlin
Öffnungszeiten: Mo - Fr: 10 - 13 und 14 - 18 Uhr
Telefon: +49 (0)30 30 87 10 20
A small agency specializing in visa services. They have quite low fees and two offices: one in Berlin and one in Frankfurt-Am-Main.
Professional Visa & Consular
Tel.: (069) 138 25 200
Fax.:(069) 138 25 199
54 Rue de l'Ouest, 75014, Paris
Telefon: 08 25 08 10 20 (indigo, 15c/min)
All other countries:
There's a good website that lists visa agencies around the world – www.russianvisa.net
– where you can find the visa expediting agency in your country.
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