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Migration cards/leaving Russia
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PaulUK
Posted 2017-07-31 12:55 AM (#91307)
Subject: Migration cards/leaving Russia
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Hi

This might sound a bit strange, and hopefully I'll get a straightforward and obviously positive answer!

I flew out of St Petersburg on Tuesday morning - I was exhausted and on medication due to being ill for a few days, and a bit non compos mentis. I handed in my passport and ticket at the passport control, and I presume also my migration card, and my passport was duly stamped, and I went on my weary way.

I go back there next week as I have a valid visa til next year. Exit stamp sitting next to pristine visa.

Now, as I am a very paranoid worrier, I am hoping my migration card WAS in my passport and WAS collected in.

So - quick question: If the card WASN'T in my passport, I WOULDN'T have been allowed to leave unless I was fined or something, yes? Or, if the card wasn't there but the guard didn't care, the fact it wasn't collected won't affect my return next week?

Like I say, I have an exit stamp, and a valid visa. Nothing else has been entered into my passport.

Sorry, just call me someone always expecting trouble when it comes to Russian bureaucracy (even though I have yet to encounter any in six years!).

Thanks in advance,

Paul
Rasboinik
Posted 2017-07-31 7:03 AM (#91308 - in reply to #91307)
Subject: RE: Migration cards/leaving Russia


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PaulUK - 2017-07-31 10:55 AM Hi This might sound a bit strange, and hopefully I'll get a straightforward and obviously positive answer! I flew out of St Petersburg on Tuesday morning - I was exhausted and on medication due to being ill for a few days, and a bit non compos mentis. I handed in my passport and ticket at the passport control, and I presume also my migration card, and my passport was duly stamped, and I went on my weary way. I go back there next week as I have a valid visa til next year. Exit stamp sitting next to pristine visa. Now, as I am a very paranoid worrier, I am hoping my migration card WAS in my passport and WAS collected in. So - quick question: If the card WASN'T in my passport, I WOULDN'T have been allowed to leave unless I was fined or something, yes? Or, if the card wasn't there but the guard didn't care, the fact it wasn't collected won't affect my return next week? Like I say, I have an exit stamp, and a valid visa. Nothing else has been entered into my passport. Sorry, just call me someone always expecting trouble when it comes to Russian bureaucracy (even though I have yet to encounter any in six years!). Thanks in advance, Paul

Hi.

Every time that you depart from Russia if the migration card is in your passport the migration card is removed by the Russian Passport Control officer, if you can go through the Passport Control area without any problems then it is ensured that your migration was in your passport and that it was removed by the Russian Passport Control officer.

If you do not have your migration card in your passport when you try to leave Russia you will have a problem.

Hope This Helps
PaulUK
Posted 2017-07-31 9:43 AM (#91309 - in reply to #91308)
Subject: RE: Migration cards/leaving Russia
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Thanks very much - this is entirely what I suspected, namely, if there were problems, I'd have known about it there and then!
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