BORDER CROSSING

AVT Travel tour operator will be happy to tell you how to easily cross the Russian border and simplify the procedure for your entry to and exit from the territory of Russia.
ATTENTION! Before you go to Russia, please, find out the current requirements at the nearest Consulate or Consular Department of the Russian Embassy, as the migration law and visa requirements change frequently. To cross the border, follow the instructions below.

ENTRY TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO CROSS THE RUSSIAN BORDER:

Passport valid for at least 6 months after the end of the expected trip.
Tickets and documents for the return journey or for a further trip.
Valid Russian visa (for countries requiring a visa).
Certificate stating negative HIV results for the applicant (if required).
Medical insurance.
If necessary, filled out declarations for export of currency, goods or animals
When traveling by car, driving license, certificate of vehicle registration, two filled out declarations for temporary vehicle export.

Tip: Before you go to Russia, make a few copies of your passport and visa. One set of documents should be left at home with the phone numbers that can be used to contact you, and another set should be taken with you, but stored separately from your passport. It’s also useful to scan documents and e-mail a copy to yourself, so that you can print them out at any time. If you have copies, it will be easier for you to replace documents in case of loss or theft.

FILL OUT THE MIGRATION CARD

JOIN THE QUEUE TO PASS MIGRATION CONTROL. ATTENTION! MAKE SURE THAT IT IS A CORRIDOR FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS!

PASS MIGRATION CONTROL

Present your passport with your visa and your filled out migration card to a border control officer.
Make sure that the border control officer has put necessary entry marks (in the passport and in the migration card).
Get your passport with your visa and the exit section of the migration card (Part “B”) from the border control officer.

GET YOUR BAGGAGE

PASS CUSTOMS CONTROL

You do not have any goods subject to customs declaration. Go to the exit from the customs control zone following the Green corridor (the corridor for those who have nothing to declare).
You have goods subject to customs declaration. You need to fill out the customs declaration form (a link to the customs declaration form), then go through the red corridor, show what you are going to declare, and wait until your form is stamped, which means that you can export the goods from the country, when you leave.

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY CROSSED THE RUSSIAN BORDER!

EXIT FROM THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

The procedure for leaving the country is very similar to the entry procedure with the only difference that first you need to pass customs inspection, and then – the migration control.

ATTENTION! When passing customs control, you will need to declare any piece of art or antiques (including antique books) that you have purchased. It is generally acknowledged that everything made before the Second World War (before 1941), is antique and needs a special permit for export from the country. For more information on what can be and cannot be exported from the country, and how to obtain a permit, please visit www.vch.ru.
Those who filled out the customs declaration form when entering the country will have to go through the Red corridor and show the completed declaration, and the goods that have been declared. If you have lost your declaration, you may be refused to export the goods from the country. If you did not declare anything when entering the country, and you did not buy any goods that you need to declare at the time of leaving the country, you can go through the Green corridor and head towards the check-in desk.
After the check-in, you need to pass migration control, where your migration card will be collected, and your passport – stamped. On the day of departure, check that you have a copy of the tear-off section of the notification of the foreign national arrival at the place of stay (registration), otherwise you can be fined!

GOODS SUBJECT TO MANDATORY CUSTOMS DECLARATION

Any amount of money in cash exceeding $10,000 (if you plan to leave the country with this money);
Goods of special value, including jewellery, art works and antiques;
Musical instruments;
Goods valued over €2000, and weighting over 35 kg;
Weapons and drugs;
Alcohol of more than 2 litres in volume;

Tobacco (more than 50 cigars, 100 cigarillos, 200 cigarettes, 250 g of tobacco).

If you do not declare these goods upon arrival in the country, you may be prohibited from taking them back. Money must be declared only if you plan to leave the country having a large sum of money, since you cannot leave the country with more cash than you had when you entered the country, and without paying fees. Personal computers (if you only have one with you) and Ipods do not need to be declared. If you carry weapons or drugs without special permit, you can be detained, regardless of whether these goods are declared or not.

MIGRATION CARD

What is it, where do you get it and what do you do with it?

A migration card is a document that contains information about a foreign national or a stateless person who has entered or arrived in the Russian Federation, and about the period of their temporary stay in the Russian Federation, confirming the right of the foreign national or the stateless person who arrived in the Russian Federation in a way not requiring a visa, for their temporary stay in the Russian Federation, it is also a document designed to control temporary stay of a foreign national or a stateless person in the Russian Federation.

WHERE TO OBTAIN A MIGRATION CARD FORM?

When travelling by air (sea, river) transport – from the members of air (sea, river) vessel crew.
When travelling by rail – from the trains brigade staff.
When using public transport (buses) – from the driver.
When going by personal (private) transport, or on foot – from the border control officers.

Foreign nationals entering the territory of the Russian Federation are allowed to fill out the migration card forms directly in the arrival halls of airports (sea/river ports, auto-transits) before the border control.

HOW TO FILL OUT THE MIGRATION CARD?

The form of the card consists of two identical sections printed side by side, or one under the other. These are the entry (Part “A”) and the exit (Part “B”) sections of the migration card. Despite the fact that both sections are almost identical, they must be completed both in English and Russian.
The entry and exit sections of the migration card (Parts “A” and “B”) are filled out personally by the document holder granting the right to enter and stay on the territory of the Russian Federation, legibly, with no blots and corrections, in ink or ballpoint pen in black, blue or purple colour.
If a foreign national does not speak Russian, they can fill out information about himself in Latin characters in accordance with the data specified in the passport or other document proving their identity.
ATTENTION! Migration card is filled out for every foreign national, regardless of age.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FILLING OUT THE MIGRATION CARD

In the field “Фамилия/Surname”, write your surname.
In the column “Имя/Given name(s)”, write your full first name (if there are several names, then write all the names).
Leave the field “Отчество/Patronymic” blank.
Remember that the date should be indicated in the following order: day, month, year.
In the field “Passport or other ID “, indicate “Passport”, write its series and number.
In the field “Purpose of Visit”, underline “Tourism” or “Business”.
In the field, where you need to specify the hosting party, write the name of the company that issued an invitation for you.
In the field “Duration of Stay”, write the period from the day of filling out the card until the last day of your stay (the day when you leave the Russian Federation).

WHAT DO I DO WITH THE MIGRATION CARD?

Ensure that an officer of the border control (and of the immigration control for transit passengers) has put an entry mark in the field “For official notes” (in both sections of the migration card – both in Part “A” and in Part “B”).
Give the Part “A” (the entry section of the migration card) with the entry mark in it, indicating the entry, to the border control officer.
Keep the Part “B” (the exit section of the migration card) with the entry mark in it, for the entire period of stay on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Hand the Part “B” over to the border control officer, when leaving the Russian Federation.

WHAT DO I DO, IF I HAVE LOST THE MIGRATION CARD?

In case of unintentional damage or loss of the migration card during the period of stay on the territory of the Russian Federation, foreign nationals must, within three days, notify the local bodies of the Federal Migration Service of Russia which, after verifying the passport data of the applicants by registration, issue duplicates of migration cards, and put a required note in the field “For official notes”.
If a foreign national arrives at the checkpoint for border control, when leaving the Russian Federation, without a migration card, the border control officers ask him to fill out Part “B” of a blank migration card. In this case, a relevant entry is made in the field “For official notes”.
ATTENTION! A foreign national who fails to hand over a migration card upon leaving the country (for example, who left Russia illegally outside the checkpoint, or who lost their migration card and avoided re-filling its exit section upon departure), is deprived of the right to enter the Russian Federation in the future (paragraph 5, Article 26 of the Law on the Procedure for Exiting and Entering).

FOR TRAVELLER’S INFORMATION

When entering and leaving, all belongings are subject to inspection using X-rays.
Items of special value, such as diamond jewellery and computers (in the quantity of more than one), must be stated at the customs office when entering. All such value items must be exported back, otherwise it will be necessary to pay customs duties.
Before booking your travel, please, check the date your visa is valid from. You will not be able to enter the country before that date. Before booking a ticket, please, check the expiry date of your visa to Russia. Tourists, who have exceeded the period of their stay in the country even for 1 day, will be refused to depart from the country, until their host party intervenes with a request to extend their visa. Be responsible, pay attention to the validity of your visa and travel dates, and you will have a positive experience of possessing a Russian visa.