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IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION - PLEASE READ

Russian Visa Application Forms have changed

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have changed their application form for UK nationals applying for visas to Russia. Whilst we update our systems accordingly, we may experience delays of one to two days whilst processing visas, although we will endeavour to return to normal service as soon as possible. Please follow this link for more information.

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.

Travel Advice

Travel Advice - 20 October 2017 - Update

Real Russia is closely monitoring the latest developments relating to Ukraine and Crimea. We are pleased to announce we are experiencing no adverse issues that affect our ability to provide services and we continue to offer visas, accommodation, train tickets and our tours in Russia, China and Mongolia.

  • Your safety is of utmost importance to us at Real Russia, there is no suggestion that travellers should change their plans - the situation is stable and national and international tourists continue to be welcomed in Russia and the region.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not changed its travel advice to Russia. There is advice on travelling to Ukraine which can be viewed here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ukraine but this issue directly relates to Ukraine/Crimea, it does NOT include Russia.
  • It’s good to be reminded of just how large Russia is. St Petersburg is 1300 miles away from Crimea in Ukraine, and Moscow is 850 miles away. Even during these last two weeks whilst the story has been at its peak on our TV screens, we have had NO negative reports from our clients travelling or our contacts working on the ground.
  • If any further news becomes available we will update this information.

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Country status updates

Azerbaijan

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No forthcoming closures.

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.

Belarus

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No forthcoming closures.

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

China

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The Chinese Visa Application Centre and Consulate will be closed on the 2nd and 3rd of October due to the Chinese National Day.

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

Kazakhstan

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No forthcoming closures.

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.

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

Kyrgyzstan

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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.

Mongolia

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No forthcoming closures.

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

Russia

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The Russian Visa Application Centre and Consulate will be closed on the 6th of November due to the Day of the National Unity.

As a result, there will be no visa application and business invitations submissions or collections on this day 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.

Following the presidential 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.

At the moment, we are experiencing delays when issuing letters of invitation on the service 18 working days for Multiple entry invitations.

Please take it into consideration when planning your trip to Russia.

Invitations on other service levels are issued on time.

We can no longer offer 4-6 Working Day Telexes or 12 Working Day Telexes. However, we continue to offer all other services listed below, meaning you can still obtain the Russian Business Visa Support you require on a timescale to suit your needs.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at visas@realrussia.co.uk or via phone on +44(0)207 100 7370 and we will be happy to help.

Tajikistan

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The Tajikistan Consulate will be closed on the 28th August due to the Summer Bank Holiday.

As a result, there will be no visa application submissions or collections on this day and this day 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.

Turkmenistan

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There are currently no issues reported at the consulate of Turkmenistan.

Ukraine

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The Ukrainian Consulate will be closed on the following dates:

  • 24th of August (Independence Day Of Ukraine)
  • 28th of August (Summer Bank Holiday)

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.

Uzbekistan

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

  • 28th of August (Summer Bank Holiday)
  • 1st September (Independence 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.

Vietnam

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The Vietnam Embassy will be closed on the following dates:

  • 28th of August (Summer Bank Holiday)
  • 4th September (Viet Nam’s National 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 2017. 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.