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Border crossing formalities
Admission of individuals, vehicles, cargos, goods and animals is carried out in checkpoints set by the Government of the Russian Federation. Admission is either acknowledgement of lawful arrival to Russia via the State border as well as import of cargo, goods and animals or permission to cross the border leaving the country as well as to export items mentioned above.
Legal foundations for admission are valid travel documents for individuals and appropriate documents for vehicles, cargo, goods and animals.
Basic elements of admission check are border guard/immigration, customs, health, phytosanitary and veterinary.
The documents one needs to pass through border control normally are valid passport or equal travel document if accepted under international treaties, and Russian visa (for foreigners only).
Alien and/or stateless persons are required to fill in a migration card.
Citizens of Russia entering the country are to produce Russian passports. Still in case of loss or damage to the passport, other reliable proof of Russian citizenship is enough to enter.
For Russian citizens under 14 to travel to some of the Commonwealth of Independent States countries, birth and citizenship certificates can be produced instead of passports.
Russian minors under 18 years, leaving the Russian Federation and travelling without neither parents nor other wardship, are required to hold a parental authorization letter in the Russian language and notarized by a lawyer, stating that the minor is permitted to leave the Russian Federation.
Bans and restrictions
A right of some individuals to travel via Russian borders can be restricted in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Foreigners previously expelled from Russia for offences cannot enter the country since one year since the date of expulsion.
To travel abroad, a Russian citizen sentenced incapable by a court of law must be accompanied by a tutorial guardianship to provide security for both the incapable and people around.
Unadmissable foreigners are those forbidden to enter Russia in cases set by the law i.e. improper travel documents, AIDS/HIV-infection, convictions for felonies or misdemeanors, unlawful pursuits of entry, fraudulent presentation of personal or other travel information, security risk.
A person, no matter national, foreign or stateless, may occur a subject of restriction to leave Russia if appropriate legal grounds exist i.e. a citizen has been privy to the information constituting state secrets, criminal or civil proceedings have been instituted against a person, a person has received a court' sentence for having committed a crime, a citizen has resorted to fraudulent representation, a citizen is drafted to military service, a person evades from the fulfillment of obligations imposed by a court of law.
Normally, the restrictions are active until the circumstances preventing the citizen's exit cease to be in effect.
Non-compliance with the entry or transit regulations may result in fines for both carrier and passenger and either deportation by same airline on first available flight or indefinite delay for passenger at point of entry. If carrier can prove that at boarding point passenger had proper documents to enter or to transit the territory of Russian Federation, the passenger may be fined.
Required for citizens of most countries.
Please ask your airline or travel agent for details.
All alien persons entering Russia are to fill in an immigration form to produce one to the passport control. It is strongly recommended to do the form before passport control in block Lain letters. The blanks are available onboard your aircraft. Please ask your airline flight attendant for help to do the form properly.
Upon departure, the B section of the immigration form must be produced to the passport control.
Please see chapter MIGRATION CONTROL PROCEDURE for details.
By persons of 16 years and older
1000 cigarettes or 1000 grammes of tobacco products.
Items to declare
1 1/2 litres of alcoholic beverages and 2 litres of wine.
a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use.
Residents: goods up to an amount of USD 10,000.- for personal use only.
Non-residents: goods up to an amount of USD 10,000.-.
Currency: unlimited (please see CURRENCY chapters).
Photographs and printed matter directed against Russian Federation or health and moral of population therein, military arms and ammunition, narcotics (opium, hashish, etc.), fruit and vegetables.
‘Goods to declare’ passage channels are to be taken when in possession of:
unattended baggage sent separately and/or by other plane or vehicle;
precious metals an/or stones, except for jewelry previously imported as personal effects. Precious metals are gold, silver, platinum as well as metals of platinum origin but for jewelry or scrap of one made of metals mentioned above. Precious stones are diamonds both rough and cut, rubies, sapphires, alexandrite and pearls;
weapon, including cold steel, ammunition and explosives;
narcotic and/or psychotropic substances and other similar substances;
objects d’art and antiques, i.e. paintings/watercolors, sculptures, coins, award orders/medals, postage stamps and other items of artistic, historical, scientific and/or other value;
poisonous and/or contaminative substances as well as medicines with strong soporific and/or anaesthetic effect;
endangered species of wild fauna and flora, parts and products thereof;
radio facilities and high-frequency devices using frequencies higher than 9 KHz, including both transmitters and receivers, i.e. telephones, radio stations, radio navigation systems, radio direction finders, cable TV systems and other similar devices;
printed matters, negative and exposed films, photographic negatives and prints, video programs containing information constituting either state secrets or war, fascism, ethnical/religious intolerance propaganda or pornography;
goods exceeding quantity/quality/value duty-free quotas set by legislation of the Russian Federation;
goods for commercial and/or industrial purposes.
Persons, including those moving abroad to a new abode, are allowed to export goods under the value of $ 10,000 duty and tax free except those for commercial and/or industrial use. The exportation can be done in either way including postage. A simplified customs procedure of the exportation is provided.
Currency export – residents
Individual residents are allowed to export foreign currencies in a lump cash sum, if the total value of $ 10,000 not exceeded. Given this, no documentary confirmation of previous import, postage or transfer required.
No declaration required for residents exporting foreign currencies of a total value not more than $ 3,000 in a lump cash sum. Given the cash value exceeding, a declaration in written form must be done.
Please mind the written declaration must be done by filling in the form and walking through the red channel. The form blanks are available in most world spread languages on desks before customs lines.
No declaration required for credit cards of any value.
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