If you are stopped by a police officer

Most likely your documents will be checked. If your visa was not registered, you will have to pay a penalty (up to $50 or appr. 1500 rubles).

Note: Officially policemen in Moscow are not allowed to check your documents unless you have broken a Russian law!

How to register your visa

According to the Russian law, your Russian visa must be registered within 7 business days upon arrival.

If you stay at the hotel, the registration is fully taken care of by the hotel.

If you are staying at a private apartment, a visa is to be registered by a landlord whether it is a tourist or a business visa. A landlord must apply for your registration at the local post office or department of Federal Migration Service (commonly known as OVIR) in other cities. A landlord will need to fill out a notification form and include the copies of your passport (pages with photo and visa) and migration card. A landlord must be a Russian citizen officially registered at the same apartment.

Important: Not registering your Russian visa may lead to serious problems: detention by police, fines on departure, prevention from boarding the visa expiration date, etc. Please make sure to choose the agency that can provide registration of your visa in Russia and advice and/or help in exceptional cases.

We recommend using the services of recognized agents only, listed in our Section Useful Links.

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