Does anyone have any advice on what to do if you lose your Russian Customs Declaration Form.I only brought $170 into the country, but any leaving by Trans-Mongolian, and wish to take the same amount out of the country. Do I need to change my dollars (and if I do this will I still have any trouble) or is there a way to get a duplicate or go to the police.
Any advice apperciated, obviously want as little hassle as possible at Customs
hmm, didn't get you question really..what happened to your dollars???
if you would explain it more detailed i would try to think more...170$- it is sooo few, does it really need to be declare? i never heard that it can be a problem, i think people bring much more money there and out in their wallets nowadays..are you sure there is a problem?? anyway i would prefer not to deal with our police, you never know what they will ask from you and which troubles will bring
hmm, if you got confused with my answer, don't mind- ask more!! and don't look that i'm writing from finland..i'm russian and from russia, just currently in finland...
Your post is confusing. I have never had any questions asked about my money when I have entered or left Russia since the end of the USSR. Anyway, most people carry ATM cards and withdraw cash in Russia rather than take it in their wallets.
However, whatever you do AVOID the Russian police. If you so unwise as to report anything to them you will find yourself in trouble. You may be shaken down for a bribe and you will, at the very least, be viewed as a nuisance and harrassed. The Russian police are not like those in Britain, America or other western country. They are underpaid, despised by Russian citizens and they are NOT "tourist friendly".
Sorry for the confusion.
My main question is will I have a problem crossing the border at Mongolia because I have lost my Customs Declaration Form? (Guidebooks suggest you may- If so what can I do about it?)
The other part of the question asks if I should change all my dollars into rubles for crossing the border as I have no Customs Declarations Form.
Thank you for answers so far, will avoid police. Any further advice welcome.
Also Dollars are not lost. Still have the original $170 I brought into the country, but would like to keep them as dollars for rest of travels if possible.
Technically, you are supposed to report the issue to the police, and present the police report to the customs guards when leaving the country.
The regulations (according to the US Embassy in St. Petersburg) is Travelers may enter Russia with up to 10,000 U.S. dollars without submitting a customs declaration. They may now leave Russia with up to 3,000 U.S. dollars without submitting a customs declaration. Travelers may export up to 10,000 U.S. dollars by submitting a customs declaration form.
Given that you only have $170, I wouldn't worry too much about having it taken away.
Greg you are proving most useful on this trip. Can I ask another question please. When you crossed the Russian Border on the Trans-Sib were they asking everyone for their Customs Declaration Forms, and was there a hassle if they did not have one?
It's been a while since I crossed the border, but I believe they took the form and provided you with a couple of other forms to fill out (again listing the money that you have). But I might be wrong - can anyone else clarify?
They do the customs on the train, so the only other person I saw was a Russian citizen (who obviously didn't have a declaration form as he was from Russia), so I have no idea what they do with people who have lost the form.