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Transiting Moscow VKO with two separate bookings (no visa)

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Transiting Moscow VKO with two separate bookings (no visa)

A friend and I, both American, are flying from Latvia to Moscow VKO on AirBaltic with a 2 hour layover then flying Transaero from VKO to Beijing. We do not have a Russian transit visa so we must remain in the Airport transit zone until boarding the connection for China. I am concerned, however, that we will have an issue boarding a flight with a different airline--say, it flew from a separate terminal or, worse, we needed to exit the transit area to check in with the other airline.

We will not have checked luggage, as I know this could add a further level of complication.

Any insight? Thanks.

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1. Re: Transiting Moscow VKO with two separate bookings (no visa)

What your real concern should be is whether AirBaltic lets you board their Russia-bound flight with no Russian visas and no onward tickets from them - they most probably will but things happen - call them and ask.

As for how to check in for the Transaero flight without exiting the transit zone - they usually find a way but they must at least know you're there - call them and discuss this.

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2. Re: Transiting Moscow VKO with two separate bookings (no visa)

There is one terminal in Vnukovo. You can check-in on your transaero connection on line. See no problems for your trip, unless Air Baltic from Riga is somewhat delayed...

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3. Re: Transiting Moscow VKO with two separate bookings (no visa)

Your flight 19:30 Riga - 23:25 Moscow (Vnukovo) Flight BT7418 is actually operated by Transaero, not AirBaltic. You should be fine. By the way, are you sure that you will have a 2 hour layover? There are two flights from VKO to Beijing, depending on what date you fly, departing at either 11:10am or 1:45pm.

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4. Re: Transiting Moscow VKO with two separate bookings (no visa)

It was meant to say 12* hour layover (typo). Good eye. So, although the flight has been booked through AirBaltic it is ultimately irrelevant as they are partners.

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5. Re: Transiting Moscow VKO with two separate bookings (no visa)

>There is one terminal in Vnukovo.

No, there are two ones. The main one is terminal A and there is also small terminal B for charter and low-cost airlines. Germanwings and Wizz Air fly from terminal B. Since there is no direct passage between terminals yet, the transit between two terminals without a visa is possible but may be quite problematic and take a lot of time.

But in your case flight from Riga will be actually operated by Transaero itself, with codeshare with AirBaltic to terminal A. So you can just follow transfer/transit signs on arrival. The only thing you need are printed boarding passes because Russian law doesn't allow to use electronic ones yet. You actually can check-in on a transit deck, it's not a problem. And it is good you don't have checked-in luggage because luggage claim is outside transit area.

The only problem I see: it is too boring to spend 12 hours in terminal...

Wasn't it possible to book a connection flight in one booking? It would be better because in this case airline is responsible for any delays and cancellations. For example if your first flight will be canceled, airline will keep your second one. If you have separate bookings in this case you will lost the second flight.

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6. Re: Transiting Moscow VKO with two separate bookings (no visa)

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