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Common Answers and Questions

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Do I need a visa?

Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are required to have entry visas to travel to the Russian Federation. Citizens of former CIS Republics, except Georgia and Turkmenistan, may enter Russia with their national passports.

If you are in transit through Russia and do not leave the airport, then you will not need a visa. However, if you are in transit and need to leave the airport, for example to stay overnight in a hotel or transfer to a different airport, then you will need a visa.


How long does it take to get a Russian visa and how much does it cost?

It takes between 2 working days and 6 weeks to get your visa depending upon the type that you need. The cost also varies accordingly to type and how quickly you need it from less than £120 for a tourist visa to approx £600 for an express service on a multiple entry one year business visa.

Can I travel on a private trip with a tourist visa?

Yes, you can. The type of visa you choose depends on the purpose and the length of your trip. For a tourist visa to Russia you must have confirmed accommodations or transit information for every night of your stay in the country. We will provide you with visa support invitation to satisfy this requirement and confirming your accommodations/itinerary. No hotel reservations or bookings are needed on your part. Remember, you must register your visa when you arrive in Russia. If you have a Russian spouse who is living in the UK, and you will be travelling in together, they can apply for a private visa for you without needing a visa support invitation. Please contact us for more information

Should I provide you with the exact travel dates in my application for a tourist invitation or can I give you rough dates?

A Russian Tourist visa is issued for the exact dates you request and as shown on the invitation up to a maximum of 30 days inclusive of day of entry and exit. Please note you may not enter Russia before the visa starts and you must leave Russia before the visa expires and as such we would suggest that you add a few days before and after your expected dates of travel to allow for changes in your plans and you can then enter and leave Russia within that period....

What documents should I bring to the Russian Consulate/Russian Visa Application Centre in order to apply for my visa and is it possible to send these documents by post?

If you are applying for your visa yourself, you should bring your support documents, your passport which must be valid for 6 months after your proposed departure from Russia and have two blank pages, a single passport photograph, the consular fee (postal order or cash only), proof of medical insurance and a completed application form. It is always a good idea to get in touch with the Russian Consulate in order to check the latest update on the required documents.

If you have no opportunity to go to the Russian Consulate yourself, you can generally send your documents by mail. We would recommend that you use Royal Mail Special Delivery.


I have been asked to provide bank statements, why?

Applicants answering “self-employed” or “unemployed” to the question regarding their current employment status on a Russian visa application will need to provide copies of their bank statements for the last full three months to demonstrate that they can fund their trip.

Where the applicant’s home address matches their work address they will also be asked to provide bank statements as well unless the applicant can provide a letter from their company stating that they are a company employee, please note that the applicant cannot sign this letter themselves.

Housewives (husbands), retired people and students are not required to submit the bank statements in any event.

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