Russia is known all over the world for its megacities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, which feature incredible galleries, museums, and restaurants. It is also lauded for its natural landscapes and extreme environments, such as Siberia’s Lake Baikal. With so much to offer in such an enormous stretch of land, it is no wonder that Russia remains among the world’s most visited countries, attracting visitors from across the globe. For travelers from Malaysia wishing to visit this amazing country, it is critical to remember that they will need to apply for and obtain a visa before arriving.
For Malaysian citizens wishing to travel to Russia, there are a number of ways to acquire a visa. Typically, Malaysian passport holders would be required to visit a consulate or embassy and wait for long periods of time before finding out if they were granted a visa. However, thanks to a electronic visa (or eVisa) those travelers who hold a Malaysian passport are now able to apply entirely online for region-specific eVisas to Russia without having to visit an embassy or consulate. The typical waiting period is around four days, so it is important to remember to give yourself plenty of time to apply for the Russian eVisa as any traveler without a valid visa will be denied entry to Russia upon arrival.
Russian eVisa Types for Malaysian Citizens
For citizens of Malaysian wishing to visit Russia on a short-term basis, there are three options for acquiring a visa:
- One option is the e visa Kaliningrad, which is applied for entirely online and allows for travel to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad
- Another option is the visa St Petersburg, which is also applied for online and allows for travel to St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region
- The third option is the typical tourist visa, which must be applied for at an embassy or consulate
Kaliningrad Visa for Malaysian Citizens
The Kaliningrad eVisa is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and allows for a stay of up to eight days. The visa is granted for reasons of tourism, business, and humanitarianism.
Kaliningrad Ports of Entry
Air: Khrabrovo airport (Kaliningrad city)
Rail: Mamonovo, Sovetsk
Road: Bagrationovsk, Gusev
Sea: Baltiysk, Kaliningrad city, Svetly
Requirements for Kaliningrad eVisa
A passport with at least one blank page and six months of validity
A digital passport-sized photo
A credit or debit card to pay the fee
A current email address
St. Petersburg Visa for Malaysian Citizens
The St. Petersburg eVisa is granted for tourism, business, and humanitarian reasons. The visa allows Malaysian citizens to enjoy stays of up to eight days within 30 days from the date of issue.
St. Petersburg Ports of Entry
Air: Pulkovo airport (St Petersburg)
Land: Ivangorod, Brusnychnoe, Svetogorsk, Torfjanovka
Sea: Vysotsk, Marine Station, Passenger Port of St. Petersburg
Requirements for the St. Petersburg eVisa
A Malaysian passport with a blank page and six months of validity
A digital passport photo
A debit or credit card to pay the application fee
An email address
eVisa Application Requirements
In addition to the requirements above, Malaysian citizens are required to fill out an application form. It is imperative that this form is carefully double-checked as any wrong information may result in the rejection of the eVisa application. Proof of health insurance for the duration of the stay in Russia is also a requirement.
Application Waiting Time
Applicants can expect to receive their accepted eVisa within two to four business days. In some cases, it may take a day or two longer, which is why it is important to apply with plenty of time.
Russian Embassies and Consulates in Malaysia
For any queries or additional information regarding Russian embassies and consulates inside of Malaysia, please consult the following information:
Address: 263 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
City: Kuala Lumpur
Phone number: +603 4256-0009,4256-7252
Fax number: +603 4257-6091
Email address: email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org