Dear International Guests!
We kindly ask you to pay special attention to the recently updated rules of registration with the Federal Immigration Service of Russia (FIS registration) upon your arrival to Saint-Petersburg as below.
Normally, international visitors coming to Russia for a period of stay less than 7 days are waived from obtaining the FIS registration. However, due to the security enforcement for the period of FIFA Confederations Cup in Saint-Petersburg (June 1 – July 12, 2017) the updated immigration rules require any international citizen visiting Russian during this period to obtain the FIS registration within 24 hours upon arriving to Russia.
To avoid any complications with the FIS registration and to ensure your smooth stay during the Congress, we would like to offer you several solutions depending on your case match:
Case 1: Should you stay in a hotel, hostel or rented apartment during the time of your visit to St. Petersburg, please kindly note that the hotel/hostel/apartment must provide you the FIS registration and give you the registration slip on the day of your check-in. Please always keep the FIS registration slip in your passport. Should your hotel/hostel refuse to provide you the FIS registration, please report immediately to the HSE coordinator of the event you are participating in.
Case 2: If you have Russian visa issued by HSE (cannot be a tourist visa!) or if you do not need visa to enter Russia, and you stay in a private apartment (Airbnb, by friends etc. that does not provide FIS registration) during the time of your visit to St. Petersburg, or if your hotel/hostel/apartment refuses to provide you the FIS registration upon your arrival, we ask you to kindly submit necessary documents to the HSE Centre for International Cooperation on the very day of your arrival to Russia, incl. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, by either of the following means at your convenience as below.
a. Please visit the HSE Centre for International Cooperation (CIC) in person before 18:00 (6 PM) on the day of your arrival, incl. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, and please bring your passport and your migration card with you. CIC is located on: Kantemirovskaya ulitsa 3, office 331, and will be open from 09:00 (9 AM) till 18:00 (6 PM) Mon-Sun.
If you arrive to St. Petersburg late in the evening, please kindly visit CIC on the very next day in the morning till 10:00 (10 AM).
b. Alternatively, on the day of your arrival to St. Petersburgplease send a scan copy or a good quality smartphone photo of all pages of your passport (incl. blank pages) and of migration card to the emails: firstname.lastname@example.org и email@example.com with subject “FIS Registration”. Copies/Photos should be just clear and readable. Please make sure to provide the name of the event you are participating in and your contact phone in the email. Please make sure your email is sent and delivered (no delivery failure autoreply appears).
Case 3: if you arrive to Russia with a tourist visa or with any other visa issued NOT by HSE, we are not able to provide you the FIS registration! In this case we strongly recommend you to book your stay at a hotel and to require FIS registration from your hotel/hostel.
Dear international guests, please make sure that you comply with any of the solutions as above – obtaining FIS registration is crucial for both the university and you, as you might be asked to show your FIS registration slip by the Border Control when leaving the country.
We would like to thank you for your understanding and beg your pardon for any inconvenience caused by this recent legal update. Should you have any further questions, please enquire us vie email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or tel.: +7 812 6445911 ext. 61577.
We are doing our best to ensure your smooth and pleasant stay in Saint-Petersburg!