i searched the forum but couldn't find anything. I am a UK Citizen
I just need to know if anyone has successfully got a Russian tourist visa. The process seems long and they collect your finger prints at the Russian embassy, i know the US do and I've been there but you also have to send your passport to their embassy.
I've read the website and it says about a "tourist confirmation" would this be proof of travel dates?
it seems a long process to get a Russian tourist visa.
This on the UK Foreign office travel advice might be of interest ..
The summary page says' According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, British nationals made around 260,000 visits to Russia in 2013' so, many people do get the visa. You just have to be patient, read well & follow all the application procedures.
I had a brief visit on a cruise so no need for the pain in the neck visa formalities but would not let getting a visa dissuade me from going again.
Sorry do not know what 'tourist confirmation' consists of. Could be airline tickets or something from a Russian tour company. Try asking the Russian Embassy. I have written to them in the past & received prompt & satisfactory responses.
It probably means a letter of invitation?
I've had a Russian visa. As well as giving them travel dates and locations you will visit, details of your parents occupations, list of every country you have visited with dates, they want to see a letter of invitation - originally this was an inbound tour operator like Intourist but these days is more of a bureaucratic formality. They can be issued by many hotels, less frequently by hostels. The practical way to get around this is to use a visa agency who have the facility themselves at the Russian end of their operation. I've used Real Russia and recommend them.
Using an agency you still need to attend the embassy for fingerprinting but the agency will meet you outside and do it all with you.
It's a pain but Russia is worth it. Moscow is great, and St Petersburg is up there in my European top three with Rome and Venice.
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jun-2016, at 01:18 by Andyf ]
As a UK citizen Russian tourist visa is important. It is a tourist confirmation system. The embassy doing this work very hardly.