Russian Tourist Visa - An Essential Extra
Two of our Arctic cruises require that travelers get a Russian Tourist Visa, before the voyage begins - Franz Josef Land and North Pole. Travelers planning to explore Russia before or after the expedition, must acquire a double-entry Russian visa. A single entry visa is all that is required if you plan only to participate in the voyage.
Before applying for the visa, you must have a 'letter of invitation' that must accompany the visa application. We secure the letter of invitation for our guests.
In addition to the letter of invitation, you will have to present your passport, passport-style photos. You will also pay a fee. The fee ranges depending on your citizenship and the speed with which you want your visa processed. The shorter the processing duration, the higher the fee.
This list of Russian consulates will help you find the consulate nearest you. There are services in some countries that, for an additional fee, will secure the visa on your behalf. Genvisa is the company we recommend to US travelers.