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May
22

Update: New information received from Russian authorities regarding registration rules for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

We have just been informed by our colleagues in the Russian immigration authorities that all visitors using a visa or Fan ID to enter Russia between 25th May 2018 to 25th July 2018 inclusive must register their visa or Fan ID within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of their arrival in
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May
16
Russian Railways give new advice on train station arrival times
Posted by Lucinda Martin on 16 May 2018 10:51 AM

Recommended arrival times at train stations have been updated; it is now recommended that you arrive at train stations a minimum of 1 hour before departure. This will allow you enough time to find the correct platform, ensure you have everything you need to board your train and find your reserved place before the train leaves.

We would recommend travellers with a lot of luggage which will need to be checked or those with bicycles who will need to purchase storage for them at the
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May
4
Fingerprinting to be introduced for Chinese Visa applications in the UK
Posted by Dominic Quiney on 04 May 2018 03:17 PM

The Chinese Visa Application Centre has informed us that they will be gradually implementing fingerprinting for all Chinese visa applications made in the UK. Fingerprints will be taken at the Chinese visa processing centres in London, Manchester or Edinburgh.

While they have yet to confirm all the implementation dates, they will be introducing fingerprinting gradually throughout 2018 and early 2019. We will continue working with the Chinese Consulate to clarify the
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Apr
17
Potential disruption to some Real Russia services
Posted by Andrew Glenister on 17 April 2018 09:15 AM

There is currently widespread disruption to the internet in Russia, with more than half a million IP addresses affected. This disruption may affect the Real Russia offices in Moscow and Volgograd.

While we are working to ensure that this disruption does not impact any of the services that we offer, and should not affect any functionality on our website, in the short term it may take a little longer than usual to respond to enquiries or book services. Please take this into account when
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Apr
6
Russian Visa Processing Times Extended in the UK
Posted by Dominic Quiney on 06 April 2018 03:52 PM

Russian visa processing times extended in the UK

UPDATE: Since 30th March 2018, Real Russia have been receiving completed visas from the Russian Visa Processing Centre according to the new, extended processing times outlined in the original story.

This means that:

  • Express processing is now four working days.
  • Standard processing is now 21 working days.
  • Other consular services (such as
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