We haven’t been to Russia yet, but it’s a trip that needs planning. Here are a few things we looked into.
The Russian visa is a bit peculiar as it is not valid for a certain period of time, like most other visas, but for specific dates only. It is therefore necessary to be really sure about your entrance and exit dates (we can’t stress this enough, you do not want to try to mess with border officials). The tourist visa is maximum 30 days, single entry.
It is also mandatory to get an invitation letter to apply for the visa. This invitation letter can be obtained through travel agencies, like “Russie Autrement” whose services we have been using. It’s an agency based in St-Petersburg that was recommended to us by other travellers, and we have been happy with their services. They can help with quite a few things, from invitation letters to trans-Siberian train tickets. Their website: Voyage en Russie.