A short guide how to get in and get out successfully.

Let`s say you have you visa to Russia, your tickets and your suitcase is packed. Other words you are ready to go. Here are a couple of advices how to go by in Russia.

Passport control. When you come to an airport and go to the passport control service you`ll see that sometimes the line is way too long and many people in the line are in a hurry. Don`t let this “rush” mood to effect yourself and to get in a hurry also. The secret is that the more hurry you look in the eyes of the passport control officers, the bigger chance you have to spend there a half of a day. The best advice we can give you: pretend that you have all the time in the world with you and we promise you will pass the passport control no problem and as fast as it`s possible.

BTW: don`t be surprised, you`ll get a stamp right on your visa!

Visa stamped.
Visa stamped.

Aim of you trip. If you obtained one of our business invitations, you have now a business visa to Russia. So you will be asked about the aim of your visit. There is only one right answer this question: business. If you`ll be asked about a specific of this business trip, you have a right don`t answer. At the same time if you don`t want to spend at the airport for a half of a day, we would recommend to say a couple of words, some generic words like: a business meeting with your Russian partners, taking part in the local conference or something like that. Most of our business invitations will invite you as a consultant, so you honestly can reply that you arrived to give a few personal consultations to you Russian partners.

We strongly recommend when you answer the questions of the passport control officers to answer them on your own language. Because most of the officers don`t speak foreign language you have a high chance don`t be asked for too long and too much.

Migration card. On a passport control service you might get a stamp of arrival into your passport and an migration card. Pay attention to this card. It`s a piece of a white paper, you`d better put inside of your passport, you even can staple it with the page where you have your visa. The migration card is very important, you actually will not use it while inside of Russia, but you`ll need it when you leave the country. And if you lose it you are in a big trouble. So don`t forget to collect it from the officers who puts a stamp of arrival into your passport, don`t lose it during your stay and submit it at passport control when you leave the country.

Migration card.
Migration card.

Registration. According to the Russian law after arrival to Russian Federation you need to be registered. Speaking a common language you simple need to let Russian authorities know that you are officially in Russia and ready to follow Russian laws. But don`t be in a rush to get scarred about the whole process of registration. The good news is that you personally shouldn`t do anything. The obligation to registrant you lays on the shoulders of  the owner of the place you stay at. It means that if you stay at a hotel, the hotel must collect the information about you and send a notification to the Russian migration service. If you stay at the apartment the owner of the apartment should do the same thing. If they don`t do it, it`s not your problem, it could be their problem, but not yours. So when you hear the words “must be registered on arrival” just assume that somebody should do it for you, will the do it or not, it will not have any influence to your visit in Russia and will not cause any problems for you to come back to Russia.

Your stay in Russia. The main rules during your stay are: don`t break the rules, don`t have problems with Russian police and don`t stay longer than your visa lets you. If you order a business invitation letter thru our service, it means that you`ll get a business visa to Russia. The maximum length of stay for you will depend on a country you are a citizen of. Averagely it`s 90 days within each period of 180 day for citizens of European countries, Japan, Canada  and 6 months per every year for citizens of the USA.