Visa Application Information

Please note that this information is specific for the UK, but� applies generally to all Russian Embassies and Consulates.

To enter the Russian Federation, you must have a current valid visa.
This is obtainable from the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, or the Russian Consulate General by submitting....

one of the following official invitations for the appropriate visa:

  • Private invitation (Izvesheniye) issued to your friends in Russia by the OVIR.� This must be the original document, not a fax or photocopy.
  • Tourist invitation from a registered company consists of official confirmation, and a voucher for accommodation bearing the reference number for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This may be faxed from a registered organisation in Russia. If using a local travel agency, the original documents are required. Accommodation vouchers from hotels alone are not acceptable.
  • Business invitation from a registered business or organisation, issued by and bearing the reference number of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.�Generally the original document is required.
  • Transit visas do not require an invitation, but a copy of the travel tickets, and a valid visa (if needed) for the country of entry from Russia is required.

together with

  • the completed application form (FORM95) which you can download
  • 1 passport photograph in the UK (3 in some countries)
  • Consular fee (cash, postal order or� money order, NO CHEQUES)
  • passport (must be valid for minimum of 6 months after leaving Russia.) (Some countries still only require a photocopy of the pages with your signature and photograph on.)
  • prepaid self-addressed envelope (registered mail) for return of passport and visa.
  • For some European citizens a CARD of INSURANCE is required. More information
  • There may be an additional consular fee if you are not a citizen of the country where you are applying.
  • American male citizens must also complete a supplementary form which you can download

Need an official invitation?�Tourist and Business Visa Support

The reference number for the tourist and business visa invitation supports the information sent to the Consular Department where appropriate.

Visa Consular fees
Please check with your local Russian Consular office for current fees.
There may be an extra Consular fee for citizens of other countries.
You must have an official invitation in order to apply for a visa.
Need an official invitation?�� Tourist and Business Visa Support

Visa processing times and charges in the UK

Single entry Tourist, Private, Transit and Business visa

����� 8 working days minimum 30

London does not accept the following� applications by post

����� 6 working days 40
����� 3 - 5 working days 60
����� next working day 80
����� same day 90
����� express (1 hour) 120�
��� replacement of a lost visa


�� amendment or correction of mistake


Double-entry visa

���� 8 working days minimum 40
���� Next working day


���� Express (1 hour)


Multi-entry visa

����� Standard (approx. 10 working days)


����� Next working day


����� Express (1 hour)


� Children under 16 years old

����� Visa fees 50% of above prices (please confirm)

���Urgent processing is not normally undertaken by post, please contact the
��� Consular Department for further information.

�� The periods above do not include weekends and national holidays, you
�� should allow about 3 weeks for normal processing.

For additional information and prices for visa invitations go to Tourist and Business Visas.

It is recommended that you confirm with the Russian Consular Section the current visa fees, as there may be an alteration which Russialink are not aware of, and therefore we cannot guarantee that above fees payable to the Russian Consular Section are correct, even though we try to maintain the accuracy of the information.

Business and Tourist Visa invitations
Visa Application and Declaration forms
Contact information
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