Russia Landing Permit Regulations
APPLICATION LEAD TIME FOR RUSSIAN LANDING PERMITS
For aircraft with fewer than 19 passenger seats, the minimum landing permit application time is one business day when requesting one to four non-scheduled flights per month on international airways to international Airports of Entry (AOEs) in Russia, and 14 business days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays of the Russian Federation) for more than four non-scheduled flights per month.
Pilot certificates are required for Russian landing permit applications when submitting permit applications for aircraft with fewer than 19 passenger seats, the following valid documents must be submitted:
• Aircraft registration certificate
• Airworthiness certificate
• Air Operator’s Certificate (for charter aircraft only)
• Worldwide insurance with third-party liability
• Crew crash info card (only if the arrival airport has no fire protection)
• French CAA letter of request for landing (only for French registries)
• Crewmember pilot certificates
• Aircraft Noise Certificate
The new document requirement is that crewmember pilot certificates must now be provided. Note that it’s not necessary for pilot certificates to be issued from the same country the aircraft is registered in. Also, be aware that if the airworthiness certificate is over 10 years old and doesn’t have an expiration date, you will also have to submit the aircraft maintenance log.
Landing permit validity times:
• Russian landing permits for non-scheduled flight are valid 48 hours (from 0001 UTC on day of operation for 48 hours from the estimated Time of Departure (ETD) in UTC).
• Permits are valid for earlier-than-planned arrivals (as long as they are in the same UTC day) and later-than-expected departures (with 48-hour windows.)
Within the permit validity period, you may operate on the basis of your filed flight plan, without the need for permit revision. The following are types of changes that do not require a permit revision:
• Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)/ETD changes
• changes to the digital part of the flight number
• adding an additional tech stop within Russia at an international AOE
• use of a different “reserved” aircraft indicated in your permit application
Additionally, for aircraft with fewer than 19 passenger seats, no permit revision is required within the validity period of your original permit for the following situations:
• change to entry/exit points into/from the Russian flight information region (FIR)
• change to the aerodrome of departure/landing outside the territory of Russia
Popular tech stop when flying between Europe and Asia:
Novosibirsk, Russia (UNNT) Is a reliable tech stop with good English-speaking services and fairly flexible operating conditions. UNNT is well located mid-way between Western Europe and Beijing, China (ZBAA), and you’ll normally accomplish quick turns in 30-40 minutes. A Russian landing permit is needed, but crew or passenger visas are not required for a single tech stop in Russia (if the airport has a transit area) when no crew or passengers embark or disembark the aircraft. Please note, that UNNT closes to all traffic two hours each day (1400-1600 local) as indicated by notices to airmen (NOTAM).