In August 2015 I crossed the Russian-Mongolian border with an expired visa without realizing it. The border police noticed it and made me pay ( along with a colleague in the same case) a fine of about 50€. It was quite complicated because nobody spoke English. Before we crossed the border, we were given another paper, in Cyrillic, with an amount to pay to a bank account. We never paid this amount.

I'll fly in August 2020 to Japan with a flight that transits to Moscow (less than 2 hours of connection so no visa required). What can happen to me during my transit through the international zone (my arrival and departure flights are in the same terminal)? Will I be checked with my passport and if so can I be seen that I have an unpaid fine or an inadmissibility? Can I be denied access to the international zone, or access to the flight to Japan? Is there a risk of arrest?

I have a European passport


1 Answer 1


Unlike in most countries, Russian airports have transit passport control between the transfer desk and security. However, since you're only in transit, nothing will happen. They're not going to arrest a non-CIS national over a civil case. If the officer knows English (which most don't) they may remind you of your outstanding fine, but that's it.

So you'll be good.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .