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Planning a trip to Russia with spouse. I am U.S. citizen with Russian visa. Spouse is citizen of Russia and of U.S.

We would like the following itinerary: 1 week in France; then, 2 weeks in Russia; followed by, 1 week in Spain.

I understand there are no issues for us when entering or exiting Russia when traveling directly to and from the U.S., as we often do.

And we can travel into and out of France and Spain on our U.S. passports. 

My question regards Russian entry and exit requirements when traveling through another country, such as France or Spain.

Will there be any issues for either of us to speak of? (for those who have done this, who actually know the rules, or know where to find specifics)

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I've entered Russia multiple times from Finland, I am a USC...apart from some unfriendly and skeptical customs officers (they rarely see non-Russians going over the border via car), it was no big deal. I've also entered Russia from Austria multiple times, and again, no issues whatsoever, they didn't even ask my any questions at the airport.

 

Is there some other reason you might be concerned? As long as you have visas in order, there really shouldn't be an issue.

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Katya and I have often traveled to Russia via China as there are direct flights from Beijing to Krasnoyarsk which is our usual destination in Russia.  She of course has had no issue with her Russian passport, and I have also had no issues except for the rarity of Russian Immigration Officers seeing a US passport on that route (with a valid Russian visa).  I have also flown to Moscow via Paris and Amsterdam on different trips and again had no issues.

 

Safe Travels!

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8 hours ago, millefleur said:
4 hours ago, Bill & Katya said:

Katya and I have often traveled to Russia via China as there are direct flights from Beijing to Krasnoyarsk which is our usual destination in Russia.

Is there some other reason you might be concerned?

Thank you for posting.

We have flown several times through other countries, though these cities were flight itinerary stops between our U.S. and Russian destinations.

My spouse thinks there could be a problem with a flight itinerary from Russia to Spain - for herself. She questions whether they will ask, during check-in, to see her documents to enter Spain. She will have only her Russian and U.S. passports.

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On ‎9‎/‎8‎/‎2017 at 8:47 AM, workin4somethin said:

Thank you for posting.

We have flown several times through other countries, though these cities were flight itinerary stops between our U.S. and Russian destinations.

My spouse thinks there could be a problem with a flight itinerary from Russia to Spain - for herself. She questions whether they will ask, during check-in, to see her documents to enter Spain. She will have only her Russian and U.S. passports.

I know when we leave Russia to come back to the US, the airlines always ask us if we have a visa for China.  Of course, since we are transiting we show them our e-ticket for our next flight and we are allowed to check in an proceed.  I agree with @implife when they ask for documentation to enter Spain, just show her US passport.  If the names are different for the tickets from her US passport, I would keep a copy of the marriage certificate with you as well.

 

Good Luck!

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