Rules for entry into Armenia for Russians in 2024 — Do you need a foreign passport, do you need a visa to Armenia, length of stay, documents for entering Armenia with a child. - Move2Armenia

Rules for entry into Armenia for Russians in 2024

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Rules for entry into Armenia for Russians in 2024
13.06.2023
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Over the past few years, more than one thousand Russians have come to Armenia, and it would seem — everyone already knows what they need to pay attention to when moving. However, repeating the rules is never superfluous, especially since they tend to change from time to time. For example, starting in the spring of 2022, coronavirus restrictions on entry into the country have been lifted. There is no longer a need to provide a negative PCR test result or vaccination certificate.

In this article, we have collected answers to key questions that arise when moving, reviewed visa requirements and terms of stay, and listed the documents required for entry. 

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Contents

  1. Do you need a visa?
  2. How long can a Russian citizen stay in Armenia?
  3. What documents are needed for entry?
  4. What do you need to enter Armenia with a child?
  5. Is it possible to transit through Armenia?
  6. Road to Armenia
  7. What else is important to know?

Do you need a visa?

There is a visa-free regime between Russia and Armenia, so you can enter Armenia both with a Russian passport and with a foreign one. But if you are not entering Armenia from Russia, you need to have a foreign passport. Russia has an agreement on the free movement of citizens with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus. Russia has a similar but separate agreement with Armenia. In some cases, the isolation of this agreement can be interpreted as a ban on entry into Armenia from third countries on an internal Russian passport. So it's better not to risk it.

The visa-free regime for Russians implies that no additional documents other than a passport are required to enter and stay in Armenia for a certain period of time. 

How long can a Russian citizen stay in Armenia?

According to the rules of the visa-free regime between Russia and Armenia, citizens of the Russian Federation can stay in Armenia without a visa for 180 days during the year. If you plan to stay in the country longer, you can register : migration police department at your place of residence. To do this you will need a passport and rental agreement. It is best to ask the property owner to be present during registration to confirm that you actually live at the address you provided. The registration process may take several days.

If your landlord does not agree to come with you to the passport office, this can lengthen the process by a couple of weeks (or even 3-4 weeks). You also need to be prepared for the fact that the local district police officer can check whether you really live at the specified address. 

The registration mark is placed in the foreign passport or on a separate sheet if you arrived using an internal passport. It is important not to put any extraneous marks on your internal Russian passport, as this may invalidate it.

Many foreigners living in Armenia practice this method of extending the legal period of stay in the country as a visa run. To do this, it is enough to cross the border of another country —, for example, go to Georgia for the weekend. Upon returning to Armenia, the period of stay begins anew. We talked about visaran in detail in another article.

What documents are needed for entry?

To enter Armenia you will need a foreign or internal Russian passport.

What do you need to enter Armenia with a child?

Children, including infants, need their own passport to travel to Armenia. Children under 14 years of age who have not yet received a Russian passport can enter the country only with their own international passport. It will not be possible to enter the child into your document and cross the border (this was possible with an old-style passport); a birth certificate will not work either, although it is better to take it with you.

If a minor child is traveling alone or is accompanied by an adult who is not their parent, adoptive parent, guardian or custodian, consent to travel abroad will be required. For example, such consent is required when traveling with a grandmother or brother. The consent document must be notarized.

We wrote more about traveling to Armenia with a child in a separate article.

Is it possible to transit through Armenia?

For transit through Armenia, as well as for entry, Russian citizens do not require a visa and coronavirus documents, however, this list may be required to be presented upon arrival in the country of destination. There is no common border between Russia and Armenia, but you can enter Yerevan through Georgia - in this case you will need a passport. In any case, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the rules and requirements of the country that will be the end point of your trip before traveling.

Road to Armenia

You can get to Armenia from Russia in at least three different ways:

  • by car: although there is no common border between Russia and Armenia, you can enter Yerevan through Georgia. According to Yandex.Maps, the journey from Moscow to Yerevan will take about 31-34 hours (excluding the time spent going through border control). Entry rules described here;
  • by bus: travel from Moscow to Yerevan will take approximately two days;
  • by plane: from Russia you can fly direct flights to Yerevan from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and other cities. There are also direct flights from Moscow to Gyumri.

What else is important to know?

Visa, Mastercard, American Express and JCB cards issued in Russia are not accepted in Armenia due to sanctions. However, cards of the MIR payment system are accepted at VTB Armenia bank. You won't be able to pay with them in cafes and restaurants. TYandex services work, they understand Russian, and you can also open a bank card, which will operate worldwide.

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Rules for entry into Armenia for Russians in 2024
  • Մարինե
    23.06.2024 в 01:11

    Բարև ձեզ ազգությամբ հայ ենք 2012թ_ 2019թ ապրել ենք Ռուսաստանում և ստացել Ռուսաստանի քաղաքացիություն։Ունեցել ենք Հայաստանի գրանցում այժմ էլ ունենք։2019թ Հայաստան մուտք գործելիս չենք գրանցվել,քանի որ ունեցել ենք գրանցում և ապրել որպես ՀՀ քաղաքացի։Հիմա ցանկանում ենք մեքենայով գնալ ՌԴ արդյո՞ք մեզանից պահանջելու են գրանցում։

  • Marina
    22.05.2024 в 17:34

    Hello! If a child is 5 years old, their passport expires in November 2024, and a trip to Armenia is planned in July of this year, will they be allowed/released into Armenia??? What is the validity period of a passport?

  • Ilya
    01.04.2024 в 21:00

    Good afternoon.
    I live in Armenia, I do visaran once every 180 days.
    Now I am preparing to apply for a visa to a European country.
    Question: if visaran is not enshrined in the laws of Armenia, can I be denied a visa to a European country on the basis that I formally violated the migration legislation of Armenia, because visaran does not officially exist? Because in the application form you will have to indicate which countries you have been to over the past 10 years and the attached foreign document has the corresponding stamps.
    Or maybe somewhere you can find official information about the legality of Visaran?

  • Susanna
    30.01.2024 в 00:49

    Good afternoon, please tell me, we are planning to fly from Moscow to Yerevan for 180 days or more. Is it possible to leave Georgia after 180 days so as not to fly to Russia. And back from Georgia to Yerevan, will it be possible to stay in Yerevan for 180 days again? ?

    • july9990
      04.03.2024 в 17:22

      Good afternoon, Susanna!
      Yes, you can leave for Georgia after 180 days and return immediately - the period of stay in Armenia will be reset. This is called visa run. But be careful and do not stay longer than 180 days, otherwise you will have to pay a fine at the border.

  • Andrey
    27.09.2023 в 17:33

    Hello, is it true that from October 1 it will no longer be possible to fly to Armenia with a Russian passport?

    • july9990
      27.11.2023 в 18:42

      Hello! No, the agreement between Russia and Armenia continues to be valid, and you can fly with a Russian passport.

  • Faith
    08.09.2023 в 15:15

    I don’t quite understand how you can make a “visaran” in one day, if 180 allowed days per year have already been lived in Armenia.. Can you tell me?

    • Michael
      16.05.2024 в 19:17

      Hello, is it possible to fly from a country other than Russia to Armenia with a Russian internal passport? And it won’t be necessary to fly to Russia? That is, go through the border at the airport using a Russian internal passport and the ticket is for a passport of another state?

    • Move2Armenia_support
      09.09.2023 в 16:59

      Hello, Vera! According to the law, you can live in Armenia for no more than 180 days, but in reality this is not verified in any way, so you can make a visa and stay further on the territory of the Republic of Armenia.

  • Grachik
    07.08.2023 в 16:22

    Hello, please tell me, I am a citizen of the Russian Federation and Armenia, I have no skills, I can travel to Armenia on an Armenian passport??

    • Vladfasdfsadf
      08.08.2023 в 14:07

      Hello! Yes, you can fly to Armenia with an RA citizen's passport.

      • Մարինե
        23.06.2024 в 01:16

        Բարև ձեզ ազգությամբ հայ ենք 2012թ_ 2019թ ապրել ենք Ռուսաստանում և ստացել Ռուսաստանի քաղաքացիություն։Ունեցել ենք Հայաստանի գրանցում այժմ էլ ունենք։2019թ Հայաստան մուտք գործելիս չենք գրանցվել,քանի որ ունեցել ենք գրանցում և ապրել որպես ՀՀ քաղաքացի։Հիմա ցանկանում ենք մեքենայով գնալ ՌԴ արդյո՞ք մեզանից պահանջելու են գրանցում։

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