The British Consulate General started operating in 1992 and the British Council office in 1993. Both were officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in May 1994. There are six permanent UK-based diplomatic and about 20 locally-engaged staff at the Consulate. The British Council's very successful Direct Teaching Operation also opened in January 1997.
The Consulate General issues around 17,000 visas a year and provides the normal range of Consular services for British citizens. Other priority areas are commercial work and projects supported by the British Government's Know How Fund.
The Consular district covered by the British Consulate General in St Petersburg is: St Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Novgorod, Pskov, Murmansk, Archangel, Vologda and Republic of Karelia (internal link to the map of NorthWest region).
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