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Visa Requirements for UK Passport Holders – Russia (Russian Federation)

British Citizens are required to have the Russian visa to travel to the Russian Federation. Those living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland should apply to the Russian Federation’s visa processing centre:

VF Services

15-27 Gee Street
London
EC1V 3RD
United Kingdom
Tel: (020) 7499-1029
Fax: 020 7229-3215
Website: http://www.rusemb.org.uk / http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/allaboutyourvisas.html

VF Services usually process visas within 5 working days. The forms must be accomplished online, and can either be submitted by mail or in person. Those who want to get a visa more quickly can pay extra for a next-day service.

Travelers must register their stay within three working days of arrival in Russia with the local branch of the Federal Migration Service. Most major hotels will do this for their guests automatically. If visitors are staying in private accommodation the owner of the property must do this for you. Travelers need not register a visa if visiting for less than three days. Those with passports that have less than 6 months’ validity may be refused entry to Russia. UK travelers are advised to obtain a replacement passport before travelling.  

General Requirements for Tourist Visa

  • British passport, signed, (valid for at least one month beyond departure date from Russia) required to be submitted, not a photocopy. Must contain at least 2 blank visa pages.
  • One (1) fully completed and signed visa application form.
  • One (1) passport-type photograph.
  • A standard tourist confirmation from a hosting authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel, registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a voucher from hotel or travel agency in Russia.
  • A cover letter from yourself, containing the following information:
    • applicant’s name or alphabetical list of a group;
    • dates and points of arrival and departure in and from Russia and means of transportation;
    • itinerary in Russia.

General Requirements for Business Visa

  • UK passport, signed, (valid for at least one month beyond departure date from Russia) required to be submitted, not a photocopy. Must contain at least 2 blank visa pages.
  • One (1) fully completed and signed visa application form.
  • One (1) passport-type photograph (1 3/8″ * 1 3/4″, 35×45 mm).
  • An official letter of invitation from your hosting organization registered with either the Russian Ministry of the Interior with its local offices or the Russian Foreign Ministry with its regional representatives.
  • A cover letter from your company (or from yourself if traveling individually) with information on the traveler, destination, terms and purpose of the trip.
  • Please be informed that in order to obtain student or work visa an HIV-test should be presented. A person can enter the country on a student or work visa only five days after it has been issued.

Information gathered here are subject to change without prior notice. UK passport holders traveling to Russia are encouraged to contact the Embassy of the Russian Federation for consular consultation and further information and confirmation:

Embassy of the Russian Federation in London, United kingdom

6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens
London
W8 4QX
United Kingdom
Telephone: (020) 7229-6412 / 7229-7281
Fax: (020) 7727-8625 / 7229-3215 (Consular Department)
Email: info@rusemb.org.uk (Consular Queries)
Website: http://www.rusemb.org.uk/

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