Important Information

Biometric Procedure

The Embassy of Russia requires that all individuals applying for a Russia visa in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland provide biometric data, specifically fingerprints, as part of the visa application process. To facilitate this, applicants will be required to appear in person at the VisaExpress offices in central London. The only exceptions to this rule are applicants under the age of 12 years and those travelling for official business or holding a diplomatic passport.


It is now even more imperative that the application, supporting documents and payment be in complete conformance to consular requirements so as to avoid the potential rejection and thus avoid subsequent visits, costs and inconvenience. To this end, VisaExpress offers a fully comprehensive service to ensure documents are correctly checked and verified prior to the application being submitted to the Visa Application Centre.  Applicants wishing to apply in Scotland must visit the Application Centre in Edinburgh in person in order to submit their biometric data.

VisaExpress will provide the following:

  • Provision of application forms, requirements and instructions on how to obtain your necessary visa
  • Quality checking of your application and supporting materials to ensure it is complete, and minimising the risk of refusal at the Embassy
  • Collection of the applicant's biometric data at the VisaExpress offices in central London
  • Submission of the fully completed documents at the Visa Application Centre including payment of all mandatory fees
  • Collection of the completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant

VisaExpress Executive Service

If you're too busy to manage your visa or passport request, let VisaExpress do it for you!  Use the VisaExpress Executive Service and have a dedicated specialist manage the entire application process from start to finish. The VisaExpress Executive Service provides our highest level of hands-on customised service. In addition to the above, customers will benefit from the following:

  • Dedicated member of staff from our Executive team
  • Personal contact initiated within 30 minutes of placing your order
  • Guaranteed appointment time and date for the submission of the applicant's biometric data
  • Personalised assistance with document preparation
  • Expedited document collection and delivery
  • Tailored updates during each stage of the process by your dedicated Executive team member

To find out more about the VisaExpress Executive Service please contact us at conciergeservice@cibtvisas.co.uk  

Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an Russia Visa for UK Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Have at least two blank visa pages 
    • Be valid for six months beyond the expiry date of the visa

  2. Photograph(s)

  3. Photograph

    You must provide a photograph. Upload your photo and we will print it to the exact specifications required for this visa. Follow http://visaexpress.co.uk/photo-service.php to upload your photo.


    Alternatively, you may provide one colour, passport type photograph that meets the following strict criteria: be taken within the last three months against a white background and printed on high quality photo paper; be 35mm by 45mm in size; provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression. You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes. Your photograph should not be affixed to your application and may not display evidence of adhesive or staples.

    You must provide one colour, passport type photograph that meets the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be 35 mm by 45mm in size
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
    • You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive or staples

  4. Letter of Invitation

    A letter of invitation from Russia is required. Photocopies are acceptable. The invitation must be approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its regional representatives or by an appropriate Russian Federation Migration Service Branch. The invitation must:

    • Include the name of applicant
    • State the purpose of journey
    • Specify dates of entry and departure
    • Bear an official seal and legal address of the host institution
    • State the document registration number and date of registration
    • Bear the signature and name of the official authorised to invite foreigners to Russia

    Russian visas are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the visa support supplied. Travel must be completed within those dates. Completed visas cannot be changed or extended once they have been issued


    VisaExpress can obtain a Russia Business Invitation on your behalf. Simply complete and return the Russia Business Invitation Order Form found within the VisaExpress Application Pack

  5. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed visa application form. This form must:

    If you require VisaExpress to assist with the filling of the Embassy's visa application form, please complete the VisaExpress Russia Form Fill Request found in the Application Pack. Additional fees apply.

  6. VisaExpress Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaExpress website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.

    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  7. Multiple Entry Applicants

    Applications for multiple entry visas must be accompanied by an original invitation unless this is being provided in telex format. One year multiple entry visa holders may enter Russia multiple times, however the total number of days stay cannot exceed 90 days in any 180 day period

  8. Self Employed Applicants

    Self-employed or unemployed applicants must provide copies of their last three bank statements showing a minimum credit balance of £100.00 for every day of stay in Russia. Online banking printouts are only acceptable if stamped and certified by the bank 

  9. Holders of a Valid Visa

    Applicants are only permitted to hold one valid Russian visa at any one time. Applicants holding a valid visa in a current or second passport must present this for cancellation upon submission of a new visa application

  10. Applicants Applying in Edinburgh

    Applicants who wish to apply for their visa application in Edinburgh must visit the local Visa Application Centre in Edinburgh in order to submit their biometric data.  Please contact VisaExpress to enquire about our Pre-Checking Service to ensure that the applicant is fully prepared to visit the Visa Application Centre with a correct set of documents in order to minimise the risk of refusal

Important Information

Biometric Procedure

The Embassy of Russia requires that all individuals applying for a Russia visa in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland provide biometric data, specifically fingerprints, as part of the visa application process. To facilitate this, applicants will be required to appear in person at the VisaExpress offices in central London. The only exceptions to this rule are applicants under the age of 12 years and those travelling for official business or holding a diplomatic passport.


It is now even more imperative that the application, supporting documents and payment be in complete conformance to consular requirements so as to avoid the potential rejection and thus avoid subsequent visits, costs and inconvenience. To this end, VisaExpress offers a fully comprehensive service to ensure documents are correctly checked and verified prior to the application being submitted to the Visa Application Centre.  Applicants wishing to apply in Scotland must visit the Application Centre in Edinburgh in person in order to submit their biometric data.

VisaExpress will provide the following:

  • Provision of application forms, requirements and instructions on how to obtain your necessary visa
  • Quality checking of your application and supporting materials to ensure it is complete, and minimising the risk of refusal at the Embassy
  • Collection of the applicant's biometric data at the VisaExpress offices in central London
  • Submission of the fully completed documents at the Visa Application Centre including payment of all mandatory fees
  • Collection of the completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant

VisaExpress Executive Service

If you're too busy to manage your visa or passport request, let VisaExpress do it for you!  Use the VisaExpress Executive Service and have a dedicated specialist manage the entire application process from start to finish. The VisaExpress Executive Service provides our highest level of hands-on customised service. In addition to the above, customers will benefit from the following:

  • Dedicated member of staff from our Executive team
  • Personal contact initiated within 30 minutes of placing your order
  • Guaranteed appointment time and date for the submission of the applicant's biometric data
  • Personalised assistance with document preparation
  • Expedited document collection and delivery
  • Tailored updates during each stage of the process by your dedicated Executive team member

To find out more about the VisaExpress Executive Service please contact us at conciergeservice@cibtvisas.co.uk  

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an Russia Visa for UK Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Have at least two blank visa pages 
    • Be valid for six months beyond the expiry date of the visa

  2. Photograph(s)

  3. Photograph

    You must provide a photograph. Upload your photo and we will print it to the exact specifications required for this visa. Follow http://visaexpress.co.uk/photo-service.php to upload your photo.


    Alternatively, you may provide one colour, passport type photograph that meets the following strict criteria: be taken within the last three months against a white background and printed on high quality photo paper; be 35mm by 45mm in size; provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression. You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes. Your photograph should not be affixed to your application and may not display evidence of adhesive or staples.

    You must provide one colour, passport type photograph that meets the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be 35 mm by 45mm in size
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
    • You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive or staples

  4. Tourist Voucher and Confirmation

    A copy of a Russia Tourist Voucher and Russia Tourist Confirmation. This must:

    • Be stamped and signed by an authorised person from the Russian Foreign Ministry
    • Be issued for stay of 30 days or less
    • Bear the exact entry and exit dates required by the applicant and as stated on the visa application form  

    Applicants who hold tourist vouchers which state "Aim Tourism" must select this as purpose of trip when completing the online visa form.

    Applicants duration of stay cannot exceed 30 days within the start and expiry dates of the visa support supplied. Russian visas are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the visa support supplied. Travel must be completed within those dates. Completed visas cannot be changed or extended once they have been issued   


    VisaExpress can obtain a Russia Tourist Voucher & Confirmation on your behalf. Simply complete and return the Russia Tourist Voucher & Confirmation Order Form found within the VisaExpress Application Pack  

  5. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed visa application form. This form must:

  6. VisaExpress Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaExpress website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.

    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  7. Self Employed Applicants

    Self-employed or unemployed applicants must provide copies of their last three bank statements showing a minimum credit balance of £100.00 for every day of stay in Russia. Online banking printouts are only acceptable if stamped and certified by the bank 

  8. Holders of a Valid Visa

    Applicants are only permitted to hold one valid Russian visa at any one time. Applicants holding a valid visa in a current or second passport must present this for cancellation upon submission of a new visa application

  9. Repeat Visitors

    Applicants who have been issued three tourist visas within the last 12 months must supply a personal statement.  This statement must:

    • Clearly state the purpose of travel
    • Justify the reasons for visa issuance
    • Be signed in the original

  10. Applicants Applying in Edinburgh

    Applicants who wish to apply for their visa application in Edinburgh must visit the local Visa Application Centre in Edinburgh in order to submit their biometric data.  Please contact VisaExpress to enquire about our Pre-Checking Service to ensure that the applicant is fully prepared to visit the Visa Application Centre with a correct set of documents in order to minimise the risk of refusal

Russia Visa

Don't know what a visa for Russia looks like?  You can view sample visa for Russia and see the information it contains.

See a sample Russia visa

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