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Tourist Visa

Overview

Tourist visas are issued for Canadian citizens, citizens of other countries and stateless persons who enter the Russian Federation for short-term stay as tourists (for visiting cultural events, excursions and sightseeing) and it is based on a confirmation of admission of a foreign tourist. The confirmation of admission of a foreign tourist must be requested from the hotel or travel agency authorized by the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation prior to submission of your visa application.

A tourist visa allows you to enter the country to participate in short negotiations, exhibitions, auctions, medical consultations or surveys. In such cases, the confirmation of admission of a foreign tourist must indicate the purpose of visit as “AIM-TOURISM” or “ЦЕЛЕВОЙ ТУРИЗМ”. The visa will be issued for as many days as necessary for participation in the event, but no more than 30 days.

A tourist visa to the Russian Federation can be Single or Double entry and valid up to 30 days. Only for citizens of the United States of America it can be multiple up to 3 years.

Double entry tourist visas are issued for foreign citizens only in cases when during stay in Russia they also visit other neighboring countries (for example, the CIS countries, the Baltic countries, China, Mongolia). In case of submitting documents for a double entry tourist visa, it is also necessary to provide a copy of your tickets for the full travel route from the Russian Federation to the neighboring state and back to the Russian Federation.

Please note: We do not recommend purchasing tickets or making bookings which are not refundable, prior to the issuance of a visa, except where it is a specific requirement stated as part of the visa application.

Please click on the tabs above to get the necessary information about this type of visa.

Visa Fees

Please select your nationality to view the applicable visa fees in Canadian dollars -

Nationality:

Nationality Single Entry - 20 Business Days Single Entry - 3 Business Days Double Entry - 20 Business Days Double Entry - 3 Business Days
AFGANISTAN 112 224 179 358
ALBANIA 112 224 179 358
ALGERIA 112 224 179 358
ANDORRA 112 224 179 358
ANGOLA 112 224 179 358
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 112 224 179 358
ARGENTINA 112 224 179 358
AUSTRALIA 112 224 179 358
AUSTRIA 56 112 56 112
BAHAMAS 112 224 179 358
BAHRAIN 112 224 179 358
BANGLADESH 112 224 179 358
BARBADOS 112 224 179 358
BELGIUM 56 112 56 112
BELIZE 112 224 179 358
BENIN AND TOGOLESE REPUBLIC 112 224 179 358
BHUTAN 112 224 179 358
BOLIVIA 112 224 179 358
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 112 224 179 358
BOTSWANA 112 224 179 358
BRAZIL 112 224 179 358
BRUNEI 112 224 179 358
BULGARIA 56 112 56 112
BURKINA FASO 112 224 179 358
BURUNDI 112 224 179 358
CABO VERDE 112 224 179 358
CAMBODIA 112 224 179 358
CAMEROON 112 224 179 358
CANADA 112 224 179 358
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 112 224 179 358
CHAD 112 224 179 358
CHILE 112 224 179 358
CHINA 70 112 140 182
COLOMBIA 112 224 179 358
COMOROS ISLANDS 112 224 179 358
COSTA RICA 112 224 179 358
COTE D'IVOIRE 112 224 179 358
CROATIA 56 112 56 112
CUBA 112 224 179 358
CYPRUS 56 112 56 112
CZECH REPUBLIC 56 112 56 112
DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA 112 224 179 358
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO 112 224 179 358
DENMARK 56 112 56 112
DJIBUTI 112 224 179 358
DOMINICA 112 224 179 358
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 112 224 179 358
ECUADOR 112 224 179 358
ECUATORIAL GUINEA 112 224 179 358
EGYPT 112 224 179 358
EL SALVADOR 112 224 179 358
ERITREA 112 224 179 358
ESTONIA 56 112 56 112
ETHIOPIA 112 224 179 358
FIJI 112 224 179 358
FINLAND 56 112 56 112
FRANCE 56 112 56 112
GABON 112 224 179 358
GAMBIA 112 224 179 358
GEORGIA 112 224 179 358
GERMANY 56 112 56 112
GHANA 112 224 179 358
GREECE 56 112 56 112
GRENADA 112 224 179 358
GUATEMALA 112 224 179 358
GUINEA 112 224 179 358
GUINEA-BISSAU 112 224 179 358
GUYANA 112 224 179 358
HAITI 112 224 179 358
HONDURAS 112 224 179 358
HONG KONG 70 112 140 182
HUNGARY 56 112 56 112
ICELAND 56 112 56 112
INDIA 112 224 179 358
INDONESIA 112 224 179 358
IRAN 112 224 179 358
IRAQ 112 224 179 358
IRELAND 112 224 179 358
ISRAEL 112 224 179 358
ITALY 56 112 56 112
JAMAICA 112 224 179 358
JAPAN 50 125 50 125
JORDAN 112 224 179 358
KENYA 112 224 179 358
KIRIBATI 112 224 179 358
KUWAIT 112 224 179 358
LAOS 112 224 179 358
LATVIA 56 112 56 112
LEBANON 112 224 179 358
LESOTHO 112 224 179 358
LIBERIA 112 224 179 358
LIBYA 112 224 179 358
LIECHTENSTEIN 56 112 56 112
LITHUANIA 56 112 56 112
LUXEMBOURGH 56 112 56 112
MACAU 70 112 140 182
MACEDONIA 112 224 179 358
MADAGASCAR 112 224 179 358
MALAWI 112 224 179 358
MALAYSIA 112 224 179 358
MALDIVES 112 224 179 358
MALI 112 224 179 358
MALTA 56 112 56 112
MARSHALL ISLANDS 112 224 179 358
MAURITANIA 112 224 179 358
MAURITIUS 112 224 179 358
MEXICO 112 224 179 358
MICRONESIA 112 224 179 358
MONACO 112 224 179 358
MONGOLIA 112 224 179 358
MONTENEGRO 112 224 179 358
MOROCCO 112 224 179 358
MOZAMBIQUE 112 224 179 358
MYANMAR 112 224 179 358
NAMIBIA 112 224 179 358
NAURU 112 224 179 358
NEPAL 112 224 179 358
NEW ZEALAND 112 224 179 358
NICARAGUA 112 224 179 358
NIGER 112 224 179 358
NIGERIA 112 224 179 358
NORWAY 56 112 56 112
OMAN 112 224 179 358
PAKISTAN 112 224 179 358
PALAU 112 224 179 358
PANAMA 112 224 179 358
PAPUA NEW GUNEA 112 224 179 358
PARAGUAY 112 224 179 358
PERU 112 224 179 358
PHILIPPINES 112 224 179 358
POLAND 56 112 56 112
PORTUGAL 56 112 56 112
QATAR 112 224 179 358
REPUBLIC OF CONGO 112 224 179 358
REPUBLIC OF KOREA 112 224 179 358
ROMANIA 56 112 56 112
RWANDA 112 224 179 358
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 112 224 179 358
SAINT LUCIA 112 224 179 358
SAMOA 112 224 179 358
SAN MARINO 112 224 179 358
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 112 224 179 358
SAUDI ARABIA 112 224 179 358
SENEGAL 112 224 179 358
SERBIA 112 224 179 358
SEYCHELLES 112 224 179 358
SIERRA LEONE 112 224 179 358
SINGAPORE 112 224 179 358
SLOVAKIA 56 112 56 112
SLOVENIA 56 112 56 112
SOLOMON ISLANDS 112 224 179 358
SOMALIA 112 224 179 358
SOUTH AFRICA 112 224 179 358
SOUTH SUDAN 112 224 179 358
SPAIN 56 112 56 112
SRI LANKA 112 224 179 358
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 112 224 179 358
STATE OF PALESTINE 112 224 179 358
STATELESS 112 224 179 358
SUDAN 112 224 179 358
SURINAME 112 224 179 358
SWAZILAND 112 224 179 358
SWEDEN 56 112 56 112
SWITZERLAND 56 112 56 112
SYRIA 112 224 179 358
TAIWAN 70 112 140 182
TANZANIA 112 224 179 358
THAILAND 112 224 179 358
THE NETHERLANDS 56 112 56 112
TIMOR- LESTE 112 224 179 358
TOGO 112 224 179 358
TONGA 112 224 179 358
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 112 224 179 358
TUNISIA 112 224 179 358
TURKEY 112 224 179 358
TURKMENISTAN 112 224 179 358
TUVALU 112 224 179 358
UGANDA 112 224 179 358
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 112 224 179 358
UNITED KINGDOM 112 224 179 358
URUGUAY 112 224 179 358
VANUATU 112 224 179 358
VENEZUELA 112 224 179 358
VIETNAM 112 224 179 358
YEMEN 112 224 179 358
ZAMBIA 112 224 179 358
ZIMBABWE 112 224 179 358

Nationality 15 Business Days processing time
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 224

Please note: Along with the visa fees applicants are required to pay Visa Application Processing Fee of $ 50 CAD (Taxes included) for each application submitted in person or by mail.

Please note: When submitting documents by mail applicants are required to pay Postal Application Processing Fee of $ 45 CAD (Taxes included) and Secure courier delivery fee of $ 45 CAD (Taxes included) in addition to the visa fee and visa application processing fee of CAD 50 (Taxes included), for each application.

In a hurry? For an additional charge of $ 40 CAD (Taxes included) your application will be delivered to the Russian Consulate on the same day before 1:00 PM or on the next business day.

Please find more about our additional services here.

Applicants have the option of paying their visa fees by Debit card, money order or bank draft, favoring “VF Services Canada Inc.”, when applying at the Visa Application Centre. Personal cheques will not be accepted.

Documents Required

Please select your nationality to view the applicable documents –

Nationality:

Important notice: If you formerly had Soviet or Russian citizenship, or were born on the territory of the former USSR before February 6, 1992, then at least one of the following documents must be submitted along with your visa application, please click here.

Please note: All visa supporting documents must be in English or Russian language.

For auto-tourism:

In the document called “Confirmation of admission of a foreign tourist” (which goes along with the “Voucher”), in the section “Additional Information” the original provider of the “Confirmation” (for example: your Travel Agent or Hotel, etc.) must specify:

  • Model and make of your vehicle
  • Registration plate number of your vehicle
  • Colour of your vehicle

Example of visa supporting document for tourist visa:

Please note that format of tourist voucher/confirmation may vary, but both documents have to include all the information mentioned below.

tourist doc required

Photo Specifications

photo

Note: The photograph submitted must meet with these specifications.

Please provide one recent colour photograph (not more than 6 months old) of yourself. The photograph should be:

  • Taken against a light background (white or off-white) so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
  • Clear quality and with the face in focus.
  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print).
  • Full face, non-smiling (without sunglasses, a hat/cap or other head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religious belief or ethnic background).
  • Please stick the Photograph on the Visa Application Form.

Note: Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements your application will be considered incomplete.

Processing Time

Normal applications: 20 business days minimum.

Urgent applications: 3 business days minimum.

Wondering about your visa application processing status? For you convenience we are glad to offer our hi-tech SMS notification service. For an additional charge of $ 3 CAD (Taxes included) we’ll be sending status notification at each step of your visa application process via SMS text messages and e-mail as well. Please make sure to provide a valid cell phone number and e-mail address along with your visa application. Please find more about our additional services here.

Important notice: Processing time is a minimum and may vary from case to case. Your visa application processing will start from the day your application was dispatched to the Consulate. Therefore please add few more days to the indicated timings, depending on whether you will apply at the Russia visa application centre in person or by post. VFS is not involved in the process of assessment of visa applications, or their grant or refusal, and shall not be liable or responsible for any delay by the Consulates or the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada, in assessing, granting or refusing any visa application.

Please note: For citizens of the United States of America standard processing time is 15 business days, under special circumstances processing time may be reduced to 3 business days, however only single entry visa will be issued in such case.

Online Application Form

Important notice: All questions in the visa application form must be answered in full, including the contact details of the applicant (full address with postal code, telephone and e-mail) and other questions that are not marked with a "*", otherwise you will be asked to fill in these questions after arrival in the visa center.

Please note: If in your online visa application you answered "NO" to questions about previous places of work and educational institutions, you must attach a signed cover letter confirming that you did not really have previous jobs or studied in educational institutions.

Please note that if your application form requires any corrections or if you did not have a possibility to complete an online application form before visiting the Visa Application Centre, our team members will be happy to help. The cost of this service is $ 30 CAD (Taxes included).

Please make sure that you choose the correct destination at the end of your online application form. Each Russia visa application center in Canada is only able to accept applications from the applicants residing in the following provinces:

  • Visa Application Center VFS (Ottawa) - Ottawa and National Capital Region (area codes 613 and 819), British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Yukon and Northwest Territories.
  • Visa Application Center VFS (Toronto) - Ontario (excluding Ottawa), Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
  • Visa Application Center VFS (Montreal) - Province of Quebec excluding National capital region (area code 819).

All applications submitted to the wrong destinations will not be accepted for processing due to the rules and regulations established by the government of the Russian Federation.

To avoid confusion when choosing a passport category in the application, note that a diplomatic passport is issued to a civil servant who travels internationally for official state affairs. An official passport (service passport, as well as a special passport) is issued to the civil servant for travel related to work, and accompanying dependents. A tourist or ordinary passport is a document issued by the national government for the purpose of international travel, which certifies the identity and citizenship of its owner.

After completing your application form, please print it, sign it and submit it to the Russian Visa Application Center along with all supporting documents, payment and passport. Make sure that the signature on your application form is identical to the signature in your passport. We would like to assure you that we pay special attention to the processing of your personal data. By sending us your visa application, you confirm that you have accepted our Terms and Conditions.

To fill out the electronic visa application form click here.