With the upcoming XXII Olympic and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi the simplification of visa formalities for foreign citizen-spectators of the Games are established.

Starting with December 1, 2013, spectators of the Games will be issued tourist visas for up to one month (including same-day processing), based on copies of tourist confirmation letters (electronic or facsimile copies of confirmations of reception of the foreign tourist), subject to presenting of the ticket for Olympic events or electronic confirmation of purchase obtained from the Organizing Committee “Sochi 2014” or its official ticket agents abroad, or registration card.

In order to create the most favorable conditions for visa services for foreign citizen-spectators of the Games at the Consular Division of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the USA and Russian visa application centers special “Olympic windows” are opened.