Additional Services

Dear applicant,

For your comfort while applying for a Russian Visa at VFS Global Russia Visa Application Centre in London, we are happy to provide you with a number of additional services for an extra cost.  Please see our information below:

Pre- check

A new pre-check service allows applicants to get their visa supporting documents checked before visiting the Visa Application Centre. Some of the benefits of this service are:

  • Your documents will be checked before you visit the Visa Application Centre
  • Fast track service upon arrival at Russia Visa Application Centre.
  • If your file will need to be completed or corrected, you will be able to do so in advance.
Pre- check service fee: 18 GBP for each visa applicant in addition to the cost of the visa application.



Booking procedure:

In order to avail of this service, applicants are invited to scan and send all visa supporting documents (including the main page of your passport and any valid Russian visas you have in it) for our prior inspection to one of the email addresses below:

For applicants applying at the Russia Visa Application Centre in London:

For applicants applying at the Russia Visa Application Centre in Edinburgh:

For applicants applying at the Russia Visa application Centre in Manchester

Once we receive scanned copies of your documents, we will contact you in order to collect the payment.

After this procedure is completed, you will be contacted by a member of our support team with pre-check results. If the documents are ready to apply for a Russian Visa you will receive a confirmation email which you will need to print out and bring with you to the Visa Application Centre together will all the documents pre-checked by us. On arrival, please inform our security guard that you have used a pre-check service so he can guide you to the correct counter.

Please note that after you receive a confirmation email from us you will have 7 days to submit your application to us as after this period some of the documents in your file will possibly expire and will no longer be sufficient for your visa application. After the documents have been pre- checked by us, it is applicant’s responsibility to bring a complete file to the Visa Application Centre within mentioned timeline.

Your visa application will be processed and decided by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London or the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh. The decision to issue or refuse a visa is made solely by the Embassy and VFS have no influence over that process. There is no guarantee that your visa will be approved if you use the Pre-Check Service - all applications are considered on their own merits, against the requirements set out by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in UK. This service does not guarantee a faster turnaround time for the processing of visa applications.

Mobile Biometric Service

Russia Visa Application Centres are proud to offer our applicants a new Mobile Biometric service.

Now our team of experienced officers can come to your home or office to check your visa application documents, collect your fingerprints and securely delivered this information to the Embassy for the decision.

For more information about the cost and terms and condition of this service please contact us on portablebio@vfshelpline.com.

Please note: Please make sure that all the documents are ready to apply for your Russian visa before choosing this service. This facility can be used within the UK territory only and must cover the service area.

Please note that fee may vary and additional charge will be added for using this service depending on the situation.

Internet Kiosk facilities (London only)

Can be booked through our official partners - Vasco representative at Russia Visa Application Centre upon your arrival.

  • You can create/modify your visa application if needed and use the internet facilities for additional cost of 5.00 GBP per 30 minutes.
  • Print facilities are available at a cost of £0.50 per page.
  • Assistance with your application form can be provided on request by Vasco representative in the Russia Visa Application Centre, for a nominal fee of £15.00

Please note Customers are reminded to take care of their personal information when using these PCs. Customers are responsible for ensuring they do not leave personal or confidential data either on the computers or on the printers. The computers are on an open network and in an area open to all visitors to this centre and therefore VFS Global is not responsible for the security of any data on the computers or left by customers by the equipment.

Lonely Planet travel guide books:

Can be purchased in London Russia Visa Application Centre. To purchase your travel guide book please contact Vasco representative for more information.

Photo booth:

Coin operated photo booth is available at the Visa Centre in London (8 GBP per 4 pictures)

Secure Courier Delivery:

You have the option of having your passport returned, once processed by the Embassy of Russian Federation, via DX Secure at a nominal charge of 9.80 GBP per a passport. The passport will be sent directly to your home/office address as specified by you in a Special Delivery Envelope (SDE).

(Please visit Click here for more information)

SMS Services:

At VFS Global, we constantly strive to offer a range of hi-end services to enhance customer satisfaction. As part of our constant and ongoing endeavour to add value to applicants' experience, it is our privilege to offer the latest hi-tech SMS service, an express route to know the status of your visa application at your fingertips.

Explore the goodness of this valuable service, which can be purchased for 1.6 GBP (VAT inclusive), during the time of submission of the visa application form. Accordingly, the same is available before visiting the application centre by placing the request while creating online application form.

Note: This value added service is available only in UK (Local SMS Only). Please read the SMS Service Disclaimer carefully before applying for this service.

VIP premium lounge service

The VFS Global premium service lounge is now available at the visa application centre. The service includes:

  • No queuing
  • Comfort and privacy at an exclusive premium service lounge
  • Personalised service during the submission
  • Assistance with online application form
  • Free refreshments and snacks
  • Free and complimentary Russian Phrasebook
  • Free photocopy if required

Premium lounge service fee: 150.00 GBP inclusive of 20% VAT for each visa applicant in addition to the cost of the visa application. Please note that the VIP lounge service (150GBP) has to be pre-paid on the day of reservation. All funds paid on the day of the booking are non-refundable. You can reschedule the time of your appointment if available, but not the date.

VIP appointment slots are available between 8:30 and 17:00, Monday to Friday. Please schedule your appointment at least 24 hours prior to your desired appointment date.

Important Note: Your visa application will be processed and decided by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London. The decision to issue or refuse a visa is made solely by the Embassy and VFS have no influence over that process. There is no guarantee that your visa will be approved if you use the VIP Premium Service - all applications are considered on their own merits, against the requirements set out by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in UK. This service does not guarantee a faster turnaround time for the processing of visa applications by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London.

Booking procedure:

Schedule your VIP appointment using the following option:

  • Email info.ruuk@vfshelpline.com and request for an appointment indicating your name as it appears in your passport, your passport number, the visa category you are applying for and the desired appointment time. Please kindly enter ‘VIP service’ in a subject line.

Once you have scheduled your VIP premium lounge service appointment you will receive an email confirming the date and time of your appointment. Please print the VIP premium lounge service appointment confirmation and bring it with you on the date of your appointment.

On your appointment date please ensure you bring the following mandatory documents:

  • Your passport or travel document with validity of at least 6 months.
  • A recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photograph of you (not more than 6 months old).
  • Supporting documents relevant to your visa application.
  • The payment for the visa application (visa fee and service charge) in cash or credit/debit card (except of American Express).
  • The VIP premium lounge service fee of 150.00 GBP per applicant in cash or credit/debit card (except of American Express).

Please note that 150 GBP will be charge even if the documents submission will be unsuccessful.

Important: This is applicant responsibility to bring the application form on the day of appointment, as we do not fill in application forms on behalf of applicants.