On 10th February 2003 the requirement for migration cards was introduced. Every foreign citizen (except for members of diplomatic missions and international organisations) is required to fill in a migration card when entering Russia.
A migration card will be presented to you by your carrier, before you enter Russia. They are also available at ports of entry. Both parts “A” and “B” (entry and exit) should be completed before handing it over to the passport control officer.
Part “A” of the card will be kept by passport control on entry. Part “B” will be returned to you with an entry stamp on it – do not lose this card, keep it with your passport at all times. When you leave Russia you need to present passport control with part “B” of your migration card.
If you lose your migration card, report this to the regional bodies of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) within three days.
Returning your migration card
Note, your next entry into the Russian Federation may be restricted if you do not submit your migration card when leaving the country.
If you have failed to register your visa correctly or lost your migration card or registration slip, then you may have problems with passport control when leaving Russia, including fines of up to $3000.