27 October 2020
Moscow: 18:19
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On refusal to board the plane to Russia

Non-UK citizens, who are in possession of a British residence permit, unless other exceptions are provided (this should be checked on a case-by case basis), can apply for visa and travel to Russia. As for EU citizens, not holding any official document of residence, a printed version from the Home Office website confirming their settled or pre-settled status can also be accepted. This printout should be certified by a notary/solicitor, proving the authenticity of the data granting the right of permanent residence. As we understand, due to Brexit this is the only available paper confirming the status of EU citizens in the UK. No translation into Russian is needed.

If you received your visa, it means that your British resident status has been checked by Russian authorities and you have the right to enter the Russian Federation flying from London. Basically, besides the visa, the residence document and the COVID test, which are verified during check-in in London and upon arrival to Moscow, you do not need other documents to fly to Russia. However, the airline has the right to make additional check-ups and take the decision not to let you boarding. The Russian Embassy can consult the airlines but cannot give them instructions on this matter. The airline may be held responsible, if you are denied entry at the Russian border.

When you are going to travel to Russia, we would recommend to check beforehand your documents with the respective airline in order not to get an unpleasant surprise at the airport and to have a safe trip.


26.10.2020 - The list of border check-points to the Russian Federation for the e-visa.

The Government of the Russian Federation approved the list of border check-points for e-visa holders.

26.10.2020 - Honorary Consulate of Russia in Norwich

The Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation has been established in Norwich, Norfolk County (Honorary Consulate Office, Cavell House, Stannard Place, St. Crispins Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1YE). Ronnie Alexander Bartlett has been appointed as Honorary Consul.

12.10.2020 - Organizing a Q&A session on consular issues

We are currently thinking of organizing eventually an online-discussion of practical consular matters with respective consular officers. The exact date and time as well as technical matters of participation in this event will be fixed later.

09.10.2020 - E-visa to Russia from 2021

The e-visa, which is already available for some Russian regions, will be introduced for the whole country from the beginning of 2021.

02.10.2020 - Entry to the Russian Federation on a visa-free basis

We would like to draw your attention on entering the Russian Federation from the UK of third-country nationals having the right to travel to Russia on visa-free basis in accordance with bilateral agreements.

22.09.2020 - On entry into force of the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation on simplified issuance of visas to the nationals of the two countries

On 30 August 2020 the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation on simplified issuance of visas to the nationals of the two countries entered into force.

17.09.2020 - To the attention of foreign airlines operating flights to Russia

Russian citizens flying from London or transiting London to Moscow and Saint-Petersburg (eventually other cities) do not need any document of residence in the UK.

13.08.2020 - Entry to Russia for non-UK citizens, living in the UK.

Non-UK citizens have the right to enter the Russian Federation from the UK through air border crossings of the Russian Federation only if they hold a residence permit or another document.

12.08.2020 - Visa-free entry to Russia with diplomatic and service passports.

The visa-free procedure for short-term entry into the territory of the Russian Federation for foreign citizens holding diplomatic and service passports.

08.08.2020 - Resuming flights between Russia and the UK

Since the flights between the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom have resumed from 1 August and due to arising questions from those, who want to travel from London to Moscow, we would like to draw your attention to some points, related to the entry of foreign citizens to the Russian Federation.

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