Flight Documents

Passenger air service, taking into account the immigration requirements of the countries along the travel itinerary (points of original departure / transit stops / destination) shall be provided only to those who carry passport/visa and carriage documents – airline tickets, boarding passes, baggage tags, etc.

Passport/visa documents ensuring legal entry into the country of destination or transit passage through territories of other states include visas, identification documents for temporary or permanent residents, refugee documents, return certificates, work permits, crew documents, international organization passports, identification documents of military personnel, diplomatic and official documents, etc.

Passport is the most common document to prove the passenger’s identity, which is acknowledged to be necessary and/or sufficient on domestic or international flights.

  • Documents for Russian Federation citizens on domestic flights:
    • Russian Federation citizen passport
    • birth certificate (for children under 14)
    • temporary proof of identity issued by internal affairs authorities
    • passport for travelling abroadt
  • international flights:
    • passport for travelling abroadt
    • diplomatic passport
    • offical passport
    • seafarer's passport (seafarer’s identity document) and duly certified extract from the crew list
    • certificate of entry (return) to the RF

Passengers travelling to domestic as well as international destinations must carry:

  • documents for baggage requiring special terms of carriage
  • documents for the animal in case of carrying one

Additional documents for special passenger categories:

  • identity card of a deputy of the Council of Federation or a deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly,
  • identity card of a military service person of the Russian Federation (for officers praporshchiks and michmans),
  • military ID for soldiers, sailors, sergeants, and starshinas serving on conscription or contract basis,
  • certificate of release from places of confinement – for persons released from places of confinement,
  • certificate issued to a convicted person who was granted a permit for a long- or short-term leave from place of confinement,
  • temporary ID issued to a citizen by internal affairs authorities in case of loss or replacement of passport.

Note. The following documents are acknowledged as being the key identity documents of citizens of the Russian Federation that let them depart from and enter into the Russian Federation: passport, diplomatic passport, service passport, seafarer’s passport or seafarer’s identity document (Art. 7 of Ch. 2 of Law No 114-FZ of August 15, 1996 “On the Procedure for Departure from the Russian Federation and Entry into the Russian Federation”). Therefore, the UFMS recommends having a passport for travelling abroad issued even for children under 14. The UFMS employees, according to their job duties, are not allowed to refuse citizens their request to have their children’s details entered in the passport for travelling abroad. In doing so, they must inform citizens that they do so with an exceptional purpose of confirming kinship, and such an entry itself does not entitle the child to travel abroad.

In case a minor citizen of the Russian Federation travels across the national boundary of the Russian Federation with one of the parents, no consent is required from the second parent unless he/she submitted an application to frontier authorities of his/her objection against travel of his/her children outside the Russian Federation. Availability of any documents to confirm the degree of kindred is not required.

In case a minor citizen of Russia departs from the Russian Federation unaccompanied by parents, adoptive parents, guardians, or trustees, he/she must carry, in addition to the passport, a notarized consent from the above-mentioned persons to the travel of the minor citizen outside the Russian federation stating the term of the travel and the state(s) that he/she is intending to visit. Consent from one of the parents is sufficient unless the second parent has submitted an application of his/her objection against unaccompanied travel of his/her children outside the Russian Federation.

In case a citizen of the Russian Federation loses his/her passport outside of Russia, a consular office or a diplomatic representation of the Russian Federation shall issue a certificate of entry (return) to identify the person and entitle him/her to return to Russia.

For stateless persons in the Russian Federation, the passenger identity documents are the following:

  • document issued by a foreign state and, in compliance with an international agreement of the Russian Federation, acknowledged as being an identity document;
  • temporary residence permit;
  • permanent residence permit;
  • other documents stipulated by the federal law or acknowledged as being an identity document in compliance with an international agreement of the Russian Federation.
For citizens of Russia and Ukraine, reciprocal trips are possibe upon presentation of one the following documents:
  • regular passport or a passport for travelling abroad;
  • birth certificate (for children) with an insert certifying the citizenship of the Russian Federation
  • certificate of entry (return) to the country of origin pursuant to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Government of the Russian Federation, and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan on Reciprocal Trips of Citizens without Visas, in case migration cards confirming the entitlement to a temporary stay are available for presentation.
For citizens of Russia and Ukraine, reciprocal trips are possible in case of presence of:
  • common citizen or travelling passport
  • birth certificate (for children under 14) with an insert certifying the citizenship of the Russian Federation
  • certificate of entry (return) to the country of origin
  • migration cards confirming the entitlement to a temporary stay.

To return to the Russian Federation or the CIS countries, valid entry visas are required.

ATTENTION! It is impossible to accept a passenger for carriage to Ukraine by virtue of a military ID or an officer's ID.

For citizens of the Russian Federation and the CIS countries, international departures in the majority of cases are possible upon presentation of the following:
  • passport for travelling abroad;
  • entry visa to the country of destination
  • round trip air ticket with seat confirmation
    For transit stops along the route, the following is required:
    • air ticket with seat confirmation for the next flight within a maximum of 24 hours
    • transit visa, in case there is need to leave the airport.
  • Foreign citizens leaving the territory of the Russian Federation and the CIS countries require:
    • passports designed for travelling abroad
    • entry visas to countries of destination
    • transit visas for countries of transit stops
    • ticket for the flight departing from the country of destination if required.
  • Foreign citizens entering the Russian Federation territory must have valid Russian visas that must be obtained in advance (prior to departure to the Russian Federation) in consular offices of the Russian Federation outside its boundary.
  • There are consular service offices in international airports of Russia where legal representatives of the Russian Federation consider emergency situations related to issue of visas allowing foreigners to depart from the Russian Federation

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