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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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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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 ...
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Bus from Zabaikalsk to Manzhouli, ticket price

I will take the train from Chita to Zabaikalsk. I arrive at 2:25 Moscow time. Then I would like to take the bus to Manzhouli and find a hostel/hotel in Manzhouli. Do you know how much the bus ticket ...
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Apply for Schengen visa in a third country

Can a Kenyan citizen studying in Russia and temporarily visiting family in Kenya apply for a Schengen visa in Nairobi and not in Russia, where he has his residence?
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Do I need a new visa for Russia if my name has been legally changed?

I am a U.S. passport holder and have a three-year-multiple-entry tourist visa for Russia which is still valid. My first name was legally changed, and I have a new passport issued in that name as ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a Russian overflight?

I'm going to Tokyo from London as a Norwegian citizen, it's a direct flight from Copenhagen to Tokyo. Do I need to apply for a transit visa to fly over Russia and reach Japan? Can an aeroplane company ...
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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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Will Wi-Fi passwords in Russia be in Cyrillic? How do I type them on a Latin keyboard?

I'm about to travel to Russia, and I made sure to book only accommodations that offer Wi-Fi to its customers, but a question came to my mind. As Cyrillic is the standard alphabet in Russia, is there ...
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How to go from Chita (Russia) to Manzhouli (China)?

I have booked the tickets up to Chita. After Chita, I want to go to Manzhouli (China). Any idea how to do that?
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Luggage deposit at Yekaterinburg train station?

If yes, how much is it? I have two pieces, one giant one small.
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Is the Yekaterinburg Train Station close to the city center or not?

I am looking for a hostel near the train station. But it seems that most of them are very far away (say, 5km) from the train station. I have many luggage, so it is preferable to be walking distance.
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When you bring someone to a restaurant in Russia

I am curious how it works in Russia when someone invites you to a restaurant. Will the man order for both or will the parties order individually? Do you tip the waiter/waitress at a resturant and how ...
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Travel guide to Kaliningrad?

I'm looking for a travel guide (i.e. book) to Kaliningrad. Are there any particularly useful English-language references for visitors to Kaliningrad? I am particularly interested in any remnants of ...
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Question about booking flight to different city than destination city [duplicate]

I was searching flights to Paris, and was shocked how much they were. But I can fly to Russia, with a layover in Paris for nearly half the cost. I know if I book to Russia I can just not get on the ...
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Where in Russia can I pay to shoot an AK-47?

I'm planning a trip to Russia in October (primarily Moscow and St Petersburg) and recently I read this question and liked the idea of being able to use military equipment, specially AK-47, as this ...
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Do the Russian Railways offer discounts in November?

I will start my trans-Siberia trip on Nov.18 in Moscow. Do the Russian Railways offer discounts in November? I am not a student. I just expect special discount since Nov. should be low season.
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Do they charge commission fee for money exchange in Moscow?

I will carry EURO with me. How is the airport? I guess it is bad price?
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Belarus and Russia visa free stay combined or separate?

Best explained with an example: Enter Belarus (let's say October 1). 30 days visa free Cross to Russia (October 15). Edit: emphasising "visa free" period, e.g. for CIS nationals, Turks etc. Would ...
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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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What meals are available on Russian trains?

When travelling by rail in Russia, are dining cars present? What quality of food would one expect on a train diner as compared to those one would find in Europe? I am especially keen to know if ...
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What does 'Pay for bed clothes' mean on the russian railways website?

I am booking the ticket online. There is a choice of 'Pay for bed clothes'. What does this mean? If I do not tick it, then I will get the bed clothes used by the previous guy?
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How to go from Vladivostok to Beijing by land?

I will transverse Russia by the trans-siberian railway in November. I will go all the way east to Vladivostok. Then I want to go to Beijing. Did anyone did that before?
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Are Russian cities other than Moscow and Petersburg expensive? [closed]

How about cities like Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, or Irkutsk? I am especially concerned with the hotel price. Is it possible to get a decent hotel close to the train station for 30 euro a night ...
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Leaving Russia with Schengen Visa

I am a Russian citizen currently living in Switzerland (I have a Bewilligung C permit, which gives me a Schengen visa), and I am travelling to Russia soon to visit family there. I've heard that I will ...
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Do I need to register my Russian Visa?

I am staying in Russia for a period of 15 days however... Following will be the cities I will be travelling to : - Moscow for 6 days (Arrived by flight - Staying at hostel) - Murmansk for 5 days (...
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U.S. Bank ATM cards and credit card acceptance in Russia 2015,

Do ATM cards extracting money from US banks work in Russia? Will I have a problem using credit cards that are on US banks in Russia?
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What is the best way to change money in Moscow?

I have Euros. I will be in Russia along the Trans-siberian railway for about 12 days. I might go to Moscow by plane or by train. So, what is the best way to change money? I do not know how much I ...
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Can I travel to Macedonia or Ukraine with a valid Russian visa?

Can I travel to Belarus or Ukraine with a valid Russian tourist visa?. I'm a Syrian citizen.
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How to avoid drinking vodka?

This summer, I spent some time in Moscow and St. Petersburg; I also visited a friend and his family. Their custom was to drink a lot of vodka during the meal. We, the guests, also had to drink some ...
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What is the fastest way to go from Warsaw to Moscow via Lithuania and Latvia by bus/train?

I will start from Dresden (Germany). I definitely want to visit Poland, and especially Warsaw. Then I have to go to Moscow to catch the train to Beijing, and I have to bypass Belarus. So what is the ...
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Where to stop on the trans-siberian railway? [closed]

The destination is Beijing. I will take the trip at the end of November. It is cold then. I think I will bypass Mongolia because of the visa problem. So any good place to stop? One choice is ...