Trans Siberian in winter - Need Advice, Visas, safety etc
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 4, 2011 12:56 AM Last Post By: jhnmcc
May 1, 2011 10:13 PM
Trans Siberian in winter - Need Advice, Visas, safety etcHi there,
So it has just been decided the two of us are going to be heading from Aus to Beijing to Mongolia, then catch the trans siberian back to Europe. I am US citizen, she is Dual US/UK passport holder. We'll be doing the trip in January/February.
I am really looking for advice from those who have done this before. Seat61.com as always, has been a great help for tickets and prices. Any other sites?
How about specific safety advice for Russia? I got the obvious about not flashing money and being aware of pickpockets, but anything else?
It seems like getting the visas will be the hardest part. Is it really that hard, or just tedious? Also, anyone gotten the Russian tourist visa while traveling in a 3rd country? We'll have to do it in Aus.
Whats the process like? Where do you get the sponsor letter when you want to travel independently?
We found a couple resources, but looking for other advice.
Thats all for now. Im sure I'll be back later with more Q's...
May 2, 2011 3:43 AM
If you can't get Russian tourist visas in Australia, you have several options. 1. You can try in Hong Kong which is probably the only alternative in Asia, 2. You can send your passports back to the UK where for certain it will be possible. 3. You can try applying for a business visa. Reports suggest that these might be possible more easily in places that are not the country of your passport or official residence.
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May 2, 2011 11:36 PM
2Well, that is some great information. Thank you for that.
We are in Australia on the 12 month work holiday visa. What we have recently read is that we can apply for the Russian visa here on our US passports so long as we prove we are here and have been working for 90 days or more. This can proven with a letter from an employer stating this.
I recently emailed the Russian consulate in Sydney about it and the reply said "It won't be a problem if you apply for a visa with a US passport". Cost is 197 AUD.
I think that is still our biggest concern, having the proper paperwork to acquire the visa while being in another country.
Also, I see we have to register within 3 days of crossing the border. We planned on entering from Mongolia on the train and didnt plan on stopping until Moscow. This trip is mainly for transit purposes to get to London, with stops in Moscow and St Petersburg. Planning on 14-18 days in total. Advice on registering?
Thanks in advance!
May 3, 2011 3:24 AM
May 3, 2011 3:39 AM
jhnmcc - the presence of the US/UK application on the Russian embassy in Canberra website is simply to be complete. As I noted earlier if Australia is one's official residence, then a person holding a passport other than Australian can apply there. So OP can apply because he/she is there for more than 90 days on a WHV.
May 4, 2011 12:56 AM
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