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, 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, foreigners 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
- Finally, Malaysians can apply for the Far East eVisa online and travel to the Far East District.
Far East Visa for Malaysians
Required for entry to regions in the Russian Far East 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.
Far East Visa Entry Points from Malaysia
Primorsky Krai, Kamchatka Krai, Khabarovsk Krai, Zabaykalsky Krai, Sakhalin Oblast, Amur Oblast, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, , Buryatia
Requirements for the Far East eVisa for Malaysian citizens
A Malaysian 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.
Submit the application at least 4 days before traveling.
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, although it can be provided at a later stage of the application.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com
FAQ’s About Russian E-visa for Malaysians
Malaysian citizens are eligible to apply for a variety of visas for Russia. Different types of visas will have different requirements.
Although the traditional tourist paper visa requires an invitation letter from a Russian entity, that is not the case for the new electronic visas, for which Malaysian citizens can now apply.
The Russian electronic visa can be applied for entirely online in minutes with minimal documentation. Malaysian applicants don’t have to submit an invitation letter, but rather their valid Malaysian passport and the visa application fee. No need to visit a Russian embassy or consulate in person either.
The Russian authorities do not allow for the possibility of a visa on arrival. Therefore Malaysian, like all other foreigners, cannot apply for a Russian visa at the border. All travel authorizations must be obtained prior to departure.
Fortunately, Malaysian passport holders can now apply for the most convenient Russian visa to obtain: the Russian eVisa. Since the processing time is only 2 to 4 working days, it doesn’t need to be applied for in advance, but just a few days before leaving Malaysia.