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mrdoodler
28-08-2012, 20:46
Hi all.

Does anyone know if it is possible to open a bank account (in any bank) upon arrival to Sheremetyevo airport, deposit some money into it and receive a working debit card on the spot?

Or is this too much to ask for in Russia ? I am not a resident, so do not have an internal passport or registration, just a russian travel passport.

Thanx

frankjohn2
30-08-2012, 20:55
I have come across some banks that issue an instant debit card, yes. However, this is Russia ...

I did this research well over a year ago, so can only offer that you check out the websites of banks located in Moscow to see which bank may be able to help.

Remington
30-08-2012, 21:39
I have come across some banks that issue an instant debit card, yes. However, this is Russia ...

Alfa-bank does it on the same day. Other banks can take up to one or two weeks.

mrdoodler
31-08-2012, 19:36
Alfa-bank does it on the same day. Other banks can take up to one or two weeks.

I see,

What about Sberbank, I see they have a Maestro debit card:
http://sberbank.ru/moscow/ru/person/bank_cards/debet/momentum/
which is supposed to be issued at time of application.

Anyone tried that ?


Thx