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This might be a challenging one. I'm traveling from New York to Hanoi and have long layovers both on the way to Vietnam (12hrs) and on the way home (22 hrs). My question is, can I get a transit visa for both dates with only one application, or am I going to need to fill out papers, more importantly pay, for two visas. Also, I does anyone have advice for the easiest way to get one of these visas for a US citizen. I am very apprehensive about sending away my passport, so if someone knows a way to get a visa without sending away the passport I would be very grateful- would rather not spend 34 combined hours in SVO. Thanks in advance.
Has anyone been to this area, does anyone here live there and could act as a guide. or know anyone who can? I am very keen to try to visit the Chukchi and Koryak reindeer herders.
I know that this is almost impossible, but someone must be able to rise to the challenge??
A couple of days ago I took the bus from Kaliningrad, Russia over the border to Lithuania and could not believe my eyes!
Once were over the border into Lithuania the ladies then collected the booty and got out at the first town. Very well organised, as one lady had brought along a wire thingy with a hook at the end to pull out the stuff from behind the heaters. Really quite blatant!.
FYI- the official limit for bring smokes into Lithuania from outside the EU is two packets, but they didnt mind me having, ahem, a few more..........After all, why pay $4 a pack when they are just $1 a pack in the place you were in a couple... more »
Has anyone visited Novodevirchy recently? Is Smolensk Cathedral open? I have tried to visit this building roughly once a year for the last ten years, but it seems to be under more or less permanent restoration.
I plan to travel on Transsib from Chelyabinsk to the east, and I would like to take the direct train through Petropavlovsk instead of the "traditional" way via Yekaterinburg and Tyumen'. Do I need Kazakh visa and double-entry Russian visa, if I cross the Kazakh territory only in a through train Chelyabinsk-Omsk?
some spellings in english are different from what had been used until now
we are taking the train from helsinki to st petersburg this june. we are then going straight to the airport that day. what would be the best mode of transport from the finland station in st petersburg to the airport. cab, metro?
also being that i will only be in st petersburg for one day, as an australian, do i need to get a visa?
I am a solo traveler and plan to travel on end november 2013 for 17 days . I have yet to do research and need some of your input on the below before i proceed to purchase my airticket to Beijing .
1. safe for female to travel alone ? especially if i take class 2 which going to sleep with another 3 strangers
2. would the view will be not so scenic due to all covered by Snow ?
3. should i buy advance train ticket , or i can do it as and when i reach the train station .
4. Any recommendation where to stop for 17 days journey ?
How many hours I should plan for visiting Kolomenskoye? Does it fulfil a full day?
I have request for those of you who have some experience with Siberia.
With a group of friends (5 men) we are planning to go to Siberia for about 12 day (max. 14) between July 30 and August 18.
Our very basic plan which of course we will be happy to modify is:
- We want to spend two days in Moscow
- We want to see Magadan
- We want to see Yakutsk
- We want to pass one day Trans-Siberian Railroad
- We want to see the areas of Lake Baikal
It might look like this:
- Wrocław (our home city) - Moscow
- Moscow - Magadan
- Magadan - Yakutsk
- Yakutsk - Czyta
- Czyta - Irkutsk (railway)
- Irkutsk - back to Wroclaw
Of course we can go from Yakutsk to Irkutsk, then by train to Krasnoyarsk for example, and from there back.
We have clearly established routes, so we would be very grateful for your guidance and assistance in an attractive plan.
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I'm arriving in Saint Petersburg on a Sunday, early morning, and my couchsurfing host only gets back in town at 22:00, so i need to figure out what to do till than:
1. do you recommend doing all the errands of money changing and getting a local sim at the airport or should i get to the center? is everything open on Sunday?
2. i would like to store my bag somewhere till the evening, is there bag storage somewhere in the city or just the airport?
3. what can i do in he city on a Sunday if I'm stuck with carrying my bag?
your advice would be appreciated.
Do they actually check your work/college history/father's name or is it just there to fill space?!
Hi apologies if this has been asked (prob has!)
I've managed to find an incredibly cheap fare to Moscow from London (£49!) so am heading there in July, been all over Eastern Europe but not Russia yet. Question is: I really want to go to Elista but the only hotels on the dropdown menu for the Russian visa (Real Russia) are insanely expensive ones! Can I just put one of those and then stay somewhere cheaper? Secondly does anyone know anywhere really cheap in Elista? I can't find any budget hotels there and there seems to be no hostels.
When I was at Peterhof Palace the fountains were turned on at 11am to the sound of some rather good music. What was this tune? I thought it was the old Imperial Russian National Anthem but its not- so do you know what it was?
Thats the easy one- ...........the next one may be harder..........
When I got off the Sapsan train in St Petersburg a great sounding military bank piece of music was played. What was its name? Waking down the platform to the sound of this music had me feeling that I was part of the closing scene of some epic film production of 'War and Peace' or similar!
I need a visa for an upcoming trip to Russia but am running into a small problem. The Japanese agencies are generally used to only handling visa requests for Japanese nationals (I'm an American living here in Tokyo). My wife will be asking the travel agency HIS if it is possible, but most likely you also need to book their hotels, which tend to be more expensive (and less conveniently located) as well as pay a hefty fee (something around 100 US dollars).
I wouldn't mind doing it myself, but it turns out that the Russian visa application section hours at the embassy are from 9:30 to 12:30 Monday to Friday only. Unfortunately, I am not available to go there at that time Monday to Friday.
Does anyone know of an agency in Japan that handles getting a Russian visa for an American passport?
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