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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

22.05.2020 - Entry into the territory of the Russian Federation is allowed for foreign citizens who are highly qualified specialists in the field of physical education and sports

In accordance with the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of May 15, 2020 No. 1275-p, from May 15, 2020, entry into the territory of the Russian Federation is allowed for foreign citizens who are highly qualified specialists in the field of physical education and sports


06.05.2020 - About the extension of the ban on entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens.

In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated April 29, 2020 No. 1170-P, the ban on entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons has been extended for an indefinite period.


17.04.2020 - About the amendments to the restrictions on leaving the Russian Federation for Russian citizens.

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin signed an order expanding the list of persons entitled to cross the state border.


06.04.2020 - Regarding the requests on returning the paid consular fees for visas to Russia

Regarding the requests on returning the paid consular fees for visas to Russia, which they could not use or which they did not receive in connection with measures taken by the Government of the Russian Federation to temporarily restrict the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons in order to ensure state security.


20.03.2020 - Please note that the consular fee when applying for a Russian visa is not refunded

Please note that the consular fee when applying for a Russian visa is not refunded, since this is not a fee for the visa issued, it is a fee for the consideration of documents. Moreover, even if a visa is refused, the consular fee in accordance with Russian law is not refunded.


17.03.2020 - Entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons from March 18, 2020 to May 1, 2020.

In order to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation, from March 18, 2020 to May 1, 2020, entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons.


06.03.2020 - On the entry into force of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the State of Qatar on the waiver of visa requirements for citizens of the Russian Federation and citizens of the State of Qatar.

On February 23, 2020, the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the State of Qatar on the waiver of visa requirements for citizens of the Russian Federation and citizens of the State of Qatar entered into force.


04.03.2020 - Russian consular agencies temporarily suspend the receipt of documents, registration and issuance of visas to Iranian citizens

Russian consular agencies in the UK temporarily stop accepting documents and issuing visas for Iranian citizens.


03.03.2020 - On 9 March the Consular Section will be closed

Please be informed that the Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia will be closed on 9 March for a national holiday.


21.02.2020 - On temporary measures to suspend the entry into Russia of Chinese citizens with private, educational and tourist purposes, as well as to carry out labor activities.

In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation, on February 20, 2020, the entrance through the state border of the Russian Federation of citizens of the People’s Republic of China, entering the territory of our country for private, educational and tourist purposes, as well as for employment, is temporarily suspended.



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