Moving To Russia

Well-known for extraordinary scientific advancement in the 20th century, and long historical and cultural heritages, Russia is a country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, with a population of over 144 million people. It is the largest country by area in the world sharing its border with 14 countries and having 11 different time-zones!

Its capital and largest city is Moscow. Russia is known for its rich history, culture, and natural landscapes, including the Ural Mountains, Siberian taiga, and Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world.

Russia has a diverse economy, with significant resources in oil, gas, and minerals. Its official language is Russian, and its currency is the Russian Ruble. If you are planning to move to Russia from the USA, here is a comprehensive relocation guide for you.

How International Sea & Air Shipping can help for moving to Russia

Moving Russia from the USA is like moving from one end of the globe to another end! The distance is vast and so will be the challenges of having an international relocation in this European country. However, if you hire an experienced international mover like us, at International Sea & Air Shipping, we will ensure you can look forward to a hassle-free move to Russia from the USA.

So, what can we do for you? To understand this here is a little bit about us – we are one of the top international movers with extensive experience in providing A-to-Z international relocation services to different corners of the globe. Our moving specialists will offer you high-quality moving services ranging from packing your household goods to your other belongings. With us, you can even look forward to a customized packing and moving service and have a smooth transition to your new life in the stunning country of Russia.

Moving to Russia from the USA can be quite challenging given the distance and international relations. However, our team will try to lessen any burden of the move on you. Take a look at the services you will get with us – we provide high-quality moving services that include complete packing and transferring of your household goods, finalizing the freight service, advising you on the time of the delivery and storage, and beyond. At every step, our movers will be there to assist you understand the requirement and offer proper solutions.

We will also ensure everything is handled professionally and on time to avoid any last-minute hazards. So, give us a call today for your relocation to Russia from the USA and we will get started with the process.

The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the inhabited land on Earth and containing nine different time zones. Russia is also the ninth most populated nation on the planet, with almost 144 million inhabitants.

A federal semi-presidential republic, the President is considered the head of the state and the Prime Minster the head of the government.

Russia is the largest producer of oil and natural gas across the globe, helping the Russian economy which currently ranks as the fifteenth largest by nominal GDP.

Customs Regulations for Russia

  • Valid passport (copy)
  • Russian visa (copy)
  • Power of Attorney (three copies – for moving company, Destination Agent and to carry out clearance formalities)
  • Letter to customs from Russian employer (three copies, prepared by shipper’s employer)
  • Russian TD10 Customs Form (Declaration for Unaccompanied Luggage) Packing list
  • Packing list
  • Temporary import obligation (for duty free import of surface shipments only)
  • Russian customs rules are subject to change at any time and without prior notice
  • You should not go through customs on your own unless you speak fluent Russian and are familiar with the process
  • All shipments are subject to inspection, which can result in extra terminal handling and storage charges


In Russia, some articles may not be imported in a customer’s baggage whatsoever. These items include, but may not be limited to:

  • Fish and products made of fish
  • Narcotics
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Dairy and meat products (from Armenia and Georgia)
  • Military weapons and ammunition
  • Photos or printed materials against the Russian Federation
  • Pornographic materials

Some articles may have restricted quantities or require special authorization/ payments of duties and taxes to clear customs in Russia. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • Live animals (requires import permit)
  • Dairy and meat products (quantities are limited, must be in original factory packaging)
  • Cash in foreign currencies (limited amounts)
  • Medication (requires prescription)

In Romania, the following rules apply to importing motor vehicles:

  • Customer must be present for Custom’s clearance
  • Vehicles are subject to duties and value added tax

For importation, you will need the following documents:

  • Sales invoice (displaying price paid, date, place of purchase and conditions of delivery)
  • Transportation invoice (showing cost of transport – if applicable)
  • Documents displaying Customer’s name as well as the engine and chassis number of the vehicle (original)

When importing a petto Russia, they will need to have the following documentation:

  • Vaccination records
  • Veterinary health certificate bearing a seal of the local Board of Health (issued no more than 10 days prior to arrival)
  • Import license
  • Identification (tattoo or microchip)
  • Animals other than dogs and cats require special import permission from the Ministry of Agriculture


Household goods can be imported to Russia duty free (excluding items on the prohibited and restricted list).

  • Cigarettes
    • 400 cigarettes, 200 cigarillos, 100 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco are allowed duty free – any more will be taxed
    • Only one type of tobacco product may be imported (otherwise only half of the above mentioned qualities will be allowed)
  • Alcohol
    • Only allowed for persons over 21 years old
    • Limited to 2 liters duty free
  • Caviar
    • 250 grams duty free

Things you need to know to move to Russia from the USA

Visa and residency permits for moving to Russia from the USA

Work Visa & Residency Permits

Study Visa & Residency Permits

  • A family reunification visa
  • An investment visa

Climate in Russia

Cost of living in Russia

Living in Russia as an expat – what to expect?