Read before applying

1. Check whether you need a visa for the planned period of stay and/or purpose of visit

2. If you do need a visa, make sure you are eligible to apply in Hong Kong

Applicants are recommended to apply at the Visa Application Centre (currently closed), which helps to prepare and process application documents and charges a service fee. 

Applicants may choose to apply for a visa to Russia via the Consulate General by electronic appointment only.

If you choose to apply at the Consulate, when filling in the Application form, kindly select Russian Consulate General from the drop-down list at the final step of the filling process.

Documents required for visa application

  1. Passport which should be valid for a minimum of six months after visa’s expiration date and has at least 2 blank visa pages,
  2. Copy of the passport’s front page;
  3. A printed visa application form, filled in online at visa.kdmid.ru and signed by the applicant. Note: incompletely filled in application form may cause a visa denial.
  4. One recent (6 months or less) passport size (3,5 mm x 4,5 mm) photo glued to the indicated space on the application form. Photo requirements.
  5. Medical insurance policy (multiple tourist and private visas only) for the whole period of the stay in Russia (required only for nationals of China (only travelling for tourism), Schengen states (with minimum amount of 30.000 euro), Israel, Iran and Ireland, except travellers for long term work or study). The policy has to state that it covers possible medical expenses on the territory of Russia for the period of your stay there. If covered by Company insurance, a signed letter on the Company letterhead clearly confirming the validity of the insurance in Russia for the entire duration of the journey would suffice.
  6. One copy of valid HKID or Hong Kong Visa (where required, see list)
  7. Visa support document that covers the entire period of your intended stay in Russia (depending on visa type, see below)
  8. Additional documents depending on visa type, see below.

Standard processing time of the application: 5 working days (including the day of submission).

Expedited processing time: 1 working day (passport can be picked up the next day) subject to eligibility.

Note: the processing time of the application is at the discretion of the Consulate General and may be extended up to 20 working days if required.

TOURIST VISA

Single/double entry, duration of stay: up to 90 days;

Multiple entry, duration of stay: up to 180 days (not more than 90 days within 180). 

According to the Federal Law No. 145-FZ dated 26 May 2021 “On Amendments to Article 25.6 of the Federal Law ‘On the Procedure for Entry into and Exit from the Russian Federation,” which entered into force on 25 August 2021, foreigners are allowed to apply for a Russian tourist visa that is valid for up to 6 months.

The confirmation of reception of the foreign tourist by the tour operator company, included into the United Federal Register of the Tour Operators https://tourism.gov.ru/operators/ must be submitted in order to apply for single or double tourist visa up to 90 days or multiple tourist visa up to 180 days (permitted to stay not more than 90 days within 180 days period).

A single tourist visa for a period stated in a hotel booking confirmation can be applied for based on the hotel booking confirmation, included into the United List of the Classified Hotels: https://xn----7sba3acabbldhv3chawrl5bzn.xn--p1ai/.

List of other required documents:

  1. Tourist confirmation document, issued by a travel agency or hotel in Russia, registered in the Unified Federal Registry of Tour Operators, signed by an authorized person (aka VISA SUPPORTING DOCUMENT, Russian: «Подтверждение о приеме иностранного туриста»). See sample
  • Original hardcopy is required for nationals of the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Chad, Mainland China, Ethiopia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, DPRK, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Vietnam.
  • If staying in different hotels during your visit, up to 3 tourist confirmations are accepted per visa application.
  • Information from the confirmation must be duly filled under item 11 of the application form. In case of more than one confirmation (up to three is acceptable) please fill in the first one.
  • The dates of your stay in Russia may not exceed the period covered by the confirmation(s).
The processing time for multiple tourist visas is 10 working days.
Tourists on board of large cruise ships have the right to stay in the Russian Federation without a visa during 72 hours. They have the right to leave the ship and come back on board the ship only as a part of an organized tourist group as per the list. If a tourist wants to leave the ship alone, he needs a visa.

TRANSIT VISA

(Single/double entry, valid up to 30 days)

Can be issued when travelling via Russia to a third country. Maximum duration of stay under transit visa is:

  • when travelling by air: 3 days;
  • when travelling by rail: 10 days;

Including days of arrival and departure.

1. Copies of your confirmed air/train tickets to and from Russia;

2. A valid visa (IF REQUIRED BY THAT COUNTRY) to the country you want to enter after leaving Russia;

You do not need a transit visa to Russia for 24 hours if you don't leave the transit zone of the airport and do not pass the passport control. Transit passengers travelling to Belarus are requred to obtain a transit visa prior to their trip.
For details on transit zones of some major Russian airports, plese see links below:

Sheremetyevo (Moscow)

Domodedovo (Moscow)

Vnukovo (Moscow)

Pulkovo (Saint-Petersburg)

BUSINESS/HUMANITARIAN VISA

Single/double/multiple entry, Duration of stay: up to 1 year.

1. The original invitation issued by an appropriate Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs branch or a telex number of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Russia / an appropriate government structure electronic invitation.

OR direct invitation from your host entity (for China (Mainland travel document holders), EU, US, India and Japan citizens) completed in accordance with the relevant international agreement (e.g. full details of the traveller, destinations, duration of stay, number of entries and the purpose of visit). Self-employed and unemployed applicants must show copies of their bank statements for the last three months.

Attn: The invitation MUST CONTAIN: legal address of the host company, Russian Tax Identification Number of the company, document registration number and date of registration, signature and name of the official authorized to invite foreigners to Russia, travel itinerary, dates of stay, name of the invited person.

WORK / STUDY VISA

Single/multiple entry, Duration of stay: up to 1 year.

  1. HIV Test (AIDS) Certificate - hardcopy (for the period of stay more than 90 days);
  2. The original invitation issued by an appropriate Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs branch or a telex number of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Russia or an appropriate government structure electronic invitation;
  3. Passport must be valid for 1,5 years from the validity start date of the visa.

PRIVATE VISA (FOR VISITING RELATIVES)

Single/double entry, Duration of stay: up to 90 days

Multiple entry for 1 year (for the family members of the Russian citizens).  For details, please see Russian version of this website.

If you are going to visit Russia to stay with your relatives, firstly you should obtain an official invitation and only then apply for a private visa. We only accept original invitation documents issued by an appropriate Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs branch.

To obtain such an invitation your relatives  need to apply to local office of Ministry of Internal Affairs, or Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1. Original invitation issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry or its regional representatives or by an appropriate Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs branch;

2. In case of a visit to the Russian Federation for urgent medical reasons / urgent treatment, or to visit a seriously ill (deceased) relative, an applicant should present a certificate issued by a medical institution or a death certificate and a document proving the kindred between the applicant and the ill or deceased relative. Passport’s validity of the applicant should exceed the visa expiry date.

- An insurance policy covering at least the first 90 days of stay (for visas with multiple entries only).

  • The Consulate may request additional documentation.
  • Visa processing starts only after we have collected all necessary documents.
  • Visa fee paid is not refundable.
  • In case applicant requests correction in visa due to any reason other than computer misprint, applicant will have to reapply for a new visa.
  • It is not possible to expedite visa processing after your documents have been accepted by the Consulate.
  • The Consulate will not bear any responsibility for the errors in visas, which were not brought to our attention before departure from Hong Kong and beforehand, within time allowing to review such visa.