Getting a Russian Visa in Seoul

Getting a Russian Visa in Seoul

We successfully applied for a Russian tourist visa in Seoul at the VFS Global Russian Application Centre in June 2016 using our Australian passports. Here is some information on the application process.

VFS Global location and opening times

The VFS Global Russian Application Centre is located at 5F Danam Building, 10 Sowol-Ro, Jung-Gu in Seoul. The nearest subway station is Hoehyeon.

Visa applications are accepted from 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 15:00 (Monday-Friday). VFS Global is closed on public holidays.

If you have any questions, you can call VFS Global on 070 4044 0789 or email at info.rukr@vfshelpline.com. The staff are very responsive to emails and speak English.

Documents required and payment

To apply for your tourist visa, you will need:

  • completed online application form with passport photo attached
  • passport
  • copies of your Letter of Invitation and tourist voucher
  • some nationalities are also required to provide a travel insurance certificate (but not Australians)

You will pay the visa fee (120,000 KRW for Australians) and VFS Global service fee (36,000 KRW) in cash at the VFS Global office when you submit your application. You will be provided with a receipt which you will need to provide in order to pick up your visa.

Processing times

Our application took 10 working days. When calculating working days, take into account both Korean and Russian public holidays. If you have an Alien Registration Card (ARC) for South Korea the processing time is much quicker. If you don’t have an ARC, there is no express processing option.

You may collect your passports from the VFS Global office between 11am and 4pm.

Note: Not all nationalities can apply for Russian visas in Seoul! One of our readers gave us the heads that UK and NZ passport holders cannot apply there. We recommend emailing VFS in Seoul at info.rukr@vfshelpline.com before you arrive to check whether you can apply. Good luck!

6 thoughts on “Getting a Russian Visa in Seoul

    1. Hey David,

      They did have our passports for the entire time unfortunately. Depending on where you are and if you are crossing any borders we managed to get by with a colour photocopy of ours, but we were in South Korea who are quite lenient, other countries may not be so accommodating.

      Let us know if there is anymore information we can help you with.

      The Travelators.

      1. Hi guys,

        Just in case a fellow New Zealander stumbles across this post, it’s not possible for a Kiwi to get a Russian visa in Seoul without an Alien Registration Card (ARC). The same applies to UK passport holders, and I assume several other nationalities as well. Australian nationals can do it (as you’ve proven, and as we were told at the immigration office), but the processing time is quite long – as you mentioned.

        I have to send my passport back to NZ, or fly to another country that doesn’t have the rule, if I want to apply 🙁
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        1. Oh man, that’s so annoying! Thanks so much for the heads up. We will add a note to the post letting people know (in case they don’t read the comments). Hope you are able to work something out on the road!

  1. Just to add to the info about Brits applying in Seoul. Even if you have an ARC when you want to apply, if your ARC expires before the date of your trip to Russia you can’t apply in Seoul. That’s what I was told today by VFS Global. Also, your ARC should be valid for the entirety of your time in Russia, too. If it’s not, they won’t accept your application either.

    1. Wow they are making things difficult aren’t they! Thanks so much for the extra info. Hope you can find somewhere that will take your application 🙂

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