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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Russian traveling from Mexico to Russia via Europe; Which Schengen airports allow transit without Schengen visa?

I am a Russian traveling from Mexico to Russia via Europe; Which Schengen airports allow transit without Schengen visa?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Apply for a Russian visa in English in Strasbourg

I am travelling to Russia and need a visa. My nearest Russian consulate is in Strasbourg, but I don't speak French or Russian. Will I be able to make my application there? I live near Strasbourg but ...
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Is it possible to enter Kaliningrad via Poland and leave via Lithuania?

When entering the Kaliningrad Oblast via some specific entry points, EU citizens can get a visa for 72 hours at the border. This information can also be found on an official site. Now I would like ...
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I'm a Bulgarian citizen. Can I apply for a Russian visa in the embassy in Berlin?

I'm traveling at the moment, so the only option for me would be to apply at the Russian embassy in Germany. Are there any restrictions,regarding that? I was told earlier by a worker at the embassy in ...
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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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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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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 ...