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CONSULAR SECTION INFORMS

08.06.2018

Russia-Belarus border control rules for attendees of major sports competitions in Russia

On June 1, 2018 the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Belarus on certain issues related to the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons to international sports competitions came into force. The document in particular regulates the entry procedure for certain categories of foreign citizens into the territory of the Union State during the preparations and hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Agreement provides for visa-free entry into the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus for the holders of spectator identity cards (fan passports or FAN IDs) or information about them provided they have an authentic ID. The said citizens can also cross the Russia-Belarus border if they travel via the following motor roads: M-1, P-23, A-240 and following railway routes Vitebsk-Pskov, Minsk-Smolensk, Gomel-Bryansk.

A FAN ID is a spectator identity card that is part of the system for identifying football fans. The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications is responsible for the project’s implementation.

A FAN ID is issued in the name of the applicant for free and once for all matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Every spectator that purchased a ticket for a tournament match should receive a FAN ID.

Car drivers servicing FAN ID holders also have the right to cross the Russia-Belarus border if they have valid Russian and Belarusian visas, or other permits to enter, exit and stay in Russia or Belarus, or without those if they are entitled to visa-free travel by international treaties of Russia and Belarus.

All other categories of foreign citizens and stateless persons can only enter Russia through checkpoints open for international traffic. There are no such checkpoints on Russia-Belarus border.

When travelling to Kaliningrad FAN ID does not give its owner the right to cross borders of Lithuania and Poland without a visa. If it is necessary, foreign citizens and stateless persons should obtain Schengen visas.




LATEST EVENTS

31.07.2019 - On E-visas for Visiting Russia’s Saint Petersburg and its Surrounding Region (Leningradskaya Oblast)

In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated 18 July 2019 No. 347, starting from 1 October 2019 electronic visas are introduced for visiting Saint Petersburg and its surrounding region (Leningradskaya Oblast). E-visas may be obtained online at http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/.


16.07.2019 - Visas for Estonian nationals

New procedure of issuing tourist visas for Estonian nationals


01.07.2019 - E-visas introduced for visiting Russia’s Kaliningrad Region

E-visas introduced for visiting Russia’s Kaliningrad Region


28.06.2019 - On entry to the Russian Federation with children

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of Russian citizens applying for visas for the purpose of travelling together with their children who hold passports of other States, but who are recognized as citizens of the Russian Federation by birth. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that a child shall acquire citizenship of the Russian Federation by birth provided that at the time of his/her birth the only parent indicated in the birth certificate was a Russian citizen. The child does not need any visa in this case. Notwithstanding the child’s age (under 18 years), it is necessary to register him/her as a citizen of the Russian Federation and obtain a Russian passport for such a child. To avoid any possible misunderstanding or cost implications relating to a trip to Russia, we recommend to get the relevant consultations and all the necessary documents issued in advance.


07.06.2019 - On 12 June the Consular Section will be closed

On 12 June the Consular Section will be closed


27.05.2019 - On entry into force of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the nationals of the Russian Federation and the nationals of the Republic of Costa Rica

On 25 May 2019 the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the nationals of the Russian Federation and the nationals of the Republic of Costa Rica entered into force.


23.04.2019 - Opening times of the Consular Section of the Embassy in May

Dear visitors! Please be informed of the changes in visiting hours of the Consular Section during the May national holidays.


27.02.2019 - Opening times of the Consular Section of the Embassy in March

Dear visitors! Please be informed of the change in the opening hours of the Consular Section of during the holidays.


18.01.2019 - To the Attention of Foreign Nationals Visiting the Russian Federation

In accordance with the current Russian legislation, there is no provision for foreign nationals to enter the Russian Federation possessing a cancelled passport with a valid Russian visa together with a new passport without one. A foreign national should preliminarily transfer his/her Russian visa from cancelled passport to a new one, before he/she visits Russia.


19.12.2018 - Opening times of the Consular Section of the Embassy during the holidays

Dear visitors! Please be informed of the change in the opening hours of the Consular Section of the Embassy during the holidays.



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