Many people are not aware that driving your car to Russia is not only straightforward, but is FREE for up to one year as long as it’s for your personal use. That is, you drive your foreign-registered car with your foreign license plates to Russia and you have up to one whole year temporary import tax-free to use it for your personal trips. There are some things to keep in mind before doing so, but they are all quite manageable. Read below to find out what you need to drive your car to Russia.
As long as you’re driving your own car into Russia, you won’t have any issues entering Russia with it. Obviously, you must have the usual documents on yourself and the car, but you should already have those in any case.
You’ll just need to fill out the temporary import form (formally known as passenger customs declaration) along with showing the usual documents. When entering into Russia, you’ll first go through the import process and then passport control. When leaving Russia, you’ll go through passport control and then provide your car documents along with the temporary import form you filled out when entering Russia. Download the temporary import form below. It’s a double-sided form. You’ll need TWO, one for them to keep and one for yourself to keep. Keep your copy whenever you’re driving so that you can prove your temporary import if traffic police ask for it.