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On private visas for close relatives.

The rule for issuing private visas for close relatives was amended by the  Federal Law No. 270-ФЗ of 1 July  2021 "On Amendments to the Federal Law" On the Procedure for leaving the Russian Federation and entering the Russian Federation "and Article 5 of the Federal Law" On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation". The law came into force on 12 July 2021.

According to these amendments, the term “joint travel” for foreign relatives has been abolished. Instead of this, a simplified procedure for issuing private visas for the above category of citizens is currently in place. As before, a private visa is issued on the decision of the head of a diplomatic mission or a consular office of the Russian Federation, upon a written application from a Russian citizen. The term “close relatives” has been significantly expanded. Now it includes spouse, parents (adoptive parents), children (adopted), spouses of children, full and step-brothers and sisters, grandparents, grandchildren. The application must include the complete data of the applicant and the invited person, as well as the intended route of travel and residence in Russia.

At the same time, such an application can now be certified in the Russian Federation by a notary and then sent to a foreign relative for submission of documents without the presence of the inviting party. In addition to the application, it is also necessary to present all documents confirming the relationship (taking into account a possible change in surname). These documents must be submitted in its original form or their copies should be certified by a Russian notary.

A private single / double entry visa is issued for up to three months. The period of up to one year, stipulated by law, applies only to those countries, which have visa agreements with Russia on a reciprocal basis. There is no agreement on this matter between Russia and the UK.


11.10.2021 - Easing of travel restrictions to Russia and the UK

Due to multiple requests we would like to remind

08.10.2021 - The Republic of Bashkortostan

Within the framework of the presentation of Russian regions we would like to bring to the attention of our visitors an information stand on the Republic of Bashkortostan.

05.10.2021 - Additional information on the private visa

Applying for a single-, double- or multiple-entry private visa to close relatives of minor Russian nationals is possible upon the submission of an application form of one of the parents (Russian national) on behalf of the child.

30.09.2021 - Changing operational hours of the Visa Centre in Manchester

Due to the increase of Russian visa applications the Visa Centre in Manchester will extend its working hours from 1 October. Submission of documents will be possible from Monday to Friday between 8.30 and 16.00.

27.09.2021 - Irish citizens in the UK need a residence document for Russian visa application

We would like to remind you that in accordance with the current rules of entry to the Russian Federation all non-UK citizens applying for a visa to Russia need a residence permit or another Home Office document, confirming the right of permanent residence in the UK.

17.09.2021 - Some features of the private visa

When parents of a Russian child are not married, the foreign parent can also apply for a single-, double- or multiple-entry private visa upon a written invitation of the second parent (Russian national).

16.09.2021 - Working hours of the Visa Center

Visa center opening hours changed.

08.09.2021 - Multiple-entry private visas to close relatives

According to the last amendments to the visa regulations from 1 September 2021 it is possible to apply for a multiple-entry private visa to close relatives of Russian nationals for up to 1 year

07.09.2021 - Multiple-entry tourist visas

Since 25 August 2021 amendments to Article 25.6 of the Federal Law "On the procedure for leaving the Russian Federation and entering the Russian Federation" entered into force. Now a single or double-entry tourist visa for up to 3 months or a multiple-entry tourist visa for up to 6 months can be issued on the basis of the tourist «Confirmation» (which goes along with the «Voucher»).

03.09.2021 - Lifting the 14-days isolation for passengers arriving from the UK

The isolation for those arriving to Russia from the UK is no longer required.

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