Visas are required for most nationalities traveling to Russia. Note that visas on arrival are never available for passengers. In the case of crew:
- Visas are available at three Moscow airports: Vnukovo (UUWW), Sheremetyevo (UUEE) and Domodedovo (UUDD)
- Arrangements need to be made in advance and information needs to be submitted at least 24 hours prior to arrival
- Crew must bring two (2) passport-sized photos
- Processing time can take anywhere between 1.5 and 6 hours to obtain
It’s always recommended that crew and passengers obtain visas prior to traveling to Russia. Note that a Fan-ID can be obtained for those attending the World Cup and will substitute a visa. For more information on the Fan-ID and how to obtain one, please visit the official site.
For high traffic events such as the World Cup, government authorities will create an express customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) process. Specifically, this process will add more officers and kiosks for CIQ clearance and the clearance itself will be faster at approximately three (3) minutes per person.