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Russian tourist visa question
« on: December 01, 2021, 11:27:20 PM »
Perhaps someone can help me out with this. I have a Russian fiance and we have an underage child together. (also a Russian citizen). And I want to get a multi-year Russian tourist visa (I'm an American and would be applying in the U.S.). I would stay with them in their apartment, but also travel around Russia some, as well. But, the consulate & Russian visa centre's website says: "Please note that according to the law visiting friends or family in Russia is a private purpose and in this case you must apply for a private visa".

I'm not exactly sure what this means. I have to get a private visa if the only thing I want to do is visit them? Or even if I also plan to travel around Russia? Of course, we will take trips around Russia some of the weeks I'm there. I hope, because of this, I am allowed to apply for a TOURIST visa instead. From my understanding, getting a Private Visa is much more difficult and takes much more time. Thanks for any help!

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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2021, 02:24:58 AM »
Perhaps someone can help me out with this. I have a Russian fiance and we have an underage child together. (also a Russian citizen). And I want to get a multi-year Russian tourist visa (I'm an American and would be applying in the U.S.). I would stay with them in their apartment, but also travel around Russia some, as well. But, the consulate & Russian visa centre's website says: "Please note that according to the law visiting friends or family in Russia is a private purpose and in this case you must apply for a private visa".

I'm not exactly sure what this means. I have to get a private visa if the only thing I want to do is visit them? Or even if I also plan to travel around Russia? Of course, we will take trips around Russia some of the weeks I'm there. I hope, because of this, I am allowed to apply for a TOURIST visa instead. From my understanding, getting a Private Visa is much more difficult and takes much more time. Thanks for any help!

A private visa is very easy to get.. I think it is valid for 3 years..

I have heard of people being refused a visa and entry into Russia on a tourist visa when they have family living in Russia..I mean your basically visiting family? So its a private visa.

Aaaa your not married yet? Not exactly sure then..
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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2021, 05:28:25 AM »
Americans can get a 3 year tourist visa. You just have to leave the country every 6 months, could be for a day.


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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2021, 10:29:12 AM »
You're right, not married yet.

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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2021, 03:40:11 PM »
Every time that I have visited Russia, before and after marriage, was with a private visa.
What is worse than not being able to get what you don't even want?

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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2021, 06:25:04 AM »
Every time that I have visited Russia, before and after marriage, was with a private visa.

They have simplified the private visa now.. so pretty easy to make with little documents..
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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2021, 07:43:59 AM »
Every time that I have visited Russia, before and after marriage, was with a private visa.

They have simplified the private visa now.. so pretty easy to make with little documents..
Does the private visa grant essentially the same privileges as the tourist visa? I think I understand that we're supposed to get a private visa if we're visiting family and/or not going solely as a tourist, but are they essentially the same as far as what you can do with them?

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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2021, 09:42:18 AM »
Every time that I have visited Russia, before and after marriage, was with a private visa.

They have simplified the private visa now.. so pretty easy to make with little documents..
Does the private visa grant essentially the same privileges as the tourist visa? I think I understand that we're supposed to get a private visa if we're visiting family and/or not going solely as a tourist, but are they essentially the same as far as what you can do with them?

Yeah pretty well Im not sure how it works in the US but for example the UK tourist visa will only give entry into Russia twice (Though I think that is about to change) UK private visa gives multiple entry for 12 months and stay as long as you want in the 12 month.

Probably for the US it makes no difference and both your able to do the same, but I have heard of people being refused a tourist visa or entry into Russia cos they got a kid in Russia and should of gone the Private visa way..I think tourist and private visa for the US is 3 years, basically you can live here with that , we got a neighbour next floor up who does exactly that..
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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2021, 02:32:42 PM »
Thanks to all of you for your help. I really appreciate it! And I'm glad to hear that it's an easier process (at least for those from the UK. I would think so for US citizens, too).

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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2021, 02:56:52 PM »
Does the private visa grant essentially the same privileges as the tourist visa? I think
I understand that we're supposed to get a private visa if we're visiting family and/or
not going solely as a tourist, but are they essentially the same as far as what you
can do with them?

They have eliminated tourist visa's (at least temporarily). HOWEVER, they have private
visa's for those with family in Russia. They are not as easy to get these days in the USA.

I have had my application sent back to me because NO SH!T comma's were in the
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Re: Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2021, 08:20:13 PM »
Does the private visa grant essentially the same privileges as the tourist visa? I think
I understand that we're supposed to get a private visa if we're visiting family and/or
not going solely as a tourist, but are they essentially the same as far as what you
can do with them?

They have eliminated tourist visa's (at least temporarily). HOWEVER, they have private
visa's for those with family in Russia. They are not as easy to get these days in the USA.

I have had my application sent back to me because NO SH!T comma's were in the
wrong f#cking place!!! !


Yeah, that's ridiculous. I guess they gotta earn their keep.

I just got a visa through TravelDocs.com. I am 95% sure I applied for and received a tourist visa.  It took a week and a half from application. It is good for 3 years.

With your multiple trips to FSU, 2TB, you know 100x more than I. I'm just relating my recent experience.

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Russian tourist visa question
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2022, 09:34:38 AM »
Yeah, that's ridiculous. I guess they gotta earn their keep.

I finally got my multi year private visa. I was frustrated when I wrote my
previous post on this.
FSUW are not for entry level daters. FSUW don't do vague FSUW like a man of action so be a man of action  If you find a promising girl, get your butt on a plane. There are a hundred ways to be successful and a thousand ways to f#ck it up
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