Registration is straightforward in most Russian cities, and if you plan on staying in a hotel or hostel, you should have no issues.
There are a few exceptions, though. If you plan to stay in private accommodation in one of the following cities, you should do the following:
Rules in these cities can change regularly, without warning. So, if you find that the rules are different to those outlined below, please let us know your experience so we can update the information we offer to others.
And if you do have any difficulties, please contact us using our 24-hour support line on +44 207 100 7370.
Local authorities may require additional documentation from foreign travellers who do not stay in a hotel registered for foreign travellers.
For registration periods of seven working days or more, the inviting organisation needs to provide you with:
- A copy of the General Director's passport.
- A company letter stating that the inviting party will take all responsibility for the invited person during their stay in Russia.
It is not possible for Real Russia or many other Russian companies to meet these conditions. Please take this into account when organising trips to this area.
If you try to register any type of visa other than Private locally, such as Tourist or Business, while staying in private accommodation, you will be officially fined, and this may lead to a five-year ban on entering Russia.
You must have a Private visa if you plan to stay in Private accommodation.
Kamchatka and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Foreign nationals who visit this region must receive a special permit from the local authorities. You will need to show this permit alongside your visa to be granted entry.
The permit itself can take up to three months to process and can be arranged by Russian Discovery, Tel: +7 495 125-28-08, email: email@example.com, if you book a tour with them.
If you are travelling to this region with a Tourist or Business visa, you should send a scan to the local brand of the FSB before your date of entry.
As with other cities in the Southern Caucasus region, it is very important that you keep all visa documents, including your letter of invitation, with you when entering and exiting the area, otherwise you could face difficulties with the authorities, including large fines.
It is worth nothing that the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommend that all travellers avoid this region.
If you are flying directly to Nizhny Novgorod from outside of Russia, and plan on entering Russia with a Tourist visa, you will also need a special voucher, which we are unable to provide.
If you plan to visit with a Tourist visa, you do not need the voucher if you visit the city from anywhere in Russia, such as overland by train.
If you are travelling directly to Nizhny Novgorod with a Business visa, you do not need any extra voucher, and can enter as normal.
Norilsk is a 'closed' city, meaning it is very difficult for foreign travellers to visit. Should you choose to visit you should apply for a Business visa using a business invitation from a local company.
We do not recommend trying to enter with a tourist visa.
The Sakhalin region exercise strict control over where foreign citizens can work.
Real Russia can provide a Business visa for this area provided that it is for the purpose of taking part in meetings, conferences, negotiations or similar, but not if you plan to work in the region. If you are found to be doing this you will be deported, and Real Russia as the inviting party will be sanctioned by the Sakhalin authorities. Because of this, if you apply for a visa stating you will visit this region, we will contact you to confirm the exact nature of your reason for travel.
You should not try to register a Tourist or Business visa when staying at private accommodation. Local authorities will only allow you to register your visa at a private address if you have a Private visa.
Should you try to register anything other than a Private visa, you will be fined and this can lead to a five year ban on entering Russia.
This region has many restricted and sanctuary zones for which you will need a special permit to visit, in addition to your visa. Our friends at http://www.welcome2yamal.ru/, Tourist Information Centre telephone: +7(34922)-4-49-49, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, will be able to help you with this.