Hints and Tips

Hints and Tips

Visas

To enter the Russian Federation, you will need to apply for a visa prior to your travel. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months after the expiry date of your visa.

For further information please see the Russian Embassy in the UK website and the Russian Embassy in the USA.

Before you travel to Russia please make sure you are aware of the terms and conditions attached to your visa, for both entry and exit, and check that the dates and details entered on your visa are correct.

Insurance Market Technologies will send a letter of invitation to each registered attendee of the conference as a supporting document for visa application.

Registration

If you’re staying for more than 7 working days you must register with the local branch of the Federal Migration Service. Most major hotels will do this automatically. If you’re staying in private accommodation the owner of the property must do this for you.

Migration cards

All foreign nationals entering Russia must sign a migration card, which is produced electronically at passport control in the major airports. Provincial airports may still require you to complete the migration card manually. The card is in two identical parts. One part will be retained by the Immigration Officer on arrival. You should keep the other part with your passport; you will need it when you leave Russia and if you are stopped by the police for an ID check during your stay. There are many hotels and hostels that will not check in guests if they don’t have the stamped white immigration card with them. You must complete a new migration card each time you enter Russia, even if you have a multiple entry visa. If you lose the second part of the card you will be fined, and your departure from the country could be delayed.

Travelling with children

Children born overseas and added to their parents’ Russian passports may now have to get their own passport to exit Russia. Check with the Russian Embassy or Consulate before travel to ensure you have the necessary paperwork.

Customs

You can import up to 10,000 US dollars (or equivalent) into the country and export up to 3,000 US dollars from Russia without declaring it.

If you import over 10,000 US dollars or certain categories of goods like electrical items, jewellery, antiques and valuable musical instruments, you must complete a customs declaration form.

If you wish to import certain advanced electronic items (e.g. Global Positioning System instruments), you must get an operating licence from the Russian authorities before you travel. Check with the Embassy of the Russian Federation before your departure.

If you complete a declaration make sure the form is stamped by a Customs official at your port of entry, otherwise your foreign currency and non-declared items may be confiscated when you leave Russia and you may be fined.

There are strict regulations governing the export from Russia of antiques, icons, medals, artwork and other items of historical significance. This includes modern art and even posters if they are particularly rare or valuable. You must get approval from the Ministry of Culture.

For further information visit the website of the Russian Federal Customs Service.

Moscow major airports

Moscow Domodedovo Airport is the largest airport of Russia and Eastern Europe in terms of passenger traffic. In 2012, total passenger traffic of the airport amounted to 28,165,657 people. Domodedovo Airport is the first Russian airport to join the category of the largest airports in Europe according to the Airports Council International (ACI) classification.

Domodedovo is a member of the international organization ACI EUROPE and takes an active part in regular meetings of the committees on various activities.Following the results of the World Airport Awards organized by Skytrax, an independent British agency, Moscow Domodedovo Airport was recognized as the best airport of Eastern Europe.

The air terminal is connected with the capital by means of scheduled railway transportation and a highway which enables to get to the airport by taxi and public transportation.

For more information on Domodedovo Airport please visit its official website at http://www.domodedovo.ru/en/

Sheremetyevo International Airport is the largest Russian airport handling scheduled international flights. The Airport’s network of routes includes more than 200 destinations. The Sheremetyevo Airport’s services are utilized by the representatives of three major aviation alliances: SkyTeam (Air France, KLM, Delta, CSA Czech Airlines, Alitalia, China Southern Airlines, Korean Air, etc.); Star Alliance (SAS, Air China, LOT, Adria Airways, etc.); Oneworld (Finnair).

SheremetyevoAirportobtained the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certificate confirming that the ground handling operations quality system complies with safety standards of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The airport is connected with Moscow by means of scheduled railway transportation and a highway which enables to get to the airport by taxi and public transportation.

For more information on Sheremetyevo airport please see the following link:

http://www.svo.aero/en/

Accommodation

Insurance Market Technologies — ACORD Forum Russia will take place at Metropol Hotel, Moscow.

You can choose to stay at Metropol Hotel or consider other accommodation options.

The nearest hotels to the venue are Ritz-Carlton (http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Default.htm) and Marriott Royal Aurora Moscow (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/travel/mowdt-moscow-marriott-royal-aurora-hotel/