I'd like to go to Russia but I'm worried that Russian stamps might look bad on my passport.

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    Unless you're planning to visit Ukraine, it won't be a problem.
    – JonathanReez
    Jun 1, 2023 at 14:27
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    Unless you visit some illegally occupied Ukrainian territory, why do you expect that visiting Ukraine would be a problem? Jun 1, 2023 at 15:15
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    @DimitriVulis As a comparison, Israel does not stamp passports because several other countries would not admit you if you had simply visited Israel. I think the OP is fearing something similar.
    – Peter M
    Jun 1, 2023 at 16:18
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    I googled a bit/. According to several news stories, Ukraine considers visiting occupied territories as a violation of Article 332 of their Criminal Code. Don't post about it in social media if you do go there. However I found no evidence that Ukrainians care whether someone visited Russia proper. This claim sounds like Russian disinformation to me. Jun 2, 2023 at 1:06
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    @PeterM I'm not familiar with such an issue, and I know people visiting both countries.
    – littleadv
    Jun 2, 2023 at 1:55

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My personal experience:

I have a U.S. passport.

I got a 3-year Russian visa.

The border guards stamped my passport every time I flew in or out, which was quite a few times.

I don't know whether they stamp every time the passports from other countries, that don't need visas.


Getting a stamp is not Russia-specific, every country I have visited which required me to have a passport also stamped it on entry.

Unless you enter Russia through the occupied territories (which Ukraine considers illegal border crossing), there should be no negative impact from having that stamp, at least for now.


Yes, the Russian border control stamps you passport on entering and exiting. It is an old Soviet custom. Now all information about your movements through the border is kept in computer systems, but... tradition is tradition. We, Russians, have many traditions about foreigners. )))

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    I am afraid it is out of the question. You enter with a stamp or do not enter at all. Jun 2, 2023 at 0:14
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    Bald and bankrupt tried to enter Ukraine after visiting Russia but couldn't
    – oooooo
    Jun 2, 2023 at 1:11
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    I know someone who has a bunch of Russian stamps and had no trouble visiting Ukraine this year. I have no idea who you're talking about. Were they given a reason for not being allow into Ukraine? Jun 2, 2023 at 1:13
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    It is an old Soviet custom It is also an old Yankee custom. And Frenchie. And many others. Now that I think of it, I probably got a stamp everywhere where I presented my passport.
    – WoJ
    Jun 2, 2023 at 11:14
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    @Davor Cuba used to not stamp passports until the Obama-era thaw in relations with the US. It reverted to not stamping in Jan 2021 after the US put Cuba back on its State Sponsors of Terrorism list. IIRC instead Immigration just logs the entry/exit in their system and gives you a bit of paper as proof which you are supposed to hand back when you leave.
    – Traveller
    Jun 2, 2023 at 16:48

Russia stamps on entry and exit just like most other countries. It doesn't matter what country your passport is from - you will get the two stamps (and a shot of vodka - j/k). I cannot imagine a scenario where a Russian stamp in your passport would cause you a problem in the future.

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    Are you differentiating between having a stamp and having visited? Because having visited, say, Iraq can indeed cause complications for some people visiting some third countries. Stamp or no stamp. Jun 3, 2023 at 7:36
  • @SpehroPefhany - Russia is not Iraq, and the answer specifically says Russia.
    – Davor
    Jun 6, 2023 at 18:15
  • @Davor Russia could be added to that list at any time. Jun 6, 2023 at 22:37

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