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Important Information - Russian Visa Registration Rule Changes
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Important visa registration rule changes


Russian visa registration rules have changed, please read the following information to ensure that you are not fined or detained by the Russian authorities:


What has changed?


  • All foreign citizens arriving in either Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan or Sochi between 1 June and 12 July 2017 must be registered with the local migration authorities within 1 calendar day (24 hours) of their arrival.
  • Failure to do so may lead to detention by the Russian authorities and fines of up to £7,500 / €8,500 / $9,500 per person.


How can I register my visa?


  • If you are staying in a hotel or similar tourist accommodation, you will be automatically registered and you do not need to do anything.
  • If you are staying in a hostel, Airbnb or similar types of accommodation, you should confirm with them that you are correctly registered. The administrator of the accommodation should register you, though there may be an additional cost for this.
  • If you are staying in a private apartment, with friends or in similar accommodation, then the apartment owner will need to register you.


Can Real Russia help me register my visa?


  • If you are arriving in Moscow, then our Moscow office can assist with registration.  The address of our Moscow office can be found here:
  • Registration services in Moscow by email remain available; please email copies of all used pages of the passport and migration card to as soon as you arrive.
  • Our Moscow office will be open between 09.00 and 13.00 on Saturdays and Sundays to assist with visa registration issues.
  • If you have not pre-paid for your registration with your visa and visa support then you will need to do so either online, or by cash in our Moscow office.
  • Important note:  we can only assist with your registration if you arrived in Moscow within 24 hours of application.


What other changes are there?


  • From 1 June to 12 July 2017, the migration authority’s offices will be open on weekends as well as on weekdays to facilitate the process of registration.
  • This rule will also apply during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will take place between 14th June 2018 and 15th July 2018. We do not yet know when during 2018 the Russian authorities will apply this rule, but it will include these dates.
  • We will provide more updates on how this rule will be applied in 2018 on this page and on our Service Status page ( when we get them.
  • We do not know if registration through the post office is affected and still available.


Further information …


  • If you are staying in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan or Sochi for less than 24 hours then you will not need to register your visa in these cities.
  • Even if you have previously registered in another city before arriving in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan or Sochi we are currently recommending that you register again within 24 hours of arrival to avoid any complications.
  • We recommend that you keep all copies of your tickets for proof of arrival and transit through Russia during this period.



Should you have any questions or need any assistance with registration please email our visa team on  or call +44 (0) 207 100 7370.

The official Russian Ministry of the Interior statement on this new registration requirement can be found here (in Russian):  https://77.мвд.рф/news/item/10378987/

The British government's official travel advice page for the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup can be found here (in English):


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