I have a flight from JFK to SVO, then an hour layover before continuing from SVO to TLL (Tallinn) on the same airline. I've flown into an EU country before, but never non-EU then EU.

Will I have to recheck my bags at Moscow?

Will I have to go through Customs in Moscow even if I'm not staying there?

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    Welcome to travel.SE. What's your citizenship? Is your ticket booked as a single or multiple different itineraries? How long is the layover?
    – Karlson
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 15:18
  • @Karlson the layover is one hour, as noted in the first sentence of the question.
    – phoog
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 16:32

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You don't need to pick up your baggage or clear immigration and customs in SVO. Your airline will transfer your baggage to the next flight for you. When you check in at JFK, you will see that they will check the bags all the way through to TLL. And unlike the US, in most countries and in most circumstances it's unnecessary to clear immigration and customs to transfer flights when you are simply transiting one country on the way to another country.

You generally should receive boarding passes for both of your flights when you check in at JFK. If for some reason you don't, then you can pick up the second boarding pass at your airline's transfer desk at SVO. If you need to do this, ask a staff member of your airline for directions when you exit the plane at SVO.

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