To visit the Russian Federation, an entry visa is required for all foreign citizens (except those from some countries of the former Soviet Union). Entry visas are obtained from embassies and consulates of Russia.
The organizers will supply all participants with the letters of invitation in proper form and hotel voucher (confirmation of hotel booking) need for applying for a
The deadline to make a request for a tourist visa invitation is July 01 July 08, 2011.
Those participants who have made their own hotel reservations still require a tourist visa invitation. Your hotel should provide you with a voucher. Please indicate the name and address of the hotel you will be staying at when filling in the Visa Support form in your
Make sure that all the information shown in the invitation is correct immediately upon receipt.
Further Formalities (for your information)
All foreign citizens arriving in Russia must complete a migration card while passing through customs. A migration card will be given to foreigners before crossing the border (in the airplane, train etc). Please, fill it carefully and keep it safe until you leave the country.
Russian law requires foreign nationals staying more than 3 days on the territory of Russian Federation to register within the first 3 working days from the day of crossing the border. The conference hotel takes full responsibility for the registration. A registration fee of around 150 Rub per person is charged for the whole period of stay. This amount is to be paid by the guest directly at the hotel's check-in desk upon arrival.
If you have decided to stay in another hotel, please make sure that you will be registered there propertly. Some of mini-hotels do not provide such registration.
*According Russian law 'tourist visas' are issued to the foreign participants of conferences as well.