Registration of Foreign Citizens

As from January 2007, the Federal Law On Migration Registration of Foreign Citizens and Persons without Citizenship in the Russian Federation and the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation On Approval of the Rules of Migration Registration of Foreign Citizens and Persons without Citizenship in the Russian Federation abolished registration of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship at the place of stay and introduced migration registration of foreign citizens at the place of stay in the Russian Federation.

  • Upon arrival of the flight, a foreign citizen or person without citizenship should obtain and complete a migration card. The card contains information on the foreign citizen and is used for control of his/her temporary stay in the Russian Federation; when exiting the Russian Federation, the migration card should be given in (returned) at the passport control.
  • Migration card forms can, as a rule, be obtained in advance on board the aircraft. They can also be taken in the arrival area on special desks before the passport control line. We recommend that they be filled in beforehand, in the aircraft, to avoid long queuing at the passport control.
  • During passport control, foreign passengers must present their passport and completed migration card together with other certificates and traffic documents. Seizure of the passport and migration card is not allowed.
Completing Migration Cards 
  • The entry and the exit parts of migration cards (sections A and B) are to be filled in person by the document holders having the right to enter and stay in the territory of the Russian Federation, legibly, without erasures and corrections, with an ink or ballpoint pen (in black, blue or violet color). Both parts of the migration card should be filled in.

  • If a foreign citizen does not have a command of the Russian language, it is permissible for him/her to fill in the information about him/herself in the English language in conformity with the data in the passport or another document certifying his/her identity. The entries are to be completed clearly and intelligibly in block letters.

  • To designate the sex and travel purpose of the passenger, the sign "X" is to be used, which is put in the corresponding boxes.

Further Procedures of Migration Registration

All further procedures of migration registration are to be effected by the receiving party; the foreign citizen him/herself is not required to spend time applying to any organizations.

The receiving party may be either Russian citizens or foreign citizens or persons without citizenship permanently residing in the Russian Federation (having a residence permit), or legal persons, their branches or representative offices in which the foreign citizen actually resides (is located) or works.

In case of hotel accommodation, the receiving party is the administration of the hotel, which is to notify, within 24 hours, the territorial body of the Federal Migration Service of the arrival of the foreign citizen and to perform all necessary actions connected with the registration of foreign citizens, and is responsible for compliance with the established rules of stay.

All actions necessary for registration are performed by the hotel administration.

The receiving party is to hand the tear-off part of the notification to the foreign citizen. The tear-off part of the notification with the proper mark is confirmation of his/her migration registration.

Please note:

  • The period of a foreign citizen’s stay in the Russian Federation is determined by the period of validity of the visa issued to him/her.

  • The period of temporary stay in the Russian Federation of a foreign citizen arriving in the Russian Federation according to the procedure not requiring obtainment of a visa may not exceed ninety days except for cases provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation.

  • Foeign citizens are obliged to leave the Russian Federation on expiration of the permitted period of stay. In order to prolong the period of validity of the visa or the period of stay, it is necessary to apply to the migration service bodies beforehand, before the expiration of the said period.

At departure, the foreign citizen passes the tear-off part of the notification to the receiving party for presentation directly or sending by mail to the territorial body of the Federal Migration Service. These actions are to be performed by the receiving party within two working days after the foreign citizen’s departure.

Contravention of the migration registration rules may entail the foreign citizen’s administrative responsibility in the form of a fine in the amount from 2000 to 5000 rubles, and in certain cases also exclusion from the Russian Federation. Additionally, the foreign citizen that underwent administrative exclusion may be banned from entry into the Russian Federation for a period of up to five years.

Remark. Having photocopies of the passport, the migration card and the tear-off part of the Notification in case of their loss or other unforeseen circumstances will help in proving the existence of the documents and compliance with the migration registration rules.

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