Visa Required:
Visa Processing Time:
Normal Processing time is 5 working days. Urgent Processing is 1 Day.
Visa Appointment Required:
Visa Appointment Procedure:
Not Applicable.
Visa Application Fee:
Normal Processing (5 days):
Single Entry-35, Double Entry-45.
Urgent Processing (1 day):
Single Entry-85, Double Entry-95.
Additional Service Charges payable to VFS:
Normal Processing (5 days): 25.30
Urgent Processing (1 day): 32.20
If the applicant desires the passport to be returned by post then an additional charge of 7.40 is to be paid.
Payment can be made by Credit Cards, Debit Card, Cash or via bank drafts or postal orders favouring "RNT Limited". 
Documents Required:
Application Form
Complete and print the Online Application Form. One recent passport size photo glued to the correct lower-right section of the application form.
Should be valid for a minimum of six months after requested visa's expiry date and should have at least 2 blank pages.
Status Proof
A valid resident visa (at least 6 months validity) needs to be shown.
Tourist Voucher
Original Tourist Voucher from a Russian (British) travel agency stamped and signed by an authorized person.
Invitation Letter
If visiting relatives or friends then the applicant should first obtain an official invitation and only then apply for a Private visa. Only original invitation documents issued by an appropriate Russian Federation Migration Service branch are accepted. To obtain such an invitation the applicant's relatives or friends are to present to the said branch a photocopy of the applicant's passport and personal data. Only after receiving this invitation the applicant should apply at the Russia Visa Application Center.
Postal Application:
Accepted. A Prepaid self addressed special delivery envelope for the return of the passport is to be included else a charge of 7.40 is to be paid. Only one passport per envelope is permitted so if a family of 3 is applying then 3 envelopes are to be provided. Only Postal Orders are accepted as a mode of payment while applying by post. Cash is not o be sent with the application.
Visa Application Procedure:
All visa applications have to be made at VFS. Appointment is not required.
Visa Collection Procedure:
If the applicant is applying by post then they can include a Prepaid self addressed special delivery envelope for the return of the passport.
General Visa Information:
All visa applications are to be made at the VFS not at the Russian Embassy.
Visa Application cannot be made earlier than 3 months in advance of the trip.
Tourists on board large cruise Ships should have the right to stay in the Russian Federation without a visa during 72 hours. They have the right to leave the ship and come back on board the ship only as part of an organized tourist group as per the list. In case a tourist wants to leave the ship alone, they would need a visa.
Russia Embassy Information:
Russian Visa Application Center
15 - 27 Gee Street
London EC1V 3RD
Visa Information Line: 09058890149 (55p per minute) 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Application Submission
8:30am to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Collection of Passports
3:30pm - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

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