Copy Right 2015 BCV Visa and Passport.  All rights reserved.
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2425 West Loop Soouth
Suite 200
Houston,  TX  77027
Tell: 713 335 5537
Or   1 888 778 6182
Visa and Passport Service
1. Passport requirement.
    You must send your actual passport, not a copy of it. Your passport must be signed and be valid for at least 6 months beyond the
    validity of your requested visa, and have at least two blank visa pages (amendments and endorsement pages cannot be used for a
    visa ). Passports must also be in good condition and not altered in any way. To be eligible for a 3 Year Visa, your passport must be
    valid for 3 and half years from the date of your first entry into Russia.
  • If your passport does not meet these requirements, please contact BCV for further instructions.
  • Non-US citizens must present proof of legal residency, such as a photocopy of either a green card, or valid visa issued by the United
    States government.
2. Official Invitation Letter from Russia
    You must obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher to travel to Russia. The Voucher or Confirmation must be issued by a Russian hotel or
    travel agency, registered with Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The tourist voucher must:
  • Indicate the cities that you intend to visit
  • Include the dates and length of your stay
  • Display all cities that you will be visiting
  • Specify the number of entries that you are requesting in your visa application.
  If you would prefer, we can obtain the invitation for you. Please call us for instruction and fees to obtain the invitation letter.
3. Visa Application Form
    The Russian Consulate requires a visa application completed online. Click here to complete the application form online. When you
    start your application form online, It's very important to keep ID number (located top of web-page) and Password for your record. Your
    visa request cannot be processed if you do not complete the application form online. Your completed application must:
  • Provide answers for all fields (handwritten changes are not accepted). If a question is not applicable to the applicant, he/she should
    put “N/A”.
  • Display an original signature inside the box found directly below the section where we will attach your photograph
  • Be accompanied by a copy of your Application ID and password.
Notice: Last question on application form: "Select the location where you will be apply for your visa": please select Houston
4. Passport-type Photo
    You must provide two color, 2x2 passport-type photos that be taken within the last three months against an all-white background and
    printed on high-quality photo paper. DO NOT affix the photo to the application or trim the photo to fit the box on the application. Please
    leave it loose in your package and we will handle the rest. Photos printed on regular papers are not accepted.
5. Bank statement and medical insurance.
    If you apply Three years multiple entry visa, You must provide recent three months bank statement and medical insurance during
    travel in Russia. You do not need to provide bank statement and medical insurance for single entry.
6. BCV order Form
    Complete the BCV Visa Order Form online. This online form is essential for us to know your application is coming and your shipping
    address and contact information

Additional Requirements that may apply to you
7. Former Russian Nationals Only
    You must provide a cover letter stating the date that you renounced your Russian citizenship. The consulate will not issue a visa to
    former Russian nationals who do not supply this cover letter.
8. Minors Traveling to Russia
    All minors must submit a copy of his or her birth certificate.  Other conditions may apply:
  • If the minor is traveling to Russia with only one parent or without both parents, he or she must submit a notarized original letter of
    consent providing permission from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian to travel to Russia on the specified dates of the
    trip.  Those signing this letter must provide copies of his or her driver’s license and passport information page
  • If the minor is adopted, you must submit a copy of the adoption papers in addition to a copy of the birth certificate
  • If the parents already hold a Russian visa, they must provide a copy of the Russian visa showing validity that covers the minor’s travel
  • If the parents are Russian citizens, they must provide certification of Russian citizenship
9. Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens
    Click here for additional Requirement for former USSR country citizen and their children
    Instructions for Expedited Russia Tourist Visa Application:
A tourist visa may also be issued for conducting short-term business exchange, participating in exhibitions, auctions, and also in the case of
medical consultation or examination. In this case, the Confirmation of hosting a foreign tourist should indicate the purpose of travel as “Aim
Tourism” in the necessary field, and the visa is issued for the time period that corresponds with the Confirmation (no more than 30 days).

Regular tourist visas are either Single or Double entry, for a period of no more than 30 days. But  US citizens are now able to obtain either a
3-year Multi-Entry Tourist visa upon request which exceed the 30 day stay limit.  
US citizens apply for a 3-year, multiple-entry Tourist visa regardless of the dates of entry and exit, number of entries or period of stay
indicated in the Confirmation of Hosting a Foreign Tourist issued by a hotel or tourist operator registered with the Federal Agency for
Tourism of the Russian Ministry of Culture.
In order to apply for a 3-year multiple-entry Tourist visa,
please indicate the full three year period as the length of stay in the
Russian Federation when filling out the visa application
(ex. Date of Entry 25/10/2016 until Date of Departure 24/10/2019-minus one
day ).
Collect and Send the Following Documents to us
Total Cost  =  A + B
Processing Time
Visa  Fee
BCV Service Fee
Visa Fee + BCV Service  
Single Entry
3-5 Business Days
8-10 Business Days
Double Entry
3-5 Business Days
8-10 Business Days
3 Years
3-5 Business Days
8-10 Business Days
Option 1
Send back your visa via FedEx
Option 2
FedEx priority overnight,  FedEx Saturday Delivery.
Option 3
Enclosing a prepaid air bill or an envelope with sufficient stamps (US Post Office
Express Mail, Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, or Certified Mail. Regular Mails or
Priority Mails without confirmation are not accepted).
A.  Visa Fee and BCV Service Fee
B.  Return Shipping Fee
Shipping of Application
    BCV Visa and Passport Services
    2425 West Loop South
    Suite  # 200
    Houston,  TX  77027
issuance. BCV is not and cannot be responsible for any determinations, act or omissions by Consulate. Consular officials are entitled to decide on the type, number of
entries, validity and duration of each stay of a visa to be issued based on laws and regulations. Consular officials reserve the right to decline a visa application or
revoke an issued visa.