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 email@example.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
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before you arrive to check whether you can apply. Good luck!