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Is the Russian National Tourist Office open?

Our office is currently open for clients Monday to Friday (09.00 - 17.30).

When can I apply for a Russian Tourist Visa again?

You can apply for the Russian Tourist Visa and Business visa in our office from the 28th of July 2020. Please note that in order to visit our office you need to wear a face mask. All non British passport holders must present a UK residency card or a resident visa in order to apply for a Russian visa.

About unused visas obtained after 15th of March 2020

It was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that for those who obtained for a visa to Russia but couldn't use that visa due to coronavirus outbreak, a free of consular charge visa might be issued provided that travellers: - Have an unused single or double-entry visa with a validity from March 15, 2020 - Submitted all the required documents for a similar visa for a new term. - The issued visa expires within six months after the Russian Government's Order of March 16, 2020 was no longer valid. This service is not yet available, however it should be in the future. We are waiting for the clarification from the Russian Embassy and will announce in this section. NB. All three conditions must be met in order not to pay a consular fee. The visa application service fee and the RNTO's fees may still be payable.

Reopening the regular flights between Russia and the UK

From August 1, 2020, the Russian Federation resumes air traffic with Great Britain on a reciprocal basis. Flights will be operating between London and Moscow. All passengers arriving into the UK and passing through the UK Border has to fill out a Passenger Locator Form. Passengers who arrive into Russia will not have to self-isolate. However, they will need to undergo testing for coronavirus within 3 days upon arrival or provide test results on the border.

Are the borders with Russia closed and, if so, when will they reopen?

The Russian Government has announced that from 1st of August, 2020 Russia will open the borders for three countries including the UK (UK, Turkey, Tanzania) and from the 15th of August, 2020 with Switzerland. All arrivals must provide a medical certificate confirming they have tested negative for COVID-19 on a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, or a medical certificate confirming a positive test for COVID-19 IgG antibodies. These documents must be in English or Russian. On the return to the UK the travellers will need to stay in self-isolation for 14 days.

What type of travel is allowed for foreign nationals at the moment?

Update 28/07/2020: UK residents will be able to apply for a tourist of business visa from 27/07/2020, the same will apply for residents in Turkey and in Tanzania. For other countries, the restrictions remains the same as of now, please see below. Despite the borders being closed for most of travellers, foreign nationals can enter Russia if they fit in one of the following categories: Flight pilots and crew, drivers (truck and train), ship captains and staff, technical specialists, highly skilled employees, private visitors (for the purpose of joint travelling with Russian close (spouse / children) relatives or join them in Russia, or to provide medical assistance to relatives in Russia, an official invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs is required), Highly Skilled employees with the work invitation for a single entry, people travelling to get medical assistance, international government staff and some staff of International organizations. Full details of the current laws and amendments are available on these links (available only in Russian): http://government.ru/docs/39179/ 16/03/2020 http://government.ru/docs/39278/ 25/03/2020 http://government.ru/docs/39605/ 29/04/2020 http://government.ru/news/39842/ 08/06/2020 http://government.ru/docs/39929/ 20/06/2020 Type of visa applications which are currently accepted: In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated April 29, 2020 No. 1170-P, the ban on entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons has been extended for an indefinite period. Unfortunately we don’t hold any information when the borders will fully re-open. In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation the ban on entry into the Russian Federation does not apply to: · Urgent Medical treatment –based on Telex invitation or electronic invitation issued by an appropriate General Directorate for Migration for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia · Work visas only for Highly Skilled Migrant Visas based on Telex invitation or electronic invitation issued by an appropriate General Directorate for Migration for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia – they will permitted to enter Russia only once ( not depending on number of entries on the invitation) and will be allowed to enter once again only when the restrictions of COVID19 will be fully lifted. Also at the border they will need to show their employment contract and be approved by the Federal Security services, which should be arranged by the employer in Russia. • Business Visa – Technical Services invitations issued after 16/05/2020 • Business Visa – Crew Members (aircraft and ship crews) • Business Visa – Drivers • Private visas based on official private invitation for persons who are family members (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children), guardians and trustees of Russian citizens, entering the Russian Federation, subject to the presentation of valid travel documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, a visa (or in a visa-free manner in cases provided for by international treaties of the Russian Federation), and a copy of the document confirming the degree of relationship. In this regard, the Visa Application Center of Russia in London continues to accept documents for the private visas based on Telex invitation or electronic invitation issued by an appropriate General Directorate for Migration for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Visa applications based on electronic invitation issued by an appropriate General Directorate for Migration for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and copy of the document confirming the degree of relationship (marriage certificate, birth certificate, adoption certificate) • Private visa for joint travel of family members

Will I need to satisfy 14-day self-isolation requirement?

Arrivals to Russia: You will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. All arrivals must provide a medical certificate confirming they have tested negative for COVID-19 on a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, or a medical certificate confirming a positive test for COVID-19 IgG antibodies. These documents must be in English or Russian. We can assist with getting the PCR test from an approved partners. Please email us on info@visitrussia.org.uk Arrivals to the UK: You will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival from Russia. Please make sure that you complete this for, not more than 48 hours before arrival: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

If I applied for a Russian Visa before travel restrictions but never travelled to Russia due to the restrictions, can I claim compensation and who will cover the cost of the Visa?

It was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that for those who obtained for a visa to Russia but couldn't use that visa due to coronavirus outbreak, a free of consular charge visa might be issued provided that travellers: - Have an unused single or double-entry visa with a validity from March 15, 2020 - Submitted all the required documents for a similar visa for a new term. - The issued visa expires within six months after the Russian Government's Order of March 16, 2020 was no longer valid. NB. All three conditions must be met in order not to pay a consular fee. The visa application service fee and the RNTO's fees may still be payable

Can I change the validation of my Visa to Russia?

Unfortunately, the validity dates cannot be amended in your Russian Visa. If you still want to travel to Russia later on, you will have to apply again for a Russian Visa. We provide 10% discounts to clients who obtained their Russian Visa with us, but couldn’t use it due to COVID-19.
We were told that the Russian Ministry of Foreign affair is planning to introduce a free visa for those who couldn't use their visas for travel due to COVID-19, however there was no law issued to support that as yet.

Can I apply for a business invitation letter?

Unfortunately, the Ministry of Internal Affairs is not accepting requests for business invitations yet, however we expect that for residents of the UK the business invitations will be available from August 2020.

Can I apply for a Russian Visa if I already have an invitation letter?

If you apply for a Russian visa being a resident in the UK you can apply for your visa. Generally russian visas are issued to specific categories of travellers, such as: crew, technical specialists, highly skilled employees, private visitors (for the purpose of joint travelling with Russian close relatives or to provide medical assistance to relatives, an official invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs is required), and people travelling to get medical assistance.

Can I apply for a Private Visa?

The types of Private Visas you can currently apply for are:
1. Private Visa (if you are travelling with a family member who is a Russian citizen) - https://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/family_members_of_russia_citizens.html.

2. Private Visa (if you need to travel to Russia to look after a relative who requires medical assistance).

Can the Russian National Tourist Office assist me with document translations?

Yes, we can. Please send us your enquiry or give us a call to discuss your requirements.

Can I apply for a new Russian passport or for Russian citizenship for a child?

The Embassy is open and provides its services by appointment. We can help you prepare the documents for a new passport or apply for citizenship and a passport for a child.

Can you help with preparing documents for notary services in the Russian Embassy?

We certainly can. Please email us at info@visitrussia.org.uk or give us a call on 02079851234.

I have booked an Aeroflot flight ticket via your company. When will I receive my money back for my cancelled flight?

We are very sorry that COVID-19 has changed your travel plans. Aeroflot is changing its refund policy, and unfortunately, it is continuing to affect our operational refund system, as we are also waiting for refunds from Aeroflot. As soon as we receive funds back into our bank account from Aeroflot, we will start to make refunds directly to our customers. Please bear with us and remain patient, as these are new circumstances for all of us. If you have booked your flights independently (i.e. not through us), please contact your airline directly and check with them.

Can I apply for a Schengen Visa?

We expect that Schengen visa application centres will open at the beginning of July. You can send us your enquiry now, and as soon as we have an update on opening dates, we will be in touch and assist you further with your visa application.

Our offices are back open from 9am until 3pm.

Please call us on 02079851234 or email to info@visitrussia.org.uk if you have any enquiries before visiting us, we operate with short number of staff and we would like to make sure that your request can be fully accommodated when you visit us. 

Looking forward to seeing you! 

Applying for a Russian Visa

Dear Customers,

On the 24th of July 2020 the Russian Government announced that they lift the restriction on travel from the UK to Russia and from Russia to the UK. We expect that on Monday the 27th of July the Russian Consulate will announce the procedure of issuing the tourist and business visas.

Visa department in the Russian National Tourist Office will be reopen once the Russian Embassy confirms when they will begin issuing tourist and business visas. Please check this page for updates.

 

 

Visa to Russia UK

The current processing time for visa applications is up to four business days (expedited processing) and up to twenty business days (regular processing).

A digital fingerprint scan is required
What does this mean?
As part of the Russian visa processing system, all applicants applying in the UK will be required to appear in person at our London office to have their fingerprints taken digitally. No appointment is required. Fingerprints and personal applications are not required for children under 12 years of age.

For your convenience, we will:
  • Assist you in filling out your Russian Visa Application form
  • Issue all documentation required by the Russian Embassy
  • Pre-check your application form and supporting documents to avoid the risk of any mistakes
  • Take your biometric data (available from 9.00am until 1.00pm only)
  • Collect your Visa on your behalf
  • Arrange return delivery by the method of your choice
  • Getting a Russian visa is now a time-saving and traveller-friendly procedure.

Before arranging to visit Russia, people from most countries must apply for a Russian visa. Visas cannot be obtained at the border, so you are strongly advised to apply in advance at our office in London. If applying in Manchester or Edinburgh, use our pre-check service (call us for details).

Application forms must be filled in online, then printed out and signed by the applicants. The Russian Consulate decides on each application, and the payment of visa fees does not guarantee that a visa will be granted.

Here at the Russian National Tourist Office, you can order a single or double entry tourist visa valid for up to 30 days, and a single/double Business visa valid for up to 3 months, or a multiple entry business visa valid for 1 year.

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