Originally Posted by MasterMoDlx
Are these regulations still valid?
We entered Russia coming from Semey, Kaz recently and were not given any temporary import permits/customs declaration whatsoever.
the border guy wanted our vehicle registrations and hacked them into his computer though and we have a stamp in our passport showing a little symbol of a car.
If you don't have a Vehicle Permit you might have difficulty on exit. The ДПС also will cause you grief!
RUS and KAZ are now in a Customs Union which allows vehicles to cross from one to the other without further documentation once the identity is established. However I think you should have a Permit on entering RUS.
I know of one rider who had to go back to the KAZ border and get one, fortunately he was only a few hundred miles away!
Other recent travellers who have entered RUS from KAZ (possibly having entered KAZ from elsewhere) and later exited RUS, will clarify this point.
The permit is a white Customs Declaration form you fill in at the RUS border and they put on it a bar coded sticker.
The current standard process at RUS borders is :-
The symbol of the car signifies you crossed a road border. No more.
If you fly in you get an airplane symbol, etc.
This was the Immigration/Border chap who is only interested in YOU.
The next guy, who looks at vehicle registration, is Customs who is only interested in VEHICLE and contents.
He is concerned if you (through entering your Passport details in their computer) have any vehicles already in Russia under your name and any previous vehicle entry was satisfactorily 'signed off' from you (eg. taken out of RUS, certified as wrecked, sold/registered locally & Customs duty paid).
For the last couple of years, the standard period is for the Permit to be issued until the expiry of your visa expiry or 90 days, which ever is less.
If your visa allows you to be in for more than 90 days per visit (such as a work visa - not business visa) you still only get 90 days at the border but this can be extended to 12 months (or visa length, if less) by your personal aplication at a local Customs Office.