Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens Who Entered Russia on a FAN ID are Required to Depart by July 25, 2018

Event:  U.S. Citizens who entered the Russian Federation on a FAN ID must depart on or before midnight on July 25, 2018.  The U.S. Embassy and consulates will not be able to intervene in visa matters, including situations in which a U.S. citizen is stranded because of they have overstayed a visa or FAN ID.  U.S. citizens who overstay their FAN ID may:

  • at a minimum pay a fine.
  • will require an exit visa, which can take up to 20 days and U.S. citizen must remain in Russia at their own expense.
  • may also face difficulties when checking into a hotel or other lodging establishments
  • be detained and questioned by Russia migration officials.
  • be held in a migration detention center while case is under investigations.
  • may be required to appear before a judge, and hearings may span several days.
  • may be deported and banned from re-entering for five years.

Actions to Take:

  • Depart Russia on or before July 25, 2018, if you entered on a FAN ID.

There is pending Russian legislation that may allow FAN ID holders to re-enter Russia during the remainder of 2018.  Even if enacted, however, the proposed new law does not affect the requirement for FAN ID holders currently in Russia to depart by July 25th.

For Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg

U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok

State Department – Consular Affairs

  • 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Russia Country Information

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