General Visa Information General Visa Information

Dear visa applicants,

According to the information from the Consulate General in San Francisco all the US passports submitted with visa applications in San Francisco are currently located at the Visa Application Center in San Francisco and may be picked up there during working hours.

Working hours:

 Monday-Friday: 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Technical break: 12.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Address: 145 Natoma ST, Floor 2, San Francisco, CA 94105

Call-center: +1 202-827-0880

Telephone: +1 415-409-3200

Fax: +1 415-409-3211


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Travel to Russia requires an entry visa. Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle issues different categories of visas to Russia based upon the purpose of the trip and the duration of stay in Russia.

In general, it’s recommended that US citizens apply for 3-year multiple business, private, humanitarian and tourist visas (please have a look at the correspondent visa type information).

The following documents should be submitted in order to obtain a visa according to its category:

1. Completed visa application signed by the Applicant only. Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed.
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All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he should put “N/A”.
Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally.
2. Valid national passport (original only and it should have at least two clear visa pages). It must be valid no less than six months after the visa expiration date. Holders of travel documents such us: Permit to Re-Enter the United States of America, Travel Document, etc. must submit valid Permanent Resident Card (an original and a copy).
3. One picture of an applicant. Russian visa photo specifications.
4. Money Order or Certified Bank Check made out to the Russian Consulate for visa processing. Please note that we do not accept cash, credit or debit cards, personal or company checks.
5. Invitation to Russia from a host person or organisation.

Dear Applicants, when applying for a Russian visa please be advised that:

• In order to expedite and improve visa obtaining process as well as for security concerns the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle is no more processing visa applications by mail, starting from June 1, 2010.
• Non-US citizens should also provide proof of legality of their stay in the USA (US Resident Alien status, form I-94) when applying for a visa.
• Applicants who used to be citizens of the USSR or the Russian Federation and emigrated from the USSR or from Russia must submit one of the documents which confirms that they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (so called "Visa to Israel" or stamp in their passport saying that they left for "permanent residence abroad" before February, 06 1992 or official document certifying that their Russian citizenship was renounced), otherwise the applications will not be accepted.
• In accordance with Russian laws citizens of the Russian Federation regardless of any other citizenship theymay have, must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.
• Visa processing starts only after the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle has collected all necessary documents.
• Visa processing fee is not refundable.
• Type of visa or dates of entry/departure can not be changed or extended. If your travel plans have changed after the visa issuance you have to reapply for a new visa.
• After you received your visa, please check all the data indicated in it and, if necessary, return it to the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle for corrections. The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle will not be responsible for any mistakes in the visas, which were not brought to our attention prior to your departure from the US.
• Any visa applicant may be interviewed by the consular officer, if necessary.
• Processing time, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice.
• In certain cases the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle is entitled to consider visa applications as long as it necessary. Visa can be denied if the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle has serious reasons to believe that an applicant's entry into or stay in the territory of the Russian Federation will not be desirable.
• Please be advised that person can not have two valid visas in one passport. In this case the first visa is to be cancelled.


On the 1st of June, 2007 the Russia-EU Visa Facilitation Agreement came into force and according to its provisions visa processing fees are changed for the citizens of the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia.

Citizens of these countries should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay. Medical insurance certificate should contain Russian contact phone number for emergency or assistance.

However these provisions are not valid for the countries which did not sign the Agreement: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway.

Holders of diplomatic passports of the countries mentioned above do not need a visa to enter Russia for 90 days.

The fees are:
• For all types of visa (including multiple entry) for 10 days processing – $50
• For all types of visa (including multiple entry) for urgent (3 days) processing – $100

Information for Turkish citizens

In accordance with the Decree № 583, issued by the President of the Russian Federation on November 28, 2015, the procedure for entering the Russian Federation for citizens of the Republic of Turkey, bearers of a regular Turkish passports, has been revised.
As of January 1, 2016, Turkish citizens bearing said passports will be required to obtain a Russian visa issued by a diplomatic or consular division of the Russian Federation. (For more information please visit our website
This does not affect Turkish citizens:
- bearing temporary residency permits or permanent residency cards for the territory of the Russian Federation;
- bearers of special or official passports, traveling to the Russian Federation for less than 30 days;
- bearing special or official passports who are working at diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Turkey on the territory of the Russian Federation, and their family members who hold valid special or official Turkish passports;
- or Turkish citizens who hold a Seaman's Passport, provided they are entering for maritime purposes on ship orders.