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Business Visa  |  Russia


Visa Requirements


::    Passport valid for six months on exit 

::    Two blank visa pages in passport

::    One recent passport photograph

 Please ensure the photograph is different to the one in your passport and has not been used in any previous visa applications.

The photo should be no more than 4 weeks old, and should be glued, not stapled to the printed application form.

::    UK leave to remain or long-term UK residence permit

::    Application form, completed online

All questions on the form must be answered, providing full details where necessary. Please use type only as the embassy will not accept handwritten answers. The signature on the application form must be the same as the signature in your passport.

Under the section ‘Last Visit Details’, please take particular care to note ALL countries you have travelled to in the last ten years. Your application may be rejected if the information provided differs from the details in your passport.

Travellers planning to submit their application in London should select ‘Russian Visa Centre London’ when completing the online form, rather than ‘Embassy of the Russian Federation in London’.

::    Letter of invitation

Also known as a business visa support or Telex, the letter of invitation must be issued by the General Directorate for Migration for the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Russia. It must include the applicant’s name, purpose of trip and dates of entry/departure. The host organisation must state their legal address, date of registration and document registration number, and the letter should also include their official seal, plus the name and signature of an official authorised to invite foreign nationals to Russia.

The original invitation must be provided when applying for a multiple-entry visa but, at the discretion of the embassy, a copy may be acceptable for single or double-entry applications.

If you are unable to provide a Telex (business visa support), we may be able to obtain one on your behalf. Please contact us for further information. 

NB. Russian visas include a specific start and end date, based on the information provided in your business visa support. The period of validity cannot be altered or extended once the visa is issued, and you must travel within the listed dates. Travellers are also advised that if the information on the business visa support conflicts with the information on their application form, the embassy is likely to reject the application. 

::    Business introduction letter

The letter of introduction from your UK employer (or yourself, if self-employed) must be an original, signed document on company letterhead. It should provide full details of the traveller, including destination(s), dates and purpose of visit, plus name and full contact details for the host organisation in Russia. The letter should also confirm who is taking financial responsiblity for your trip.

::    Proof of funds 

Applicants who are self-employed, unemployed, company directors or working from home must provide bank statements covering the last three months, to show a current balance equivalent to at least £100 per day of stay in Russia. Statements printed from an online banking account must be certified and stamped by the bank.

Please note, students and retired applicants are exempt from this requirement.

::    Travel insurance

Please submit an original travel insurance policy document (copies are not acceptable), valid for the entire period of stay in Russia. The document must clearly show both the period of validity and state the area covered is worldwide, including Russia. Applicants covered by company insurance may instead submit a letter, on company letterhead, confirming validity of the policy with coverage in Russia for the full duration of stay.

::    Birth certificate (under-18s only)

::    Biometric information, provided in person

With the exception of diplomats, officials and children under 12-years-old, all applicants must provide biometric information (fingerprints) in person at the Russian visa processing centre in London or Edinburgh on the day of application. Please be aware this may involve a lengthy queue as the processing centre does not currently operate an appointment system. The biometric process is compulsory and applications from travellers who refuse to give their fingerprints will automatically be rejected.

NB. The embassy does not store biometric information, so travellers must attend the visa processing centre every time a visa is required. You will also be required to re-submit biometric data if your application is rejected and you wish to re-apply.



Service Options


We are able to assist with your application in several ways.

Online Pre-Check  |  One of our Russian visa specialists will go through your scanned documents and make sure everything is in order before you submit your application.

Specialist Pre-Check  |  Send us your application documents and we’ll check they’re ready to be submitted, before sending them back to you. We can also help you complete the visa application form, if necessary.

Full Assist Service   As well as pre-checking your documentation, one of our Embassy Couriers will accompany you to the visa application centre and guide you through the whole process in person.

Please click to see a full description of each service option, or select one from the dropdown list opposite to place your order.

Additional Information


In order to apply for a multiple-entry visa, you must have held and used a single or double-entry Russian visa within the last year.

Please note, all submitted documents are checked in advance of your biometric appointment. If we are called to return to the processing centre at a later time or date, due to client-raised documentation which we have been unable to check or which is submitted against our advice, Visa Base will charge an additional re-booking fee of £25.

If you have a Telex invitation, the processing centre will only accept invitations from 11.00am onwards. They will accept vouchers from 8.30am and electronic confirmation from 9.30am.

Travellers may not hold more than one Russian visa at a time, regardless of travel dates. The embassy will automatically cancel any valid Russian visas in your passport when you make a new application. If you have a valid visa in one passport but are applying with another, both passports must be presented so the original visa can be cancelled.

Applications for travellers visiting Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia or North Ossetia (Abhazia) will be referred, and visa processing will take approximately 10 working days longer.

The embassy reserves the right to request additional documents in support of your visa application, and to alter or increase fees without prior notice.

No refund will be given if the visa is cancelled or rejected by the embassy.

Visa and Service Fees


Please note, all fees are charged per individual traveller. Service and processing fees listed are inclusive of VAT, where applicable. The total price of your order will depend on the product and the processing service you select. Visa fees are subject to change with no prior notice. Please contact us before placing your order if you require further information.




(up to 20 working days)


Single entry visa: £31

Double entry visa: £50

Multiple entry visa: £94

Processing Centre fee: £38.40

Handling fee: variable (see below)




(4 working days)


Single entry visa: £63

Double entry visa: £100

Multiple entry visa: £188

Processing Centre fee: £45.60

Handling fee:  variable (see below)




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Fees and requirements for a Russian visa vary depending on your nationality. 

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