General information General information

In order to visit the Russian Federation foreign citizens must have a valid Russian visa. Depending on the purpose of visit, there are several types of visas: tourist, private, business, humanitarian, working, study and transit.

A tourist visa is given to a foreign citizen who is traveling to Russia as a tourist. This visa (with “aim-tourism” indicated as the purpose of visit in the voucher) can be used for short-term business meetings, conferences, auctions, as well as for medical consultations and examinations in Russia.

A private visa is used for visiting family relatives and acquaintances (with an invitation from Russia), travelling to Russia with family members (citizens of Russia who live with the applying individual abroad), emergency medical treatment, as well as for visiting close relatives with a severe illness or participating in a funeral of a close relative in Russia.

A business visa is used for business and commercial trips to Russia.

A humanitarian visa is used for the purposes of promoting scientific, cultural, social-political, sportive and religious ties, providing humanitarian aid, as well as for pilgrimages and charity work in Russia.

A work visa is used for individuals who have been hired as professional workers in Russia.

A study visa is used for the purposes of studying in Russian universities, colleges and other educational organizations.

A transit visa is used for the purposes of transiting the territory of the Russian Federation into other countries. 

Please note that citizens of some countries do not need a Russian visa in accordance with bilateral agreements. Conditions for visiting the Russian Federation for citizens of foreign states (RUS). 

Russian citizens who are also citizens of other countries can only travel to Russia with their Russian foreign passport in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation.

Passengers of cruise ships that are docked in Russian ports in Saint-Petersburg, Vladivostok, Vyborg, Kaliningrad, Korsakov, Novorossiysk, Sevastopol and Sochi for no more than 72 hours can stay in Russia without a visa, provided that they live aboard the cruise ship or another place, designated in the tour program.

To apply for a visa at the Consulate applicants must register for an appointment on our site In order to exclude cases of fraud with the appointment system, we accept documents only from those applicants whose personal data was entered into the system during the registration of the application. If this data does not correspond with the applicant’s personal information, their visa request will not be processed. One appointment slot in the system provides the possibility of submitting only one set of documents to the Consulate.

To be issued a visa or have it transferred from an expired passport to a new one an applicant must pay state and other fees in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation. The Consulate only accepts payments in the form of money-orders.

After the applicant has received their visa they must see if their personal information is correct and, if necessary, visit the Consulate to correct any mistakes.

Passports with visas are available for pick-up on the day written in the receipt. They will be handed out once the applicant shows his receipt to the consular employee.

Russian Visa Centre Russian Visa Centre

In order to improve the quality of service for visa applicants a Russian visa center is operating in the consular district of the Consulate General of Russia in Montreal:

Address: 1010 Sherbrooke St. West, Suite 718, Montreal, QC, H3A 2R7

Business hours: from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM (excluding weekdays and holidays)


Tel.: +1 613 699 5580  +1 613 699 5561


The objectives of the Center are to speed up and facilitate the application process, create comfortable conditions for applicants, clarify the rules of entry and stay in the Russian Federation, help applicants prepare the complete set of documents required for obtaining a visa, as well as represent the interests of applicants at the Consulate when submitting (collecting) documents on their behalf.

The final decision to issue or refuse a Russian visa to foreign nationals outside the Russian Federation lies with the Consulate.

Please note that applicants may apply at the Consulate, however there are some differences in the requirements. If foreign national plans on applying at the visa centre - it must be chosen as the destination for submitting visa documents in the visa application. Payment is made by debit cards and money-orders made out to the visa centre. Moreover, the centre has no appointment system and its fees are different from that of the Consulate.

The Consulate General of Russia in Montreal, on the other hand, requires the applicant to make an appointment. Payment is accepted only in the form of money-orders made out to “Consulate General of Russia”. Lastly, the Consulate must be selected as the destination for submitting visa documents in the online application form.