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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Bringing mangos from the UK to Russia as a gift

There is an existing question here Mangos on flight from Palawan to Manila? that addresses a different case. We are hopping over to Russia tomorrow, I will return the same day/next day but my family ...
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Valid Russian Visa Required when Entering Belarus?

We are travelling Berlin - Moscow by train. We have a Belarus transit visa valid from Aug 18, and a Russian visa valid from Aug 19. The train enters Belarus in the evening Aug 18 and arrives at the ...
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Travelling to Ukraine and Russia, border issues

I'm a Portuguese citizen living in the UK and I'm going to Russia in May by bus from Estonia. Meanwhile I have a weekend trip booked to Ukraine in April. Assuming that I got the Russian visa, ...
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Unsolicited visa for Russia in my passport

I was leafing through the old visas in my EU passport, and to my great surprise, I found an expired unused visa for the Russian Federation. I have never been to Russia and I have never applied for a ...
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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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'Travel company' for Russian tourism visa [duplicate]

I'm Belgian and I'm trying to apply for a Russian tourist visa. I'll arrive in Russia September 5th and I'll leave September 20th, which is 16 days. Now I've read somewhere that the max duration of ...
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Shop opening hours in Russia

How are opening hours in tourist areas, sport clubs, malls, etc. in Moscow and St Petersburg ? Is it like Europe that in the evening (like 7 PM) there are almost no open malls or clubs ?
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Do you need to submit an itinerary to get a Russian visa? And do you have to stick to it?

I believe there are certain countries which in order to be granted a visa you must submit your intended itinerary. I am pretty sure I've heard Russia is or was formerly such a country. What do ...
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Where is this building?

It's possible it's in St Petersbourg but I do not know and I do not have a higher resolution picture. Question originally from http://www.gyakorikerdesek.hu/utazas__egyeb-kerdesek__7933933-felismeri-...
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Is it cheaper for an Australian to obtain a Russian visa in Cambodia than in Australia?

I'm considering including parts of Russia on my next big overseas adventure. Russian visas are very expensive, at least for me at home in Australia. For a multiple entry business visa like friends ...
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How do I prove “legality of stay in Cambodia” for a Russian visa application?

Say I wanted to apply for a Russian visa in Cambodia while traveling there, then I found that beyond the other documents required I also need to prove legality of my stay in Cambodia: Non-...
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Buying ticket on Russian train

Suppose my ticket is from A to B, but on the way I decide to go beyond B and to C. Can I go to the conductor and extend the ticket? It is the case for me from Chita to Zabaikalsk, while my final ...
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Did the Wakkanai-Sakhalin ferry definitely cease operations in 2015, and is there going to be another ferry in its place this summer (2016)?

Since I first became aware of the existence of the large island, Sakhalin, in the Russian Far East that used to belong to Japan, and the fact that a ferry operated between the two countries at that ...
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Travelling to Sakhalin Island and Kamchatka

I am almost certain that, as an Australian citizen, I will need a visa to visit Russia - that is not a problem. Is it possible to do a solo tour through these regions of Russia? What kind of transport ...
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Eating on the Moscow-Dushanbe train?

I'm taking this train to Kazakhstan soon and wonder: does this train have a restaurant car? If not, where in the Russian cities of Gryazi and Volgograd can I buy food near the station (the train ...
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Beaches in St Petersburg

How are beaches in St Petersburg new Finnish gulf? Are there areas available for swimming? Are there also sports like skiing, etc there? I've heard also there are beaches in Moscow How are beaches in ...
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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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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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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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What to wear in Russia

What are appropriate clothing for a tourist in Russia? Specifically I mean Moscow and St Petersburg in summer. Of course locals might wear something different than tourists. Would T-shirt and shorts (...
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Nightlife in Russia

Does nightlife exist in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg)? Overall, is it safe to be out at nights as a foreigner? Is it safe to participate in nightclubs?
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Fast train between Moscow and Saint Petersburg?

I'm planning to go on holiday to Moscow Russia in April and would really like to see Saint Petersburg as well. I've heard that there's a speed train which travels between the two cities, does anyone ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...