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

  1. Entry and Exit Dates

    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

  2. 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

  3. Photographs

    One passport sized colour photograph. The photograph must:

    • Be taken against a white background
    • Be taken within the last six months
    • Be 35mm x 45mm in size

  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

    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 application form. This form must:

    • Be completed online at https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx [Handwritten changes are not accepted]
    • Be printed on two separate pages. (Page size must be set to A4)
    • Have borders on all four sides of each page supplied 
    • Include all cities that are stated on the invitation at Q.14
    • Have Q.23 completed in full 
    • Include all entry stamps in passport supplied for Q.25 
    • Include entry and departure dates that match or fall within the dates stated on the invitation
    • Bear an original signature that matches the applicant's passport
    • Be printed with the text "Visa Application Centre VFS UK (London)" on the top right corner 


    Applicants who have more than thirty entry stamps in passport supplied should continue on a separate piece of paper. 

    Applicants who are unable to complete Q.27 &/or Q.28 must provide a signed letter addressed to the Russian Embassy confirming that they do not have a previous place of work &/or study. A copy is acceptable.  

    VisaExpress can assist the traveller in completing the online application form as a Premium Service at a cost of £30. In order to facilitate this, please complete the VisaExpress Russia Form Fill Request which can be found within the VisaExpress Application Pack.


    Online application form fill requests must be received at VisaExpress before 14.00 hours in order to have it returned to you that day. Once VisaExpress have completed your online application we will send it to you for your signature. An original signature is required so you will need to return the form to us by post or courier once signed. An original signature is required so you will need to return the form to us by post or courier once signed.

  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.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed VisaExpress Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaExpress Application Pack should 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. Holders of a Telex of Approval

    All applications supplied with a telex of approval must be received at VisaExpress before 6pm for next day submission. 

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

  1. Entry and Exit Dates

    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

  2. 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

  3. Photographs

    One passport sized colour photograph. The photograph must:

    • Be taken against a white background
    • Be taken within the last six months
    • Be 35mm x 45mm in size

  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.    

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

  5. Visa Application Form

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

    • Be completed online at https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx [Handwritten changes are not accepted]
    • Be printed on two separate pages. (Page size must be set to A4)
    • Have borders on all four sides of each page supplied 
    • Include all cities that are stated on the invitation at Q.14
    • Have Q.23 completed in full 
    • Include all entry stamps in passport supplied for Q.25 
    • Include entry and departure dates that match or fall within the dates stated on the invitation
    • Bear an original signature that matches the applicant's passport
    • Be printed with the text "Visa Application Centre VFS UK (London)" on the top right corner 


    Applicants who have more than thirty entry stamps in passport supplied should continue on a separate piece of paper. 

    Applicants who are unable to complete Q.27 &/or Q.28 must provide a signed letter addressed to the Russian Embassy confirming that they do not have a previous place of work &/or study. A copy is acceptable.  

    VisaExpress can assist the traveller in completing the online application form as a Premium Service at a cost of £30. In order to facilitate this, please complete the VisaExpress Russia Form Fill Request which can be found within the VisaExpress Application Pack.


    Online application form fill requests must be received at VisaExpress before 14.00 hours in order to have it returned to you that day. Once VisaExpress have completed your online application we will send it to you for your signature. An original signature is required so you will need to return the form to us by post or courier once signed. An original signature is required so you will need to return the form to us by post or courier once signed.

  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.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed VisaExpress Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaExpress Application Pack should 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. Child/Spouse of Russian Citizen

    Applicants who are a child/spouse of a citizen of the Russian Federation are required to apply in person to the Embassy 

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