Old Mar 20, 11, 3:21 pm
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: New York/Moscow
Programs: Aeroflot Gold, DL Silver, Marriott Gold, Global Entry, NEXUS
Posts: 243
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The other posts give good information regarding the tourist visa (I run a travel company focused on Russia/CIS and get visas every day for people).

One point, though, is that normally you will need an invitation. Visa processing companies normally provide the invitation and (at least us) will give you the full 30 days allowed on a tourist visa. If you get the invitation from a hotel it will only be for the length of your hotel reservation (and many hotels will charge a penalty for leaving early). If you are not sure of the exact dates of your trip it may be easier to get your visa through a visa processing company.

You could get a transit visa, however at least the NY Russian Consulate requires a copy of your air itinerary with the exact dates/flights and not permit any variance in dates).
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