Originally Posted by takeonafrica
Assuming I have a multiple entry business visa, can I enter Russia for say 60 days, leave for say 30 days and re-enter for another 30 days?
That would certainly be OK. I did exactly that in my visa days here.
The rule was introduced to stop people living here permanantly and combining their annual holiday with obtaining a new visa.
Border guards were left to check dates manually from the Passport stamps and the 'passive' dates list within the computer. But they were too lazy to check and merely contented themselves if they saw previous entry/exits as a semi-regular life style.
A year or so ago it was announced the computer list was now 'active' instead of 'passive', and would flag up if one was outside the 90/180.
But I have not heard of them catching anyone exceeding it.
Shorter visits are no problem - it's the totals that need to be watched
It is a complex one and no-one seems to know how exactly it calculates (if indeed it does!) and would deal with, say, someone staying out for the first 90 days then entering for 180 days and leaving for 90 days. In hindsight it seems to qualify OK, but this is Russia.....
Also it is unclear if the 180 days are fixed as each half the visa life or if it a straight 180 day period that can move around within the 360 day visa period.
I think the probable answer is that any single entry should not exceed 90 days straight and that before re-entering there are 90 absent days around it, before or after.
This fits in with the automated Migration Cards issued by the computer at airports (road border ones are still done by hand) which forward date for 90 days.