Do I need a passport to Russia?

Evgenia Zimnyakova
Evgenia Zimnyakova
February 18, 2013
Do I need a passport to Russia?

Until a certain time there was one huge country - the USSR. And people moved around without any problems, and the relations were democratic. But once the USSR turned from one huge country into several small ones. Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) began to exist. Relations between countries, respectively, have also changed.

Currently, in some countries there is a visa-free entry, some also create restrictions for citizens entering. The following countries of the near abroad have concluded a visa-free regime with Russia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.

People from neighboring countries travel to Russia most often for additional earnings, as our income level is higher. The money earned by them in Russia for a month may be enough for several months of residence in their homeland.

Many who are going to Russia to earn money are probably concerned about the question of whether they need a passport to Russia. Currently, no passport is required. But due to the intensive flow of citizens of the near abroad to Russia, who are not qualified workers, the Russian government issues a decree that from 2015 the entry will be strictly on foreign passports.

So there is not much time left for free passage.