Step 1: Select Visa Details
Step: Russia Tourist Entry Visa Requirements
  1. Collect all documentation listed below, including the Application form and the Letter of authorization.
  2. Once you have collected all the information, proceed to fill out and submit the Order form.
  3. Ship all the documentation including the filled out Application form and Letter of authorization, to:

Visa Services Canada, Inc.
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa ON K1P 5H9

For safer and faster service, ship by Puro or FedEx, or by Canada Post trackable courier.

Download the Russian Visa How-To Manual

One copy of passport data page

Scanned copy of the passport data page.

Original signed passport

Applicant must submit their current real original valid passport. Visas are stamped into a passport, therefore the original passport is required. Passports must be valid for at least six more months after returning from the visa country. Passports must have original signatures.

One Photograph (35mm by 45mm)

Letter from Applicant Explaining Your Journey

You must type and sign a letter explaining your journey and activities, and requesting a visa. The letter must include details of your trip such as dates of arrival and departure, cities, and hotels. Do not include other people or other countries in your letter.

Two (2) signed visa application forms

The Application forms must be printed single-sided and signed in black ink only.

Letter of authorization

Applicant must submit an original "Letter of Authorization". This document authorizes us to work with the Embassy/consulate on the applicants behalf. Please complete and sign both identical sections. May be completed by typing into PDF fields, printing and signing, or printed and completed by hand.

Special Instructions

Russian visas are date specific. They are only valid for the dates on your official voucher of invitation, or your Telex, or your eLOI issued by the government of Russia.


  • You must provide your personal VOUCHER & CONFIRMATION DOCUMENT from Russia. A voucher from Russian hosting tourist company explaining who is travelling, where, when, services as paid, issued by the Russian hosting company. It will have a Russian address on it. This is provided by hotels and river boat companies. The voucher contains your passport details and details of your hotels or river cruise.
  • FORMER SOVIET or RUSSIAN NATIONALS - All former citizens of USSR, or citizens that immigrated from Soviet Union or Russian Federation before 06 February 1992 must submit one of the documents confirming that they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (visa to Israel or permanent residence abroad stamp, official document certifying that their Russian citizenship was renounced or photocopy of USSR passport); otherwise, applications cannot be accepted and processed. In accordance with Russian laws, citizens of the Russian Federation regardless of any other citizenship must travel on valid Russian documents only.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE - No medical insurance is officially required for Canadian citizens. Citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay. Medical insurance certificate should contain Russian contact number for emergency or assistance.
  • REVIEW YOUR FORMS BY EMAIL Most Russian applications are incorrectly filled out due to the complexity of the Russian visa application system. PLEASE email the PDF of your Russian application form to us for review PRIOR to shipping the package to Ottawa. The first review is free. After we have provided the corrections all further reviews and editing will be charged at the rate of $50.

Email to info @ visaservicescanada .ca

Step: Complete and submit the Order form

Complete Online Order

Applicant must complete a Visa Services Canada order form which provides contact information, service request and payment information. Upon completion of the order form, shipping or delivery instructions will be provided.

Proceed to the Order form