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CONSULAR SECTION INFORMS

03.10.2018

Crossing Russia-Belarus Border by Foreign Citizens and Persons without Citizenship

The Russian legislation (The Federal Law No. 114-FZ dated 15 August 1996 On Procedures to Enter and Exit the Russian Federation, Russian Federation Law No. 4730-1 dated 1 April 1993 On the State Border of the Russian Federation) provides that foreign citizens and stateless persons are eligible to enter the Russian Federation only through authorized checkpoints at the state border and must go through the border control.

There are no authorized checkpoints designed for international connections on motorways and railways crossing Russia-Belarus sector of the State Border of the Russian Federation and there is no border control checkpoints for international travel of individuals and vehicles.

Till a complete settlement of this matter crossing of Russia-Belarus state border by all categories of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, regardless having valid Russian or Belarus visas or resident permits, using railway or motorway transport will be violation of the established in accordance with international norms procedure of crossing the State Border of the Russian Federation.

Since May 2017, it has become possible for third-country nationals to cross Russian-Belarus border using direct flights between Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation. The border control in Russian airports is carried out with regard to all foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving from Belarus and departing backwards.

Foreign citizens and stateless persons travelling by air in transit via the territory of the Russian Federation to Republic of Belarus still have to obtain Russian transit visas.

According to the international norms and the national legislation of the Russian Federation all third-country nationals and stateless persons can enter and leave the Russian Federation through multilateral (bilateral) checkpoints open for international travel (international flights).




LATEST EVENTS

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.


08.06.2018 - Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Fan Guide for FIFA World Cup Russia-2018

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation has published guidelines for foreign nationals travelling to Russia for the FIFA World Cup 2018.


08.06.2018 - Opening times of the Consular Section of the Embassy in June

Dear visitors! 11-12 June, the Consular Section is closed for the National holiday.


27.04.2018 - 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.


20.03.2018 - Operational changes in the Consular Section of the Embassy

As a result of the irresponsible actions of the UK Government, which lead to an expulsion of 23 diplomats of the Russian Embassy, including a number of Consular Section staff, the Embassy is temporarily limiting the number of all visitors.


26.01.2018 - Contact number for Consul on duty in charge of visas

Contact number for Consul on duty in charge of visas


06.10.2017 - On coming into force of the Executive Order of President of the Russian Federation on procedure for entry to the Russian Federation and exit from the Russian Federation of Principality of Monaco nationals

On September 3, 2017 President of the Russian Federation signed the Executive Order on procedure for entry to the Russian Federation and exit from the Russian Federation of Principality of Monaco nationals.


30.08.2017 - To the Attention of Foreign Nationals Visiting the Russian Federation

In accordance with the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 413 of August 16, 2004 “On migration card”, the migration cards are distributed gratis by immigration officers at all ports of entry to the Russian Federation. A foreign national must carry this card during the whole period of stay in the Russian Federation


04.08.2017 - E-visa will be available to visit Primorye territory of the Russian Federation

Starting from August 8, 2017, nationals of Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, India, Iran, Qatar, PRC, DPRK, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan may be granted an electronic visa (e-visa) to enter the Russian Federation through the border crossing checkpoints, located on the territory of the Free Port of Vladivostok.


07.06.2017 - On 12 June the Consular Section will be closed

The Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in the UK will be closed on 12 June.



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