News and Notices

  • 27 January 2017

    From 28 January 2017 every nationality applying for a Russian Visa in Great Britain, will be charged each visa fee as per standard UK tariffs.

    Dear Applicants,

    Please note, that starting from 28 January 2017 every nationality applying for a Russian Visa in Great Britain, will be charged each visa fee as per standard UK tariffs, excluding some exemption nationals, which will be updated on the website shortly. Meantime for more information on the price, applicants are advised to contact Russia Visa Application Centre by phone or email. Please see more information here:

    http://rusemb.org.uk/consular/ tariffs and rates section.

  • 14 April 2016

    From 5 March 2016 Indian nationals may now request multiple entry visas for tourist purposes, up to a period of 6 months maximum validity for stay in Russia Federation.

  • 30 March 2016

    From 21 March 2016 for Austrian nationals may now request multiple entry visas for tourist purposes, up to a period of 6 months maximum validity for stay in Russia Federation

    Form 1 April 2016 for Greek nationals may now request multiple entry visas for tourist purposes, up to a period of 6 months maximum validity for stay in Russia Federation

  • 04 February 2016

    We are pleased to announce that from 1 March 2016 applicants will be able to submit visa applications at our new office in Manchester. Please click Here for more information.

  • 22 December 2015

    Temporary suspension of visa free regime between Russia and Turkey

    As of 1 January 2016, the Russian Federation has partly suspended the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Turkish Republic on terms of mutual visits by citizens of Russia and Turkey of 12 May 2010, with regard to trips by citizens of Turkey in possession of ordinary passports for travel abroad.

    Starting this date the mentioned citizens have to apply for Russian visas in one of diplomatic or consular missions of the Russian Federation in accordance with the acting Russian legislation.

    This measure is not applicable to those citizens of Turkey who have temporary or permanent residence permits on the territory of Russia, those citizens of Turkey who have been sent to work to diplomatic representations and consulates of the Turkish Republic on the territory of Russia, who hold valid service and special passports, and their family members holders of service, special or ordinary passports, citizens of Turkey who holds sailor passports and have ship’s roll or its copy as well as those citizens of Turkey who had lost their documents of identification while on territory of the Russian Federation and obtained in a diplomatic representations or a consulate of Turkey a travel document or a temporary passport.

    Those citizens of Turkey who entered the territory of the Russian Federation before 1 January 2016 in accordance with Article 1 of the said Agreement can stay and leave the territory of the Russian Federation without visa in virtue of valid documents of identification on condition that the duration of their permanent stay on the territory of the Russian Federation is no longer than 30 days from the date of their entry.


  • 18 February 2015

    New additional service is available.

    New additional service is available. Pre-Check allows applicants to check their Visa supporting documents, before visiting the Visa Application Centre.

    The cost is 18 GBP for each applicant in addition to the cost of the visa application.

    To read more and apply please click here.

  • 14 November 2014

    Please note, that for Mongolian Nationals who wish to apply – there is Visa Free Regime (up to 30 days) for the holders of diplomatic, official and foreign passports. In case of consequent trips, total amount of days spent in Russia cannot exceed 90 days in a period of 180 days from the date of first entrance

  • 7 October 2014

    Please note that all official paper invitations from the FMS (Federal Migration Service/Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for Private, Business, Humanitarian, Work and Student visas have to be presented in the original, if you are applying in Edinburgh.

  • 26 September 2014

    Internet kiosk facilities can be booked through our official partner Vasco representative for additional cost of 4.80 GBP per 30 minutes and Photocopy / Printing facilities for 0.36 GBP per 1 page.
    Assistance with your application form can be provided on request by Vasco representative at the counter.

    Please note that VFS Global no longer hold any responsibility for Vasco provided services on this facility from 29 September 2014.

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    It is mandatory that applicant’s signature on the application form matches the one in the passport.

    In case you would like to passport to be returned to you by post, for security reasons each passport will be sent in a separate envelope. Please consider this when calculating the total amount payable.

  • 7 January 2014

    Please note that due to the increase in Visa Application Centre’s operating costs the service fee for visa applications processing will be revised to £ 32.40 (inclusive of VAT) for normal service and £ 39.60 (inclusive of VAT) for urgent service effective from 20 January 2014.

  • 8 December 2012

    From the 25 December 2012 the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Great Britain and Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh will only be accepting visa application forms completed online on the special website of Consular Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx

    From the mentioned date visa application forms from other Internet sources as well as hand-written visa application forms will not be accepted.

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    С 25 декабря 2012 г. Посольство России в Великобритании и Генеральное консульство России в Эдинбурге переходят на прием визовых анкет, оформленных через специальный сайт Консульского департамента Министерства иностранных дел России https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx на котором будут размещены электронная форма анкеты и инструкция по ее заполнению. С указанной даты визовые анкеты, заполненные заявителем вручную или с других Интернет - источников от заявителей приниматься не будут.

  • 15 June 2012

    From 15 June 2012 visa applications form for citizens of Australia will be in two pages (when printed out). To ensure a principle of reciprocity citizens of Australia entering Russian Federation for state visit or business purpose will need to submit detailed autobiography in Russian language only.

  • 1 September 2011

    From the 1 September 2011 the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Great Britain and Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh will only be accepting visa application forms completed online on the special website of Consular Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation http://evisa.kdmid.ru.

    From the mentioned date visa application forms from other Internet sources as well as hand-written visa application forms will not be accepted.

    Важное сообщение:

    С 1 сентября 2011 г. Посольство России в Великобритании и Генеральное консульство России в Эдинбурге переходят на прием визовых анкет, оформленных через специальный сайт Консульского департамента Министерства иностранных дел России http://evisa.kdmid.ru/, на котором будут размещены электронная форма анкеты и инструкция по ее заполнению.

    С указанной даты визовые анкеты, заполненные заявителем вручную или с других Интернет - источников от заявителей приниматься не будут.

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    It is mandatory that applicant’s signature on the application form matches the one in the passport.

  • 8 August 2011

    From 8 August 2011 new specially equipped VIP premises will be functioning in the Visa application centres. Please click here for more information.

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    Please be aware that in case you have recently been granted a Russian visa which is valid at the time you are submitting a new application, we will need you to provide us with the passport where the relevant visa is stamped as the Embassy will need to cancel it.

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    В соответствии со статьёй 6 Федерального закона «О порядке выезда из Российской Федерации и въезда в Российскую Федерацию» от 15 августа 1996 года № 114-ФЗ выезд из Российской Федерации и въезда в Российскую Федерацию граждане Российской Федерации осуществляют по действительным документам, удостоверяющим личность гражданина Российской Федерации за пределами территории Российской Федерации.

    Установленный законом порядок въезда в Российскую Федерацию распространяется также и на граждан Российской Федерации, имеющих, наряду с российским, иное гражданство. В этой связи Посольство обращает внимание данной категории граждан на то, что для въезда на территорию России они обязаны использовать только свои российские паспорта. По вопросу оформления российских поспортов просьба обращаться в консульский отдел Посольства России в Великобритании (см. cайт консульского отдела http://www.rusemblon.org/).