When entering Russia a foreign citizen is required to receive and fill out a Migration Card and present it to a border control official.

Migration Card forms are issued to foreign citizens upon entry to Russia free of charge by border control officials or representatives of organizations providing transportation services such as airlines.

The Migration Card must be kept for the whole period of stay in Russia and it is submitted together with other documents for registration at the place of stay in Russia. When leaving Russia, the Migration Card must be returned to a border control official.

In the event of damage or loss of the Migration Card a foreign citizen must within 3 days notify an office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.