Web Content Display

Overview

 

 

Important updates in visa policies

 

Tourist, business, work, study, humanitarian and private visas.

In case of urgent visa issues that require immediate response, contact the Consulate General  at +1 (514) 623-5905.

Russian Visa Application Center in Montreal will resume its operations, effective July 14, 2017, under new management company “VFS Global”. Documents are to be submitted to its office at previous location:

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

  • Business hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (except weekends and national holidays);

Tel. (514) 841-2113

E-mail: info.ruca@vfshelpline.com

Website: www.vfsglobal.com/Russia/Canada

You may also submit visa documents at the Consulate General of Russia, provided this is done in person.

 

Working hours of the Visa Section of the Consulate General:

Monday to Friday (exempt national holidays)

09.00 - 12.00 - for private visitors

Payment – only by Money Order  made out to the " Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Montreal ". Visa processing fees.

You may submit visa documents at the Consulate General of Russia, provided this is done in person via e-appointment.

 

 

Official visas.

 

All the requests must be forwarded to the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Montreal along with the verbal note of Passport Canada (Official Travel) and delivered by its courier services only.

 

The documents submitted by any other way as stated above or containing visa application forms filled out improperly will be returned without processing.

 

Please be advised, that if you apply for an official visa you must choose « Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Montreal » as the correct destination when filling in the visa application form. The application form must be printed out on a single sheet of paper from both sides and have a destination name and a 12-digit number on top of it.

 

 

 

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A RUSSIAN TOURIST VISA

(for 30 days maximum)

1. These requirements apply to Canadian citizens only.

2Please make sure that there is a 5 business days period between the date of application for a tourist visa and the supposed date of entry to Russia.

3. In accordance with Russian laws citizens of the Russian Federation regardless of any other citizenship they must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.

 

To obtain a visa you have to submit:


1. The original completed visa application form (for citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, the UK and USA, the original completed visa application form should be printed on the front and back sides of a single sheet of paper) submitted with a photo (one per applicant) glued in the area designated for it.

Your photo must meet following requirements: the frame size must be 35mm X 45 mm (1 3/8’’ X 1 3/4’’); the photos must be clear, well defined and taken against a plain white or light-coloured background.

 2. Passport or other travel document in original.

At least two pages of the passport should be free of any notes, stamps and visas. Passport must be valid at least 6 months after your supposed date of departure from Russia.

3. One photocopy of information pages of the passport

4. Standard form of confirmation for foreign tourists CONFIRMATION is issued by the Russian hosting travel company.

It carries a REFERENCE-NUMBER of the hosting company (which confirms that this company is allowed to invite foreign tourists), personal data of each tourist, dates of trip, itinerary in Russia, services as paid. Confirmation must be signed by authorized person and carry the official seal of the Russian travel company. The confirmation of prepaid accommodation at the hotel you are going to stay provided by the hotel.


ATTENTION! 
Be ready to present the copy of tourist Confirmation to the passport control officer at the Russian border.

Payment - by Money Order  made out to the " Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Montreal ". Visa processing fees.

You may submit visa documents at the Consulate General of Russia, provided this is done in person via e-appointment

 

 

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A RUSSIAN TRANSIT VISA

(for 72 hours maximum)

1. Transit visa is not required if you do not change airport terminals in Russia and your staying does not exceed 24 hours.

2. These requirements apply to Canadian citizens only.

3. In accordance with Russian laws citizens of the Russian Federation regardless of any other citizenship they must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.
 

To obtain a visa you have to submit:


1. The original completed visa application form (for citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, the UK and USA, the original completed visa application form should be printed on the front and back sides of a single sheet of paper) submitted with a photo (one per applicant) glued in the area designated for it.

Your photo must meet following requirements: the frame size must be 35mm X 45 mm (1 3/8’’ X 1 3/4’’); the photos must be clear, well defined and taken against a plain white or light-coloured background

2. Passport or other travel document in original

At least two pages of the passport should be free of any notes, stamps and visas

3. One photocopy of information pages of the passport.

4. A letter from yourself explaining who is travelling, where, when.

5. The most important visa application documents are the visa of the country of destination (if required) and a copy of airplane tickets or reservation with confirmed flight booking.

 

Payment - by Money Order  made out to the "Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Montreal ". Visa processing fees.

You may submit visa documents at the Consulate General of Russia, provided this is done in person via e-appointment.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A RUSSIAN PRIVATE VISA 
(to visiting your relatives or friends – Russian citizens)

1. These requirements apply to Canadian citizens only.

2. Please make sure that there is a 5 business days period between the date of application for a tourist visa and the supposed date of entry to Russia.

3. In accordance with Russian laws citizens of the Russian Federation regardless of any other citizenship they must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.

 

To obtain a visa you have to submit:

1. The original completed visa application form (for citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, the UK and USA, the original completed visa application form should be printed on the front and back sides of a single sheet of paper) submitted with a photo (one per applicant) glued in the area designated for it.

Your photo must meet following requirements: the frame size must be 35mm X 45 mm (1 3/8’’ X 1 3/4’’); the photos must be clear, well defined and taken against a plain white or light-colored background;

2. Passport or other travel document in original.

At least two pages of the passport should be free of any notes, stamps and visas.

3. One photocopy of information pages of the passport.

4. Invitation that is to be arranged by your hosts through the local office of the the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in Russia and to be submitted in original.

The allowed period of stay is shown on the document and cannot exceed 90 days.

5. In a case of an emergency (unexpected illness, death, etc. of close relatives) a private visa can be obtained within several hours upon the submission of a certified document from a Russian hospital or a copy of a death certificate.

Documents confirming relationship are required.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A VISA TO ENTER ON BUSINESS, 
STUDY, WORK, RELIGIOUS, CULTURAL etc PURPOSES
(Same requirements apply for visiting your relatives or friends who are NON-RUSSIAN citizens)

1. These requirements apply to Canadian citizens only.

2. Please make sure that there is a 5 business days period between the date of application for a tourist visa and the supposed date of entry to Russia.

3. In accordance with Russian laws citizens of the Russian Federation regardless of any other citizenship they have must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.

 

To obtain a visa you have to submit:


1.The original completed visa application form (for citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, the UK and USA, the original completed visa application form should be printed on the front and back sides of a single sheet of paper) submitted with a photo (one per applicant) glued in the area designated for it.

Your photo must meet following requirements: the frame size must be 35mm X 45 mm (1 3/8’’ X 1 3/4’’); the photos must be clear, well defined and taken against a plain white or light-coloured background;

 2. Passport or other travel document in original.

At least two pages of the passport should be free of any notes, stamps and visas. Passport must be valid at least 6 months after your supposed date of departure from Russia

3. One photocopy of information pages of the passport.

4. The most important document to be submitted is INVITATION or VISA SUPPORT.

INVITATION from your Russian host must be issued by the local office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation (FMS). The invitations for a work, study or multiple entry visas must be submitted in original.

VISA SUPPORT is provided by your host through Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Please, check with us that your visa support has arrived to Consular Division PRIOR to sending documents.

If applying for a multi-entry or double entry visa, it should be specifically mentioned in the Visa support.

5. Applicants obtaining work, study or business multiple entry visas must submit HIV test Certificate issued not earlier than 3 months before the visa application.

On the crossing the state border between
the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus

Norms of Russian legislation (Federal law dated August 15, 1996, No. 114-Federal Law “With regards to exit from the Russian Federation and entry to the Russian Federation”, Russian Federation Law dated April 1, 1993, No. 4730-1 “Regarding the Russian Federation State border”) stipulate that foreign citizens and stateless persons can enter the Russian Federation only through designated state border crossing points undergoing an obligatory border control.

There are no crossing points for international traffic on road and railroad tracks through the Russian-Belarusian section of the Russian Federation State Border. Therefore, border control for individuals and vehicles are not carried out.

According to the explanations of the Federal Security Service of Russia regarding the procedure for crossing the state border between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, until the issue in question is finally settled, the crossing of the Russian-Belarusian state border by all categories of citizens of third countries and stateless persons, regardless if they are holders of visa or Russia’s and Belarus permanent or temporary residence permit, using rail and road transport will be a violation of the border crossing procedure established by international norms on crossing the State border of the Russian Federation.

As of May 2017 it became possible for citizens of third countries to cross the Russian-Belarusian state border using direct air flights between the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation. Thereby the border control over foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving from and flying back to the Republic of Belarus is exercised at Russian airports.

At the same time, it should be borne in mind that foreign citizens and stateless persons using the territory of the Russian Federation as transit to the Republic of Belarus by means of air transport still have to apply for Russian transit visas.

All categories of third-country nationals and stateless persons in accordance with international norms and national legislation of the Russian Federation can arrive in the Russian Federation and exit the territory of the Russian Federation through multilateral (bilateral) border crossing points open for international communications (international flights).

The list of the Russian Federation State border crossing points was approved by the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation dated November 29, 2017 No. 2665-r.