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Visitors from most countries will need a visa. It cannot be obtained at the border; therefore you should apply for a Russian Visa prior to travelling.

Conditional to the type of the visa you are applying for it can be issued for single, double or multiple entries:
A single entry visa allows the traveller to enter Russian Federation once during the validity of the visa. When the traveller has left the country the visa is no longer valid and you would be required to re-apply for another visa.
Double entry visa means that you can leave the Russian Federation and enter it once again during the validity of the visa issued.
A multiple entry visa allows you to enter/leave the Russian Federation several times during the validity of the visa.

Along with the visa fees, there is a service charge applicable per visa application

Normal applications (7 calendar days): £32.40 (inclusive of VAT)

Urgent applications (next working day service): £39.60 (inclusive of VAT)

Required documents for all visa categories:
Please note that the following essentials must be met by all applicants submitting their applications for visa.

Valid international passport recognized by the Russian Federation with at least two blank pages for visas. The passport should be valid for a minimum of six months after visa expiration date. If you do not have a blank page to which a visa can be affixed, a new passport must be obtained before submitting your application.
Fully completed application form, photograph and supporting documents appropriate to the type of visa.

For complete list of the requirements please select the type of visa you are applying from the list on the left hand side of this page.

Applicants are advised not to submit passports in passport covers, as these would be removed and will not be returned to applicants.

Other Information:

Children under 18 travelling alone or whose visa applications are unaccompanied with their parents’ are required to submit following additional documents:

Signed and dated permission letter from one of the parents giving permission to the child to travel alone or explaining that the parent would be travelling with the child.
A copy of the parent’s passport (bio page and a page with the Russia visa).
If the child’s and parent’s surnames do not match, we would also require a copy of the birth certificate to confirm that the permission letter has been provided by the biological parent.

Important:

Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands need to provide an insurance policy for the whole period of stay in Russia while applying for a visa.

A visa can be issued only if an applicant submits all the required documents. Submission of an incomplete set of documents may result in refusal of visa. The issue of Russian visas is discretionary and depends on examination of each individual case, including purpose of visit and intention to return.

Submission of Visa application and collection of passports can be done by the following:

Applicants.
Travel Agents. However, if the purpose of your travel to the Russian Federation is employment, you need to apply for your visa in person at the Russian Visa Application Centre,
Representatives. However, if the purpose of your travel to the Russian Federation is employment, you need to apply for your visa in person at the Russian Visa Application Centre.

Visa applications can only be submitted at the addresses below.

Russia Visa Application Centre in London
15-27 Gee Street
London EC1V 3RD

Russia Visa Application Centre in Edinburgh
16 Forth Street
Edinburgh EH1 3LH

Postal applications should be sent to
PO box 64391
London EC1P 1NJ

Processed applications can also be returned by DX Special Delivery at an additional cost. Please note that Russia Visa Application Centre does not use Royal Mail envelopes for return of the processed applications. For security reasons each passport will be sent to you in a separate envelope so please consider this when calculating the total amount for payment. Please note that you will need to sign for the envelope once delivered to you. If you would like us to post your processed application to the address different from your home address, please include a signed about the same together with your application.

Applicants have the option of paying their visa fees by cash or Credit/Debit card (except American Express) when applying at the Visa Application Centre. When applying by post payment can be made through Postal Order or Bank Draft in the name of “RNT Limited"; or by Credit/Debit card (except American Express). If you would like Russia Visa Application Centre to take your payment via Credit/Debit card, please download this form, fill it in and send it to us together with your visa application. Cheques will not be accepted.

Important:

Processing time for postal applications takes longer due to the period they are in transit to and from Russia Visa Application Centre. Kindly add this period to the minimum 7 calendar days required to process the visa application once complete documents have been received. The complete process may take 8-10 working days. Due to this we do not recommend that you apply for an urgent service by post. Application once sent in post cannot be withdrawn unless there is an emergency for which documentary evidence shall be required. VFS Services UK Ltd, shall not bear responsibility for any delays in postal transit or loss in transit owing to third party involved.

The delivery time to some postcode areas would take up to 5 working days due to addresses being in rural and hard-to-reach places.. The complete process may take 12-15 working days. Postcode areas: HS, IV4 and above, KA27 – 28, KW, PA20 and above, PH20 and above, ZE and all ‘islands’.

Please note: Incomplete applications or applications with insufficient funds will not be processed and shall be returned.


VISA APPLYING
PROCESS


Step 1
Only short-term visa applications are accepted at the VFS application centre. Holders of diplomatic and service passports intending to visit Russia on official Business will continue to apply in person at the Russian Embassy, London.

Step 2
Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our Work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa as this is entirely the prerogative of the Consulate / Embassy of Russia to decide on.

Step 3
Please go to the link “All about visas” to understand details of short stay visas.

Step 4
Please select type of the visa you are applying for to obtain the information on the requirements.

Step 5
Please check the requirements carefully and fill in an online application form which is available in the section ‘Visa Application Form’.

Step 6
You need to print out your visa application form and come to apply in person to the Visa Application Centre in London or Edinburgh. Please note that at the time of submission you need to have all the documents and visa fees specified for your nationality and type of visa you are applying for. You can also apply by post- in this case your complete visa application needs be sent to London only. However, if the purpose of your travel to the Russian Federation is employment, you need to apply for your visa in person at the Russian Visa Application Centre, Please see the section ‘All About your Visas’ for more detailed information.

Step 7
Please ensure you check closure dates and read the security regulation notices before you visit the Visa Application Centre

Step 8
Please note that in order to collect your passport at the Visa Application Centre you will need to present the original receipt given to you during the submission which will be collected from you as a proof of delivery of your passport. Please make sure you have a copy of it if you require it for your records.

Step 9
It is Applicant’s responsibility to check the validity of the visa issued to ensure that it covers the period of stay requested, the number or entries required, and that it is valid for the purpose of trip immediately after collection of your passport.