For the most common types of travel, this page represents the UK government’s knowledge of current restrictions for those traveling on a full “British Citizen” passport.
Russia’s government establishes and enforces entry regulations. Contact the embassy, high commission, or consulate of the country or territory you’re visiting for further information. Check with your transportation provider or travel business to ensure that your passport and other travel documents fulfill their criteria.
- All arriving passengers must get and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated fewer than 72 hours prior to travel, according to the Russian government.
- Some airlines need you to display this during check-in, and some airlines want the certificate to be presented no later than 72 hours before your scheduled arrival (please check with your airline).
- You should not obtain a test through the NHS in order to assist your travel to another nation. Make an appointment to take a private test.
Regular entry requirements
- Before you travel, you’ll need to obtain a visa from the Russian Embassy. Depending on the visa type requested and the application itself, processing timeframes can take up to 20 business days for regular service and up to 3 working days for urgent service.
- All candidates aged 12 and up who are based in the UK must visit a visa application center to submit biometric data as part of the visa application procedure (scanned fingerprints).
- These are in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh, respectively. When foreign nationals, including British nationals, enter Russia, the Russian government mandates biometric fingerprinting.
- When you receive your visa, double-check all of the facts, including the validity dates and passport number, to ensure that they are correct.
- Before you travel, be sure you understand the terms and limitations of your visa.
- While in Russia, you should adhere to the validity and terms of your visa, since the authorities strictly enforce all visa and immigration rules.
- Overstaying your visa can result in fines, court appearances, deportation, and re-entry bans.
Validity of a passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date on which your visa expires.
Even if accompanied by a fresh, valid passport, it is not feasible to enter Russia with a visa in an expired passport. Either a visa transfer or a fresh visa application will be required. The Russian Embassy can provide more information.
Emergency Travel Documents for the United Kingdom
If your passport is lost or stolen while you are in Russia, you must get a police report and a UK Emergency Travel Document from the nearest police station (ETD). After you’ve obtained these, you’ll need to apply for a Russian exit visa. Only ETDs with a valid Russian visa are accepted for entry, landside transit, and withdrawal from Russia.
Only in exceptional circumstances will Russian officials include a visa for Russia in an ETD. To find out if a visa can be obtained, contact the nearest Russian embassy or consulate outside of Russia, or the nearest local migration office in Russia. You should also inquire about the requisite duration of ETD validity with the Russian embassy, consulate, or migration office. The only airside passage is permitted with UK ETDs that do not require a visa. Check with your travel agent or airline to see if transit zones are available at the airports along your journey.