Applying for a Russian Visa

Please note that we have taken the decision temporary close our office in line with Government announcements advising  people to avoid social contact and travel. We are monitoring our inbox and are responding to requests as soon as we are able to do so. For any queries pleace contact us via email: info@visitrussia.org.uk


Important information for Applicants

Dear Customers,

We would like to inform you that Russian Consulate does not accept visa applications until 01 May 2020.

Please note that the restrictions would not apply to diplomatic mission and consular office staff in the Russian Federation, vehicle drivers on international roads, aircraft, ship and boat crews, international railway train crews, members of official delegations, and persons with diplomatic, service or ordinary private visas that were issued in connection with the death of a close relative, persons that permanently live in the Russian Federation or persons that go through air border crossing points.


Please note that during this period when the Russian National Tourist Office is temporarely closed, due to the restrictions imposed by the UK Government, passports cannot be collected as usual from our office. We kindly ask you to bear in mind that each application case is dealt with individually and we are currently unable to advise regarding the exact date when your passport will be ready for collection.

We reallly appreciate your patience and understanding.

With any questions regarding passport collection please contact us via email: info@visitrussia.org.uk


Has you trip to Russia been cancelled or you are considering to cancel your trip please bear in mind that visa fees are not  refundable. You may find more information in Terms and Conditions.


Please note that applicants who submitted documents for visas valid in March-April will receive their passports without visas as scheduled.

Applicants who applied for visas for subsequent dates, or which will be valid beyond the ban dates, should be able to collect their passports with visas after 1 May 2020, unless the restrictions are extended further.

Should applicants require their passports sooner, we strongly recommend to write us a withdrawal request on info@visitrussia.org.uk.

Please note that, in this case, applicants will receive their passports without a visa.


To all our customers who would like to apply for an invitation letter only:

Please note that, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, according to the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 635-r dated 16 March 2020, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation has suspended the processing and issuing of Business Invitations for foreign citizens until 1 May 2020. As a result, we are unable to issue any business invitations. Please bear with us and check for updates in the coming days and weeks.

Please note that we can still process Tourist Invitation letters for Applicants who would like to travel to Russia from 1 May 2020 onwards.


Please note, that we are closed on the 10th and 13th of April due to English public holidays.


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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