Russia: Visa free Travel to Hong Kong!

Svet and I like to travel and we only travel to countries that have no visa issues with Russians. Russia is one of those countries that does a visa in accordance to how you do a visa! If you require a visa for Russians than Russia requires a visa for you. (At least in most cases.)

Russia and Hong Kong could introduce a visa-free regime for its nationals by spring 2009, the South China Morning Post said on Monday citing Russia’s Consul General Sergei Gritsay.

The document was approved on September 11, during a visit by a delegation of the Russian foreign ministry to Hong Kong. The agreement is expected to be signed once all state agencies have approved the document.

Hong Kong has seen a significant increase in imports and tourism from Russia. Imports in the first nine months grew 47.3% year-on-year, while the number of Russian tourists to Hong Kong rose by more than 10,000 visitors.

This would be a good place for Svet and I to go next year…


The Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Hong Kong SAR of the PRC on Mutual Exemption of Visa Requirements for Nationals of the Russian Federation and Permanent Residents of the Hong Kong SAR of the PRC came into force on 1 July 2009. The Agreement provides for a mutual visa-free access to the nationals of the Russian Federation and permanent residents of the Hong Kong SAR (holders of the Hong Kong SAR passport) for a stay of up to 14 days in the area of the Hong Kong SAR and the territory of the Russian Federation respectively.

Cool and thanks to Jim Wong who gave me an update over the e-mail…

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