24 March 2020
Due to ongoing global COVID-19 developments and the local government directive to close business operations for a temporary period, Russia visa application centres in Manchester and Edinburgh are currently closed. Customers are advised to check our website information on News and Notices section on https://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/news.html, or monitor Russian Embassy/Consulate website. Exemptions may still apply for their visas at our London office.
18 March 2020
In order to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation, from March 18, 2020 to May 1, 2020, entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons.
Visa centres in the UK from March 18, 2020 temporarily suspend the acceptance of documents for all categories of visas.
Drivers and crew members can apply for visa as usual.
16 March 2020
We recommend all our applicants to use our pre check or concierge service option (via emails email@example.com; London: firstname.lastname@example.org; Edinburgh: email@example.com; Manchester: firstname.lastname@example.org), before travelling to the visa application centre to apply for your visa. This will help you to ensure, with the help of our dedicated assistant, that all documents are in order and can be accepted upon arrival at the visa centre.
Additionally you may not waste your travel journey and avoid longer application processing times inside of visa application centre.
Shall you wish for our officers to come to your work of home and submit your visa application, as well as to help you with your visa application form and photo to be taken at your preferred convenient location, please feel free to contact us here: email@example.com
More information can be found here: https://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/additional_services.html
13 March 2020
Dear applicants, please note, that starting from 13 March 2020, the visa centre can accept applications from citizens of Italy only for business and humanitarian visas. The submission of applications for private, student, tourist, transit and work visas for nationals of Italy is now suspended till further notice.
11 March 2020
Dear visitors planning to visit the Russian Federation,
You can expect heightened screening measures up on arrival at the airport, including temperature checks. The Russian government’s advice is that passengers arriving from China, South Korea, Italy and Iran will be subject to special measures. On 05 March 2020, the Mayor of Moscow issued a decree putting in place new measures for those arriving from countries deemed to be at higher risk from coronavirus. The Moscow authorities have recommended that visitors from the following countries should self-isolate for 14 days up on arrival in Moscow, irrespective of whether they have symptoms: China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France, Germany and Spain. Passengers arriving from these countries may be asked on arrival in Moscow to sign a document agreeing to self-isolate at home for a period of 14 days. In a small number of cases foreign visitors have been placed in enforced quarantine if they have been found not to have complied with this requirement. On 08 March 2020 the Moscow City Health Department confirmed that the UK is not currently on this list, and we understand that the special measures are not being applied to passengers coming from the UK.
Nevertheless, those passengers arriving from the UK via airports in one of the listed countries may be subject to measures mentioned above.
05 March 2020
Dear applicants, please note, that starting from 27 February 2020, the visa centre can accept applications from citizens of Iran only for business and humanitarian visas. The submission of applications for private, student, tourist, transit and work visas for nationals of Iran is now suspended till further notice.
29 February 2020
Dear applicants, please note, that starting from 20 February 2020, the visa centre can accept applications from citizens of the People’s Republic of China, Hong-Kong, Taiwan and Macau only for official, business, humanitarian and transit visas. The submission of applications for private, student, tourist and work visas for nationals of the People’s Republic of China, Hong-Kong, Taiwan and Macau is now suspended till further notice.
16 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
04 October 2018
04 October 2018
10 August 2018
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.
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:
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.