Visa-free transit at SVO on separate tickets

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Visa-free transit at SVO on separate tickets

Postby edblax » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:43 am

Hi folks

Have looked far and wide for an answer to this question, but there's a lot of contradictory information online, so we were wondering if someone on here might have a more definitive answer.

We had to leave Russia for a family emergency during the World Cup, and as it was cheaper to buy a return flight we have an Aeroflot ticket back to Sheremetyevo next month. We want to take that flight but then fly onwards to somewhere else in the region, and are wondering whether we can get by without a transit visa despite our flights in and out of Russia being on separate itineraries. We would be flying in to SVO on Aeroflot, and to simplify things we could book our flight out from SVO on Aeroflot as well. We won't have check-in bags.

We have found a lot of conflicting information - some saying we should be fine to check in online for the second flight and go straight to the gate, some saying that we should be able to check in for both tickets when we leave the US, and some (worryingly) saying that we won't be allowed to board our first flight without a transit visa.

Has anyone done this? Is anyone able to offer any more advice? Thanks!
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Re: Visa-free transit at SVO on separate tickets

Postby steven » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:23 am

I don't know anything about Russia, but what does the airline say?
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