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You must Have a Visa

Although most travelers to Russia know they must have a visa, they might not know how to go about getting one. Today the procedure is quite simple and the best way is to call the most efficient visa service that I have relied upon in the past.

The company is:

Visa Services Inc.
1519 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036.

The phone is 202-387-0300.
The fax is 202-387-5650.
The email address is

The owner, a charming man named Michel Allinquant, leaves no stones unturned in his quest to deliver visas on time. He can provide visa support which makes the visa possible in the first place, and he can handle any existing problems with an out-of-date passport by helping you receive a new American passport in a timely fashion.

I am often confronted by Americans that resent having to pay the Russian government a fee for a visa. Please remember that it costs Russians an equally high amount to get an American visa to visit the United States. I look forward to the day when it will not be necessary to have a visa to visit Russia at all.

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