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During the Covid-19 restrictions, non-UK citizens residing in the UK face additional requirements when submitting documents for a Russian visa and when travelling to Russia. Travellers will now need to provide evidence of residence in the UK through one of the following options:

  1. UK residence permit / residence card
  2. Settled / Pre-Settled status (for EU nationals)

A copy of a UK passport will not be accepted as the UK proof of residence by both the Russian Embassy and the MIA (Ministry of Internal Affairs). If someone holds dual nationality, it will be possible to apply either with a UK passport or a non-UK passport with one of the proofs of evidence listed above.

Please note: Irish nationals are treated as EU nationals and should apply for settled / pre-settled status to be allowed to apply for a Russian visa, even though this is not required to live in the UK.

How to provide evidence of settled / pre-settled status?

Evidence can be provided from the Home Office, however, a notarised letter from Home Office alone will not be accepted. Applicants need to notarise the status outcome with their photo attached. Travellers will also need to send a ‘share code’ to a solicitor/notary service who will certify this print-out.

Applicants can certify this document at the Consular Section from 9:00 to 10:00 without appointment. They must personally give the "share code" to the consular officer to check and certify the respective information. A consular fee of £14.00 must be paid in cash and ID must be provided.

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