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On a five hour layover in Moscow, changing planes but not airport, would a U.S. citizen need a transit visa?

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According to the Russian Embassy page you will not need a visa if you're not leaving the airside.


Additional information on the same from Timatic

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And Edward Snowden stayed in the airside for a month, though his case was a bit unusual... – Michael Hampton Oct 26 '13 at 7:09

As an American citizen that has travelled to Moscow and via Moscow many times, I can definitely confirm that you do NOT need a transit visa if your connecting flight is from the same terminal. If you have to change the terminal, then you do need a transit visa and you must get this visa before travelling - you cannot get it once in Moscow.

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