To reside legally in the Russian Federation, international patients need to:

  • Fill out a migration card
  • Register with the Migration Service

Migration card

When you enter the territory of the Russian Federation, you will be given a migration card, which is usually distributed to passengers on in­coming flights while passing through a passport control and available at arrival points in Russia.

How to complete a migration card?

Fill out two identical sections (A and B) of the migration card. The card should be completed in Russian or English block letters according to your travel document data. Indicate gender in the corresponding column with an “X”. Please be sure to indicate the inviting party and the duration of the stay as stated on your current visa.

What should be done with a migration card?

The migration card and passport with visa are handed over to a migration control officer for checking and further endorsement. Section A is taken by the migration official and section В is given back to you. The stamp date is considered the first day of your stay in Russia. Make sure that it is legible. A migration card must be carefully kept throughout the duration of your stay in Russia and is given back upon departure. A new migration card must be filled out each time a foreign citizen enters Russia.


As a foreign citizen, you must be registered by the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. This registration confirms your legal stay in Russia, and non-citizens should present their registration together with their passport and migration card to police officers if asked.

What do I need to submit to be registered?

Being treated or examined at S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Federal State Institution you should provide your passport with a valid visa and your migration card to the administrator of our Accommodation Service. It is a structural unit of the Medical Services Export Department supporting international patients who need to be admitted to hospital.

How soon do I need to be registered?

As a non-citizen, you must be registered during 7 business days upon your arrival at the Russian Federation.

Which document confirms my registration?

This document is a registration coupon. It is to be collected within several days upon submitting the documents for registration. Please be careful not to lose this coupon. It is useful to make photocopies of your registration coupon, passport, and migration card to keep in your files.