Russian visa for citizens of Scotland

Published by Natalia Goncharenko August 7, 2017

Russia and Scotland do not establish visa-free regime by now so you can legally cross Russian borders if only you have an appropriate permission. Russian visa for citizens of Scotland is issued as a result of a request to consular authorities, which allows realizing almost all trip goals.

In the presented review you will find all the information about Russian visa’s obtaining and its costs.

Russian visa for citizens of Scotland

You need to get a Russian visa in all cases of crossing the Russian border except for a tourist trip by the express program of 72-hour travel. Visa is a permission form confirming your right to stay in Russia for a certain period for particular purposes.

The migration legislation of Russia distinguishes:

  • Tourist visa for tourist purposes
  • Private visa for visiting relatives in Russia
  • Study visa for educational purposes
  • Business visa for business trips
  • Work visa for getting a job in Russia

For Scottish the visa issuance starts with an invitation from Russia and comes to and when obtaining a visa in the Russian consulate. An invitation should be issued by the receiving party (private person or some kind of organization).

To obtain a visa, Scottish national has to provide the following documents to the consulate:

  • Profile (application form) indicating purposes, timing, and duration of the trip
  • Color photos
  • Medical insurance valid within the whole time of the visit
  • Invitation from the Russian party
  • Valid passport of the citizen of Scotland
  • Receipt confirming the payment of a consular fee

It doesn’t matter if you apply for the first time or re-apply – the document set will always be the same.

How much does the Russian visa cost for Scottish nationals? Citizens of this country have to pay enlarged fees:

  • Single-entry visa issued by a standard procedure (4-20 days) – $ 90
  • Single-entry visa fast processing time (1-3 days) – $ 180

Visa cost can be enlarged more in the case of applying through the Visa Center, which means an extra service fee.

Russian tourist visa for Scottish nationals

A tourist visa is one of the most popular types. There are different tourist purposes such as:

  • Tourism as a part of an organized group
  • Traveling to Russia by a personal car
  • Tourist hunting
  • Medical or business tourism

The receiving party will be presented by organizations providing tourist services. The mandatory condition is a presence of a tourist contract with such organization.

Tourist visa can valid up to 90 days but the exact duration will be determined by confirming documents about purposes and the route of the trip. The ground for a request to the consulate is a tourist invitation.

Arrangement of a tourist invitation to Russia for Scottish nationals

Visa documents won’t be considered if the package doesn’t include an invitation. This document actually consists of two papers which are a voucher and a confirmation, evidencing the presence of a tourist contract and a place to stay in Russia.

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invitation for €19

The issuance falls on the receiving party so the tour company usually includes the cost of an invitation in the price of a tourist voucher. If an invitation should be obtained in absence of an official tourist contract, you can apply to special companies providing assistance.

Our organization can issue an invitation right in the day when you apply to us. Just fill in the feedback form or call the hotline. We will clarify the duration of your trip and its purposes and then send an invitation to you in a form of a copy or original. 

Russian private visa for Scottish nationals

Russian visa can be obtained for private purposes such as visiting relatives. In this case, it can valid up to 90 days and an invitation will be issued by the Migration Service of the AFMS.

Private visa gives you an opportunity to visit your relatives but you can’t use it for other purposes. The violation may lead to serious legal consequences such as an administrative fine or deportation.

Arrangement of the private invitation to Russia for citizens of Scotland

In order to arrange such type of invitation, a Scottish national has to apply to the AFMS with the following documents:

  • Request for an invitation
  • Description of trip purposes, duration, and the alleged route (no more than 5 localities per one trip)
  • Letter of guarantee that means that a Russian citizen will provide a foreigner with a residence as well as medical and financial insurance for the period of stay
  • Consent to pay expenses on case of deportation (if the visa regime will be breached)
  • Passport copies of both parties

After document verification, the AFMS issues a form of invitation that gives a Scottish national ground for an appliance for a private visa. While filling an application, pay special attention to purposes and durations of your trip so they match to the information in your invitation.

Russian business visa for Scottish nationals

What type of visa do you need if you plan to manage a business in Russia or to develop business contacts with Russian partners? That’s a business visa issued for up to one year (sometimes for three or even five years).

The visa regime has one main demand. The foreigner has no right to stay in Russia longer than for 90 days during half a year. If you observe this rule, you can count on a re-insurance or prolongation.

To open this visa, you need a business invitation from your Russian partners. This document can be issued by three ways.

Arrangement of the business invitation to Russia for Scottish nationals in a form of a letter

If you plan a long-term partnership and constant business contacts the optimal variant is an invitation in the own form of your business partner. Such opportunity can be obtained by accreditation of the Russian company in the MFA of the RF.

That means that you can obtain a visa within hours without appliance to the AFMS. In cases of any troubles or questions, ask our consultants for help. You will get your invitation right on the day of the appliance.

Arrangement of the business invitation to Russia for Scottish nationals in the form of the AFMS

The most widespread option is an invitation issued after applying to the AFMS. In this case, the procedure of obtaining a visa can be long so plan everything preliminarily.

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invitation for €35

In order to get this form of invitation, the receiving party has to confirm the duration of a visit and its purposes (detailed). The paper is sent to the foreigner as a copy or in an original form.

Arrangement of the business invitation to Russia for Scottish nationals by Telex

Another way to get an invitation is to apply to the MIA of the RF. In this case, an invitation will be sent to the particular consulate by special connection channel – Telex. After all the foreigner has to do is to apply to the consulate with the rest of the documents. Pay attention that this way is very time-consuming.

If you need to arrange an invitation to your Scottish partner (including a long-term invitation), ask for the help from our specialists. We will pick up the suitable variant for you specially and provide the prepared form on the same day you have come to us.

Russian work visa for Scottish nationals

This visa type is very difficult to obtain. In this case, the visa issuance falls on the receiving party presented by a Russian organization hiring a foreigner. This visa can valid up to one year and as well as prolonged by the new appliance to the Russian consulate.

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Arrangement of the work invitation to Russia for Scottish nationals

In order to hire an external specialist, the company has to obtain a work invitation in the AFMS authorities. The procedure implies;

  • Request for including the specialist to the quota of foreign employees
  • Notification to the local employment agency that a company hires a Scottish national
  • Registration in the AFMS as a company hiring external specialists
  • Getting a work permit
  • Applying for an invitation

These are all the formalities that precede the issuance of a work visa for Scottish national.

When the contract is signed it’s important to obey all the rules for a foreign employee. Except for registration in the MIA, the employer has to notify the AFMS about signing an employment contract with a Scottish national.

For prolongation, the foreign specialist has to abandon Russia and re-apply to the Russian consulate.

Russian Consulate in Scotland

There is one Russian consulate in the territory of Scotland located in Edinburgh. Besides, there is the Visa center in the capital providing services connected with visa issuance (but you will have to pay a service fee in this case).

Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh

Address: 58 Melville St., Edinburgh, EH3 7HF

Phone number: +44 (0) 13 1225 7098

Fax: +44 (0) 13 1225 9587



Reception hours: From Monday till Thursday, 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., 2.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Friday: 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., 2.00 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.