Applying for a transit VISA at Sheremetyevo airport (SVO)
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 1, 2012 4:16 AM Last Post By: smoc84
Aug 13, 2012 5:21 PM
Applying for a transit VISA at Sheremetyevo airport (SVO)Hi there, I have nearly 17 hours layover at the Sheremetyevo airport, from 4:40 am to 9:30 pm in the day after tomorrow, I hope to get the transit visa and have a short travel of Moscow.
On the official website of Aeroflot: http://www.aeroflot.ru/cms/en/before_and_after_fly/transit
Additional services provided by the airline to transfer passengers in Moscow.
At Sheremetyevo-F(2), transfer passengers with tickets for the next leg(s) of their flight and documents required for entering the third country(-ies) may obtain a Russian transit visa. For more details about the visa requirements and cost, please contact your local Russian Embassy or consulate in advance (prior to the flight).
Does it mean I can apply and obtain a transit VISA at the airport ? Could anyone kindly share some experience about it.
Thanks a lot.
Aug 13, 2012 7:34 PM
1There are consular services at all of Moscow's airports, but they all say that visas should be applied for in advance and I can't say I've ever seen anyone claim to have tried what you are proposing.
That said its entirely possible that Aeroflot have some kind of arrangement with the consular service at the airport. If you are successful it would be helpful to others if you could report your own experience.
Aug 13, 2012 8:30 PM
2I have gotten a transit visa at the airport but only when my plane was delayed or some other problem occurred. It was years ago and I would not recommend it as it took hours to arrange. I recall other reports a couple of years ago during the volcanic eruption in Iceland which disrupted flights. People were able to obtain transit visas at that time.
I can't recall anyone planning to obtain a transit visa at the airport. All situations I know were caused by flight or travel disruptions or policy changes (I had a Belarus visa one time and the Russian consulate refused to issue me a transit visa saying that it wasn't necessary but when I arrived they said the rules had changed and I needed a transit visa).
Aug 14, 2012 5:14 AM
3This is from the Sheremetyevo website:
If the flight change requires a stay in Sheremetyevo for more than 24 hours, foreign transit passengers can get a RF transit visa directly in the airport (if the ticket for continuation of the flight of the carrier and current identification documents are submitted). The duty consul works in the airport from 6:00 to 1:00 daily. The office telephone number of the duty consul in Sheremetyevo: (+7 495) 971-20-82. We strongly recommend that you find out in advance whether or not you need to receive a transit visa, its price and requirements in the embassy or RF consulate in your country.
What's on the Aeroflot site could go either way. Since you're flying in 2 days, all you can do is try and ask and see what happens. Let us know the result though.
Sep 29, 2012 12:34 PM
4How did you get on that time? I have a 12hour layover in SVO in a fortnight and the Russian Consulate in Brussels would not give me a transit or tourist visa for that time. Did you manage to get one in SVO airport??
Sep 29, 2012 10:54 PM
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