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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Does the Ukraine-Georgia ferry go via Russia and if so must I have a Russian visa even if I don't disembark?

Previously we had a question about ferries between Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia. The answer was that the company UkrFerry has such a route but I'm unsure of the details and the site seems to be ...
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Overview (map) of Russian long-distance river regular passenger ships in regions too remote for roads or railways

It appears many of the big Russian rivers have passenger ships going along the river, in areas where roads and railways do not reach: PassazhirRechTrans on the Yenisey Ust-Shugor to Vuktyl at the ...
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Where does the MSCO Polaris actually go, and how do I travel with it?

The Murmansk shipping company operates two passenger ships. The Klavdiya Elanskaya travels between Murmansk and Ostrovnoy. Considering that Ostrovnoy is a closed city, this is probably not an ...
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Single travelling in Sep-Oct - which destination: China, Russia, Barcelona + Portugal, or Cuba?

I'm Israeli. I get 3 weeks vacation from work during Sep-Oct 12. I want to travel overseas (for now alone). I thought to use the relatively long vacation to get further away than nearby Europe. Does ...
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What are the cheapest trains from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg?

I want to travel from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg, I want to take a train. Please suggest the cheapest train options, and as a secondary consideration, the fastest.
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Text message delivery time from Europe to Asia

I use an European online banking account with mobileTAN. The text message will be sent from Germany and is online valid for two minutes. Will the message reach me in time in Far East Russia, roaming ...
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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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Is it necessary to book bus tickets from Gdansk to Kaliningrad in advance?

Is it necessary to book bus tickets from Gdansk to Kaliningrad in advance, or is it enough to buy tickets at the station just before the departure? If they need to be booked in advance, where would ...
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Landing midnightish in Russia: Am I stuck?

I want to go to Siberia (Omsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk) and would love to take a nonstop flight. Sadly, all of the direct flights from airports around me will land between 10 pm and 1 am at ...
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What is the most inexpensive way to obtain a visa for Russia and stay legally for 30 days?

I can buy an invitation that costs 30€ in the consulate and travel everywhere I want. Is there a better way? I also need a registration for three different cities I want to visit, and it’s going to ...
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When transiting Moscow (SVO), citizens of which countries need a transit visa?

According to Wikipedia it seems that anyone can make the transit without a visa, but I'm not convinced. Where can I get some more official information on this?
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Two Passports, One Trip (essentially)

I am both a Jamaican and US citizen and I am traveling to Russia for my studies. I have my student visa in my Jamaican passport. The details of my trip are as follows: I was going to fly to London ...
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Is it possible to get a Russian visa with a Dutch passport while holding the Russian nationality?

In a discussion with travel buddies the following issue came up as the result of a Russian trip planning. The situation of the person is as follows: Born in Azerbeidjan (former Soviet state). In ...
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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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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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Shipping motorcycles from Russia to USA

A friend and I are thinking of doing a motorcycle trip around the world (Long Way Round). I know the airport in Magadan is now closed. Does anyone know of an airline which would ship two motorbikes ...
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How can I maximize my chances of obtaining a Russian visa outside my home country?

I had been sure from topics here and on other forums that it was not possible for me as an Australian citizen to obtain a visa for the Russian Federation anywhere other than the Russian Embassy in ...
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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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Alternate routes Almaty to Novosibirsk

Yikes. Just been to the train station here in Almaty. There are no trains going to Astana or Novosibirsk (I want Novosibirsk but tried Astana as well) for today, tomorrow or the next day - well the ...
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What is required for a British citizen to cross the border from China to Russia at Heihe/Blagoveshchensk

Heihe, in the north east of China is just across the river from the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk. There is a free trade agreement between the countries covering these two cities. Russians can enter ...
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Which route did the old Tbilisi-Rostov train route take and is it closed only for political reasons?

This answer to the question about Tbilisi to Moscow mentions a train route that is currently not running between Tbilisi and Rostov. Where did this route cross the Georgia border and what other ...
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Is it possible to get a train from Georgia to Moscow?

I am thinking of doing a road trip to Georgia, dumping my car there then travelling to Moscow, to continue on the Trans-Siberian to Beijing. Does anyone know if its possible for me to travel over the ...
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Flying through Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow considering current situation?

At the end of next month I will be going from Asia through Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow to some other European country. The carrier of choice is Aeroflot. Considering what is happening now between ...
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Do I need a reentry visa to fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg?

Suppose I come from Schengen area to Kaliningrad by plane, stay there for a few days, and then take the plane to St. Petersburg. The latter being a flight from Russia to Russia, but it is an ...
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Strange hotel sheets in Mongolia

I'm in my first hotel in Mongolia, at the border town with China called "Zamyn-Uud". The hotel actually has a cheap dormitory room with four beds and only me staying. Each bed has a kind of ...
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Bishkek (or Almaty) to Novosibirsk next week

Next week I'll be leaving Bishkek - a little short on time, and need to hot-foot it to Novosibirsk, Siberia. Probably on Monday night or Tuesday day, depending on schedules. Is there a direct train, ...
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Is it possible to travel the route Kamchatka-Kurils-Hokkaido alone at the end of Sept-Oct?

I would like to travel, alone, Kamchatka-Kurils-Hokkaido at the end of Sept-Oct. I speak Russian and have done quite some extreme travels before. Most of the sites refer to the non-Hokkaido route: ...
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Russian visa for my Chinese wife

I want to know if my Chinese wife who lives with me in Australia and has a Chinese passport, and has an Australian partner subclass 820 visa, can obtain a tourist visa for Russia, in Australia or ...
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Travel restrictions with a Russian Visa?

I already got a Russia "Regular" Visa based on a conference invitation from a university in Moscow. The invitation letter stated only "Moscow" as location. Am I restricted to stay ONLY in Moscow ...
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Travelling to Kyzyl, Tuva from Mörön, Mongolia

How would one get from Mörön, Mongolia (near lake Khövsgöl), to Kyzyl, Tuva, Siberia, Russia? Our prior research indicates that unless one holds a Russian or Mongolian passport, one will not be ...
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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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Are there any boat tours for Lake Baikal?

I am interested in visiting Lake Baikal and exploring the areas around the lake. What is the best way of doing so and which nearby town should I use as my homebase? I'd expect using a boat to go ...
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How can an EU citizen (Poland) obtain an Australian tourist visa from Saint Petersburg, Russia?

How can an EU citizen (Poland) obtain an Australian tourist visa while in Saint Petersburg, Russia? Is it possible to do without returning to Poland?
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Is it difficult to do a car border crossing in Kaliningrad Oblast?

Assuming I have the correct visa and intend to drive in from the Polish side, should I anticipate any problems crossing the border quickly? I ask because Wikitravel says: You will need Russian ...
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Looking for tips on how to do the Trans-Siberian on the cheap London to Beijing

Wanting to do this journey in November and looking for any tips that can help from people who have done it. I am not in a rush. Also can the Mongolian and China visa be got on the train at the border? ...
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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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How should I start to plan a journey from Moscow to Beijing by train?

I have a ton of questions, but I don't even know where to start. To those of you who have done the journey, what is a good starting point for planning?
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Biking tour in Russia

I am from Turkey and planning a bike tour in Russia and in Ukraine. I'll ride from Sochi to Yalta by using the Sochi - Anapa - Rostov on Don - Mariupol - Yalta destination. Is this route secure and ...
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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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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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What international border crossings link Turkey, Georgia and Russia?

Looking to travel from Turkey into Georgia and then Russia with motocycle What international border crossings link Turkey Georgia and Russia? Is it possible to go by ferry from Turkey to Russia?
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Dual citizen applying for Russian visa with only other country's passport

My friend has British and Australian citizenship. He is currently on a visit to Australia with only his British passport. (His expired Australian passport is in London and needs to be renewed anyway.) ...
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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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Traveling abroad with an expensive watch

If I am wearing an expensive watch, what should I do not to get in trouble at customs? Should I declare it when I enter a country? I will travel from Germany to Russia.
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Going to St. Petersburg not finding my usual warnings/scam site

I've had a pause in my travels for a few years and Lonely Planet's scams and warnings section seems to have disappeared. After some googling (finding the usual stuff to look out for) I still feel that ...
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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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Should I book flights and accommodation before applying for a Russian visa?

I asked a question a while back about Russian visas. I have a follow up! Are the dates on the invitation and visa a range, and not the exact dates of travel? I.e. if I applied for my invitation and ...
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Does one need to worry about registration when staying in Russia (Moscow) for 6 working days and 2 weekends?

I've seen different sources saying that "one needs to register in Russia within the first 7 working days", and other sources saying that "one needs to register in Russian when staying for 7 working ...
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What is the best way to visit both Lake Khövsgöl and Lake Baikal?

I am interested in a trip to visit both Lake Khövsgöl and Lake Baikal. Khövsgöl seems to be in an extremely remote area so I'm not sure what is the best way to visit the lake. What is the best way ...
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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 ...