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Step-by-step guide for students entering Russia

Step 1. Check the validity of your documents: Pasport and visa (if you require it). If your visa is about to expire, request a new invitation through your personal HSE account and obtain a new visa before buying tickets. Read more on the procedure here. If your passport is about to expire, get a new one and then apply for a new visa.

Step 2. To be able to enter Russia for educational purposes, you ought to be listed on the portal Gosuslugi among arriving foreign students. Before your flight, ask your manager to check whether you are listed on the portal of Gosuslugi using this guidance. In case you are missing, or the period of entry for you has already ended, inform your program manager on the arrival date no later than 10 days before entering Russia by giving the following information:

- First and last name
- DOB
- Sex
- Passport number
- Citizenship
- Border point of entry
- Date of entry
- Visa number (not applicable for visa-free students)
- Attach your passport scan (main page and your valid visa page if you require a visa for entry)

Please note, that in case if you provide information on entry to Russia later than 10 days before arrival as stipulated by the algorythm of entrance for educational purposes, the request to list you on the Federal Portal Gosuslugi among entering students may be rejected!

Step 3. When entering Russia fill in the migration card. Underline the purpose of travel as Education.
If you enter Russia through the border with Belarus, familiarize yourself with specific regulations here.

Step 4. On the next day after arrival get registered. Read on the procedure here
Step 5. If you entered Russia on a single-entry visa, don't forget to apply for its extension not later than 45 days before the visa expiration date. If you arrive later than the possible deadline for visa expiration, urgently come to our office.


Recommendations:

  • Do not enter Russia by stating purpose of travel other than "Education";
  • Do not enter Russia from countries other than your country of citizenship or official residence, if this country and Russia haven't resumed air connections;
  • Do not try to cross the border illgally;
  • Prepare all documents for travel in advance.