Irish getting Russian visa in Asia
Replies: 33 - Last Post: Apr 19, 2012 9:10 PM Last Post By: civilbeast2nd
Apr 3, 2012 6:07 AM
15While there might be a small satisfaction in creating tit for tat difficulties, it is pointless and destructive.
The UK like other European countries has a legitimate worry about immigrants from poor countries coming over and working illegally. That's why its tough for people from poor countries to get visas to visit rich countries. Russia has no fear of me working illegally, nor do I fit the typical profile for a terrorist.
So making it hard for me to get a visa is extracting pointless revenge, and at the same time destroying their tourism industry. And I'm not even from the UK
Apr 3, 2012 7:55 AM
Apr 3, 2012 10:29 AM
17I don't think Russia sees its self as a poor country although it is true to say there is a lot of poverty. The fact is they tend to operate a reciprocal arrangement when it comes to visas, a number of countries have now entered into visa free agreements with Russia, every so often there is talk of some kind of arrangement with Europe but I think its a long way off.
Apr 3, 2012 10:17 PM
18While I've got the first useful feedback. Visa section is open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 09:00 to 12:00.
Not on Wednesdays. Now I'm really mad with the Russian embassy staff, and I haven't even met them yet.
Cool down, be polite, love Russian beurocrats.... I can do it
Apr 5, 2012 12:44 AM
19Ok 2nd bit of useful feedback. The situation hasn't changed since 2009. Not a Thai resident, please apply for your Russian visa in Ireland. Off to Koh Phanghan tonight, and will continue onto KL.
Assuming KL does give me a visa, any good websites for booking flights KL to Moscow?
Apr 5, 2012 1:30 AM
Apr 7, 2012 9:59 PM
21I survived the full moon party on Koh Phanghan. But the buses to KL are stopped because of a bomb in the South of Thailand! I might be going via Butterworth.
Quick slightly related question. If I use my credit card in an ATM do I get a realistic rate of exchange, or do I get some historic 1 to 1 exchange rate set by the central bank when the rouble was still a controlled currency? i.e Do I need to bring cash instead of card.
Apr 8, 2012 1:51 AM
22The rate you get is the one set by your bank not by the ATM or a Russian bank, personally I just take my card and use it as I would at home. You can take cash and use an bureau in Moscow if you want to get the best rates.
Apr 8, 2012 5:06 AM
23There may well be no options for direct travel from KL to Moscow and there really aren't any budget airlines between these two cities. I would check prices, but I suspect that you will find that the cheapest flights from Asia will be from Thailand or from Hong Kong. You might try skyscanner.net for flights.
The Russian airlines to check are S7, Transaero and Aeroflot.
If you use a credit card you will find that some Russian banks will have an out of network fee plus the exchange rate will depend upon your bank. It will likely be the central bank rate plus a percentage - often 3%.
Apr 11, 2012 2:04 AM
24At the border I asked for a 90 day Malaysian visa. The official looked a bit surprised, but after confirming I wanted to stay until July, gave me the 90 day visa. Went to the Russian embassy on Tuesday. They only take visa applications on Mon, Wed, Fri.
However the Malaysian woman who prescreens looked over my application, and pronounced it in good order. Not a bad idea if you are missing something. I didn't need my health insurance cert, but many countries do. Went back today Wednesday, and they confirmed I'll get the passport back with visa on Wednesday next week. It cost MR 280. Getting back Monday would have cost 450 and I didn't have so much cash on me.
Apr 11, 2012 4:04 AM
Apr 13, 2012 6:03 AM
26Just tried to book the following ticket with http://flight.asiatravel.com/
KUL 14:00 18/4 Wed
SGN 10:35 19/4 Thu
Got the rather annoying response that:
Regret we are unable to confirm your booking instantly as airline is currently experiencing heavy load on their system. Please take note payment is not deducted from your credit card. Your booking details has been well received but is now subject to seat availability and confirmation by the airlines. Our customer service officer will revert to you via email within the next 24 - 48hrs. We apologies for the inconvenience caused.
Never had this before. Could it be a scam that in 48 hours it will be much harder to get a ticket, and they'll double the price. There is a phone number so I can call tomorrow Saturday. On the booking form they asked for my telephone number, and I just gave a junk number as I don't have a mobile here.
Apr 13, 2012 9:47 PM
27Well they got back to me reasonably fast
+We saw an attempt on your end to book a flight with www.asiatravel.com departing from
Kuala Lumpur to Moscow on 18 Apr but booking was disrupted as seats were taken up before you finalize your booking+
So can't recommend them if they offer seats they can't book. Looks like I'm going with transaero.com direct flight for $638.
Edited by: civilbeast2nd
Apr 14, 2012 4:42 AM
Apr 14, 2012 5:17 PM
29Two more questions: I don't have a flight booked out of Moscow yet. Is it a problem flying to Russia without an onward ticket. Logically it shouldn't be, a lot of people leave by the trans-siberian, as did I 6 years ago.
My visa will be ready Wed 18, I'm flying Sat 21. My visa only runs until 4 May, that is 30 days after I started this visa odyssey. And I was initially only welcome until 3 May. We have now agreed it would be much nicer if I stayed until 7 May. That would still be much less than 30 days.
Are there any options to get the visa extended by 3 days. Ring embassy on Monday. Get extension in the airport? I know overstaying even by 3 days is a big nono.
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