In accordance with the website of the FMS of the Russian Federation a migration card is a document that contains information about the foreign citizen entering the Russian Federation, and also serves to control his or her temporary stay in the Russian Federation.
The forms for migration cards are given to arriving foreign citizens (charge free):
- when travelling by air (sea, river) transport — by the crew members of aircraft (sea, river vessels);
- when travelling by railway transport — by the members of the train crews;
- when travelling by road public transport (buses) — by drivers;
- when travelling by personal (private) transport or on foot — by officers of the border control authority.
It is permitted to fill in the migration card forms in the arrival halls of airports (sea and river ports, auto transitions) before the border control for foreign citizens entering the territory of the Russian Federation.
The entry and exit parts of the migration card (coupons “A” and “B”) should be filled in legibly, without erasures and corrections, with an ink or a ballpoint pen in ink color of either black, blue or purple color by the owners of the documents entitling them to enter and stay in the territory of the Russian Federation.
It is allowed to fill in the forms using letters of the Latin alphabet.
A migration card should be filled in for each foreign citizen, regardless of age.
The stamp entry / exit on the migration cards are made by the officials of the border (for transit passengers additionally immigration) control in columns “For official notes” at the time of passing through the border (immigration) control by foreign citizens.
Completed entry parts of the migration cards (coupons “A”) with entry stamps are taken from the holders by officials of the border control authority at the entrance into the Russian Federation.
Completed exit parts of the migration cards (coupons “B”) with entry stamps should be kept by foreign citizens during the entire period of their stay in the territory of the Russian Federation. When leaving the territory of the Russian Federation foreign citizens are to return these coupons to the officials of the border control authority.
In case of unintentional damage or loss of the migration cards during the stay in the territory of the Russian Federation foreign citizens are to apply relating the incident to the territorial bodies of the FMS of Russia within three days The latter will supply them with a duplicate of the migration card and the corresponding entry in the column “For official notes” after verification of the personal data of the applicant.
In the case of a foreign citizen leaving the territory of the Russian Federation arriving at the checkpoint to pass the border control without a migration card, the officials of the border control authority will offer him/her to fill in the coupon “B” on a blank form of the migration card. There will be made a corresponding note in the column “For official notes”.