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Instruction for foreign citizens arriving to the Russian Federation

Tourism -Instruction for foreign citizens arriving to the Russian Federation

1. It is necessary to submit a filled migration card at the Russian Federation passport control.
Migration card forms are issued free of charge to the foreign citizens entering the Russian Federation by the representatives of transport organizations (long-distance trains, airliners, sea and river vessels, etc.)
The migration card is filled in Russian. It can also be completed in Latin letters corresponding to the data contained in the passport or another identification document. Both parts of the migration card should be filled in. 
The migration card consists of two parts: «A» and «B». While passing through the passport control, the part «A» is taken by the officials and Part «B» is returned to the foreign citizen. On the back side of the part «B» the passport control officials put a mark of the entry to the Russian Federation.
In case of damage or loss of the migration card, a foreign citizen within three days must apply to the nearest territorial office of the Federal Migration Service in order to get a duplicate of the damaged or lost migration card. At the same time documents allowing entry to the Russian Federation must be submitted. The migration card duplicate is issued free of charge.
2. Having entered the Russian Federation a foreign citizen within 7 days must register in a territorial office of the Federal Migration Service.
The procedure of the migration registration implies informing a relevant territorial office of the Federal Migration Service of a foreign citizen’s arrival and must be carried out within 7 days after the arrival of the foreign citizens to the Russian Federation. The procedure of the migration registration is carried out by the host party.
Upon arrival the foreign citizen shows to the host party his/her passport and filled migration card. Taking away the passport and migration card of the foreign citizen is not allowed.
The host party may be represented by citizens of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens and stateless person having permanent residence in the Russian Federation, as well as legal persons, their subsidiaries or branch offices where the foreign citizen actually resides or works.
When a foreign citizen settles in a hotel, the host party is the hotel’s administration that within twenty-four hours notifies the territorial office of the Federal Migration Service of the foreign citizen’s arrival and takes all the necessary steps regarding the registration of foreign citizens; the administration is responsible for observance of the established rules of foreigner’s sojourn.
On the basis of the documents presented by the foreign citizen, the host party fills in a special form of notification of the foreign citizen's arrival at the place of sojourn. Then the host party presents the form along with copies of the foreign citizen’s passport and migration card directly to the territorial office of the Federal Migration Service or sends them by post. There is no state tax for migration registration.
At post offices there are special windows where the host party will be offered a notification form to fill in. The notification form is given free of charge. For the service of receiving the notification the post office charges approximately 180 rubles.
Having received the filled notification form and above-mentioned copies, the territorial office of the Federal Migration service or the post office puts down a mark of reception in the notification and returns the detachable part of the notification to the host party.
The host party gives the detachable part of the notification to the foreign citizen. The fact that the foreign citizen has the detachable part of the notification with the mark of reception confirms his/her migration registration.
The foreign citizen has a right to notify the bodies of migration control of his/her arrival at the place of sojourn by him/herself in case there are documented reasonable excuses (illness, physical impossibility, etc.) preventing the host party from submitting the notification.
A foreign citizen permanently residing in the Russian federation also has a right to notify the corresponding body of migration control of his/her arrival at the place of residence by him/herself directly or, according to the established order, by post, with written consent of the host party.
Please pay attention that the time of sojourn of a foreign citizen in the Russian Federation is determined by the term of validity of the issued visa.
The time of sojourn in the Russian Federation of a foreign citizen who has arrived to the Russian Federation according to an arrangement that does not require a visa cannot exceed 90 days except the cases provided by the Russian Federation legislation.
The foreign citizen is obliged to leave the Russian Federation upon expiry of the authorized time of sojourn. To prolong the term of validity of the visa of the time of sojourn, it is necessary to address the bodies of the Migration Service in advance, before the above-mentioned period expires.
Violation of the migration registration rules may entail administrative responsibility of a foreign citizen in the form of a penalty from 2000 to 5000 rubles, in certain cases accompanied with expulsion from the Russian Federation. A foreign citizen who has been administratively expelled may be further banned from the entry to the Russian Federation for the period of up to five years.
Copies of the passport, migration card and detachable part of the notification help to confirm that the foreign citizen indeed has the documents and observes the rules of migration registration in case of their loss or any other unexpected circumstances.

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