British Ambassador to Russia
We represent the British government in its relations with the Russian government and support the range of British interests in Russia through broadly based cooperation which is of benefit to both countries.
We help bilateral political relations between UK and Russia and work closely with the Russian government to address international issues of concern. We support British exports to, and investment in, Russia, providing a wide range of services to both British and Russian businesses. We encourage a low-carbon, high growth global economy, support world-class science and innovation collaboration between the UK and Russia, as well as links between the armed forces in both countries.
We provide advisory services and help to British citizens in Russia, issuing British passports and registering births and deaths of British subjects in Russia. We issue entry clearances for foreign nationals wishing to travel to the UK and provide advice on all aspects of UK immigration requirements.
This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.
Please also read update on visa service in Russia here.
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact your nearest consulate as soon as possible. For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:
you have never applied for a British passport before
you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
If you arrived in Russia on Russian visa, its replacement must be obtained via visa sponsor in order to leave Russia. If you apply for an ETD because your passport has been lost or stolen, you will be expected to produce a Police report when applying for an exit visa from Russian authorities.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas.
If you want to get married in Russia, contact the relevant local authorities to find out about local marriage laws, including what documents you’ll need.
You might be asked to get certain documents from the UK government if you’re a British national. See details of the services we provide in Russia below.
Please check what you need to bring with you and the additional information on getting married abroad, then make an appointment for the service you require.
Read more on marriages here.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM THE 1 JANUARY YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO ACCESS THESE SERVICES IN MOSCOW
Information about Notarial services available at the British Embassy at Moscow.
A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with legal advice. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
A list of English speaking translators/interpreters who may be able to help you with notarial service and translation service. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
A list of English speaking funeral directors who may be able to help you with funeral service. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
A list of English speaking medical facilities/practitioners who may be able to help you with medical service. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Information for British nationals living in Russia who need information about services that are not provided by our consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
Details of Consular Fees. Fees for consular services are paid at the Embassy/Consulate by Visa/MasterCard in GBP (British Pounds) on the day of the application. If you plan to pay for consular services with a third party card the cardholder must complete and sign credit card Authorization form and enclose a copy of his/her passport (information page with signature).
Information for British nationals who are considering entering into surrogacy arrangements in foreign countries. More information related to the process is available at Legal rights when using surrogates and donors and Get a passport for your child born through assisted reproduction or surrogacy.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds, contact relatives or friends so that they may assist you in getting money or ticket
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
Under UK law, some of our consular services are chargeable. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are displayed in our consular waiting room and can be found at Consular fees page.
What our consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- help you enter a country and advise you on immigration rules, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice or translate documents
- investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people - this is the responsibility of the local authorities
- interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings; get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- provide medical advice, immunisation or treatment (including anti-viral injections)
- pay any bills or give you money; because we are not funded to do this and it is the obligation of individuals to take responsibility for themselves
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation; make business arrangements on your behalf
- ensure your safety and security overseas – such issues are the responsibility of the government and authorities of that country
- provide compensation if you are affected by a major catastrophe or terrorist attack.
We cannot meet the costs of losses you might incur overseas, for example, medical expenses, loss of belongings, replacement of passport, travelling back to the UK.
We strongly advise that any British Nationals travelling overseas should always take out adequate travel insurance before travelling, whether they are travelling independently, as part of a package holiday, or just to visit family and friends. Please visit the FCO travel advice pages for more information and guidance.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is committed to providing a high-quality service to everyone we deal with. In order to do this we need you to give us any comments about our service.
British Embassy Moscow
Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya 10
Telephone (consular/press and general enquiries) +7 495 956 7200
Fax (general) +7 495 956 7481
General enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Visa enquiries to Visa Application Centre https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/
Consular Services for British Nationals RussiaConsular@fco.gov.uk
Media enquiries Media.Moscow@fco.gov.uk
British Council email@example.com
The British Embassy is open Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
The Consular section is open 9am to 12pm (except public holidays).
All consular services by appointment only. Please book your appointment online
British Consulate-General St Petersburg
191124 St Petersburg
Pl. Proletarskoy Diktatury, 5
Switchboard 007 812 320 3200
Fax 007 812 320 3211
We represent the British government in its relations with the Russian government and support the range of British interests in North-West Russia through broadly based cooperation which is of benefit to both countries.
St Petersburg's Consular district covers:
St Petersburg and Leningrad Region
Pskov and Pskov Region
Novgorod and Novgorod Region
Vologda and Vologda Region
Murmansk and Murmansk Region
Arkhangelsk and Arkhangelsk Region
Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad Region
Republic of Karelia
Republic of Komi
Nenetskiy Autonomous District
British Consulate-General Ekaterinburg
15A, Gogol Street
Telephone +7 (343) 253 56 00
We represent the British government in its relations with the Russian government and support the range of British interests in the Urals region of Russia through broadly based cooperation which is of benefit to both countries.
Ekaterinburg's Consular district covers:
Republic of Bashkiria
Republic of Udmurtia
Komi-Permyatskiy Autonomous District
Khanty-Mansiyskiy Autonomous District – Yugra
Yamalo-Nenetskiy Autonomous District