Important Information

Biometric Procedure

Effective 10th December 2014, 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 Russia Visa Application Centre in London or Edinburgh. The only exceptions to this new 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 will offer a comprehensive range of services to ensure documents are correctly checked and verified prior to the applicant travelling to the Application Centre.


Concierge Service

  • Provision of application forms, requirements and instructions on how to obtain your necessary visa
  • Assistance in completing the Russia Embassy's visa form in order to avoid unnecessary delays to the submission of the application
  • Provision of the necessary photograph printed to the exact specifications required for this visa using our Digital Photo Service
  • Quality checking of your application and supporting materials to ensure it is complete, and minimising the risk of refusal at the Embassy
  • Personal Meet & Greet at the Visa Application Centre to deliver your completed application documents
  • Payment of all necessary fees at the Application Centre on behalf of the applicant
  • Collection of the completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant


Executive Service

  • Provision of application forms, requirements and instructions on how to obtain your necessary visa
  • Assistance in completing the Russia Embassy's visa form in order to avoid unnecessary delays to the submission of the application
  • Provision of the necessary photograph printed to the exact specifications required for this visa using our Digital Photo Service
  • 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 completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant

 

Pre-Check & Collection Service

  • 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 completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant


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

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)

    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

  3. 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

  4. Visa Application Form

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

    • Bear the applicant's original signature
    • Be no older than 30 days (counted from the date of completion)
    • Have no handwitten changes or modifications


    Applicants requesting the VisaExpress Concierge Service will be given a personal step by step guide to completing the online visa application form once you have placed your online order with VisaExpress. Applicants requesting the VisaExpress Executive Service are requested to complete the "VisaExpress Russia Form Fill Request" found within the Application Pack and forward to us by email to russia@cibtvisas.co.uk

  5. 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. 

  6. 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

  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

Important Information

Biometric Procedure

Effective 10th December 2014, 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 Russia Visa Application Centre in London or Edinburgh. The only exceptions to this new rule are applicants under the age of 12 years.


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 will offer a comprehensive range of services to ensure documents are correctly checked and verified prior to the applicant travelling to the Application Centre.


Concierge Service

  • Provision of application forms, requirements and instructions on how to obtain your necessary visa
  • Assistance in completing the Russia Embassy's visa form in order to avoid unnecessary delays to the submission of the application
  • Provision of the necessary Tourist Voucher & Confirmation required for this visa
  • Provision of the necessary photograph printed to the exact specifications required for this visa using our Digital Photo Service
  • Quality checking of your application and supporting materials to ensure it is complete, and minimising the risk of refusal at the Embassy
  • Personal Meet & Greet at the Visa Application Centre to deliver your completed application documents
  • Payment of all necessary fees at the Application Centre on behalf of the applicant
  • Collection of the completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant


Executive Service

  • Provision of application forms, requirements and instructions on how to obtain your necessary visa
  • Assistance in completing the Russia Embassy's visa form in order to avoid unnecessary delays to the submission of the application
  • Provision of the necessary Tourist Voucher & Confirmation required for this visa
  • Provision of the necessary photograph printed to the exact specifications required for this visa using our Digital Photo Service
  • 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 completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant

 

Pre-Check & Collection Service

  • 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 completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant


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

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)

    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

  3. 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 will provide the Tourist Voucher & Confirmation for applicants requesting the VisaExpress Concierge or Executive Service. Simply complete and return the Russia Tourist Confirmation Order Form found within the VisaExpress Application Pack.  

  4. Visa Application Form

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

    • Bear the applicant's original signature
    • Be no older than 30 days (counted from the date of completion)
    • Have no handwitten changes or modifications


    Applicants requesting the VisaExpress Concierge Service will be given a personal step by step guide to completing the online visa application form once you have placed your online order with VisaExpress. Applicants requesting the VisaExpress Executive Service are requested to complete the "VisaExpress Russia Form Fill Request" found within the Application Pack and forward to us by email to russia@cibtvisas.co.uk

  5. 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. 

  6. 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 

  7. 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

  8. 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

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.

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