Country in northern Eurasia, largest country in the world, covering more than 1/8 of the Earth's inhabited land area.

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Can you apply for a new Russian passport at any time?

I recall that supposedly you could only apply for a new Russian passport when your existing one was about to expire within the next 6 months. However, currently, I couldn't find anything to that ...
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Are there red light districts in St. Petersburg or Moscow?

We are going to travel to Russia (St Petersburg and Moscow). Is there any red light district (or something like that) in these cities? Where are these places? Are they safe for tourists?
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How to participate in sports-like recreational activities in Russia at local prices?

I'm going to St Petersburg and Moscow next month on a tour. I will have some time for myself, and I'd like to participate in sports-like activities (like flyboarding, bungee jumping, water parks etc). ...
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Do I need a visa to visit Belarus if I have a Russian visa?

I am a U.S. citizen living in Russia with a multi-entry student visa. I noticed that on my migration card it lists the Russian Federation as well as the Republic of Belarus. Do I need to get another ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

A friend of mine is taking the Train from Finland to Russia. She has now paid and sent the Tourist visa application, with the requested validity being from 3 to 16 August. Now she's considering ...
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Traveling to Russia as an english speaker

I'm going to travel to Russia. We have a tour guide, but we have some times for our own. Can we enjoy sport clubs (bungee, flyboarding etc.) without knowing Russian?
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Train scheduled to leave Russia before visa expiry but is delayed - what happens?

So my friend is going to Russia, and has booked the train ticket from Finland to St Petersburg (for those following my earlier question, I convinced her NOT to enter Russia a day earlier). However, ...
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Do Russian embassies tend to put visas on completely random passport pages? [duplicate]

Re-posting it again because it was marked as a duplicate even though it wasn't. Just got a Russian Transit visa. The visa pages in my passport are numbered 7-33, with only page 7 having stamps in it. ...
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Extend study visa with tourist visa to Russia [closed]

The ministry of education in Russia is currently making an invitation for a study visa for Russia for me (German citizen), but the date from when it will be valid is not sure. Classes start on Sep 1, ...
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Belarus/Russia border and passport control

What is the status with the Russia/Belarus border? I am guessing there is still passport control. If there isn't, what does a traveller need to do after crossing the border? For my case, I am Turkish,...
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Can I apply for a Russian visa from the Republic of Georgia?

I will be in the Republic of Georgia in the Caucasus in a few months and am considering a side trip to Russia; either via the Black Sea to Sochi or across the one land border that is apparently open ...
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Is the Berlin Wall Section on the Sakharov Grounds Accessible at Night?

I am informed that the only known section of the Berlin Wall situated in Russia is on the grounds of the Andrei Sakharov Center. The centre itself is comprised of his former residence and a 'largish' ...
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What direct scheduled flights exist between Alaska and Russia?

The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 90 kilometers. Some even speculate a bridge could connect the two regions, creating a land link between Eurasia and ...
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Do non-CIS nationals have issues with visa checks on the Moscow-Dushanbe train?

Is it true that conductors (meaning train staff, NOT border police) on the Tajik train from Moscow to Dushanbe (which I'm going to take to Kazakhstan) check if you have the proper visa for the ...
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Do tourists need a special visa to enter the Chukotka District in Russia?

There are some articles on the Internet mentioning that a special permission is required to enter Chukotka: 'All of them have tourist visas to Russia, all of them have entry stamps into Russia, ...
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Border Controls Between Krasnodar and the Crimea

Later this year I expect to visit Krasnodar as a part of a commission for my day job (assume August or September 2016). I would like to combine this visit with a brief holiday to see friends and ...
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Is It OK to enter ancient and deserted chapels in the Russian countryside

I love the Russian countryside, it's full of dramatic vistas and unexpected surprises. Sometimes travelling about the Russian countryside you might come across ancient Russian Orthodox chapels that ...
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Travelling through Turkey with Russian Passport

I'm not really into politics and a friend of mine advised me not to travel through Turkey due to political tensions. Now the price through Istanbul is twices cheaper than going through London. ...
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Should I book Sapsan train ticket now or wait for prices to lower?

I'm taking the Sapsan train from St Petersburg to Moscow on 20 July (at 05:30, 07:00 or 07:10) and tickets were released for that date a few days ago. The lowest Price is usually 1677 rubles, and it ...
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Do Russian border guards usually stamp on the visa, or on a separate page?

I'm aware both scenarios are common, but which is most common? Does anyone have any experience? Does it vary between different border crossings? I'd much rather they stamped the visa, so that no ...
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Can I use a document other than a passport to book Russian railways tickets online?

When buying a train ticket (domestic or international) on the Russian railways Website, it asks for the Details of an identity document: the document type and document number. In "Document type", one ...
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Is it safe for people of Indian descent to visit Russia?

I am an individual of Indian (person from India) descent. I have been asked by my company to travel to Russia later this year to carry out a market survey related to consumer durables. I will have to ...
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On the Moscow-Dushanbe train, should I travel in platzkart or kupe for a calm trip?

Both will probably be full when I depart (looking at the Russian railways booking System). I'm not interested in talking to fellow passengers (esp. since my Russian consists of but a few words and ...
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What visa do I need to apply for going to Russia?

I am an Indian citizen. My final destination is Venice (Italy) through Moscow (48 hour layover) from the same airport. Travel blogs says that I don't need transit visa if I am not crossing the ...
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Can I get a Russian transit visa on arrival? [duplicate]

I need to apply for a transit visa to go outside the Russian airport (48 hours of layover). Due to shortage of time I cannot apply the transit visa in India. Does Russian government allow passenger to ...
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10 hour layover in Moscow Russia, do I need a transit visa?

On June 29th 2015, I will be traveling for the first time to Italy from USA. I will have a 10 hour layover in Moscow Russia. My question is, do I need a visa to visit the city?
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My flights via Russia,if I stay on airport only,will I need a visa? [duplicate]

I have a schengen visa and I'm an Indian.I need to travel to Nice but the most appropriate flight for me is via Russia.If I stay on the airport only,will I need a visa?Also,will I need a visa if a ...
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I was banned for drunk driving 4 years ago in the UK. Will this affect my Russian visa application?

I am applying for a Russian visa for a visit this summer. Will a completed drunk driving ban (by the UK) affect my visa application? Should I bother to mention it. (It was back in 2012.)
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Are there still any trains from Kiev to Crimea?

Before Crimea changed hands you used to be able to take a sleeper train from Kiev to Simferopol. I have tried using the Ukrainian train website and the Russian train website neither return any results ...
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If I've visited Crimea, what country do I list on my customs declaration form?

On returning to the U.S. I must fill out a customs declaration form, which includes listing the countries that I have visited prior to arrival in the U.S. If I was in Russia and visited Crimea after ...
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Why does Nizhni Novgorod have visa restrictions?

When filling out a form for a Russian visa, there is a specific question asking if I will be flying directly into a city called Nizhnii Novgorod from outside of Russia. I am not, but I think it's ...
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Entering Russia on visa-exempt St Petersburg ferry: can I leave the city?

If I enter Russia by taking a no-visa-needed Helsinki-St Petersburg ferry, can I take a day trip to Moscow, or do I have to stay in St Petersburg for my entire stay?
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Exploring Russia on my own - legal?

When applying for the visa, there were a lot of complicated explanations about where not to go. What does it mean in practice? Can I drive around in Russia anywhere I want? Or are there legal ...
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Can I drive a rental in Russia (without high risk)

Of course I can technically rent a car, and I can drive it. My point is - is it secure/recommended for non-Russians? What are unexpected risks? I have extended driving experience in Paris, Rome, ...
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Is it possible to visit Russia and never register my visa if I frequently change cities?

This summer I am planning a trip to visit Russia from the United States. I will stay in Moscow for a few days, then move to Saint Petersburg for a few more days, and finally return to Moscow and stay ...
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Clarification Wanted: Russian Tourist Visas as a US Citizen

I need some clarification and advice on obtaining a Russian Tourist Visa as a US Citizen, in the US. I know there is a lot of information on this, but because there are so many sources of varying ...
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Visiting Russia as an Arab. Am I going to be hassled?

I was chatting with a friend after I saw his photos in Russia (Petersburg). He is a white British dude who has been to many, many, many countries. In the other hand, I am a pure Arab who look like a ...
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Russian Tourist Visa in Thailand or Japan

I am a US citizen currently in Thailand and heading to Japan in about 10 days, looking to get my tourist visa for Russia (to ride the trans-siberian railroad). I will be entering Russia by sea at ...
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Does going to Russia on a travel visa require providing the proof of hotel booking at the border?

A Russian-based company issuing tourist visa invitation does not seem to care about me having a hotel booking, nor do they say it will go on a visa. They only ask for a hotel name, and claim that this ...
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When travelling overland in Russia I hear you must register with the police in each new place, but does this cost money?

When travelling overland in Russia (i.e. not on the Trans-Siberian) I hear you must register with the police in each new place, but does this cost money? I know there are some gotchas with ...
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A Russian girl is asking for 500 euros to get a passport in Russia. Is this a realistic amount of money for a passport fee?

I met a girl from Russia and she wants to see Denmark. I told her to meet first in Moscow to know each other better - anyway she asked me for 500 Euro for an international passport (she never had one ...
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Where should I exchange euros to rubles? [duplicate]

Where should I exchange euros to rubles once I arrive in Russia (Example: Moscow (at any of the three airports))? Is there a special place directly at/near the airport that takes care of this? Or ...
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How does a tourist visa from Visatorussia with AirBnB work?

When applying for a tourist visa via Visatorussia.com, when it asks me for an address, am I required to specify a hotel? Or can I directly choose a location from AirBnB? Edit: This differs from other ...
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Options for a cruise from Helsinki to St Petersburg

As a follow on from the following question: Do I need a visa if I go with a cruise line to St. Petersburg? What are the different options/what is required to organize a cruise from Helsinki to St ...
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Applying for a Russian Tourist Visa in Sweden as an Indian Citizen?

I am an Indian National Citizen working in Stockholm Sweden for over a year on work permit . I plan to visit Moscow on a short trip 3-4 days from Stockholm and back. Is it possible to apply for a ...
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Where can I stay once I get a private visa invitation from my Russian friend [duplicate]

When my Russian friend invites me to Russia, will he have to specify that I (the person coming to visit) will have to stay at his personal residence? Can that be specified as elsewhere (such as an ...
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Russian visas and short-term apartment rental in St Petersburg and Moscow

I'm attending a close friend's wedding in Russia in July. We'll be visiting St Petersburg for a few days first, then on to Moscow. We have a toddler who goes to bed early and we would much rather stay ...
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Opened closed cities in Murmansk Oblast

This summer I am traveling with a friend by car to Murmansk, and we are both very interested in military history. Wikipedia have a list Closed cities in Murmansk Oblast, of which most are related to ...
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Layover in Moscow; baggage? customs?

I have a flight from JFK to SVO, then an hour layover before continuing from SVO to TLL (Tallinn) on the same airline. Will I have to recheck my bags at Moscow? Will I have to go through customs in ...
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Tourist Voucher and Tourist Confirmation for Russia

I'm planning to visit Russia as a tourist for 4 days in March, I already booked a (refundable) stay at an hotel, and I'm now in the process to apply for the visa. According to some official ...