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Visa Application Procedures for UK Citizens


UK Citizens Applying for Russian Visas in the UK

If you are a British citizen and you are applying for a visa to Russia for the purpose of teaching English, then the following visa application procedures apply to you.

Because of the increased demand for visas, the Embassy of the Russian Federation has now outsoursed visa application processing to M/S VF Services (UK) Ltd.   This new procedure not only avoids queuing and waiting lists but also is intended to expedite delivery times. This service is available to all nationals residing in the UK. 

As a first step, you may wish to visit the M/S VF Services website where you will be able to find detailed visa application procedures. 

In order to start the visa application procedure, it will be necessary to complete the visa application form found on the M/S VF Services website.  The form MUST be filled in online. Handwritten forms are not acceptable. In order to complete this form, it is suggested that you have the following information close at hand:

Once the application form has been completed online, it will be necessary to print it off.  Thereafter, applications can be either delivered in person or by post to the M/S VF Services Office located in London or Edinburgh.  (Please note, only applicants resident in Scotland can apply in Edinburgh.)

Applications for visa being delivered in person should be brought to either of the following addresses depending on residency:

Address in London: Russian Visa Application Center, 15 - 27 Gee Street, London EC1V 3RD

Hours of Operations:

Application Submission
08:30 - 15:00 Hrs Monday - Friday
except on declared holidays

Collection of Passports
16:00 - 17:30 Hrs - Monday - Friday
except on declared holidays

Address in Edinburgh: Russian Visa Application Center, 16 Forth Street, Edinburgh EH1 3LH

Hours of Operations:

Application Submission
08:30 - 15:00 Hrs Monday - Friday
except on declared holidays

Collection of Passports
16:00 - 17:30 Hrs - Monday - Friday
except on declared holidays

If your visa application is being sent by post, then you should send it to the following address:

Address in London: Russia Visa Application Center, PO Box 64391, London, EC1P 1NJ

Please note that should you require urgent processing (next day service), this can only be arranged in person by visiting one of the offices listed above

Whether your application is posted or delivered by hand, you will need to include (or bring) the following items in order to procure a visa:

  1. Valid passport (valid for a minimum 18 months after the visas expiration date and have at least two blank page).
  2. Recent passport-size photo (glued to the correct lower-right section of the application form).
  3. Letter of Invitation (Priglashenie)
  4. Introductory letter (aka Letter of Support) from your visa sponsor
  5. HIV (AIDS) Test Certificate
  6. Bank statements (from the last three months)
  7. Payment (if applying in person, payment may be made in cash (GBP) or by debit/credit cards except American express; if applying by post, payment can only be made through postal order or bank draft made out to "RNT Limited")

Regardless of whether you are applying for your visa in person or by post, the following fees apply:

  1. M/S VF Services charges a standard fee of £26.40 (inclusive of VAT) for normal application processing (7 calendar days Service) and £33.60 (inclusive of VAT) for urgent applications processing (next working day service).
  2. The Embassy of Russian Federation charges a visa fee of £50 for for normal application processing (7 Calendar days Service) and £100 for urgent applications processing (next working day service).
  3. If you're unable to send a self addressed Special Delivery Envelope (SDE), M/S VF Services can arrange an SDE for a charge £7.40.

With regard to the fee structure listed above, all applicable fees should be added up and included into one postal order or bank draft. Lastly, the fees contained on this page are per passport.

UK Citizens Applying for Russian Visas Overseas

If you are a UK Citizen and you are applying for a visa to Russia from any country in which you are not a resident (e.g. you are applying for a Russian Visa in Spain), then visa processing time may be considerably longer. Therefore, if you are planning to apply for your visa while traveling abroad, be sure to take this delay into mind when submitting your application for visa.

For more information, please visit the website of the Russian Consulate in London.


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