According to the decree of the Russian Federation's Government No. 413 «About Migration Card», dated August 16, 2004, a foreign citizen, entering the Russian Federation, is obliged to receive and fill out the Migration Card for presenting it to an official of the Boundary Control Service, who puts the stamp about entrance to the Russian Federation after verifying the conformity of the information, indicated in the Migration Card, passport and visa.
Officials of the Boundary Control Service or representatives of the organizations, which provide transport for foreign citizens, entering the Russian Federation, give out forms of the Migration Card gratuitously to foreign citizens during their entry into Russia.
A foreign citizen keeps the Migration Card during the whole period of his stay in the Russian Federation and presents it for registration at place of his residence along with other documents.
In case if the Migration Card is damaged or lost, a foreign citizen is obliged within three days to notify the territorial office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs at place of his residence. On condition that a foreign citizen presents the documents, which served as legal ground for his entry into the Russian Federation, he is given a duplicate of the Migration Card free of charge.
While departing from the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen returns the Migration Card to an official of the Boundary Control Service at Russia's border checkpoint.