Russia Visa Applications

Biometric data collection in the UK

Biometric data is required for all Russian visa applications made in the UK. All visa applicants (except for children under 12 years) must go in person to the Russian visa application centre either in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. The procedure is quick and requires only one visit. Even if your personal attendance is now required, there will be much value in using our visa service. Please read why.

Important: COVID-19 mandatory tests

All travellers to Russia departing from the UK are required to have a negative test (taken by PCR method) passed not ealier than three days before arrival in Russia. You must present a printout of the test certificate before boarding the flight. A test can be booked at the Russian visa centre while submitting your application.

Russian Business Visa. Multiple Entry Visa to Russia

Russian business visa is a document which allows foreign nationals to visit Russia on official or private business. It is also a solution for tourists who are planning to travel to Russia for over 30 days (tourist visas are issued with a maximum validity of 30 days) or for those who plan to visit the country on multiple occasions not necessarily on business purposes.

In comparison to tourist visas processing time for business visas to Russia is longer. See below for more details and options.

Business visas to Russia may be issued as
  • single entry for 3 months
  • double entry for 3 months
  • multiple entry for 12 months
While tourist visa cannot be extended, business visa extensions can be arranged through the organisation which provided the invitation for the existing business visa. However this process can be complicated and we advise to travel within the visa validity period.

Note: biometric data is required for all Russian visa applications made in the UK. All visa applicants (except for children under 12 years) must go in person to the Russian visa application centre either in London or Edinburgh. The procedure is quick and requires only one visit. Our visa fees include personal assistance at the visa centre in London.

Summary: business visas are best for visitors who do not know their exact itineraries, want to stay in Russia longer than for 30 days or need to enter Russia on frequent occasions within a certain period of time.

Note: on a business visa you are allowed to stay in Russia for 90 days within any 180 days period.

Required Documents

Original passport Passport must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from Russia.
Visa application form The form must be completed online now. Once you have ordered your Russian business visa through our company you will receive a detailed guidance how to complete the forms.
Colour photo 3.5 cm by 4.5 cm taken against a light background (white or off - white), UK standard passport photo will be sufficient.
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Business invitation questionnaire Download the questionnaire.
Invitation from Russian Authorities We will provide official invitation from the Russian Migration Service, it is accepted by the Russian consulate in the UK.
Copies of the last three visas If you travelled to Russia before, we will need copies of your visas so we can order your business invitation from Russia.
Non UK – nationals UK residence permit - a confirmation of residence status in the UK. You must provide a residence card issued by the Home Office proving your settled or pre-settled status. If you do not have a physical card you can make a print out from the Home Office website confirming your status and notarise this document. Currently the Russian embassy does not accept proof of address in the UK as confirmation of your residence (recent utility bill, bank statement, letter from your employer confirming your employment in the UK). Prove your status on the Home Office website;

Non-UK national must also provide travel insurance valid for the whole period of stay in Russia. No travel insurance is required for UK passport holders.
Self employed, unemployed Additionally you will need to provide bank statements for the last three months showing a positive balance on your account based on £100 per each day of your stay in Russia.

Business Invitation Only

We can also provide business invitations and you are free to apply for your Russian business visa yourself at your local Russian consulate. The cost of the business invitation:
  • 3 months validity, single entry (processing 10 calendar days), electronic invitation - £225
  • 12 months validity, multiple entries (processing 30 calendar days), electronic invitation - £195
  • 12 months validity, multiple entries (processing 12 calendar days), invitation by Telex  - £245
Electronic invitation – we receive your invitation from the Russian authorities per email, you print it and enclose with your visa application. Telex is an electronic communication system, the Russian consulate gets a confirmation directly from Russia and you only need to provide a confirmation number with your visa application.

In fact, the way the business invitation is processed is only relevant for processing times where a Telex invitation is the quickest. No matter how your invitation is ordered, we guarantee, it will be accepted by the Russian consulates.

Please contact us to order your business invitation.

Russian Business Visa. Multiple Entry Visa to Russia prices

Type of Visa Validity Processing Final Price
( total cost )
Single 3 Months 28 business days £325
( best value )
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11 business days £375 apply now
Double 3 Months 28 business days £375 apply now
11 business days £475 apply now
Multiple 12 Months 35 business days £545 apply now
19 business days £725 apply now
Our prices include all consular and visa application centre fees, our service charges, VAT. There will be no extra charges except for postage if you want your passport to be posted to you, alternatively you can collect it from our office. You can choose passport return delivery option when placing an order on our website. The price you see is the price you pay. StressFreeVisas Best Price Guarantee.

Please click on “Apply now” button below to submit your order. It will take no longer than 5 minutes of your time. Once we have received your payment we will email you detailed guidance on how to complete your visa form and advise of the next steps.


It is our responsibility to inform you that we are a private company assisting our customers with visa applications. We are not an official government website and are not affiliated with any government department. If you wish to apply directly to the relevant embassy, please contact them or check their website for current visa rules, application process and applicable fees.

If you decide to use our services, please note, that in addition to consular fees we charge a handling fee for processing your visa application on your behalf which includes visa consultation and advice, checking your application pack as per relevant government requirements, consular submission and collection.