Private visa Private visa

A single-entry or double-entry private visa can be issued for the maximum period of 3 months. A multiple-entry visa can be issued for 1 year.

In order to submit visa documents to the Consulate an applicant must have an electronic appointment.

Required documents:

  1. A copy of an official invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs or Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
  2. A completed online, printed and signed application form (the “Consulate General of Russia” must be selected as the destination for submitting visa documents).
  3. A passport with at least two empty pages. The passport should expire no sooner than six months after the exit day of the intended stay in Russia.
  4. A copy of the information page of the passport with personal information and the applicant’s photo).
  5. A colored photo of the applicant with a white background (35 mm x 45 mm) taken within the last six months (without glasses and head covering, unless it is used because of religious beliefs or ethnic background).
  6. For non-Canadian citizens – a copy of a document that confirms their status or residency in Canada (permanent resident card or work and study permits).
  7. Citizens of the EU (schengen area) and China are also required to provide a copy of a travel insurance policy that is valid during their entire stay in Russia.
  8. Payment. A money-order made out to “Consulate General of Russia”. The Consulate does not accept cash, credit cards and etc. as valid forms of payment.

Visa fees for citizens of Canada (and countries that do not have bilateral visa agreements with the Russian Federation):

Visa type

express (1-3 days)

Regular (4-20 days)


224 CAD

112 CAD


358 CAD

179 CAD

Multiple-entry ---

336 CAD

  Visa fees for citizens of the EU, US, China and Japan

For applicants with Russian family members

If foreign citizen has close Russian relatives (parents, spouse and children), they can provide an invitation letter written in Russian from their relatives that requests the issuance of a private visa. This letter must include the passport details of the inviting Russian citizen and the applicant, the period of stay and the complete address of stay in Russia (including the apartment number). Apart from the letter and the abovementioned documents, the applicant needs to submit the following.

  • A document and its copy that confirms the relationship between the inviting Russian citizen and the applicant (birth certificate, marriage certificate)
  • Foreign passport and its copy of the inviting Russian citizen

Please note that there is no express processing for visa request based on the invitation of the applicant’s Russian relatives.

Processing time for single-entry and double-entry visas is 7 days, for multiple-entry visas - 14 days.

The Consulate General reserves the right to request additional documents or an interview with applicant when examining their documents.

You can find more detailed information in Russian.