On arrival at the Moscow or St Petersburg airport, you will first go through passport control. In Moscow and St Petersburg the immigration officer will give you a migration card that s/he will produce electronically. Please make sure that your migration card is stamped by the immigration officer. You must retain it, as it will be difficult to register without it or if it does not have a stamp. If you arrive in Russia by train or bus, please make sure that you fill out a migration card and have it stamped.
At Moscow or St Petersburg airports you will then collect your luggage and go through customs. You should go through the green channel. If you are taking any valuable equipment with you (such as a laptop or an expensive camera), you are advised to bring a copy of the purchase receipt with you, so that if there is any query when leaving the country, you can prove that you did not purchase it in Russia. Russians may refer to the receipt as the article’s “passport”. Please note that Russia has a habit of changing customs rules without warning. Please check the Foreign Office website shortly before departure for the latest information.
If your baggage is lost, please go to the lost baggage counter and report it. Let someone else in the group know, so that the representative meeting you knows that you have been delayed. British Airways should deliver the baggage to an address you choose: it is a good idea to have the address of the centre where you are studying to hand. If you don’t have the address, you can exit customs, find the RLUS representatives, and they will return to the lost baggage counter and provide the address.
If you are on the recommended flight, after you have passed through customs, you will be met by a representative of RLUS and the institution at which you are going to study. Moscow and St Petersburg students will be taken directly to their accommodation. Students studying in Tver, Yaroslavl, and Kazan can expect to be taken by bus or train.
The cost of this travel has been included in your course fee, provided that you arrive with the group and are staying in accommodation provided by the Russian partner institution you are studying at. If you arrive separately from the group (or have found your own accommodation) and require meeting, you should expect to pay for this service and you should not expect to be met by the RLUS representative. When you arrive at your accommodation, your host family will explain how to get to the place you are studying at, or may even take you. There are maps of the centres on the website.