Russian Visa Application

If you are residing in the United Kingdom and are looking to travel to Russia we can offer our advisory and form filling service to assist before you apply in person for your Russian Visa. You may apply for a tourist, business or private visa no more than 5 months before your intended arrival date in Russia.

Whichever visa type you need, here are some simple steps to follow:

1. Required Documents – Russian Visa Application

All visa types

To apply for a Russian visa in the UK, you will need the following items:

Russian Tourist Visa

If you are applying for a tourist visa, you must also supply the following item:

  • A tourist voucher or visa support letter (also called a tourist acceptance letter) from a registered Russian tourist company. We can provide this letter for a fee of £20 per person or if you are travelling with one of our approved partner tour operators, we can supply this letter for £12.

Russian Business Visa

If you are applying for a business visa, you must also supply the following item:

  • A business invitation (accepted source varies, please ask us) – original copy.
  • Covering letter from your company/organisation.

Russian Private Visa

If you are applying for a private visa, you must also supply the following item:

Other Requirements

If you are not a UK passport holder, you must also supply the following documents:

  • Proof of residency in the UK for more than three months e.g. UK bank statement, utility bill.
  • Non UK citizens are required to prove their residency in the UK for the last 90 days  –
    One of the following documents should be submitted with your application: valid visa in your passport or a valid UK residence permit, utility bills, bank statements for the last 90 days, letter from employer stating the date you started your employment.  Please note that if you cannot prove your residence in the UK for the last 90 days, you can still apply but visa processing time will take longer.

2. Application

All applications must be delivered in person to the VFS visa centre in London, Manchester or Edinburgh.

3. Check Visa Details

When your Russia visa arrives, we strongly recommend that you check it to make sure your details are correct. It is the responsibility of each traveller to ensure that he has been issued the correct visa as incorrect visa details can result in denied entry to Russia or denied access to your flight to Russia – sample visa below:

Sample Russian visa for Russian visa application