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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Expats Will Pay a Ruble per Day

Foreigners will be required to pay a fee of 1 ruble per day for their planned stay in Russia when registering with the police's visa and passport services from Feb. 1.

Thus, the fee for a three-month registration will be 90 rubles, while the fee for six months will be 183 rubles. The maximum fee will be 200 rubles. Payment must be made at Sberbank.

The change -- part of amendments to the Tax Code that were passed last month -- might cause a hassle for foreigners who obtain registration on their own, because they will have to add a trip to Sberbank to their visit to their local visa and passport office. "The sum of the fee is not huge, but it could be a pain for those who will have to go to a bank, wait in line there and fill out complicated receipts, especially for those who do not speak Russian," said a representative of Infinity Travel, a firm that provides visa and registration services for foreigners.

It was not clear whether foreigners visiting for only a few days would need to pay. Passport officials could not be reached for comment Monday or Tuesday.

By law, foreigners must register with the police within three working days of their arrival.

Foreigners were required to pay a registration fee of the equivalent of just under $1 for many years, but it was abolished in 2005.