News and Notices

  • 31 October 2018

    • Dear applicants, please note that from 01 November 2018 price for courier delivery will be increased to £13,80.
  • 04 October 2018

    • Crossing Russia-Belarus Border by Foreign Citizens and Persons without Citizenship.
    • The Russian legislation provides that foreign citizens and stateless persons are eligible to enter the Russian Federation only through authorized checkpoints at the state border and must go through the border control. There are no authorized checkpoints designed for international connections on motorways and railways crossing Russia-Belarus sector of the State Border of the Russian Federation and there is no border control checkpoints for international travel of individuals and vehicles. For more information please click here.
  • 04 October 2018

    • Russia-Belarus border control rules for attendees of major sports competitions in Russia.
    • On 01 June 2018 the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Belarus on certain issues related to the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons to international sports competitions came into force. The document in particular regulates the entry procedure for certain categories of foreign citizens into the territory of the Union State during the preparations and hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.The Agreement provides for visa-free entry into the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus for the holders of spectator identity cards (fan passports or FAN IDs) or information about them provided they have an authentic ID. For more information click here.
  • 10 August 2018

    • Visa application submission time.
    • Dear Applicants, please note, if you will come after 14:30 with incorrect documents, that will need an amendment, we can refuse to submit your documents due to disturbance to operational process. You might be asked to come again on the other day. Please make sure you have all documents as per check list - “Documents required” section of the website, applicable for your type of visa. Thank you for your cooperation.

     

  • 06 June 2018

    Russia Visa Application Centre closures in June 2018.

    Dear applicants, please note, that due to Russian public holidays from 11 June 2018 until 12 June 2018, Russia Visa Application Centre in London, Manchester and Edinburgh will be closed.

  • 04 June 2018

    The urgent service is now available in Russia Visa Application Centre in Manchester.

    Dear applicants, we would like to inform you that from 4 June 2018 the urgent service is available in Russia Visa Application Centre in Manchester. For more information please check “Processing Time” section of the website, applicable for your type of visa.

  • 04 May 2018

    Convenient time for submission in May.

    Dear applicants, we would like to inform you that we are extremely busy at Russia Visa Application Centre in London due to Russian National Holidays in May, therefor if you are not in emergency to travel to Russia, please visit our application centre after 14 May 2018 when we expect fewer applications. Thank you for your understanding.

  • 27 April 2018

    28 April 2018 is a working day for Russia Visa Application Centres in London and Edinburgh

    Dear applicants, please note, that due to Russian public holidays from 30 April until 2 May 2018, Russia Visa Application Centre in London and Edinburgh is open on Saturday 28 April 2018.

  • 21 April 2018

    New address of Russia Visa Application Centre in Manchester

    Dear applicants, Russian Visa application centre in Manchester will be operating at new address commencing 03 May 2018.

    New address: 53 Fountain Street, Manchester M2 2AN (Regus Business Centre - Manchester Fountain Street).

    Submission of Applications: 08:30 - 13:00; 13:45 – 16:00 Monday to Friday except Declared Holidays

  • 20 April 2018

    Passport collection dates

    Dear applicants please kindly note, that Russian Visa application centre will be closed for Russian public Holidays from 30 April 2018 until 2 May 2018 and on 9 May 2018. Passport collection dates will be changed. Please check passport collection dates when you are applying for Russian Visa here.

  • 22 March 2018

    Operational changes in the Consular Section of the Embassy

    Dear applicants, given the circumstances, the processing times for visa applicants will be increased: expedited processing time is up one to three business days, and regular processing is five up to twenty business days, consistent with the Russian law and in accordance with the current consular Tariff rates. As for the nationals of the countries that have visa agreements with Russia, processing times remain as outlined in those agreements.

    We advise all our applicants to monitor the readiness of your visa application online at our website or chose SMS notification service for additional amount of 1.60 GBP , that can be paid during your documents submission

    For more information please read here.

  • 26 February 2018

    Passport collection dates

    Dear applicants please kindly note, that Russian Visa application centre will be closed for Russian public Holidays on 08 March 2018 and 09 March 2018. Passport collection dates will be changed. Please check passport collection dates when you are applying for Russian Visa here.

  • 20 January 2018

    VFS FAN ID Helpline

    From 19 January 2018 starts operating VFS FAN ID Helpline, where fans can get general information regarding FAN ID application process, collection and advantages of FAN ID during World Cup in Russia. Helpline contact details available here.

  • 15 December 2017

    Passport collection dates

    Dear applicants, please check passport collection dates when you are applying for Russian Visa during Christmas time and Russian New Year holidays here.

  • 25 October 2017

    Changes in travel insurance requirements

    From 25 October 2017 nationals of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland need to provide an insurance policy for the whole period of stay in Russia while applying for a visa.

  • 21 October 2017

    Travel insurance for Chinese and Taiwan nationals

    From 23 October 2017 nationals of China and Taiwan applying for tourist visa are required to provide travel insurance.

  • 16 August 2017

    E-visa will be available to visit Primorye territory of the Russian Federation.

    From 8 August 2017 nationals of Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, India, Iran, Qatar, The People's Republic of China, The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, The United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan may be granted an electronic visa (e-visa) to enter the Russian Federation through the border crossing checkpoints, located on the territory of the Free Port of Vladivostok. For more information please click here.

  • 25 July 2017

    From 17 July 2017 new visa application form for British nationals.

    New visa application form is effective from 17 July 2017 for British nationals. Please kindly note that old form will not be accepted. For more information please click here.

  • 22 March 2017

    From 30 March 2017 the agreement between Russia and South Africa on the mutual cancellation of visas.

    From 30 March 2017 the agreement between Russia and South Africa on the mutual cancellation of visas for all types of passports for up to 90 days, with the exception of work, study and residence, comes into effect.

  • 23 March 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. For more information on the fee’s, please go to http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/visa_fees_at_glance.html.

    Please see more information here:

    http://rusemb.org.uk/consular/ tariffs and rates section. Alternatively please contact us for more information

  • 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/).