All three major Moscow airports (SVO, DME and VKO) have free Wi-Fi zones, Wi-Fi coverage all over the territory or select terminals.
According to the Resolution No. 758 of the Government of Russian Federation all public Wi-Fi networks on Russian territory are supposed to require user's identification by passport. Because terrorists are everywhere. But fortunately, all SIM cards in Russia are legally supposed to be tied to passports, so providing your mobile phone number to access public Wi-Fi is normally more than enough.
Keep in mind that the best way to stay always connected in Russia is to buy a local SIM-card. If anything of the described below refuses to function or seems too cumbersome, you can always buy a SIM instead. All Moscow airports have those cards sold on every corner. Click here to learn more about it.
Here are the names of networks that you should look for in each of the major airports, their coverage and some tips on how to pass through quick registration and make them work.
The coverage is provided on all 5 terminals all across their territories.
You're looking for the network named '_Sheremetyevo Wi-Fi' (without quotes). Once connected, you'll either automatically get a pop up registration screen. If it doesn't show up, open any page in your browser app. And you'll be automatically redirected to it.
The registration page looks like this:
On that screen tap 'Sign in by phone number'. And next choose 'Call Back' or 'Free Call'.
With the first option you'll receive an incoming call seconds later. Don't pick it up, there won't be any one on the other side. Just remember the last 4 digits of that incoming number and hang up. Use those numbers as a confirmation code on the registration page.
In the second case the phone will automatically start dialing a certain Russian number. The call will be dismissed, and you won't be charged. After that you're supposed to gain access to you free internet.
The coverage is provided all over the territory of the only functioning (so far) terminal.
You're looking for the network named 'DME_Free' (without quotes).
Once connected, you'll automatically see this registration window. If not, open any page in your browser; and you'll be redirected there.
First see if there's a button to switch the language. If there isn't, then just check the only unchecked box on the screen to accept Terms and Conditions. You might need to actually open them, by tapping the link to the right from the box, and scroll them down to check it.
After that tap on one of the first two identification options.
First will start dialing a Russian number. Just wait until it drops your call, tap 'next' on the registration screen and you'll get your internet access.
In the second case, you'll have to type in your phone number in the only available field and tap 'next'. You'll get the code in an incoming text message within the next 30 seconds. Put that code in the registration form, and you're good to go.
Don't use the third identification option, as it's the only paid one.
Vnukovo's official website is pretty shy about telling us anything about their free Wi-Fi. But it exists and covers most of the Terminal A (at least departure and arrival zones).
The network name should be 'VKO-WiFi' (without quotes). But also try to look for something similar in case anything has changed.
The main identification option in this case should be by sending a text message. Just follow the instructions on screen to send a text to a certain number and await confirmation. Note: the network is called free, but they will charge you for that message as for a regular text.
It says that the registration is the same as for Moscow's public Wi-Fi and should be valid for any other free hot-spot in the city or in the metro. So after providing your phone number here, you'll only have to tap 'get access' to use free Wi-Fi anywhere in the city (allegedly). Because of that, also look for a network name 'Moscow_WiFi_Free' (without quotes), as this is usually the name of city-wide free internet today.
They should have a button to switch it to English, so you should be fine there.
And this will be it. I hope it'll help you get your free internet as soon as you arrive and stay connected with whomever you need to be back home or in Russia as seamlessly as possible.
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