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Staying safe when travelling to Russia! Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus travel information and advice.

Our Volzhsky office is closed on the 14th June 2021 for a Russian state holiday, we will be back on the 15th June 2021 when we will aim to respond to any enquiries.

Service Status

We take pride in the standard of the services we deliver. To ensure the best experience for our customers we use the services of many organisations.

Occasionally there will be an issue that impacts upon our standard processing times or support levels, such as a country’s national holiday or a foreign consulate placing restrictions on visa applications.

Whilst these events are rare, this page will list any updates and to assist you to keep your travel plans progressing smoothly.

Visa Registration in Our Moscow Office

Real Russia are temporarily unable to register visas in our Moscow office due to a change in Russian law.

If you are travelling to Russia, it will still be necessary to register your visa. This can still be done at the hotel you are staying in. Alternatively, if you are staying with family or friends, or have booked a homestay, your host should be able to register your visa for you with the Federal Migration Service.

While we are working to resume our registration service at our Moscow office as soon as possible, our partners in St. Petersburg are still able to register the visas of those who are visiting St. Petersburg.

For further information please see our visa registration information, or contact our visa specialists.

Country status updates

For a list of Consulate public holidays in 2021, as well as updated information regarding the visa service, please click on the drop down option for the country of interest below.

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The Azerbaijani Visa Application Centre and Consulate will be closed on the following days:

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • 20 January – Martyrs' Day
  • 8 March – International Women's Day
  • 20-26 March (TBC) – Novruz
  • 28 May - Republic Day
  • 15 June - National Salvation Day
  • 28 June - Day of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan
  • 9 November - State Flag Day
  • 31 December – Solidarity Day

As a result, there will be no visa application submissions or collections on these days and these days will not count towards the visa processing time.

From February 1, 2016, citizens of United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore will be able to obtain a 30-day single entry visa in all international airports of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani e-visas are now available. For more details, please contact our visa team.

 

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The Belarus Consulate will be closed on the following dates:

  • 1 January – New Year Day
  • 7 January – Orthodox Christmas Day
  • 8 March – International Women’s Day
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 9 May – Victory Day
  • 11 May - Radonitsa
  • 3 July – Independence Day
  • 7 November – October Revolution Day
  • 25 December - Christmas

As a result, there will, unfortunately, be no visa application submissions or collections on these days and these days will not count towards the visa processing time. For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

 

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The Chinese Consulate has suspended all visa services until further notice. If you are planning on applying for your Chinese visa, please get in touch with our visa specialists before starting your application.

The Chinese Visa Application Centre and Consulate will be closed on the following dates:

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 11-17 February (TBC) - Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year
  • 1-3 May (TBC) – Labour Day
  • 14-16 June (TBC) – Dragon Boat Festival
  • 21 September (TBC) – Mid-Autumn Festival
  • 1-3 October (TBC) – National Day
  • 1-7 October - Golden Week
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

As a result, there will unfortunately be no visa application submissions or collections on these days and these days will not count towards the visa processing time. For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

Fingerprinting to be Introduced for Chinese Visas in the UK

The Chinese Visa Application Centre in London, Manchester and Edinburgh now implement fingerprinting as part of the visa application process for all UK nationals and residents.

If you are applying for your Chinese visa you will need to travel to London to give your fingerprints as part of your visa application.

On the day you arrive in London to give your fingerprints, our courier will meet you with your documents, and talk you through the fingerprinting process. 

Our systems and website are being updated to match these changes, ensuring we continue to offer a simple Chinese visa service which gives you peace of mind and comprehensive support. We will also keep you updated on this situation through our website and via Facebook and Twitter.

 

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The Kazakh Visa Application Centre and Consulate will be closed on the following days:

  • 1-4 January - New Year's Day Holidays
  • 7 January - Orthodox Christmas Day
  • 8 March - International Women's Day Holiday
  • 22-24 March - Nowruz
  • 1 May - Unity Day
  • 7 May - Defender of the Fatherland Day
  • 10 May - Victory Day
  • 6 July - Day of the Capital
  • 19-20 July (TBC) - Eid al-Adha
  • 30 August - Constitution Day
  • 1 December - Day of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • 16-17 December - Kazakhstan Independence Day
  • 25 December - Christmas Day

Effective from 1st January 2017 citizens of 45 countries including United Kingdom, United States of America, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, Japan and most EU countries are exempt from visa requirements for visits up to 30 calendar days. This arrangement is prolonged till 31 December 2019.

For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

 

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  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 7 January - Orthodox Christmas Day
  • 23 February - Defender of the Fatherland Day
  • 8 March – International Women's Day
  • 7 April - Day of the People's April Revolution
  • 3 May - Labour Day
  • 5 May – Constitution Day
  • 12-13 May (TBC) - Eid al-Fitr
  • 31 August - Independence Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

In accordance with the law «About introduction of a visa-free regime for citizens of some states within 60 days» nationals of the following countries can visit Kyrgyzstan without a visa till 31 December 2020: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei-Darussalam, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican.

For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

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Staying safe when travelling to Russia! Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus travel regulations.

Please be aware that due to the Covid-19 disruption in our partner services, the following options for Russian Business Letters of Invitations are suspended until further notice:

  • 18 working days for Multiple entry invitations valid for 6 and 12 months
  • 12 working days for Single and Double entry invitations valid for 30 and 90 days

The Russian Visa Application Centre and Consulate will be closed on the following dates:

  • 1-8 January – New Year’s Holiday and Orthodox Christmas
  • 23 February - Defender of the Fatherland Day
  • 8 March – International Women’s Day
  • 3 May – Labour Day
  • 10 May – Victory Day
  • 14 June – Russia Day
  • 4 November – Day of the National Unity
  • 25 December - Catholic Christmas Day

In addition, the Russian Migration Authorities in Moscow will be closed on the following dates:

  • 30-31 December

As a result, there will be no visa application or visa invitation submissions or collections on these days and this day will not count towards the processing time. For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

 

 

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The Tajikistan Consulate will be closed on the following dates:

  • 1 Jan - New Year's Day
  • 8 March - International Women's Day
  • 21-24 March (TBC) - Nowruz
  • 9-10 May - Victory Day
  • 20-23 May (TBC) - Eid al-Adha
  • 9 September - Independence Day
  • 8 November - Constitution Day

Tajikistan e-visas are now available. For more details, please contact our visa team using visas@realrussia.co.uk.

As a result, there will be no visa application submissions or collections on these days and these days will not count towards the visa processing time. Please also note that the Tajikistan Consulate is closed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

 

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The Turkmenistan Consulate will be closed on the following dates:

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 12 January - Memorial Day in Turkmenistan
  • 8 March - International Women's Day
  • 21-22 March - Nowruz
  • 9 May - Victory Day
  • 12-13 May (TBC) - Eid al-Fitr
  • 18 May - Unity Day
  • 6 October - Earthquake Remembrance Day
  • 12 December - Day of Neutrality

As a result, there will be no visa application submissions or collections on these days and these days will not count towards the visa processing time. For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

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The UK Visa Application Centre and Consulate will be closed on the following days:

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • 2 April – Good Friday
  • 5 April - Easter Monday
  • 3 May - Early May Bank Holiday
  • 31 May - Spring Bank Holiday
  • 25 December - Christmas Day
  • 26 December - Boxing Day

As a result, there will be no visa application submissions or collections on these days and these days will not count towards the visa processing time.

 

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The Ukrainian Consulate will be closed on the following dates:

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 7 January - Orthodox Christmas
  • 8 March - Women’s Day
  • 2 May – Orthodox Easter
  • 3 May - Labour Day
  • 10 May - Victory Day
  • 20 June - Pentecost (Eastern)
  • 28 June - Constitution Day
  • 24 August - Ukrainian Independence Day
  • 14 October - Defender of Ukraine Day
  • 13 December - Charity Day
  • 25 December - Christmas Day

As a result, there will be no visa application submissions or collections on these days and these days will not count towards the visa processing time. For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

 

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The Uzbekistan Visa Application Center and Consulate will be closed on the following dates:

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • 8 March – International Women’s Day
  • 21 March – Nowruz Holiday
  • 9 May – Memorial Day and Victory day
  • 12-15 May (TBC) – Eid al-Fitr
  • 19-20 July (TBC) – Eid al-Adha
  • 1 September – Independence Day
  • 1 October – Teacher’s Day
  • 8 December – Constitution Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

As a result, there will be no visa application submissions or collections on these days and these days will not count towards the visa processing time. Please also note that Consular and Visa Sections of the Uzbekistan Embassy are closed every Tuesday and Thursday. For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

Starting from 1 Feb 2019 a visa-free regime is introduced for 30 days period for citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Australian, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Vatican. Uzbekistan e-visas are now available. For more details, please contact our visa team at visas@realrussia.co.uk

 

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The Vietnam Embassy will be closed on the following dates:

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 11 February - Vietnamese New Year's Eve
  • 12 February - Lunar New Year and Tet
  • 21 April – Hung Kings Festival
  • 30 April - Vietnamese Unification Day and International 
  • 3 May - Labour Day
  • 2 September – Vietnam’s National Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

As a result, there will be no visa application submissions or collections on these days and these days will not count towards the visa processing time. For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact our visa team.

On 22 June 2015, the Vietnamese Embassy received formal notification that the Government of Vietnam will not require a visa for British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws.

The visa exemption period has been extended from 01 July 2016 to 30 June 2021. If you wish to enter Viet Nam at least two consecutive times without visa, the next entry must be at least 30 days after the previous exit. Otherwise, you still need a visa.