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Visas to Europe

What to Know About Visas to Europe

In case European countries are part of your travel plans, keep in mind that you may need a travel visa. As such, you'll most likely be required to obtain a visa when going to Russia.

Thus, before traveling to Europe it's necessary to check whether a visa is obligatory for citizens of your country. If yes, you'll need to apply for one in the official embassy back at home prior to your trip.

Below you can find more information about visas as well as general passport requirements for Europe travel.


Schengen Visas

If you are a USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand passport holder, good news for you, you may travel to more than 20 Schengen member countries in Europe for tourism purposes visa-free for 90 days max. In this case, among the major requirements is that your passport is less than 10 years old, it will be valid for at least 6 more months after your date of arrival to Europe, and that there are minimum two empty pages in your passport for stamps. Plus, while passing the customs upon arrival you may be asked to provide proof, backing up the purpose of your trip, i.e., a tourist voucher, hotel booking confirmation, return flight tickets, etc.


Visas to Europe

Entering Europe: USA Passport Holders

  • Visa-free entrance for travel purposes, up to 90 days
  • Countries: Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and 10+ more
  • Passport not older than 10 years with 2 empty pages and an expiration date no sooner than 6 months after your supposed arrival to Europe

Russian Visas

Most travelers, including USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand citizens, are required to have a visa to enter Russia. Luckily, when booking Russia tours with us, we take care of the visa processing procedure for you from start to finish. The travel visa to Russia is obtained in the official Russian consulate or embassy in your home country before the trip. In 99% of the cases, it is not possible to get a Russian visa upon arrival! One of the obligatory documents is an official Russian visa invitation, other requirements include a filled out application form, two photos for documents (size: 2 x 2 in.), as well as a passport with minimum 2 empty pages and a validity period of at least 6 more months after arrival to Russia. As a rule, after submitting the documents for a visa to the consulate, it takes about three weeks to process and issue the visa. The best practice is to begin your visa processing about two or three months before the start of your travel.


Visas to Russia

Russia Visa Requirements: USA Passport Holders

  • Filled out visa application form
  • Obligatory official Russian visa invitation
  • Two passport size recent photos
  • A passport with a validity of at least 6 months after your arrival date to Russia and minimum 2 empty pages