Russia is a large, beautiful country with diverse landscape, culture, entertainment, and activities. Unless you are a holder of a diplomatic or service passport, you will have to apply for a visa through the Russian Visa Application Centre, rather than the Consulate as you may for other countries. This process applies to all manner of visa including tourist, private, student, business, humanitarian, transit, or work visas.
Fortunately, applying for a Russian visa is a fairly straightforward endeavour. First, you will want to verify the requirements for whichever type of visa you need. This information is available online through the Visa Centre website and a quick online search of “Russian Visa Centre” will provide you for the appropriate link for your country. For example, if you are a Canadian applying for a Russian visa you would visit russia.visacenter.ca.
From here, you will need to collect all the required documents and fill out the application form. Since the form can only be completed online, you should not print the form to fill-it-out by hand – it won’t be accepted. Only electronically completed documents can be printed and then submitted. During the application process you will be provided with a login and password, which you should be careful to save in case you are disconnected from the internet or have other online problems.
Here are a few tips to help you with the visa application: