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I will be travelling from Pakistan to Russia and to Egypt thereafter. I have already made a Moscow-Cairo booking on Egyptair. I recently contacted an agent to book Lahore-Moscow for me on Etihad. According to him, if I book two separate tickets, the Russian authority will cause a problem at immigration. I wanted to know how credible the information is.

  • What is your nationality? Do you have a Russian visa? – jpatokal Jul 5 '18 at 9:20
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As long as you have your Russian tourist visa, you shouldn't have any trouble. The immigration officers at Point of Entry do not look at your return flight, although they could ask to see one. They normally just verify your visa/passport/dates/photo and stamp it. I've never had Russian authorities ask for anything more than my visa and passport. I have been stopped at the exit and questioned about how much currency I have with me, but never have they asked about return flights.

  • Do they not have access to the passenger's itinerary through their computer systems? If so, maybe they're not asking about return flights because they can already see that you have one. – phoog Aug 21 '18 at 21:36
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    @phoog how would they know your itinerary? they only deal with immigrants, not airlines? I've never had anyone "verify" any flights to or from Russia. Not even at the Russian Embassy when getting their visa in my passport. They only care about your visa and the dates matching up. They really don't care how you get there. – AussieJoe Aug 21 '18 at 22:10
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    In some countries I'm familiar with (mainly the US and the UK), airlines supply passenger manifests to the immigration authorities, and the officer sees the passenger's record after scanning the passport or entering the passport details. The record can have quite a lot of information, including the entire itinerary of that booking. So if there's a return-ticket requirement (as there is for visa waiver program travelers in the US), the officer may not need to ask about tickets to see that one exists. – phoog Aug 21 '18 at 22:44
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    @phoog Russia is not one of those countries -- the visa application asks for a million things, but your flight details are not on the list. – jpatokal Aug 22 '18 at 9:50
  • @jpatokal not one of what countries? The countries that require return tickets, or the countries where border officers have access to arriving passengers' PNRs? – phoog Aug 22 '18 at 14:08
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As far as I know (I've lived in Moscow for 40 years), it is highly unlikely you will have any problems with Russian authorities.

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