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  • Migration card
    Migration card is a document which contains the data on the foreign citizen entering the Russian Federation and serves to control this citizen’s staying in Russia.

    Migration card form is issued to foreign citizens (free of charge):

    • While travelling by air (see, river) – for crew members of air (see, river) crafts;
    • While travelling by train – for crew members of trains;
    • While travelling by automobile transport of public service (buses) – for drivers;
    • While travelling by private transport or on foot – for officials of border control office.

    Foreign citizens which enter the Russian Federation is permitted to fill in the migration card forms in the arrival halls of airports (see and river ports, auto border crossing points) before the border control.

    Entry and departure parts of migration cards ( A and B sections) are filled in by the holders of the documents which give the right to enter and stay on the territory of the Russian Federation personally without blots and corrections with the help of ink or ballpoint pens of black, dark blue or purple colour.

    If a foreign citizen doesn’t know the Russian language, it is acceptable to fill in the personal data in Latin letters in accordance with the data from passport or other identification document.

    Migration card is filled in for each foreign citizen regardless of his/her age.

    Entry/ departure marks are written down in the column "For office use only” by officials of the border control office (for transit passengers both by officials of the border control and migration office) when foreign citizens pass the border (migration) control.
    Filled in entry parts of migration cards (A section) with entry marks are taken by officials of the border control office when foreign citizens enter the Russian Federation.

    Filled in departure parts of migration cards (B section) with entry marks are kept by foreign citizens within the whole period of staying on the territory of the Russian Federation and are given to officials of the border control office when leaving Russia.

    In case of unintentional spoiling or losing the migration card while staying on the territory of the Russian Federation foreign citizens must claim about it in the regional office of the Federal Migration Service Directorate of the Russian Federation within 3 days. After the identification data of the applicants is checked officials will issue duplicates of migration cards and of appropriate entry in the column "For office use only”.

    If a foreign citizen comes to the Border Inspection Post while leaving the Russian Federation without a migration card, he/ she is requested to fill in B section of clean migration card form by officials of the border control office. In such case a special entry is made in the column "For office use only”.
    In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Law No.230-ФЗ of 21.07.2014 "On Introducing Amendments to Federal Law of Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation” work permit for foreign citizens which came to Russia without a visa is not issued if foreign citizens didn’t mention the purpose of travel as Work in the migration card.
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