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Russian Visas

Real Russia can help to obtain visas required by UK citizens and many foreign nationals wishing to visit the Russian Federation. We offer three basic types of service depending on the purpose of your visit, how long you wish the visa to be valid for and how many times you expect to visit within the visa validity period.

Spring has arrived and this time of year brings the May bank holidays and festivals, in the UK and around the world, which is wonderful, though can also affect our visa services. For all you need to know about the closures of Consulates and other authorities in Russia, please read on the Service Status page. To choose the suitable service and make sure you can get your visas and letters of invitations in time, please contact our visa team at visas@realrussia.co.uk or on 02071007370.

Biometric data collection for Russian visas

Following the presidental order, as of 10th December 2014 all applicants over 12 years of age applying for their Russian visas in the UK, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia are required to provide their biometric data at the time of having their visa documents submitted for processing at the consulate.

Information on the requirements and the new process may be found here.


What is a tourist visa?

A tourist visa can be used to visit Russia for tourist and leisure purposes or on a short business visits. The trip can consist of either a single or doubly entry during a maximum validity period of 30 days. The tourist visa will be issued for the exact days you have requested or that are stated on the invitation if you should be providing this document yourself.

Tourist visa are the most efficient for a short trip to Russia with a known destination.

What is a business visa?

Business visas are usually issued to travellers visiting Russia on official or private business and allow you to travel when and where you wish within the visa’s validity period. A business visa can be issued for varied reasons, including cultural relationships, accompanying family members and commercial driving.

What are visa support documents?

If you wish to lodge your own visa application with the Russia consulate, you will be required to provide a visa support document, or letter of invitation, from a licensed organisation in Russia. This organisation will be your official sponsor for both the processing of your visa at the consulate and for the Russian authorities while you are in the country.

You can be assured that visa support from Real Russia is genuine and that our company, as your official sponsor, will be on hand to help you while in Russia if needed.

All of our full visa services above include full visa support provided by Real Russia.

What is included in the price for full visa service?

Our prices include all costs necessary to get your visa, among which are:

  • fees for all visa support documents and letters of invitation
  • Russian ministry processing charges and local taxes
  • consular tariffs and visa centre charges (if applicable)
  • delivery, collection and management of your application at the consulate by our staff

In addition to this you can choose from the following optional services

  • central London courier delivery the day your visa is ready
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery of your passport and Belarus visa back to you (UK only)
  • £2,500 of consequential loss postal insurance (UK mainland only)

This means you do not have to:

  • Book a flight (unless you are a French national) or a hotel.
  • Provide your own visa support document or letter of invitation.
  • Visit the consulate yourself to collect your passport.

There are no hidden fees; the price you see is the price you pay!

How can I pay for my visa?

You have several options to pay for your visa including:

Are there any specifications for the passport photo?

The Russian consulate requires that the photograph provided meets the following specifications:

  • Photo should be taken against a plain, white background and must be in colour.
  • Quality must be clear with the focus on the face.
  • You face must be facing directly into the camera with a neutral expression, neither frowning nor smiling and with your mouth closed.
  • Photo must be printed on regular photo paper.
  • Photo must measure 35mm x 45 mm in size.

If your photo does not meet these requirements, your application may be rejected or considered incomplete

How do I read my visa?

Please see the following guide for more information: Reading a Russian visa

Do I need a visa for my child?

In most cases your child can get an ‘accompanying family member’ visa based on one parent’s business visa. For further information, please consult this page: Taking a child to Russia

Can I deliver my passport and collect my visa from your office in person?

Yes, of course you can. We have an office in central London and we will be happy to see you there and assist with your application if needed. If you intend to deliver an application in person or collect your passport and visa we are open for collection and deliveries during the following times:

Visa applications received by our office after 4.30 pm on weekdays or at any time on Saturdays or non-working days will not start to be processed until the following working day.

How long does the visa take to process?

The processing time will vary dependent upon the type of visa you order. Please see the visa-specific pages for more information and consult our tooltip in order to find out when you can expect your visa to be ready.

Sounds good, how do I get my visa?

To order your Russian visa online, simply click on the level of service you want from options at the top of this page.

If I plan to travel on the Trans-Mongolian, can you help me to obtain Mongolian and Chinese visas as well?

Yes, of course we can. We will process all necessary visas ‘back to back’ and return your passport with all three visas when they are complete. See the following links for further details:

Can you tell me more?

If you still have more questions please feel free to look at our Frequently Asked Questions or simply contact us directly and we are happy to help.