Registration of Visas in Russia

According to the Russian law, your Russian visa must be registered within 7 working days after arrival (weekends and public holidays are not considered).
If you stay at a hotel, it is the concern of the staff to carry out the registration. A small fee may be charged for registration. The registration card should be given to you on the next day (weekends and public holidays are not considered).

Please note that registration is valid as long as you stay at the hotel. If you have left the hotel and plan to further stay in Russia, you will have to register once again at the place of sojourn. This procedure must be carried out each time you change your place of sojourn in Russia.
If you are staying in an apartment, your visa must be registered with the landlord. Together with the official owner of the apartment it is necessary to address the territorial office of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation (FMS).
Documents required for registration:
*for the apartment owner- a certificate of ownership to the apartment.
For you:
* copy of the migration card
* passport copy (the pages with your photo on them)
* visa copy
* copy of a stamp of the Russian border security service in your passpot.

Violation of rules of migration registration may entail administrative responsibility of a foreign citizen in the form a penalty from 2,000 to 5,000 roubles, in certain cases accompanied with expulsion from the territory of the Russian Federation. A foreign citizen who has been administratively expelled may be further banned from entry to the Russian Federation for the period of up to five years.
 
We advise you to make copies of the passport, migration card and detachable part of the Notification in case of loss or other unforeseen circumstances.
This would help to confirm the fact that you have all the required documents and observe the rules of migration registration.
Please note that all responsibility for completing the registration process lies with a foreign national!
 
 
More information on registration procedure
The procedure of migration registration implies informing (notifying) a relevant territorial office of the Federal Migration Service of a foreign citizen's arrival to the place of sojourn and must be carried out in the course of 7 working days after his or her arrival to the Russian Federation. One should know that all migration registration procedures are carried out by the Host Party, the foreign citizen him/herself is not required to address any organizations wasting his/her time.
Upon arrival at the place of sojourn, a foreign citizen shows his/her passport and migration card to the Host Party; a migration card is to be completed upon entrance to the Russian Federation (migration cards are handed out on board of an airplane/train etc). Taking away the passport and the migration card of a foreign citizen is not allowed.
The Host Party may be represented by citizens of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens and stateless persons having permanent residence in the Russian Federation (holders of residence permit), as well as legal persons, their subsidiaries or branch offices where the foreign citizen actually resides (sojourns) or works.
When a foreign citizen settles in a hotel, the Host Party is the hotel's administration which in the course of twenty-four hours notifies the territorial office of the Federal Migration Service of the foreign citizen's arrival and also takes all the necessary steps regarding the registration of foreign citizens; the administration is responsible for observance of the established rules of foreigners' sojourn.
All the measures necessary for the registration of a foreign citizen are taken by the administration of the hotel.
On the basis of the documents presented by the foreign citizen, the Host Party fills in a special notification of a foreign citizen's arrival at the place of sojourn (hereinafter Notification). Then the Host Party in the course of twenty-four hours presents the said form along with copies of the foreign citizen's passport and migration card directly to the territorial office of the Federal Migration Service or sends them by post. There is no state due for migration registration.
In mail service offices there are special windows where the Host Party would be offered a Notification form to fill in. The Notification forms are given free of charge. For the service of receiving the Notification the mail service office charges an appropriate fee established by the Governmental Regulation of the Russian Federation No. 10, January 15, 2007. Currently the fee is 180 roubles.
The territorial office of the Federal Migration Service or the mail service office which have received from the Host Party the completed Notification along with the above-mentioned copies put down a mark of reception in the Notification and return the detachable part of the Notification to the Host Party.
The Host Party gives the detachable part of the Notification to the foreign citizen. The fact that the foreign citizen has the detachable part of the Notification with the mark of reception confirms his/her migration registration.
A foreign citizen has a right to notify the bodies of migration control of his/her arrival at the place of sojourn in person in case there are documented reasonable excuses (illness, physical impossibility, etc.) preventing the Host Party from submitting the Notification to a body of migration registration.
A foreign citizen permanently residing in the Russian Federation also has a right to notify the corresponding body of migration control of his/her arrival at the place of residence in person or, according to the established order, by post, with written consent of the Host Party.
Before departure a foreign citizen gives the detachable part of the Notification to the Host Party for it to be submitted in person or posted to the territorial office of the Federal Migration Service. Such action must be taken by the Host Party within 2 working days since the departure of the foreign citizen.
Please be aware that the time of sojourn of a foreign citizen in the Russian Federation is determined by the period of validity of the visa issued to him/her.
 
Violation of rules of migration registration may entail administrative responsibility of a foreign citizen in the form a penalty from 2,000 to 5,000 roubles, in certain cases accompanied with expulsion from the territory of the Russian Federation. A foreign citizen who has been administratively expelled may be further banned from entry to the Russian Federation for the period of up to five years.
We advise you to make copies of the passport, migration card and detachable part of the Notification in case of loss or other unforeseen circumstances.
This would help to confirm the fact that you have all the required documents and observe the rules of migration registration.