Arriving. Guide for tourists

You have picked your baggage and left the airport or railway station. What's next? Tourists should read! 

If you are a tourist: go to your hotel. Hostess would ask you for your documents and migration card. After you give it to her, she should return you it all with one new document:

This is  form of notification of the foreign citizen's arrival at the place of sojourn, very important thing. You can read about it on the Migration Service webpage. There are some information about you: your name and surname, citizenship, birthdate, passport, visa and migration card ID, address of your hotel etc. Police officers can ask you to show them this form. 

The procedure of the 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 seven 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 (in a Hotel), the foreign citizen (you)  shows to the Host Party (hostess) his/her passport and migration card; the latter is completed upon entrance to the Russian Federation. 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.

CONCLUSION: you just have to give your documents to hostess - and thats how it is.

Carry this form with your passport and migration card. Don't leave it in the hotel room.

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