American getting a Russian visa in Norway
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Mar 12, 2012 2:11 PM Last Post By: idreamofparis
Feb 15, 2012 11:28 AM
Feb 15, 2012 1:55 PM
1Not leaving Norway - having a copy of the passport - and a receipt from the Russian Consulate. Probably not.
But it would be so much simpler to get the visa before you leave or to get a second passport to use for the visa-thing.
(I have no idea if second passports are issued routinely in your country - they are in mine, but there everyl'boby are constantly travelling and have problems when passports are at embassies or you need say 4 visas for a given trip.)
Feb 16, 2012 4:54 AM
Feb 16, 2012 7:51 AM
3Thanks for the info guys. I'd prefer to get the visa ahead of time because I've heard that it's difficult to get one outside your country of residence. But I'm leaving on a RTW trip in March and not planning to be in Russia until August. And you can't apply for a Russian visa more than 90 days before you're going to be there. At one time I was told by a visa issuing agency that I could apply early as long as I wrote a letter explaining the situation, but the consulate in Washington DC told me that wasn't the case. The Russian consulate in Oslo told me that I could apply for one there, but it would take a minimum of 10 working days. So I think I'm going to try that. Wish me luck!
Feb 16, 2012 8:39 AM
4FWIW I'm an American and I've spent quite a bit of time in Norway, taken trains and everything, and I've never been asked for my passport. I think you'd be ok not carrying it during domestic travel.
I actually traveled between Iceland and Norway once with someone who'd forgotten his passport and he had no trouble using other ID as proof of who he was.
Feb 29, 2012 11:43 AM
5You can get it faster (in a day or two) if you use a visa agent in Oslo called Privjet. You need to pay extra but they do everything for you, get the invitation, go to the embassy for you etc. so that leaves you more time for sightseeing. There are also two visa agents in the north, near the Russian border, where we have a consulate. I'm not sure whether or not they issue visas to other nationalities, but you can email them. They specialize on Russia and visas, it's their only job.
Carrying two passports? Not a good idea, I don't think this is allowed in Norway.
What route are you taking from Oslo to Russia? Boat, plane or through the north overland?
Mar 8, 2012 3:45 PM
6Good luck buddy! I've never heard of anyone getting a tourist visa to Russia outside their country of residence. If the Russian embassy in Oslo did tell you that, then I say go for it. I live in NYC and the Russian embassy here is very strict and getting in line for the visa took forever (there was only 1 visa agent and she asked several questions to each applicant.) If you provide them with everything then you'll be fine. However, if you don't (i.e. Russian health insurance, not having the letter of invitation or not living in the USA) then each applicant would take 5-10 minutes with the visa lady.
If I were you, I'd take hurricanebertha's suggestion and pay for the agency. I'd definitely do that next time I apply for a Russian visa here in New York City. They can probably even tell you if you can get a visa from the Russian embassy! Good luck!
Mar 9, 2012 3:51 AM
7I recall a US acquaintance of mine travelling in eastern Europe. He decided he'd like to go to Russia, so he rolled up at the local consulate and asked for a visa, and they more or less just laughed at him. It is more expensive but more effective to get Russian visas by going to agents who know how to get them for you.
Mar 12, 2012 2:11 PM
8Thanks for the advice & suggestions everyone! I think I just might try a visa agency. It does seem to be the easiest and fastest route. And as I don't live near a Russian embassy in the US, I was going to have to use an agency anyway, since they've stopped accepting mailed applications. We would like to travel overland into Russia, but if we can't, we can't. We'll see...getting a visa was a whole lot easier last time I did it as a student and my school took care of everything!
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