24 January 2021
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Regarding the requests on returning the paid consular fees for visas to Russia

Regarding the requests on returning the paid consular fees for visas to Russia, which they could not use or which they did not receive in connection with measures taken by the Government of the Russian Federation to temporarily restrict the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons in order to ensure state security, to protect the population against spreading COVID-19, we would like to give the following explanations.

Making decisions on issuing visas to foreign citizens and stateless persons, as well as entering the Russian Federation, is the exclusive competence of the Russian authorities, regardless of the purpose of the trip and the grounds for issuing these visas (established by Russian national law or international treaties of the Russian Federation).

The provisions of agreements on mutual trips of citizens, including those determining the amount of visa fees, cannot be considered as an international legal obligation of the Russian Federation, guaranteeing citizens of the respective states the unconditional right to receive Russian visas, and if they exist, unhindered entry into the Russian Federation. The collection of the consular fee is provided for in paragraph 1 of Article 36 of the Federal Law dated 05.07.2010 No. 154-FZ “Consular Charter of the Russian Federation”. At the same time, neither the Russian regulatory legal acts, nor international agreements contain provisions on reimbursement of the visa fee.

The current legislation does not provide for a mechanism to “offset” visa issuance fees, which applicants did not use, including for reasons beyond their control, for subsequent payment of visa fees.

Russian visa practice is similar to most countries of the world, according to which the visa fee is qualified as a “fee” for considering the visa application (checking the completeness of the submitted documents and the authenticity of the specified information, interviewing etc.) and making a decision based on its result, but not as a fee just for the service of the technical processing of the visa itself.


The work of the consular post is completed if the visa documents are reviewed and the applicant is informed of the decision to issue a visa or refuse to issue it.



The Consular Section is fully suspending all passport operations for Russian nationals from 25 January until 5 February.

13.01.2021 - Concerning the flight ban to Russia

Because of rapid spread of the new variant of coronavirus across the UK in view of protecting the health of population in our country the Russian Government decided to suspend flights from the UK.

12.01.2021 - Extended suspension of flights from the UK to Russia

The Government of the Russian Federation has taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights from the UK to Russia until 23 h 59 min of 1 February 2021.

30.12.2020 - Due to multiple requests related to the suspension of flights to Russia

We would like to remind that restrictions for entering the Russian Federation have been lifted for British citizens and foreign residents in the UK with a document proof only if they travel by direct flight from the UK

30.12.2020 - E-visa to Russia not available yet

The e-visa will not be available yet from 1 January 2021.

28.12.2020 - Extended suspension of flights from the UK

The government of the Russian Federation has taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights from the UK until 12 January 2021.

28.12.2020 - Consular Section opening times during New Year holidays

In view of the New Year and Christmas holidays the Consular Section will be closed from 31 December 2020 till 10 January 2021.

24.12.2020 - On visa-free travel between Russia and the Dominican Republic.

The Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Dominican Republic on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual travelling of Russian and Dominican nationals entered into the force on 15 December 2020.

21.12.2020 - Flights between Russia and the UK have been temporarily suspended

The ban on flights comes into force starting from 00 hours 00 min. on 22 December 2020.

18.12.2020 - Entry to Russia for foreign journalists.

Journalists, technical staff of foreign media and their family members are not subject to the official exceptions to the right of crossing the Russian border.

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