News alert: Visa restrictions have been loosened for business, tourist and humanitarian travelers to Russia. This has been a necessary change a long time coming, especially with the 2014 Sochi winter olympics fast approaching. The visas are now issued for longer periods of time (six months), allow for more entries, and are valid for three years. And best of all, you no longer need a formal invitation, which can sometimes be confused for the visa itself. No seriously, it can. I’ve done it before….
Check out the NYTimes piece to get the full dl. —–> Russia Eases Limits on Visas for Americans
The bad news? Work and student visas still need an HIV test. The good news? You can still get one at your local Walmart.