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Offline Gipsy

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Re: Should you carry your ID documents with you whilst in Russia?
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2016, 02:31:23 PM »

Those resident in Russia should have a Russian driver's licence, right ? ...


Who says??

The Russians - ''The foreign-issued licence can only be used for 60 days after obtaining the work or residence permit; after this time use of the licence will be invalid.''

This is from https://www.angloinfo.com/russia/how-to/page/russia-transport-driving-licences-exchanging-a-licence, but you need only check with your local FSB/FMS combo agency.

If you say so.... :coffeeread:

But its incorrect...

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Re: Should you carry your ID documents with you whilst in Russia?
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2016, 02:35:57 PM »
Curious, is a drivers permit/licence from Ukraine and Russia accepted in Western Europe and North America?

In a private car and in a rental?
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Re: Should you carry your ID documents with you whilst in Russia?
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2016, 02:36:12 PM »
If you live here, you should be savvy enough to understand when and what kind of ID is necessary or not to carry as you make your way around these parts.

The data base in Russia has improved 10 fold in the last few years and it shouldn't cause any problems should push come to shove if stopped without ID.

Nevertheless, I would suggest that any foreigner carry his/her passpot w/visa on one's self just to avoid any unexpected situations as I would caution any foreigner travellling in the States to do the same. I always have a bag/backpack slung across my shoulder, so how hard is it to throw my passport in it? It's autumn and jackets are in order and how hard is it putting your passpoat in your pocket? 

I get stopped more than the average "Western" foreigner as I'm Latino. And while I have rather light skin, I have dark hair and eyes and can resemble someone from the "Caucus" region to the untrained police eye. This has been especially true since the situation in Syria has escalated.

Just good to have my passport if I'm stopped as I'm on my way in less than 20 seconds.

Really though, getting stopped without some ID wasn't much of a problem even 5 years ago; and no where near the hassle it was 10-15 years ago, e.g., the last time I was stopped about 2 months ago, I didn't have my registration with me and the officer never asked for it. It's called evolution.

Regarding a foreigner's license, technically, my America license is good as kong as I have a Russian translation of it while I'm in country under a visa. Should I change my status to temporary or permanant resident, I have 60 days to obtain a Russian drivers license according to the law.


Also incorrect, best check with a Russian lawyer...

Holders of work visa's, HS Visa's, TRP's do not require to hold a Russian DL..

Many folks say on various forums that holders or PR Visas must take a Russian licence, as only then a person can be classes as resident..

Only residents need to take a Russian DL...


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Re: Should you carry your ID documents with you whilst in Russia?
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2016, 02:37:31 PM »
Curious, is a drivers permit/licence from Ukraine and Russia accepted in Western Europe and North America?

In a private car and in a rental?

I believe that they have to show a valid IDP issued from Russia..

Ukraine I cannot say...

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Re: Should you carry your ID documents with you whilst in Russia?
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2016, 05:58:39 AM »
If you live here, you should be savvy enough to understand when and what kind of ID is necessary or not to carry as you make your way around these parts.

The data base in Russia has improved 10 fold in the last few years and it shouldn't cause any problems should push come to shove if stopped without ID.

Nevertheless, I would suggest that any foreigner carry his/her passpot w/visa on one's self just to avoid any unexpected situations as I would caution any foreigner travellling in the States to do the same. I always have a bag/backpack slung across my shoulder, so how hard is it to throw my passport in it? It's autumn and jackets are in order and how hard is it putting your passpoat in your pocket? 

I get stopped more than the average "Western" foreigner as I'm Latino. And while I have rather light skin, I have dark hair and eyes and can resemble someone from the "Caucus" region to the untrained police eye. This has been especially true since the situation in Syria has escalated.

Just good to have my passport if I'm stopped as I'm on my way in less than 20 seconds.

Really though, getting stopped without some ID wasn't much of a problem even 5 years ago; and no where near the hassle it was 10-15 years ago, e.g., the last time I was stopped about 2 months ago, I didn't have my registration with me and the officer never asked for it. It's called evolution.

Regarding a foreigner's license, technically, my America license is good as kong as I have a Russian translation of it while I'm in country under a visa. Should I change my status to temporary or permanant resident, I have 60 days to obtain a Russian drivers license according to the law.


Also incorrect, best check with a Russian lawyer...

Holders of work visa's, HS Visa's, TRP's do not require to hold a Russian DL..

Many folks say on various forums that holders or PR Visas must take a Russian licence, as only then a person can be classes as resident..

Only residents need to take a Russian DL...
The information I posted is from the US Embassy website. I don't drive here, and haven't for years, so it's a non-issue for me. Much better and less of a hassle (and cheaper) to use a taxi or Uber.

Most people will be able to use their DL from whatever country they come from should they choose to drive here. Those of us who live here will figure out what we need to do when the time comes :). It's not that difficult really.
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Re: Should you carry your ID documents with you whilst in Russia?
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2016, 08:28:49 AM »
Curious, is a drivers permit/licence from Ukraine and Russia accepted in Western Europe and North America?

In a private car and in a rental?

I believe that they have to show a valid IDP issued from Russia..

Ukraine I cannot say...
In the UK one can drive on an Ukrainian licence for a year.
In practice, getting insurance is next to impossible.
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Re: Should you carry your ID documents with you whilst in Russia?
« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2016, 01:57:39 PM »
I was on one occasion stopped at a party in some hotel.. I had no ID and could not even remember what room I was staying in  :ROFL:

I was taken to the police station by two officers, with a friend who also had no ID..spent a short time there. My friend was given a ticket to produce ID.. Nothing for me  :) I had a "Get out of prison free card"

Exactly....

Hence the recommendation to carry a DL in your wallet...

Eazy peazy lemon squeezy..


I never carry anything in my pockets, its most irritating having to fumble through some jacket or trouser pocket for stuff.
I don't even ever carry any cash or cards... The wife does all that for me. No jewellery either! Hate rings, necklaces, watches or any other item like that.

My phone and thats it. ;D




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Re: Should you carry your ID documents with you whilst in Russia?
« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2016, 03:03:19 AM »

In the UK one can drive on an Ukrainian licence for a year.
In practice, getting insurance is next to impossible.



In the same way Tourists to the UK can hire cars - there are firms proving cover for drivers using their non-EU licences ...

Ukrainian, Russian - the nationality is irrelevant.

I've bought it and I expect many other members who've had non EU wives - with full licences from those states - have done so...

I expect this post will also not see the light of day to 'protect' him from his stupidity.

Another Gypo 'factoid' ...like there were no problems with paying using UK cards online in Russia ...