Visa type: 
Business invitation
The application process: 

Since the 10th of December 2014 the Russian embassy requires you to apply for the visa in person. Unfortunately that means we can not apply on your behalf, but we can still offer a service that can help you.

Other Russian visas:

Russia Tourist visa  |  Russia Tourist invitation visa  |  Russia Business visa


From the 10 December 2014 all applicants who wish to apply for a Russian visa should do so in person at the Russian Visa Application Centres in London and Edinburgh, otherwise applications cannot be accepted. This is due to the Russian embassy now requesting a fingerprint as part of the application process. In the event of refusal to undergo biometric procedure, the applicant will not be issued a visa.

Visa24 has helped applicants to obtain the russian visas for many years however due to this new policy applicants will have to go in person to provide biometric information such as fingerprints. Unfortunately we can not process your application anymore without your presence at the visa application centre.

Visa24 can still obtain tourist and business visa invitations on your behalf. Also as we understand that the online Russia visa application can still be complicated, increasing the chance of being rejected. For this reason we still offer to handle the online application on your behalf, emailing it to you on completion. At this point you can then print, check and sign it and take to the visa centre with your passport and the required documents. This service can be provided for £15 per application.

However that’s not all! We will also advise you on which documents to include with your application as well as lots of tips on how to get your visa as quickly as possible. Reminder: if you do the application online and you go to the visa centre with a document missing or a mistake you will have to comeback to the centre to and begin the application process again.. Using Visa24 can avoid these potential pitfalls and errors, ensuring a speedy application process.

To order your invitation


Fill out the form below

You will find this form below and its merely a matter of filling it in and clicking submit. If you encounter and difficulties with the form, feel free to call us for more assistance.


Will receive the application via email

Send the application to us along with any additional documents mentioned on this web page. It is best to post it using a secure service such as Royal Mail Special Delivery or another reputable courier company.



All business visa applications

  • Suitable for business
  • Emailed directly to you
  • Print & Take to embassy


You will need one photograph

Please supply one photograph with your application. It does not need to be affixed to the application, but just left loose in the envelope along with the rest of documentation.


Your photograph needs to be exactly 45x35mm. This is the standard passport photograph size and can be obtaining from the majority of the photo booths in the country.


The photo needs to have taken with the last 3 months. If you use the same photograph that is in your passport then your application would not be accepted.


The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous tone and printed on proper photographic paper.

Your passport

Is it acceptable?

The embassy has strict guidelines regarding what they consider to be an acceptable passport. If they deem it unacceptable the application will be aborted and you may lose your application fee. It should also meet the following conditions:

Valid from/to 6 months

The passport should be valid for at least another 6 months. If it is due to expire before then, you will need to get a new passport. Additionally, if the passport was issued less than 6 months ago, you will need to include your previous passport with the application.

Free pages

The passport needs to have two completely free pages facing each other in order that the visa can be stamped in. If you do not have two pages side by side then you will need to get a new passport.

Country: UK passport

You must hold a valid UK passport in order to apply under the standard conditions. If you hold another type of passport, please see the additional documentation section on this page to find out what else you need to include.

Payment methods

3 ways to pay

There are three different ways you can pay for your visa application as listed below. Please note that we submit your application as soon as we receive it so whichever payment method you choose it will not have an impact on the application process. There may be a delay in emailing the invoice to you but this doesn't impact on the delivery time.


You can include cash with your application when you are sending the application forms to us. You would find the appropriate amount on the order form.


You can include a Cheque or Postal Order with your application when you are sending it to us. If so, please make it payable to Visa24.


You can pay by BACS bank transfer while your application is being processed. If you choose this option, we shall invoice you once we have received your application and you make the payment while the embassy considers your request.

Visa application form


Visa24 is not affiliated with the government of Russia. If you want to apply for a visa directly with the Russian Embassy, you can make an appointment to go in person. Click here for the Russian Embassy website in the United Kingdom.

Complementary information

Russian visa centre LondonSince we receive many questions about our Russian visa service, we have put together this informal guide about Russian business invitation visa. As of 10 December 2014, you need to visit the Russian Embassy in London to start the application process for your Russia visa. This means making an appointment, visiting the embassy, filling out the online Russia visa form, and making sure that you have all the required documents with you otherwise you need to visit one more time.

As air travel prices came down, the popularity of this great country has grown and demand for a visa to Russia has increased a lot but there was still only one place to get the Russian visa in London. This has further increased the waiting time and has put the importance of having all the required paperwork with you to avoid losing out on income due to missing work for more than one day.
Russian visa LondonThey still allow visa agencies like Visa 24 to help you preparing the paperwork and advise you on what documents you need. All you need to do is to download and fill out an application for your Russian business visa invitation, pay a small service fee on top of the embassy fee and we will prepare the paperwork for you to make sure that when you show up for your visa you will be all set. Instead of just showing up and hoping for the best, we will help you to be prepared.
Stop reading all the confusing information online about how to get your Russian invitation letter and let us do the work for you. We will review all the paperwork before sending it to you and ensure that your application process will be smooth and you won’t lose precious time due to missing paperwork. 
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