Knowledgebase: Visas
Extension of document validity for foreign nationals in Russia
Posted by Andrew Glenister, Last modified by Andrew Glenister on 02 December 2020 11:56 AM

Following the closure of borders and quarantine measures, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) has taken measures to regulate the legal status of foreign nationals residing in Russia. A new order has been approved as of the 23rd September 2020prolonging some of the measures until 15th December 2020

Who is eligible? 

Foreign nationals whose stay in Russia falls between 15th March 15th December 2020 and whose documents expire during this period. 

Which documents are extended? 

Immigration cards, visas, registration, temporary residence permits, permanent residence permits and other documents that have expired or will expire between 15th March and 15th December 2020. This does not include work permits, patents, and authorizations to hire foreign nationals. 

What if my passport expires? 

Foreign nationals are allowed to leave Russia with an expired passport until 15th December 2020, assuming there is a Russian visa that has also expired. 

How long are the documents valid for? 

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, if your visa validity period expires during the period between 15th March and 15th December 2020, it will be automatically extended free of charge for 276 days from the visa expiration date. There is no need to apply to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to extend the validity period of these documents. 

Discrepancies between regions 

Despite these new guidelines, authorities in other cities may follow these guidelines differently. Thus, regional migration authorities may accept expired documents as valid only until 15th December 2020. As such it is advisable to contact the local authorities to confirm whether an extension is applicable to you or not. 

Local authorities are continuing to work and are open as usual. They will accept documents and provide advice subject to quarantine measures and restrictions imposed in your region. 


Please note that this information is subject to change, and therefore we recommend contacting your local authority for further clarification on whether this will apply to you. 


How can Real Russia help? 

Should you need to clarify your legal status or if you have any queries regarding the extension of your documents, we can help to find out and provide you with the contact details of the Russian MIA in your region. Please contact us for more information at or via phone on +44 (0)207 100 7370. 


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