Private visa

In order to improve visa processing starting August 20, 2014, the Consular Division of the Embassy of the Russian Federation accepts visa applications submitted through authorized Russian Visa Centre "Invisa Logistics Services Canada Ltd"


Russian Visa Centre located at:

Suite 505, 294 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6E6

Tel. (613) 670 - 1125, Fax. (613) 670 - 1126


The application can submitted to the Visa Centre by a prior appointment only.


(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-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 and for what purpose.

5. Invitation that is to be arranged by your hosts through the local office of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) in Russia and to be submitted in original.

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

6. 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.