Concerning the flight ban to Russia
Due to multiple requests concerning the flight ban to Russia we would like to inform you of the following.
Because of rapid spread of the new variant of coronavirus across the UK in view of protecting the health of population in our country the Russian Government decided to suspend flights from the UK. The situation here is not getting better and now we see another lockdown. This is why the suspension has already been extended twice. Moreover, one case of imported new variant from the UK has been established by the Russian Health authority.
We understand the frustration regarding the unrealized Christmas plans in Russia. But we are all in this unfortunate situation and our kids, for example, should once again study from home because of school closure.
We strongly disadvise any transit flights from the UK to Russia without prior consulting with respective airlines and foreign embassies in London. We would like to remind that British nationals and foreign residents in the UK can travel to Russia only by direct flight from London. Flying by transit via another country is not allowed, unless the person is subject to Government exceptions.
The Russian law and the international practice do not provide for any visa extension or visa fee refund. Unfortunately, if someone lost the chance to visit our country he will need to apply for visa again. The same goes for Russian nationals who could not use their British visa, when there were no flights between Moscow and London.
Our Visa Center is open and it is possible to apply for visa, but, as you know, currently the flights are suspended until 2 February. It is difficult to say now whether you can fly to Russia after this date. We will keep you updated on our website.