The FINANCIAL — According to RIA Novosti, Russia and Hong Kong could introduce a visa-free regime for its nationals by spring 2009, the South China Morning Post said on November 10 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.