How to comply with new registration rules for foreigners in Russia?

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is over and Russia has benefited from millions of tourists who visited the country to enjoy a phenomenal tournament. Foreigners who did not stay in a hotel during their visit were faced with toughened registration rules, which was a cause for concern. We’d like to briefly update you and answer some of the questions that were raised regarding the registration of foreign citizens in Russia:

So, what’s the deal?

On July 8 2018 the following new regulations on the registration of foreign citizens came into force:

Until 25 July, 2018, any foreign citizen is required to register with the local authorities within 3 days of entering the country.

  1. Highly Qualified Specialists are required to register within 90 days upon arrival to Russia.
  2. Foreign citizens with a standard work permit or business visa are required to register within 7 working days of their arrival to Russia.

Prior to July 8, 2018, it was possible to register foreign citizens at the legal address of their employer. This was common practice and employers usually handled all formalities to properly register their foreign employees.

Now, however, a foreign citizen has to be registered at their actual place of residence. This can cause some difficulties if they do not own the real estate where they reside but instead rent from someone else. In this case, the landlord is responsible for registering the foreign citizen, not their employer. Thus, successful registration in accordance with the law depends on the cooperation of the landlord.

What to do?

If you are renting residential real estate in Russia, you need to reach out to your landlord with the new legal requirements as it is now the obligation of the landlord, as the hosting party, to register foreign citizens at their actual place of residence. Your employer, as the inviting party, will actively participate in this discussion and assist where necessary with the formalities, but the landlord needs to appear in person at the registration authority.

For those working in Russia as Highly Qualified Specialists, the previous terms of registration are again in effect after July 25, 2018. Registration is necessary for a stay of more than 90 days, and must be completed within 7 working days after the 90-day period expires. However, registration is not necessary for a stay of less than 90 days. This means that if you leave Russia at least once every 90 days you can avoid registering indefinitely.

If you visit Russia and stay in a hotel there is no need to worry, because the hotel will register you.

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