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Apply for your Russian visa with expert support

Real Russia can help to obtain Russian visas for UK citizens and many foreign nationals wishing to visit the Russian Federation. We offer two 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.

You can be confident that all hidden fees are taken care of when using our Russian visa application service, meaning the price you see is the price you pay! What’s more, you do not have to book a flight, visit the Russian Visa Application Centre yourself, or provide your own Letter of Invitation. However, should you wish to visit our London office to apply for your Russian visa or make your application in person then this can also be arranged.

Coronavirus update: The Russian authorities have suspended all visa activities until 6th May 2020, following the closure of Russian borders to foreign travellers.

If your passport is with Real Russia, but you have not given your fingerprints to the application centre, it will not be possible to do this until after 6th May.

You can still apply on our website for a visa for future dates, but please be aware that we will not be able to process your visa until after 6th May, according to our standard processing times. During this time, please do not send any documents to us unless specifically asked, as we will be unable to process them. If you have any questions or concerns about an application, please contact our visa team at visas@realrussia.co.uk.

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Included in the price for a Russian visa application:

  • Russian ministry processing charges and local taxes.
  • Fees for all visa support documents and letters of invitation.
  • Consular tariffs and visa centre charges (if applicable).
  • Delivery, collection and management of your application at the Consulate by our staff.
  • Expert support.
  • Peace of mind!

Optional extras:

  • Central London courier delivery the day your visa is ready.
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery of your passport and Russian visa back to you (UK only).
  • £2,500 of consequential loss postal insurance (UK mainland only).
Important information for UK applicants:
Our full visa service only applies to customers submitting or applying for their visa/s through the Russian Visa Application Centre in London. Unfortunately, we do not have an office near the Consulates in Manchester or Edinburgh and therefore cannot extend this full service to UK applicants wanting to submit their visa support documents in these locations; although we can still help with Russian visa invitations.

What is a Russian visa?

A Russian visa is an official document issued by the Russian Federation that allows you to stay in Russia for a specified period of time. The visa will list your name, passport details, reason for travel, along with your entry and exit dates. Russian visas are stamped on a passport by the Russian Embassy. There are many types of Russian visa available including general tourist, business, transit, work, study visas and more.

What is a Russian tourist visa?

A Russian tourist visa is issued to travellers visiting Russia for tourist and leisure purposes or short business visits. The trip can consist of either a single or double-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 visas are the most efficient visa for a short trip to Russia with a known destination. Click to find out more about Real Russia's full range of Russian visas for tourists.

What is a Russian business visa?

Russian 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.

View Real Russia's full range of Russian visas for business purposes.

What is a Russian visa letter of invitation?

If you wish to apply for your own visa directly with the Russian Consulate, you will be required to provide a Russian Letter of Invitation (visa support document), from a licensed organisation in Russia. This organisation will be your official sponsor for both the processing of your visa at the Consulate and the Russian authorities while you are in the country.

You can be confident that a visa invitation letter from Real Russia is genuine and that our company, as your official sponsor, will be on hand to help you while in Russia if you need us!

How to understand your Russian visa

Understanding your Russian visa can be tricky since this is often written in Russian with no direct English translation. We have created a short guide on how to read your Russian visa with a description of what each field on the visa means and where this can be found.

How much does a Russian visa cost in the UK?

A Russian visa for tourists will cost anything between £100 to £150 in the UK for a single-entry visa and around £150 to £200 for a double-entry visa. Please note that you may still be required to pay for the tourist invitation letter separately, arrange your own travel to the RVAC, and may need to queue when you get to the RVAC to submit your biometrics (which can take a few hours).

If you are a UK applicant and apply for a single-entry Russian tourist visa through us this will cost approximately £144, and within this we will provide various benefits including a free tourist invitation letter, help with your application and more.

How can I pay for my visa?

You have several options to pay for your visa including:

Biometric data collection for Russian visas

You are required to provide your biometric data (fingerprints) when applying for a Russian visa. 

See our Russian biometrics page for more information on how the Russian visa biometric process works and where to submit your fingerprints.

Russian visa London office opening times

If you intend to deliver an application in person or collect your passport and visa we are open for collection and deliveries at our London office during the following times:

 
Passport Collection and Delivery times
Monday - Thursday 09.00 GMT 17.00 GMT
Friday 10.00 GMT 17.00 GMT
Saturday Closed Closed
Bank / public holidays 09.00 - 13.00 GMT

Visa applications received by our office after 15.30pm on weekdays or at any time on Saturdays or non-working days will not start to be processed until the following working day.

Where to find us

All visa queries are handled by our London office and you can contact the office directly at visas@realrussia.co.uk, however should you wish to collect your visa or make your Russian visa application in person you can find us at the following address:

Real Russia Limited
122 Minories
London
EC3N 1NT

How to get to us:

From London St Pancras International take the London Underground Circle or Metropolitan Line to Aldgate Station. When exiting the station, turn right down Aldgate High Street, cross over the road and go left down the Minories. Follow the road down to the Crosswall and Portsoken Street junction and go right down Crosswall. The Real Russia office is the second building on your right.

Have more questions?

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