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I am visiting Moscow, Russia and leaving on a specific date in July, per my tourist visa. I'll be leaving via bus, going into Lithuania.

I just realized that the bus leaves at 10:30pm the day my visa expires and won't cross the Russian border into Lithuania until 6am on the 27th. So my visa will be expired before I even cross the border.

Should I change my bus tickets? Or will the 6-hour overage probably not be a big deal? I really don't want to get stuck in Russia.

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If I were you I would take another bus and leave Russia on 26th. –  Dirty-flow May 30 at 14:59
    
Related Russian visa goes in effect at what time?. –  pnuts May 30 at 16:06
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In many countries with corrupt officials this kind of thing is exactly what they will try to use against you to go for a bribe. I wouldn't be surprised to hear if this kind of thing would happen in Russia but don't have the experience to confirm or deny. Even if nobody is corrupt there is very often a time-based fine. I'd change my ticket or carry enough money to cover the fine. –  hippietrail May 31 at 4:30
    
Good to know. I carried money in Indonesia, too, in case the need to bribe officials ever arose. I need to avoid a mark on my passport because I may want to re-visit Russia, so I've changed the tickets, and I'm squared away! –  Chad Johnson May 31 at 6:25
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I was on a train with a Canadian who experienced this.

We left Irkutsk, Russia heading towards Ulan Bator, Mongolia on the ... let's say Tuesday, the last day of his visa. Seemed ok, but we didn't actually cross the border until early on the Wednesday. The result - he was a few hours over his visa.

The security and passport people came on the train, took our passports, and announced - "there is problem". He was whisked off the train, and we debated dividing up his stuff - there'd been no indication what was going to happen.

A couple of hours later (we were at the border for ages) he returned. He'd been fined for overstaying, and apparently there's a base fine, and an additional fine per day over. Plus a mark in his passport for overstaying, if I recall correctly.

You won't get stuck in Russia. But you will get in trouble. Get an earlier bus, or if you can, adjust your visa. Either way, don't overstay.

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Thank you for posting -- very good to know. Thank you! –  Chad Johnson May 30 at 15:21
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we debated dividing up his stuff -- I can't tell if this is humor, or if you were planning to divide his stuff to return it to him later, or if you really are that devious, and I should never travel with you! :) –  Flimzy May 30 at 15:28
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@Flimzy Oh come on! The former owner was under arrest by the Russians, can’t let his stuff go to waste. ;-) –  pnuts May 30 at 15:51
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Ah, I love Europe. No visa as long as you stay in the countries of the EU. –  11684 May 31 at 10:28
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Dividing up his stuff ?!?! Damn, you guys are hard-core. –  Aditya Somani Jun 2 at 2:01
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