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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How long do Russian prepaid SIM cards last? [on hold]

I am in Moscow and purchased a Megafon prepaid SIM card with 32 GB of data and several thousand roubles of talk/text time. I will be here for about a month for work, and will then go back home, ...
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10 hour layover in Moscow Russia

On June 29th 2015, i will be traveling for the first time to Italy from USA. I will have a 10 hr layover in Moscow Russia. My question is, do i need a visa to visit the City?
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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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Where might I observe refugees escaping across the North Korea-China or North Korea Russia border illegally?

I will try to visit northern China and/or eastern Russia on this trip. I've visited South Korea many times and I'm really interested in the plight of North Koreans trying to flee from the repressive ...
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Would travelling to Moscow by other means than the intended cause legal trouble?

I was going to travel to Moscow today by car (followed by a trip to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan before returning to Russia via Siberia. I have a visa valid for two entries. However, we're currently ...
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passport damaged?

I have a problem with my passport, the booklet of pages was separated from the cover, i took my passport to authorities they only did scotch tape... so i traveled three times with that passport ...
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Must I register if I am not required to have a visa for entering Russia?

I am an Argentinean citizen who arrived in Russia three weeks ago. At Moscow my passport was stamped and I was given a migratory card: I have read that tourists must register once they enter ...
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Border crossing on Curonian Spit

I am planning to drive over the Curonian Spit from the Lithuanian side in 2013. I would love to travel on into the Russian side and visit Kaliningrad. Is there a border crossing on the Spit? If not, ...
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Why is there a СТОП (STOP) sign along with priority signs on traffic lights in Russia?

If you drive around in Moscow you will see a plain white sign reading СТОП (STOP) attached to traffic lights at some intersections. I've also seen priority road signs (which almost makes sense) ...
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Do we have any kind of statistics for how often rebels actually take tourists hostage in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia?

Both Wikitravel and Wikivoyage warn about the dangers of being kidnapped if you visit Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Wikivoyage has this wording: Rebels often take tourists as hostages, so try ...
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Identifying a community in Russia

I am trying to identify a Russian location I stayed at many years ago. I don't speak or read Russian The place name was phonetically "Sher-na-ga-LOFF-ga" (or very close) The community consisted of a ...
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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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Getting from Moscow Sheremetyevo airport to Dubna

I need to get from Moscow Sheremetyevo airport to Dubna in evening of 4.7 as late as possible but with arrival to Dubna still before midnight. I tried to find public transport planners for Russia but ...
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Is it now feasible for an adventurous independent traveller to visit Chechnya?

Right now I'm drinking vodka with a Chechen guy who's staying at my hostel here in Tbilisi Georgia. I told him I would like to visit Chechnya but it's too dangerous. He reacted like I imagine ...
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Would it help to have invalidated Russian passports? [closed]

After applying for a new Russian passport, you show your old one to pick up the new one: If the old one has already expired at the time the new one is being picked up, you keep the old one as it ...
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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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What is the best way to obtain visas for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway?

I'm planning on taking the trans-Siberian / trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaan Bataar next year and I'd like some advice on how best to organise the visa situation. I'm a British ...
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Can I register a private visa in Russia without person who invited me?

This summer 2015 I will be travelling to Russia from the United States. A Russian friend invited me, but now he will not be able to be in Russia during our trip. We are considering staying at private ...
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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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Russian Visa Duration

I have a Russian 3 year multiple entry visa, on which is written "за шесть месяцев" (for six months). The police here say that the visa duration is 3 months on, 3 months off, but have agreed to check ...
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What's the difference in regulations for 5-year vs. 10-year passport in Russia?

What is the difference in the regulations for a 5-year old-style laminated passport, vs. 10-year new-style biometric one? For example, as per How long should it take to get a Russian passport?, the ...
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Are governments limited in staff they can deploy to a consulate? [closed]

I've recently been dealing with the Russian consulates in North America, and they appear to be ridiculously mismanaged and/or understaffed. In the jurisdiction served by Toronto, for example, they ...
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How long should it take to get a Russian passport?

How long does it take to get a Russian passport if you're travelling or living abroad?
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Transiting via Moscow & Havana [closed]

I am an Indian Citizen. Will fly from India to Moscow (Sheremetyevo) then to Havana and onward travel. My Travel itinerary are as follows. From DEL-SVO (5 hrs layoff) then from SVO-HAV (22 Hrs ...
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Want to go to Visit Russia but Can I board the plane from Delhi, India, instead of Dhaka Bangladesh?

I am a Bangladeshi National. Want to go to Russia but plane fare is about twice about 1200$ for 30 hrs of flight but from India it is only 600$. So can I go to India with an Indian visa then board ...
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Will my passport get stamped? Flying JFK>SVO>MAD [closed]

Will my passport get stamped in Moscow even though it is a connecting flight? will i have to go through immigration or passport control?
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Russian visa in one day for US Citizens in Europe

I have 5 guys from USA on tour. They wasted time to apply for Russian visa in USA and now they are touring around the whole world. They will be in: Australia, France, Italy, Uk, Germany, etc. How can ...
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Do U.S. citizens need a Russian transit visa?

On a five hour layover in Moscow, changing planes but not airport, would a U.S. citizen need a transit visa?
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Curonian Spit and Kaliningrad

The Curonian Spit is one of the places I would like to visit. As an EU citizen, the obvious approach is to focus on the Lithuanian side. Nevertheless, I wonder if it is worthwhile to pay a visit to ...
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French and Armenian passports travel to Germany by Russia

What I have French Passport Armenian Passport I need to travel to Germany on a transit flight which passes by Moscow. Since I have an Armenian passport I can stay in Russia for 90 days without any ...
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Advice on Hotel - Travelling to visit my girlfriend in Russia

In few months I will be traveling to Russia to visit my gf there. I will be booking a Hotel just for myself, will the staff/reception/security have any issues with letting my gf get into the Hotel ...
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Getting multiple tourist visas at the same time

I am an Indian citizen currently living in Stockholm Sweden for more than 2 years. I will be staying in Sweden for a year more. I was recently planning on visiting Moscow for tourism purposes . But ...
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Where do I exchange Russian currency outside Russia? [closed]

My family has Russian currency, but I can't find anywhere that will exchange it here. I live in the United States and have looked everywhere. All the places we have checked say they do not want it. ...
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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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Are U.S. Citizens prohibited from travel to Crimea?

I have family in Crimea and would like to visit them. I've read executive order 13685 but am unsure how to interpret it. Are U.S. nationals prohibited from traveling or spending money in Crimea? Does ...
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Can I plug French electronics into Russian sockets without an adaptor?

According to this page, Russian and French sockets/plugs are the same "shape", but in France we use 230 Volts while the Russians use 220 Volts. Will a laptop charger and other electronics work with ...
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Prepaid credit cards for use in Russia

I'm traveling to Russia soon and want to take a prepaid credit card along with me (on top of some cash, of course). Does this count as like a visa gift card? I know Visa and Mastercard are accepted ...
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Visiting Moscow on Stopover [closed]

Traveling to Moscow Aeroflot 21 hour layover, 4:30 p.m. leaving 2:20 next day. Sight seeing, staying over at hotel. Leaving from same airport. Do we need travel Visa?
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Would it be unsafe for an American to go to Moscow right now?

I'm an American, and I'm considering going to Moscow in a month. Would it likely be unsafe for me to do so, considering the current situation with Ukraine? EDIT Well, I went this summer, and it was ...
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Do Russians smile at each other?

I'm planning to go to Russia. In my culture, smiling is really common even to strangers. I've heard that Russians don't smile or laugh unless it's something funny or something that makes them happy. ...
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How to avoid drinking vodka?

This summer I spent some days in Moscow and St. Petersburg. There I also visited a friend at his home. We were there with its family and traditional they drunk a lot of vodka during the meal. We as ...
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Going back to Russia with another passport (maybe)

What I have: 1 Brazilian passport with the 90 no visa required days currently maxed out 1 European passport Why? I work online for myself so I can do it from anywhere and my girlfriend is ...
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Do I need a visa if I go with a cruise line to St. Petersburg?

Last week I discussed with a friend if it is necessary to get a Russian visa if you travel with a cruise liner to Saint Petersburg in Russia? I think so, but my friend has the opinion that it is not ...
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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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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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How to register Russian tourist visa while on the Trans-Mongolian railway?

My partner and I will be starting our Trans-Mongolian adventure in about a week or so, but after reading the visa registration procedures from various resources, we're still a little confused about ...
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How much Russian do I need to know for travelling within Russia?

Or alternatively - how well-spoken (and widely-spoken) is English? I intend to visit St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk and Vladivostok. I feel like I might have the most troubles in the latter two ...
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Luggage was stopped by customs (we learned about it after our flight)

We have returned from Russia 4 days ago (Moscow-St.Petersburg-Prague). After we've arrived to Prague, we learned that our luggage didn't come in our airplane and was lost. Today we've received ...
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Straight razor on a plane to Moscow from abroad

Hi I have a simple question, I’d like to know if I can put my straight razor in my checked-in luggage and be sure not to be arrested or something. It’s a regular straight razor and I don’t think it ...
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What are the registration requirements when visiting Russia?

I'm visiting Russia, and I've read that I need to register my visa after arrival. Some hotels do this for you, but I'm staying in a rental apartment. What exactly do I need to do? Where should I go? ...