What kind/how to get Visa for Trans Siberian trip.
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Apr 29, 2013 2:58 AM Last Post By: Raki_Man
Apr 18, 2013 11:06 PM
What kind/how to get Visa for Trans Siberian trip.i have tried looking for a straight forward answer about this before posting as i think it is probably an easy answer but I haven't found a post that asks it directly, hence why i am posting and if there has been a post in the past i am sorry for asking again!
Me and my fiancé (who will be wife by the time of the trip) are looking at doing trans mongolian for our honeymoon. starting in Beijing, then Mongolia then through russia (we want to spend about three weeks in russia) and I was wondering what visa i need for this?
Last time I went to Russia (about 2 years ago) I needed to provide flights/buses in and out of the country as well as an itinerary. If we are doing the train, do we have to buy our tickets into and out of russia before we get our visas?
We are both Australian and will be applying for our visas in Australia so we have no issues with applying from out of our country of residence as i see a lot of people do.
Hopefully someone can give us a helping hand! We aren't going till September but want to get all these little things sorted so we have plenty of time and avoid any problems during applications :)
Apr 19, 2013 4:48 AM
1You can get a tourist visa. It is not standard practice to have to provide the actual tickets for travel into and out of Russia in order to obtain a visa. In fact, some consulate website specifically advise against purchasing tickets until you have obtained the visa. You will need to provide some information regarding the planned dates of entry and departure and the location points of your entry and departure in a letter or on a form but that's it.
You will need a tourist visa which is good for a maximum of 30 days and to obtain this you will need an official invitation and accommodations voucher for the nights you will be in Russia. You can obtain this online from companies like visatorussia.com or realrussia.co.uk.
Usually a visa for Russia can't be obtained more than 90 days in advance of entry but for Australians and those from NZ, the consulates often make exceptions.
Apr 28, 2013 8:29 PM
2thanks again so much Ruth! One more question for you as you are the most knowledgable of everyone on Thorn Tree when it come sto Russia and the trans sib, myself and my soon to be wife are doing the trans mongolian in late September/early October and was wondering if you knew if there was only one train from Beijing to UB that time of year (train 3 which leave Beijing on a Wednsday?) or are there other options as well? thanks :)
Apr 28, 2013 11:29 PM
3There are always at least two trains per week, the #3 from Beijing to Moscow which departs of Wednesdays and the #K23 which is variable but of late has been departing on Tuesdays. Sometimes until late September there is a third train, another K23 from Beijing to UB.
Again the best information will be from agents who sell these tickets - CITS, Ocean Travel, etc.
There is also the alternative route to Erlian and then the train from Dzamyn Ude which I described above.
Apr 29, 2013 2:58 AM
4I got my Russian visa in Oz, and am actually in Irkutsk right now- where it is warm and sunny!
I got visa suppport from Real Russia. Gave them a list of places and hotels/hostels and they sent me the invitation letter. At that stage I had booked nothing.
Once I got the invite (next day), I booked plane ticket into Russia from China and bus ticket out from Russia.
Then sent them off to Russian Embassy in Oz.
Got visa following week.
Check out all our reviewed and recommended accommodation and book online.