Useful Information - Visas!

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To apply for your Russian Visa for the UEFA Champions League Final click here 

Important: It is possible that the Russian Consulates in the UK may enforce limitations on the number of visas that they will process each day (as is common during busy periods).

However, the Russian authorities will make every effort to ensure that all football supporters with valid tickets receive entry visas. 

It is important that you apply as soon as possible. 

For up to date information please call: 

Russian Visa Information Centre
0131 662 0930 (Edinburgh) 
0207 221 7779 (London)
09:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday
10.00 to 15.00 Saturday
Or email fsf@ruvisa.co.uk

General Russian Visa Information

All British passport holders traveling to Russia are required to hold a valid Russian visa.

A visa to the Russian Federation is a document permitting a stay in Russia for a specific period of time. A visa lists entry/exit dates, your name and passport details. Please note, that your Russian visa is an exit permit just like it’s an entry permit: if you stay over your designated departure date, leaving the country could be very troublesome.

If you are staying less than three days, these requirements are waived.

During periods of high demand, for example during the summer holidays, you should apply for your visa well in advance If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland you should apply to the Russian Embassy in London. If you live in Scotland, you should apply to the Russian Consulate General in Edinburgh.

The Embassy in London can normally process visas in 15 working days, and you can submit an application by post or in person. If you want to get a visa more quickly it is possible to queue in person and pay an extra fee, though the numbers processed in this way per day are limited. You must have an exit visa to leave Russia.

Most entry visas include an exit visa. However, some entry visas including certain types of student visas, do not include an exit visa. If this is the case your sponsor, not the Embassy or Consulates, will need to obtain the exit visa for you before you can leave the country.

Before you travel to Russia ensure that you are aware of the terms and conditions attached to your visa and check that the dates and details which have been entered on your visa are correct. Presenting documentation which contains incorrect information to immigration officials can lead to severe inconvenience and in some cases could result in refusal of entry.

You must register your visa with UVIR (department of visas and registration) within 72 hrs of arrival. Hotels deal with this for their guests but visitors in private accommodation should see to it themselves. UVIR’s office in Moscow is at Ulitsa Pokrova 42. (Metro: Kurskaya, Krasnie Vorota) Tel: 095 207 0239.

Russian Entry Visas for the UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow will be processed with priority.

Due to the large number of fans applying for visas to the Champions League final there are expected to be delays in the processing of visa applications at the Russian Consulates in the UK.

It is possible that the Consulate may enforce limitations on the number of visas that they will process each day (as is common during busy periods.

However, the Russian authorities will make every effort to ensure that all football supporters with valid tickets receive entry visas.

Consequently, the visa issuing process can be expected to change on a daily basis. For up to date information please call the Russian Visa Information Centre on 0131 662 0930 or 0207 221 7779