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Old Dec 19, 18, 3:56 am
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TWOV in SVO and LED

Dear all,

I'm pretty sure I won't need a visa for the following transits, but I'd appreciate the confirmation of some more experienced travellers:

In order to visit a few more airports, I'd love to visit SVO and LED, where TWOV should be possible according to IATA information. My plan would be to arrive from CDG (AF) and depart to AMS (KL) about 3 hours later (flight plan is pretty much the same for LED and SVO). One ticket, one PNR. OLCI is available for KL and AF, so I would already possess my boarding pass for the onward flight. And of course I would travel with hand luggage only.
Can you confirm that I will not need a visa for these (silly) transfers in Russia? I'm just afraid I will be denied to board my flight in Paris.

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Old Dec 19, 18, 9:27 am
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Definitely there is a special transit facility in SVO. Not sure about AF policy, but they frequently operate codeshared transit flights with SU and should be aware.
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Old Dec 19, 18, 4:41 pm
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Sounds like you're coming into Russia on either KL or AF and going out on either KL or AF, so on one ticket as you say. But Russia will be treated as the endpoint of the ticket, or the turning point if you like. I reckon they won't let you board, the system will just reject it if you don't have a visa. Even if you're flying out almost immediately.
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Old Dec 19, 18, 5:06 pm
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Sounds like you're coming into Russia on either KL or AF and going out on either KL or AF, so on one ticket as you say. But Russia will be treated as the endpoint of the ticket, or the turning point if you like. I reckon they won't let you board, the system will just reject it if you don't have a visa. Even if you're flying out almost immediately.
Thanks for your reply!

in case of CDG-SVO-AMS, timatic/traveldoc (link on SkyTeam page) says I'm good to go, no visa required. If the system you mentioned should reject me, what data does it rely on?

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Old Dec 20, 18, 6:59 am
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I really don’t know, you’d need someone more expert than me to tell you. But just from my extensive readings here, something about your planned trip gives alarm bells for me. Try and get more expert opinion.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 8:01 am
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I asked the embassy (no response yet) as well as SVO itself where I got this response:

Dear passenger!

Thank You for visiting our website!

You do not need visa to stay in the airport during layover. Sheremetyevo International Airport has special transit zone where You can stay between Your flights.

Have a nice flight!

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Old Dec 23, 18, 8:31 pm
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Originally Posted by RJ1H View Post
I asked the embassy (no response yet) as well as SVO itself where I got this response:

Dear passenger!

Thank You for visiting our website!

You do not need visa to stay in the airport during layover. Sheremetyevo International Airport has special transit zone where You can stay between Your flights.

Have a nice flight!

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Ive had numerous friends (all US citizens) transiting, some a couple of hours others much longer. As long as you dont have to change airports you should be good to go. Otherwise at least for a US Citizen a visa would be needed. Dont know what a Swiss person will need
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Old Dec 26, 18, 4:44 pm
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Once again, I am just not sure if, from your original post, your ticket is truly a transit or if SVO or LED represent the point of turnaround, the end point of the ticket. If it's the latter, I don't reckon you'll get on the plane for the outbound flight to begin with. But I have seen some itineraries that treat SVO as a transit, such as a routing to IST that I was looking at once, starting in some place like VIE or MUC. Be interested to hear how it goes.
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Quick update on this: Did the CDG-SVO-AMS yesterday without any issues. Checked in online and let my physical boarding pass print in the lounge in 2E. Then advanced to the gate where my passport was checked. In lack of a visa, they wanted to see my eTicket. As the connection to AMS was in the same terminal (SVO-E) and within 24h, I could board without any further questions.
In SVO I went straight to the international transfers desk. As I already had my bp printed out, I could advance to passport control. Afterwards the bp gets checked and stamped - no questions there. Finally there's a quick security check and you're back on departures level of SVO-E. All in all this process took me like 5 minutes. Given the size of the airport, I guess in LED it will be even easier.
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