Apply for your Russian Tourist Visa online today!

Coronavirus update: The Russian government have temporarily suspended all flights between Russia and the UK until (and including) 1st February 2021. The Russian Visa Application Centre in London is still accepting all types of Russian visa however applicants need to be aware that flights may be postponed depending on the current coronavirus situation and lockdown regulations in the UK.

Please note: Visa extensions and compensation for visa fees cannot be granted at this time in accordance with current legislation. 

To check the current lockdown rules regarding travel from the UK please visit: 
To check the latest travel advice to Russia please visit: 

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


Over 15 years’ experience

As an multiple award winning Russian travel specialist with more than 15 years' in the market, we help over 30,000 clients successfully apply for their Russian visas worldwide every year. Now that’s experience!


Assistance from start to finish

Our dedicated team of Russian visa experts will support you every step of the way, from initial questions to arriving in Russia, doing all the hard work for you and making the whole process as simple as possible.


Peace of mind

You don't need to worry or learn the complexities of visa processing, we will prefill your forms and manage your application so you can relax and prepare for your trip confident that we will get the job done.


Everything you need

Visa applications can be a complicated and tedious process, but not with us. Consultation, checking, application, management, payments and even passport photos - Real Russia have you covered.

Ordering your visa

We currently have three services to help you with your Russian tourist visa application. You can find out more about the benefits of each service here.

The process is simple, fill in the information about your trip to see the prices and timescales, click "Apply now" on your chosen option from A, B and C below, and you are on your way.

Based on the information you have provided above, the latest dates to submit your fingerprints for your Russian visa application using each visa processing time is:

  • Standard visa processing time of working days – N/A
  • Express visa processing time of working days – N/A

It is not possible to process your visa in time with the current visa processing time selected. Please either: select a different visa processing time, select a different city to apply in or change your date of travel. If you want to discuss your options, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Only service A and B are available for customers choosing to apply for their visa at the Manchester or Edinburgh visa application centres.


Letter of Invitation

Our BASIC visa service


  • An official tourist Letter of Invitation
  • Instructions on how to use your Letter of Invitation
  • Access to a 24/7 helpline while you are in Russia
  • Once issued, we can check your visa is correct (optional)
  • Pay now - £0.00
  • Additional charges will be taken at the Russian Visa Application centre
  • Pay at the Visa centre - £
  • Total visa cost - £

Expected visa issue date

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Check and Prepare Service

Our STANDARD visa service

Includes everything in Service A, as well as:

  • We complete your application forms
  • Full check of your documents to ensure they are correct
  • We prepare your application pack. Depending on your chosen option, we will either send it to you to print out or post it back to you
  • Support of a dedicated visa expert
  • Remote assistance while visiting the Visa centre
  • Pay now: £
  • Pay at the Visa centre: £
  • Total visa cost: £

Expected visa issue date

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  • Pay now: £
  • Pay at the Visa centre: £
  • Total visa cost: £

Expected visa issue date

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Managed Visa Service

Our PREMIUM visa service

Includes everything in Service A and B, as well as:

  • We fully prepare and manage your application start to finish
  • Six passport photos
  • Payment of all consular fees
  • Visa check and corrections (if required)
  • Secure return of your passport and visa (or collection from our office)
  • Pay now: £
  • Pay at the Visa centre: £0.00
  • Total visa cost: £

Expected visa issue date

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Frequently Asked Questions

A) Letter of Invitation

Our basic visa service. We will provide you with a Letter of Invitation only so that you can prepare your application pack and apply at the visa application centre yourself. This is the best option if you are confident in preparing and managing your own application.

B) Check and Prepare

Our standard visa service. Before you apply for your visa yourself, we will consult with you to select the best visa option for your trip, advise you of the required documents and check them to ensure they meet consulate requirements. We will also complete your application forms and prepare your application pack to allow you to apply and pay for your visa yourself with complete confidence.

Preparing your application may be carried out electronically where we will prepare your completed application for you to download and print out, or by post where we will prepare and send your completed application to you by secure post.

C) Managed Visa Service

Our premium visa service. This service option is ideal for those pressed for time and is designed to be as simple as possible, giving you complete peace of mind while we do the hard work for you. We will provide you with a simple application form to fill in which our visa experts will use to complete the rest of the visa application process for you.

If you have any additional questions about our service offerings please contact our visa team directly who will be happy to help you further.


No, you don’t need a COVID test to get your visa, however travellers need to provide a medical certificate to confirm they have tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of arrival in Russia. We are now offering affordable PCR- certified COVID test kits to accompany our visa service through our partner, Rightangled. Please contact our visa team or click here for more information.

A Russian tourist visa is an official document required when travelling to Russia for tourism, leisure or short business trips. They allow for either a single or double visit and are valid for a maximum period of 30 days.

The tourist visa will be issued for the exact dates you request, or as specified on the invitation if you are providing this yourself.

This is the most cost effective visa for short trips and if you know when and where you will be going, otherwise consider a Russian Business visa.

Please see the following link to for any processing issues which may be affecting the Russian tourist visa service.


Costs start from £83.40 if you are using our visa service, although the final price will depend on your nationality, the number of visits you wish to make, how quickly you need your visa (service level) and any return delivery or postage. 

To see the exact price you will pay for your visa (excluding any return delivery), simply fill in information in drop-down menus in the “ordering your visa” section above.


The documents that you need to provide with your visa application at the consulate depend on your nationality and residency status in the United Kingdom.

You can check your initial visa application requirements by selecting your passport nationality from the menu. However, please note that these are the initial requirements only and subject to change by the Russian consulate and depend on individual circumstances.



Russian tourist visas are restricted to applying a maximum of six months in advance of the first entry date requested. This means that the Russian consulate is currently accepting tourist visa applications with a requested entry date that is on or before: 26 August 2021.

Please note that the consulate may vary the date that it accepts applications for operational reasons; and in this case we will contact you.


A Russian tourist visa will be valid only for the exact dates you request when submitting your order online, or, if you are providing your own invitation it will be valid only for the dates listed on this.

Once you have your visa, you may enter Russia anytime after midnight of the validity start date and stay up to midnight of the validity end date.

It is important to note that:

  • a Russian tourist visa may be valid only for a maximum period of 30 days
  • you must never attempt to enter or leave Russia outside of the visa validity period detailed on the visa
  • you may not use the visa once you have used the maximum number of entries and exits it allows; once for single entry visas and twice for double entry visas.


The processing time refers to the number of working days it will take the Consulate to process your application once this has been submitted to them.


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


As part of the visa application process you will need to provide your biometric data (fingerprints).

For customers of our standard visa Check and Prepare service a dedicated member of our team will be available to support you by phone, or with our premium Managed Service we will support you every step of the way.

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

In most cases, the answer is yes. Please review the following information on taking a child to Russia.


Following the UK Government guidelines, our office will be closed from 6th January 2021 until further notice, but our team will continue to support our clients via email on or via phone on 02071007370. We would please ask you not to post any visa related documents to our office at this time.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer fully managed visa service in London. In order to find out how we can assist you during the lockdown, please contact us directly.

Visa appointment availability
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 13.30
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 17.30 18.00
Saturday and Sunday Closed Closed
You have several options to pay for your visa including:

To order your tourist visa online, simply click on the level of service you want from the options above.


You do not need worry about passport photos, we will take these for you in our office when obtaining your application pack to ensure they comply with the Russian Consulate guidelines.

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


If you’re in need of assistance whilst travelling, we offer a dedicated 24 hour telephone support service.

For all emergencies you can call us on +44 (0) 207 100 7370 where our operators are available to provide help 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you are a Real Russia TravelSim user, then calls to our helpline are free for the first three minutes. Click here for more information on the Real Russia TravelSim.

If you experience problems whilst away, our team can offer guidance and support. If for example you have mislaid your passport, you are experiencing difficulty boarding a train or any number of other travel issues, call our emergency helpline for immediate assistance.


We try to give you as much information as we can to help you choose the service you need, though if you still have more questions please feel free to look at the Real Russian Forum, the Frequently Asked Questions section or contact us directly and we will be happy to help.