Russia: Transit Visas


The following message regarding transit visas was posted by the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

“Dear representatives of adoption agencies:

The U.S. embassy respectfully requests that adoption facilitators and agencies alert their clients to the potential need for European transit visas when returning to the United States accompanied by children adopted from Russia. Some European countries (the Netherlands and Switzerland, for example) may require airport transit visas for Russian citizens even if only changing planes or switching airlines at an international airport. Please advise your clients to consider this matter before making return travel arrangements, so that they have time to obtain any necessary visas for their children.”

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