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Assistance with Russian, Chinese, Mongolian and Belarus Visas

Most nationalities travelling to Russia, China, Mongolia and Belarus require a visa issued by the relevant consular departments to obtain entry. Have no fear, we are here! 
 

VISA CHECKING SERVICE

We have an in-house visa department and regardless of your location, biometrics requirements, our visa specialists will check your application forms before consular submission and advise on any necessary amendments. We will make sure your application forms are correctly completed as per the rules of relevant authorities. We will also provide all required visa support documents.

Our visa department will explain the detailed procedure for each visa required for your trip after your booking. In short, you complete the visa forms (most are online now) as per our guidance, we check them and prepare your application pack for consular submission.
 

CONSULAR SUBMISSION & FEE PAYMENT

We have visa offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Spain and can submit your documents to most consulates, pay the fees on your behalf and collect your passport when the visas are ready. 

Some countries (Russia, China) have now introduced biometrics, meaning you need to go in person to the local visa centre and provide your finger prints. Our agents can still accompany you at the visa centre, get your fingers scanned and submit your visa application and pay the consular fees and collect your passport once the visa is ready. In some countries though, if biometrics is required, the local procedures do not allow our agents to submit the visas and pay the visa fees (e.g. Chinese visa in Germany). Please check details in the relevant visa section or view the summary table below.

There are different timeframes when you can submit your application starting from 6 months to 2 months before your trip. Do not submit your application earlier than the indicated timeframe, your application will not be accepted by the consulate. Please do not worry, there is enough time to process your applications as standard before your trip, even if you need three visas (Russia, Mongolia and China). View current processing times in the UK.

If you are based in a different country where we do not have visa offices (not UK, USA, Germany, France, Spain) you will need to apply for your visas at your local consulates. We will provide the official confirmations required for your visas. We will also deduct the consular fees from your invoice if included in the price (according to the schedule).
 
Country of Residence Consular Submission & Fees Payment
Russian Visa Chinese Visa Mongolian Visa
United Kingdom
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 6 months
  • submission
  • ​fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 3 months
  • submission
  • ​fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 3 months
USA
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 2 months
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 3 months
visa not required for US nationals
France
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 3 months
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 3 months
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 3 months
Germany
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 6 months
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 3 months 
visa not required for German nationals
Spain
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 3 months
  • submission
  • fees included
  • biometrics
  • apply - 3 months
no consular service,
visa at the border
 
Explanatory notes:
  • submission:
    • we can submit your documents at the relevant consulate
    • we cannot submit your documents
  • fees included:
    • consular fee is included and we can pay it at the relevant consulate
    • consular fees are not included
  • biometrics:
    • consulate requires personal presence and fingerprints
    • no biometrics is required
  • apply - the period in months before your trip when you can start your visa application
 
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