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Compulsory express testing in airports for all arrivals from the UK following Omicron variant discovery.

Russia has started express testing for all arrivals from a number of countries including the UK. Please expect that after passport control you will be asked to do an express (antigen) test right in the airport. The procedure may take over an hour, please plan your trip according to the possibility of delays, especially in case of a large number of flights arriving required to be tested at the same time. Currently, all arrivals from the UK, China, Israel, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar and Eswatini are required to be tested in the airport upon arrival.

QR code confirming a vaccination (approved in Russia) or a negative PCR test is now required in most regions of Russia to visit museum, theatre and some other public places.

All Russian regions have introduced some limits on participating in events or visiting public places like restaurants, museums, theatres and some other places. Most essential public places are exempt from the QR code requirement in all regions. You may be asked to provide a QR code which should confirm that you either had a negative RT-PCR test (valid for 72 hours after being registered), you were vaccinated by a vaccine recognized by the Russian authorities (UK/EU vaccines are not recognized at the moment) or that you have had Covid-19 in the past 6 months (should be registered in the Russian system gosuslugi.ru - available only to residents of Russia at the moment). If you visit various regions in Russia, please check the current limits introduced per region as each region will have different regulations.

Can I apply for a Russian Visa in the UK?

You can apply for a Russian visa at our office on the following days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm. All non-British passport holders must present a UK residency card or resident visa in order to apply for a Russian visa. EU nationals are required to provide a certified (by a solicitor or 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.

For travellers on a transit flights to Russia

Non-Russian nationals can travel to Russia by air directly from / transiting via certain approved countries only listed below. The current list of approved countries which citizens and residents are allowed to visit Russia (valid on 12.11.2021): UK, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brasil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri-Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Tunis, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

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

Russia has opened the borders to several countries including the UK. Important: - Direct flights from Moscow to London and London to Moscow operate from 2nd of June 2021 with Aeroflot Russian Airlines and British Airways (3 days a week each company) - No self-isolation on arrival to Russia from the UK. - All non-Russian nationals arrivals must provide a medical certificate confirming they have tested negative for COVID-19 on an RT polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. These documents must be in English or Russian. - All arrivals from the UK from 28/11/2021 are subject to express testing following recent Omicron variant discovery.

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

UK residents can apply for a travel visa without restriction. Despite the borders being closed for residents of most countries worldwide, foreign nationals can enter Russia if they fit into one of the following categories: Flight pilots and crew, drivers (truck and train), ship's captains and staff, technical specialists, highly skilled employees, private visitors (for the purpose of joint travelling with Russian close (spouse / children) relatives or to join them in Russia, or provide medical assistance to relatives in Russia, an official invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs is required), Highly skilled employees with a work invitation for a single entry, people travelling to receive medical assistance, international government staff and some staff of international organisations. Type of visa applications which are currently accepted worldwide: In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 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 regarding 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 be permitted to enter Russia only once (regardless of the number of entries on the invitation) and will be allowed to enter once again only when the COVID19 restrictions are 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's 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 recognised by the Russian Federation in this capacity, a visa (or in a visa-free regime 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, Russia's Visa Application Centre in London continues to accept documents for 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 an 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 the 14-day self-isolation requirement?

Arrivals in Russia: From 4 September, in accordance with Rospotrebnadzor Resolution No. 22 of 1 September 2021, the 14-day isolation regime for those arriving in Russia from the UK is now cancelled. From that date, for this category of citizens (both Russian and foreign), the general rules applicable when entering the Russian Federation apply. All arrivals (non Russian nationals) must provide a medical certificate confirming they have tested negative for COVID-19 on a polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. We can assist with getting the PCR test from an approved partner. Please email us at info@visitrussia.org.uk or book the preferred time for your appointment in central London on this link: https://isaclabs.co.uk

Reopening regular flights between Russia and the UK

Russia resumes flights from the UK from 2nd of June 2021.

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

Due to the current unprecedented situation with COVID-19 and the restrictions on entry to the Russian Federation still in force, the e-visa will not be available yet from 1 January 2021. The information on a new date will appear on our website as soon as possible. Citizens of 52 countries can be granted electronic visas to Russia, starting from date TBC. The list of countries was confirmed on 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 are required. Most recent and detailed information is available on this link: https://www.visitrussia.org.uk/visas/getting-a-russian-visa/electronic-visas/


Office opening time:

Our offices are open from 9am until 6pm. We operate with a reduced number of staff and aim to make sure your request can be fully accommodated when you visit us. 
Visa applications are processed in person on the following days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm. 

UPDATE: Due to public holidays in Russia on the 4th and 5th November, we will not be able to accept visa applications, but the office remains open.


QR code passes are introduced in most Russian regions

List of all regions is available on this link


Who can apply for a Russian Visa

All UK residents can apply for Russian visas. Non-UK nationals should consult our office on the type of residency proof accepted by the Russian Consulate in order to apply for a visa, as the requirements have changed. 
 

Coronavirus test requirement to enter Russia

From 4 September 2021, in accordance with Rospotrebnadzor Resolution No. 22 of 1 September 2021, the 14-day isolation regime for those arriving in Russia from the UK is now cancelled. From that date, for this category of citizens (both Russian and foreign), the general rules applicable when entering the Russian Federation apply.

According to Russian Covid-19 entry requirements, all incoming visitors must pass a Covid-19 RT-PCR test and have a document confirming negative results for coronavirus. The test must be taken no more than 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 your appointment with the clinic on this link: https://isaclabs.co.uk


 

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 11.30am 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 applicant(s). 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, multiple-entry tourist visa valid for up to 6 month, and a single/double business visa valid for up to 3 months, or a multiple-entry business visa valid for 1 year.

You can find all information about the electronic visas introduced from 1 January 2021 on this link.

Besides usual single- and double-entry tourist visas with the validity of 30 days, Russian authorities introduced the possibility of obtaining a multiple entry tourist visa with the validity of up to 180 days. The processing time for this type of tourist visa is 10 working days and the list of documents is the same as for common single- or double- entry one.

Please note that total period of stay of a foreign tourist on the territory of the Russian Federation on a multiple-entry tourist visa cannot exceed 90 days within each period of 180 days.

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