Russian Visa for Japanese Citizens

E-visa Application from Japan

The Russian Federation offers different types of visa to travelers from all over the world, depending upon their specific travel needs. Japanese citizens traveling to Russia are advised to go over each visa type and select the one that best aligns with their reasons for visiting the country.

The quickest and easiest visa to obtain is the Russia entry permit, that allows visa holders to visit specific Russian regions for up to 8 days. Japanese travelers are eligible to apply.

Types of Russian Visa for Japanese Citizens

Although there are certain countries whose citizens are allowed visa-free entry into Russia, Japanese travelers need to obtain a visa in order to visit Russia.

There are 3 types of online visas available to Japanese citizens. The Russian online visas (or eVisas) allow travelers to apply for their visa online and visit specific Russian regions. That is not the case with traditional tourist visa applications, that must be lodged in person at a Russian embassy or consulate.

Far East Visa for Japanese citizens

Permits travel to regions in the Russian Far East for Japanese citizens for tourism, business, or humanitarian purposes. Allows a maximum stay of 8 days in Far Eastern territories, is valid for 30 days of the date of issue.

Regions for the Far East visa from Japan

Buryatia, Amur Oblast, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Primorsky Krai, Kamchatka Krai, Sakhalin Oblast, Khabarovsk Krai, Zabaykalsky Krai

Requirements for the Russian Far East visa from Japan

A Japanese passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of application, containing at least one blank page to receive a visa stamp at Russian border control
Medical insurance valid for the duration of the stay in the Russian Far East.

Far East Visa

Kaliningrad Visa for Japanese citizens

Allows Japanese citizens to travel to the Kaliningrad exclave for tourism, business, or humanitarian purposes. Allows a maximum stay of 8 days in Kaliningrad and is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

Kaliningrad eVisa entry points from Japan

Air: Khrabrovo airport (Kaliningrad city)
Rail: Mamonovo, Sovetsk
Road: Bagrationovsk, Gusev
Sea: Baltiysk, Kaliningrad city, Svetly

Requirements for the Kaliningrad eVisa from Japan

Japanese passport valid for at least 6 months, with at least one blank page
A digital format color photograph, passport-sized
Pay the Kaliningrad visa fee using a valid debit or credit card
A current email address at which to receive the approved eVisa notification.

Kaliningrad Visa

St Petersburg Visa for Japanese citizens

Allows entry to the St Petersburg and Leningrad region for tourism, business, or humanitarian purposes. Allows a maximum stay of 8 days in the area and is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

Where Can I Enter Russia with a St Petersburg eVisa?

Air: Pulkovo airport (St Petersburg)
Land: Ivangorod, Brusnychnoe, Svetogorsk, Torfjanovka
Sea: Vysotsk, Marine Station, Passenger Port of St. Petersburg
Pedestrian: Ivangorod

St Petersburg eVisa Requirements from Japan

A Japanese passport valid for at least 6 months, with at least one blank page
A valid debit or credit card
A digital color photograph, passport-sized
A current email address at which to receive the approved eVisa notification.

St. Petersburg Visa

How to Apply for a Russia E-visa from Japan?

Japanese citizens can apply for electronic visas for Russia online from anywhere in the world — as long as they have access to a reliable internet connection.

The online application is designed to only take minutes. The applicant needs to:

  • Fill out the visa application form in all its parts as accurately as possible
  • Upload copies of the necessary documents, including their valid Japanese passport
  • Pay the application fee with a credit or debit card

How Long Does It Take to Get a Visa for Russia From Japan?

After the traveler has submitted the entire online application, they can expect to hear back on the status of their application within 2 to 4 business days. In rare cases, it is possible that the processing of the traveler’s Russian visa application takes longer, especially if there is additional processing required.

All communications regarding the status of the visa (including the final approved visa) will be sent via email.

Russia Embassies in Japan

Embassy of the Russian Federation in Tokyo

Address: Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan, 1-1, Azabudai; 2-Chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 106-0041
Phone: +(81-3) 3583-4224, +(81-3) 3583-5982
Fax: +(81-3) 3505-0593
E-mail: rosconsl@ma.kcom.ne.jp

Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Niigata

Address: Consulate General of the Russian Federation, FAI-BIRU, 1-20-5, SASAGUCHI, Niigata, Japan, 950
Phone: +(8125) 244-6015, +(8125) 244-6315
Fax: +(8125) 244-6077
E-mail: niruscon@fsinet.or.jp

Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Osaka

Address: Consulate General of the Russian Federation, Toyonaka-shi, Nishi Midorigaoka 1-2-2, Osaka-fu, Japan, 560-0005
Phone: +(81-6) 848-3452, +(81-6) 848-3451
Fax: +(81-6) 848-3453
E-mail: ruscons@mb.kcom.ne.jp

Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Sapporo

Address: Consulate General of the Russian Federation, 826, Nishi 12-Chome Minami 14-jo, Chuoku, Sapporo, Japan, 064-0914
Phone: +(81-11) 561-317, +(81-11) 561-3172
Fax: +(81-11) 561-8897
E-mail: Caa09680@pop01.odn.ne.jp

Questions for Japanese Citizens

The application for a Russian eVisa only takes minutes to complete if the applicant has the relevant documentation and application fee at hand. After it’s submitted, it will take the Russian authorities up to 4 days to process the request. That’s why it’s advisable to apply for the eVisa at least 4 days before the intended date of travel. The applicant will receive the visa for Russia in electronic format via email at the address they provided during the application.

The traveler has up to 8 days to spend in the Russian region they applied for with their eVisa. The date of entry is considered to be the first day of stay within the Russian territory.

If the eVisa is expected to expire before the 8 days are up, the traveler will have to leave before the visa runs out.

You can choose to use your eVisa to enter the relevant Russian region via any of the many applicable points of entry. Whether you decide to enter Russia by plane, boat, or land, it’s advisable to print a copy of your visa and carry it with you to the border.

The eVisa is sent to successful applicants via email in electronic format. However, the best way to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience at border control is to carry a physical copy with you.

No, the Russia eVisa is a region-specific travel authorization. This means that travelers can only be granted entry into the Russian region their eVisa applies to.

Upon receiving the visa, the eVisa holder will be able to travel to the region they applied for. However, they will have to exit Russia from a port of entry of the same region they entered from.

In order to travel to other regions of Russia, foreign nationals are required to obtain a single-entry or double-entry tourist visa. These visas must be applied for through a Russian embassy or consulate. Otherwise, foreigners can hire a Russian travel agency.