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USEFUL HINTS TO MAKE YOUR TRIP TO RUSSIA, BELARUS, KAZAKHSTAN & MONGOLIA SMOOTH AND ENJOYABLE

CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF VFR IS ALLOWED ON ANY DESIRED ALTITUDE (SOME RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY)

Itinerary

  • Set up your schedule with dates and times
  • Choose airport of entry. All international airports in Russia (currently 79) are airports of entry. Passport and customs control will be there upon arrival
  • Choose your destination or multiple destinations in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and/or Mongolia. Not all airfields provide English ATS and foreign aircraft are not permitted to land there
  • Plan your routing between airports. Some airways are not open for international traffic, try avoiding them
  • Local flights are possible around select airfields
  • Choose airport of exit on your way from Russia. Farewell passport and customs control are usually fast and simple

Fuel

  • Jet A-1 is available in all international airports and in some domestic airfields
  • Avgas/mogas are available in select international (entry) airports and in many smaller private airfields

Permits

  • CAA will grant entry permit upon presenting your itinerary and aircraft documents
  • PPRs are not mandatory, but it is a good practice to have them to assure you are being waited for
  • SLOTs are mandatory only in slot-coordinated airports. You will hardly opt to land there - UUEE, ULLI, and URSS

Flight plans

  • They are compulsory for every flight you make to, inside and out of Russia
  • If correctly filed they are usually accepted by authorities within an hour
  • Many apps you are using for flight planning are capable to file FPLs even in Russia

Language

  • You are not required to speak Russian, English will do
  • If you speak Russian, we encourage you to do so, controllers will be happy

Visa

  • Simple tourist visa is needed for crew and passengers
  • Exception: one single tech stop not entering the airport (eg. fuel stop), 3-4 hours maximum
  • E-visas valid 8 days are available for Far East (UHWW, UHMM, UHMA, UHPP, UHSS), Kaliningrad (UMKK) and Saint-Petersburg (ULLI) provinces. More regions to follow soon

Belarus

Much of the above applies to Belarus except that:

  • There are 6 international airpots, only few are H24
  • Minsk UMMS is providing PPRs for GA aircraft on a rare case-by-case basis
  • Avgas is available in other 5 airports
  • If you fly to Russia through Belarus, separate Belarus overflight or landing permit is required
  • Crew members are exempt from visa requirement for up 14 days stay

Kazakhstan

Much of the above applies to Kazakhstan except that:

  • Foreign aircraft may land at domestic airports
  • Avgas is available in select airports
  • If you fly to Russia through Kazakhstan, separate Kazakhstan landing permit is required. Overflight permits are not required
  • Crew members are completely exempt from visa requirements. Crew ID must be presented and General Declaration completed

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