The Russian Customs

1ST STEP. Customs Declaration.
You should decide if you need the customs declaration. You do not need it if:
you have less than $10,000 in cash, you do not have any stuff for sale, you do not have jewellery, you do not have arts, antiques and other valuble stuff. In this case you can go to the GREEN CHANNEL

You need the declaration if: You are not sure that you do not need it. If you have a lot of cash, jewellery, valuble electronics, arts, antiques or you had lost your baggage.
You have an unaccompanied luggage travels separately from you; You have one of:
a) securities (stock, fixed income securities, traveler's cheques, and others);
b) gold, silver, platinum and metals of platinum group such as: palladium, iridium, rhodium, ruthenium, and osmium in any form and substance, excluding temporarily imported (exported) jewelry
c) natural diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and alexandrite, as well as natural pearls (raw or processed), except temporarily imported (exported) jewelry
d) weapon, ammunitions, and high explosives;
e) narcotics and psychotropic substances as well as their analogues;
f)cultural values (fine arts, violins etc)
g) poisonous, poison gases, and drugs which can harm health of the person;
h) radioactive substances;
i)objects of the wild flora and fauna, their parts and products produced out of them;
j) radio transmitters except for radio telephones of cellular networks
k) materials that contain classified information or porno media, propagade fascism, racial, national and religious hostility;
l) goods which quantitative (weighting) limits are set for the transfer across the custom border with tax and customs charges;
m) goods for commercial activity.
In this case go to RED CHANNEL

Where do I get the customs declaration?
1. The airline cabine crew are distributing it during a flight.
2. You can grab it at the booth near the baggage claiming area.
Here is a sample of CUSTOMS DECLARATION.

2ND STEP: Choose a customs channel
If you do not need a customs declaration go to GREEN CHANNEL . Get relaxed and tell the officer "I have nothing to declare". However you can be legally picked up for the checking of your baggage and personal belongens.

In all other cases take the RED CHANNEL . In most cases the officer just stamp your declaration and let you go. Try to save it before you will depature from the country. If you will lost it it could not be replaced.
Items forbidden for import into the Russian Federation:
1.Any military weapon and ammunition
2.Narcotic and psychotropic substances as well as accessories for opium and hashish smoking.
3.Printed, audio and video materials, and other mediums that may be harmful for national security, health, and moralty of the population.

Goods import
1.1. The passengers crossing the border of the Russian Federation are allowed to import goods for non-production and non-commercial use without paying customs taxes if the total cost of goods does not exceed 1,000 USD and the total weight does not exceed 50 kg
1.2. The total cost and/or total weight of the impoted goods which exceeds the specified rates (but does not exceed equivalent of 10.000 USD and 200 kg inclusive) the tax rate is 30%, but not less than 4 Euro per 1kg
1.3. The following goods may be imported into the Russian Federation without customs taxes:
Alcohol beverages (incl. beer) - 2 liters per person;
Tobacco (cigars, cigarillos, cigarettes) - 400 pieces per person;
Caviar - 250 gram per person.

Import of foreign currency
Import of foreign currency into the Russian Federation is not restricted.

Export regulations
Items forbidden for export from the Russian Federation:
a) Narcotics and psychotropic substances as well as accessories for opium and hashish smoking
b) Historical and cultural values (including antiques, art works, musical instruments, books etc.) produced more than 100 years ago, excluding prior exported ones and shown on your customs declaration.
c) Annulled securitis
d) Horns of saiga, maral, and dappled deer; skin of dappled deer
f) Medium containing classified information.
g) More than 250 g of caviar.
Passengers are allowed to export non-commercial goods without paying the customs taxes if the total cost of the goods does not exceed the equivalent of 10.000 USD.
Export of cultural values (including collections of all kinds, musical instruments, items of 50 and more years old, and the like) is allowed with the permission of Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation ( the Ministry of Culture may be reached at
+7 (812)117-3496/5196/0302, 17 Malaya Morskaya st.) or according to the records of the customs body made at these cultural values import (e.g. customs declaration, form TD-6). Export from the Russian Federation of alcohol beverages and tobacco is allowed in amounts for personal needs.

Russian customs official web site (In Russian)