Most foreign nationals, including citizens of Kuwait, need to obtain a tourist visa to travel to Russia for tourism purposes, such sightseeing, cultural and history tours, adventure tours, hiking tours, etc. A special document called tourist visa support letter, or invitation letter, is required to successfully complete the application process.
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Tourist visa invitation letter can be requested from any travel company authorized by the Federal Register of Tour Operators of Russia. These travel companies print invitation letters on their letterheads, this is why each letter looks different. However, any properly made invitation letter contains two parts: a tourist voucher and a tourist confirmation. It takes about an hour to make a tourist visa invitation letter.
The following information must be indicated in it: the travel company's name, its unique reference number (assigned by the Federal Register of Tour Operators), as well as the personal details of the person for whom the letter is issued. In addition to that, the letter must contain information regarding all the cities the traveler wishes to visit while staying in Russia, his/her travel dates and the number of entries he/she wishes to request.
Tourist visas are valid for a period not exceeding 30 days. They can be single- or double-entry.
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Any citizen of Kuwait wishing to visit their Russian friends or family will need to apply for a visitor visa in advance. The first step to obtaining this type of visa is to get a special kind of invitation. The traveler should ask the person who invites him/her to visit Russia for help on that matter. Both natural and legal person are allowed to make invitations.
If it's a legal person, he/she should contact the nearest FMS (Federal Migration Service) office. He/she will need to submit a complete set of documents for the application. Normally, the decision is made withing 17 working days.
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If it's a natural person who requests a private visa invitation letter, he/she will also need to submit the relevant documents at the local FMS office. He/she will be required to provide a guarantee letter, where the applicant states that he/she will provide accommodation and support to the person he/she invites. Kuwait is considered a high migration risk country by the Russian authorities, this is why any Russian resident who invites a citizen of that country needs to appear for an interview at the FMS. The application process may take up to 30 days.
In some cases, the authorities may refuse to issue the invitation letter. A written letter of refusal shall be issued, if that's the case. If the application is approved, the applicant will get an invitation letter printed on the standard form.
Private visas can be valid for a maximum of 90 days. This type of visa can be single-entry or double-entry.
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Citizens of Kuwait who plan to do business in Russia need to apply for a business visa. A special kind of invitation letter must be obtained for that. It can be prepared by a Russian company wishing to invite that person to visit Russia.
Read more: Russian Business Visa
The business visa invitation letter can be obtained by either of these ways:
- Russian Business Invitation Letter from organization (possible to get Online);
- Russian Invitation Letter from FMS;
- Telex Russian Invitation;
Only those Russian companies that are authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or FMS are allowed to make their own invitation letters for foreign citizens. In this case, the invitation letter is a request made to the Russian Embassy on behalf of the foreign citizen urging said authority to grant a business visa to him/her.
To obtain an FMS-approved invitation letter, an application should be made at the FMS. Following the mandatory screening procedure (made to reveal any records of previous violations or deportations), the FMS shall issue an official invitation letter printed on the standard form.
Telex invitations are considered to be the easiest and most convenient way to obtain a business visa invitation. Telex is a special communication channel serving to connect the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Russian Embassies located abroad. When used for this purpose, a message is being sent via Telex instructing the Embassy officials to issue a visa to the particular person. The person who applies at the Embassy will need to provide a Telex number, which he/she should receive from his/her Russian partner.
A business visa can be valid for a period up to 1 year. It can be single-, double-, or multiple-entry.
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Russian work visas permit their holders to stay in Russia for 1 year. This type of visa can be applied for if there's a Russian company wishing to employ you. The Russian company employing a foreign person must be in possession of a valid permit to do so.
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It is the employer's responsibility to prepare all the documents required for your visa procedure. You will need to receive two papers from your employer: a work permit and an invitation. Having these documents, you can make an appointment at the Embassy.
Russian work visas are valid for one year. Holders of this type of visa can renew their visas for another year.
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An electronic visa (hereinafter referred to as "e-visa") is a new type of a visa document. A visa invitation to Russia is not required for obtaining an e-visa. To obtain an e-visa to Russia use our “E-visa to Russia” service.
An e-visa can be only single-entry. The permitted stay in Russia on an e-visa is up to 8 days from the date of entry within its validity period.
The validity period and/ or permitted stay on an e-visa cannot be extended. To obtain an e-visa a foreign citizen needs a digital passport photo and a completed application form containing full and valid data at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Read more: Electronic visa to Russia for foreigners
In compliance with the Russian Government Regulation, Kuwait is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.
We recommend citizens of Kuwait obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.
Citizens of Kuwait can apply for their visa at the following consular offices:
- The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the State of Kuwait
Frequently Asked Questions
To obtain a Russian visa you need:
- Fill in our online order form and get a Visa invitation to Russia
- Refer to our Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Russian Visa Application, use your personal data and information from the Invitation to Russia