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Is the Russian National Tourist Office open?

Our office is currently open for clients Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.

Can I apply for a Russian Tourist Visa again?

You can apply now for the Russian visa in our office. All non British passport holders must present a UK residency card or a resident visa in order to apply for a Russian visa. EU nationals are required to provide a certified (by a solicitor or by a notary public) immigration status in the UK: pre-settlement or settlement. We can assist in getting one certified, please contact us on 02079851234 or by email info@visitrussia.org.uk

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, from the 15th of August, 2020 with Switzerland, and from 2nd of September with 3 more countries: UAE, Egypt and Maldives. 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 as per UK Government guidelines.

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

Update 14/10/2020: UK residents can to apply for a travel visa without restriction. The same will apply for residents in Turkey, Tanzania, Switzerland, UAE, Maldives, Egypt, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Cuba, Serbia and Japan. Residents of other countries: the restrictions remains the same as of now, please see below. Despite the borders being closed for residents of the most countries worldwide, the 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 http://government.ru/docs/40095/ 24/07/2020 http://government.ru/docs/40329/ 02/09/2020 http://government.ru/news/40446/ 20/09/2020 http://government.ru/docs/40606/ 14/10/2020 Type of visa applications which are currently accepted worldwide: 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 or book the preferred time for your appointment in central London on this link: https://calendly.com/rnto/ 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

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.

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.

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?

Residents of the UK can apply for the business invitation letter for the Russian visa. For EU nationals a notarized UK residency status is required: pre-settlelment or settlement. Please contact us on 02079851234 if you need assistance with getting the letter of invitation for the business visa.

Can I get an e-visa for Russia having a UK passport?

Citizens of 52 countries can be granted electronic visas to Russia, starting from January 2021. The list of countries was confirmed on the 7 October 2020. Unfortunately the UK was not on the list.
An electronic visa gives the right to arrive at any border control point in any Russian region and travel anywhere across the country for up to 16 days. Electronic visas will be processed online for tourist, business, humanitarian and guest visits. No invitations, hotel bookings or any other documents to confirm the purpose of the visit will be required.
Most recent and detailed information is available on this link: https://www.visitrussia.org.uk/visas/getting-a-russian-visa/electronic-visas/

Our offices are back open from 9am until 6pm. 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. 

 
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. 
All residents of the UK can apply for Russian visas. Non UK nationals should consult with our office on the type of the residency proof accepted by the Russian Consulate in order to apply for a visa, as the 
requirements changed. 
 
According to Russia Covid-19 entry requirements, all incoming visitors must pass a Covid-19 PCR test and have a document confirming negative results for coronavirus. The test must be taken not earlier than within 72 hours prior to the time of arrival in Russia. You will be asked to present the test results at the Russian border. 
 
Russian National Tourist Office has partnered with an approved testing centre in Central London. You can pre-book the appointment with the clinic on this link: https://calendly.com/rnto/

Applying for a Russian Visa

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.

Please find all information about the electronic visas introduced from 1st of January 2021 on this link.

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