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Consulate General of
the Russian Federation in
Toronto, Canada
Address: 60 Saint Clair Avenue East, 5th floor, Toronto, ON, M4T1N5
Tel.: +1-416-962-9911
Fax: +1 (416) 962-6611
E-mail: (consular issues), (common issues)
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Humanitarian Visa Requirements (religious, scientific or cultural purposes)

Documents for submittion:

  1. Completed visa application with attached photo.

    • The frame size must be 3,5 x 4,5 cm (1 3/8" X 1 3/4").

    • The Application must be signed by the applicant.

  2. Valid national passport.

    • At least two pages of the passport should be free from notes.

    • Passport is to be valid for 6 months after the date of the planned departure from the Russian Federation.

  3. Photocopy of the information pages of your passport.

  4. Official letter of invitation or Telex Confirmation.

    • The Invitation from the Russian host must be issued by the local office of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation.

    • The invitations must be submitted in original.

    • The Telex Confirmation is provided by Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation or by Ministry’s local offices only.

    • If applying for a multi-entry or double entry visa, it should be specifically mentioned in the Letter of Invitation or in the Telex.

  5. Money Order payable to "the Consulate General of the Russian Federation".

  6. Non-Canadian applicants must provide the copy of the document confirming their current resident status in Canada (PR Card, Landed Document, Work Permit).

  7. No medical insurance is officially required for Canadian citizens. Citizens of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, 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. 

  8. Applicants who used to be citizens of the USSR or of the Russian Federation and then emigrated from the USSR or from Russia must submit one of the documents which confirms that they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (so called "Visa to Israel" or stamp in their passport saying that they left for "permanent residence abroad" before the 6th of February, 1992 or official document certifying that their Russian citizenship was renounced), otherwise the applications will not be accepted.

Consular Fees for visa processing for Canadian nationals only:


Visa category

10 business days

3 business days

Single entry



Double entry



Multy entry



In order to streamline and improve the visa obtaining process the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Toronto is no more processing visa applications by mail starting from the 1st of September 2011.

Please note that all visa application received by mail will be returned to the applicant unprocessed.