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I am a U.S. passport holder and have a three-year-multiple-entry tourist visa for Russia which is still valid.

My first name was legally changed, and I have a new passport issued in that name as well as the court order. The visa is in my old/cancelled passport.

Must I apply for a new visa or may I travel to and from Russia using the still-valid visa in my old passport?

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I can't find any reference to it at the moment, but to the best of my knowledge, the visa is still valid. I know this from a friend who's been in exactly this situation (name change after marriage). When you travel, you need to have with you:

  • Your old (no longer valid) passport with the (still valid) visa in your old name
  • Court document confirming your name change
  • Notarised translation of this court document into Russian (this may not be strictly needed, but better have it)
  • Your new passport into your new name

If you are still unsure, I suggest you contact Russian Consulate section or a visa agency. If you're in the USA, the phone number of the Russian Consulate visa section in New York is (212) 348-5762. Alternatively the Consulate recommends using an agency called Russian Visa Centre. The phone numbers of that agency are (212) 430-59-90 (in New York) or (202) 827-0880 (in Washington). It won't hurt giving them a call.

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