News and Notices

  • 09 December 2019

    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. Please note that these dates are not final and are subject to change.

  • 01 October 2019

    E-visas to Saint-Petersburg and its surrounding Leningrad Region

    In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No.347 dated 18 July 2019, starting from 01 October 2019 nationals of 53 foreign states shall have the right to obtain single entry business, humanitarian and tourist visas for visiting Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region in the form of an electronic document (e-visa) on the special website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/).

  • 08 July 2019

    E-visas introduced for visiting Russia’s Kaliningrad Region

    From 01 July 2019, electronic visas are introduced for visiting the Kaliningrad Region of Russia. E-visas may be obtained online at http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/klgd_home_en.html.

    Nationals of 53 states are eligible for an e-visa. These include all EU member states, except the United Kingdom. An e-visa only allows a single entry (for business, tourism or a humanitarian visit) for a maximum term of 8 days. It allows entry into the Kaliningrad Region through border crossings located in that region, i.e. by direct flight to Kaliningrad (but not via another Russian airport), by sea, railway or road. An e-visa does not allow travel to other regions of Russia.

  • 20 April 2019

    Russia Visa Application Centre closures in May 2019

    Dear applicants, please note, due Russian bank holidays our offices will be closed from the 01 May 2019 – 03 May 2019 and 09 May 2019 – 10 May 2019 in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

  • 03 March 2019

    •  United States of America Price and Processing Time Changes.

      Dear applicants, please note that from 03 March 2019 price for United States of America will be £125 for all visa types plus service charge and processing time for all types of visas will take 15 calendar days.

  • 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.