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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

29.11.2019 - About cases of refusal to enter the Russian Federation using electronic visas.

At the same time, the Embassy receives complains from the citizens who were denied entry when crossing the border of the Russian Federation or registering for a flight from London.


07.11.2019 - On entry into force of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Equatorial Guinea on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the holders of the diplomatic, service and special passports.

On 8 November 2019 the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Equatorial Guinea on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the holders of the diplomatic, service and special passports entered into the force.


31.10.2019 - On 04 November the Consular Section will be closed

Dear visitors! Please be informed that the Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia will be closed on 04 November for a national holiday.


11.10.2019 - On entry into force of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Botswana on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the nationals of the Russian Federation and the national of the Republic of Botswana

On 8 October 2019 the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Botswana 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 Botswana entered into force.


08.10.2019 - On entry into force of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the nationals of the Russian Federation and the national of Antigua and Barbuda

On 22 October 2019 the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the nationals of the Russian Federation and the nationals of Antigua and Barbuda is entering into force.


27.09.2019 - Electronic visas to Saint-Petersburg and its surrounding Leningrad Region

In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No.347 dated 18 July 2019, starting from 1 October 2019 nationals of 53 foreign states shall have the right to obtain single entry business, humanitarian and tourist visas for visiting Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region in the form of an electronic document (e-visa) on the special website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/).


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.



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