Only short-term visa applications are accepted at the VFS Global 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.
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.
Please go to “Know Your Visa Type” to understand details of short stay visas.
Please select type of the visa you are applying for to obtain the information on the requirements.
Please check the requirements carefully and fill in an online application form which is available in the section “Visa Application Form”.
You need to print your visa application form out and come to apply in person to the Visa Application Centre in London or Edinburgh or Manchester. Please note – if applying in Manchester, please ensure you select ‘London Visa Centre’ when prompted for the location when you are filling in the online application form. 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. Please see the section “Know Your Visa Type” for more detailed information.
Please ensure you check closure dates and read the security regulation notices before you visit the Visa Application Centre.
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.
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.
Regarding the new requirement to collect biometric data of foreign nationals and stateless persons applying for Russian visas
In accordance with the Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation No. 735, On Collecting Biometric Personal Data of Foreign Nationals and Stateless Persons beginning 10 December 2014 the diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Russian Federation in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Russian Visa Application Centres in London and Edinburgh will start collecting biometric data (fingerprints) of all foreign nationals and stateless persons for each of their application for Russian visa.
As a pilot project this procedure will be implemented in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of Namibia and the Russian Foreign Ministry’s representative office at the border crossing point in Vnukovo International Airport.
Biometric data will not be collected when issuing diplomatic and official visas, nor for individuals under 12 years of age.
For nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the collection of biometric data will be implemented taking into account the principle of reciprocity.
Based on the above listed information, from 10 December 2014 all applicants who wish to apply for a Russian visa should do so in person at the Russian Visa Application Centres in London and Edinburgh, otherwise applications cannot be accepted. In the event of refusal to undergo biometric procedure, the applicant will not be issued a visa.
The fingerprinting procedure is an essential element of visa policy modernisation which has been practiced by a number of consular services, including the UK. The main objective of the new procedure is to improve the security of the visas issued in the context of preventing illegal migration, terrorism and other illegal activities.