It will be required for citizens of Canada to obtain a Russian visa to enter the country for tourism, business, and other reasons. At the moment, Canada residents can get a visa application at the nearest Russian embassy or consulate. When the online visa application is ready for the e-Visa program, we will release it on the site.
Check out the information below to get a better idea of what you need to prepare in order to obtain an e-Visa and travel to Russia.
Questions and Solutions | The e-Visa Program for Russia for Citizens of Canada
Length of Stay Allowed with a Russian e-Visa
8 days is the limit for being in Russia with an e-Visa. Depending on your circumstances and travel restrictions and your visa policy, it could be a little longer or a little shorter.
Crossing Regional Borders with a Russian Visa
Most regions require their own visa to enter them. For example, you cannot use a Kaliningrad visa to cross to the Far East region of Russia.
The Russia e-Visa Application: Documents & Information Required
For the online application for the Russia e-Visa, you will at minimum, need:
- Passport-Style Photos - Colored photos only, white background, ratio of 3.5 x 4.5
- Valid Passport - Your passport needs to be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the last day you plan to be in Russia. Have a couple of blank pages for stamping purposes.
- Health Insurance Policy - For the length of your stay in Russia, you must prove you have adequate health insurance for emergencies.
- Invitation Letter - You can request an invitation letter from your Russian tour operator or the hotel or hostel you plan to stay at while in the country. In many cases, an invitation letter from a natural or legal person who currently lives in Russia is also accepted and can be used for business, study, tourism, or personal reasons. If you are lodging in different regions of Russia, you will need an invitation letter from each host of your stay.
Expiry Date for Russian e-Visas
Find the “Date of Issuance” on the visa and add thirty days. There is a 30-day window to use your e-Visa for Russia once it is issued.
It is currently required to apply no less than 4 days before you travel to Russia and no more than 20 days before your intended arrival date even though you have a 30-day window.
Crimea, Ukraine, and the Russia e-Visa Program
While Crimea is contesting Russia over its independence, Russia legally has dominion over Crimea, so a Russian e-Visa may work if you plan to go there. It is always good to talk to a Russian consulate representative before planning to go to Crimea.
You will need to meet the requirements for Ukraine’s distinct visa program if you plan to go there. Use our Visa Checker Tool to see if you must get a visa for Ukraine.
Entry Limits for the Russia e-Visa
You’re allowed one entry in Russia if you are holding a “single entry” visa.
What regions of Russia currently accept e-Visas?
The following regions of Russia currently allow foreign citizens to enter the borders with a valid e-Visa:
- St. Petersburg
- The Far East
- Kaliningrad Oblast
You can use our Visa Checker Tool to see if you qualify for any regional e-Visas for Russia.
Russian e-Visa: Valid Travel Reasons
Currently, the Russian e-Visa can be used for various purposes: business travel, tourism, and humanitarian reasons (in sports, culture, science, and technology).
The e-Visa Program of the Russian Federation | Getting Started for Canada Citizens
Going from Canada to Russia should not be hard. But, it does require a little effort and some paperwork. The e-Visa program will make it easier for Canada nationals to acquire a visa for Russia once it is released.
Check back frequently, and in the meantime, use our Visa Checker Tool to find out what e-Visa programs work for Canada citizens.