hey i am going to neeed to get a tourist visa for russia, i dont know my exact dates i will be heading for russia, i am leaving for the uk in mid may,
are these websites reliable to get my visa before i go on my trip
i would like to get my visa before i go so i dont have to worry about it.
also since i dont know when im gonna arrive to russia is this gonna be a problem
I have personally used waytorussia to get my visa support document so they were reliable for me. Having said this another person on this site who was an Indian citizen had a bad experience with them where they would not issue visa support documentation. I think this was mainly based on hard nosed government stuff between Russia and India more than anything, but for me as an Australian I had no problems at all.
It is certainly adviseable to get your visa before you depart because unless you spend an absolute fortune it can take quite a while (like 14 business days) to be issued and that is assuming all your paperwokr is in order. One thing with Russia is that you need to have your dates otherwise you can't get a visa. If you are not totally certain about your dates, but can plan to a certain degree you can get around this to a certain extent but only if you only plan to spend a couple of weeks in Russia. About the only thing you can really do if you aren't certain of your dates is if you have a flight in to Kiev (or some other city) on 30 June and depart from Oslo (or some other city) on 25 September, and you think you will get the train from Kiev to Moscow on 15 July add a few days to the start to allow some flexibility and add up to the maximum normal tourist visa validity of 30 days. If you did this, it would mean you could not enter before the date you decided to put as your entry date but you could enter on or after that date (as long as you officially crossed the Russian border for departing by 11.59pm on the last day of the visa validity). You are able to enter on or after the date of validity on visa and also leave on or before the date of departure that is shown on the visa, but not before the validity date or after the departure date on the visa.
That is what the Russian Government does to attract tourists to the country. By the time you get the visa you'll probably be like I was and think it better be worth all this hassel and I personally loved what I saw in the country especially St Petersburg which is the place I have most loved in 48 countries to date.
of course you need a visa before you travel, you cannot get a russian visa when crossing the border, is absolutely impossible. unfotunately when getting visa support everything depends on your nationality, there are some nationalities that are blacklisted and you will never get a visa
my friends open visa to Russia at summer. in Russian embassy they told that travelers need original copy of invitation from your russian travel agent (which confirm booking of hotel). so they find out first agency which make document for them and someone who sent this documents by DHL. probably in the embassy will be satisfied by fax copy
to make a visa embassy can take few hours (or one day).