Most Appealing Russian Visa Just Got More Expensive for American Tourists

Jan 28, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Bad news for Americans who have several trips to Russia on their travel radar: the nation has raised the prices on multiple-entry visas, likely the most common type of visa that American business or leisure travelers secure when traveling to the country. Interestingly, Russia decreased the price of both single and double-entry visas, which could be good news for tourists who don’t plan on visiting more than once or twice while their visa is valid. Here’s what you’ll pay now for each type of Russian visa:

A multiple entry Russian visa won’t come cheap.

If you’re planning on traveling to Russia or any other country that requires a visa for entry, consider using Allied Passport to help you secure your visa. Per Allied’s website, the Russian embassy will charge you $123 for a single entry visa, $177 for double entry and a steep $303 for multiple entry. Note that Allied will charge $10 more than its normal service fee since Russian visas are … complex.

If you choose Allied Passport to help you secure your visa, note that there are a few steps you’ll need to take before you’re ready to send your materials to its office in Washington, D.C. One of these is getting an invitation from a host in Russia — you can make arrangements with your hotel, travel agent or Allied Passport to do this, but Allied will charge an additional fee for that option.

Be aware of the steps you have to take before you can even begin an application for a Russian visa.

While Russia is a nation full of stunning architecture, rich culture and storied history, its complex visa application process and steep visa fees make a trip quite cost prohibitive. If it’s on your travel bucket list, make sure you do a good amount of research before you go as it’s not as easy as booking a flight and jetting off a few days later.

H/T: One Mile at a Time

Featured image of Moscow courtesy of Getty Images.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.