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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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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Is the border between Georgia and Russia open to citizens of other countries?

I know the one border between the Republic of Georgia and Russia that is not in a rebel province was officially opened in the last couple of years... but reports are conflicting as to whether people ...
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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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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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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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Are there any ferry companies operating between Russian East ports and Japan?

I'm interested in visiting the Japan after some Russian Far East trip. I'm searching for the sea ways to the Japan. Can you help me with that? Update: I'm searching some extremal variants not from ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there currently any international ferries that travel to Saint Petersburg, Russia?

Years ago I was in Europe and decided it would be a great idea to go to Saint Petersburg by ferry since it is regarded as a beautiful city and is a port. I didn't mind departing from Finland, Estonia, ...
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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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Is it possible for a tourist to visit South Ossetia?

South Ossetia is a rebel provice of the Republic of Georgia recognized and supported by Russia as an independent state since 2008 but recognized by most countries in the world as part of the Republic ...
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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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Best Time for Visiting the Curonian Spit

I am interested in visiting the Curonian Spit, possibly with a sidetrip to Kaliningrad. Now I would like to know the best time of the year to do so. I would like to avoid the crowds of the high and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trans-Siberian Express: Stopping along the way?

I'm planning a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express. I've already received excellent advice on a related post, but I've got a couple more questions. My plan is to head from Moscow to Beijing. It's six ...
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What time of year is best for taking the Trans-Siberian Express?

I'm interested in taking a train journey from Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia. Is there a recommended time of year for this Trans-Siberian trip?
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How can I get an 'invitation' to Russia?

I understand that in order to get a visa to visit Russia you need an invitation before you can get a visa. If you don't have family or friends that you are visiting and you aren't part of an ...
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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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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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Will it matter if I cross the Russian border 6 hours after my visa expires?

I am visiting Moscow, Russia and leaving on a specific date in July, per my tourist visa. I'll be leaving via bus, going into Lithuania. I just realized that the bus leaves at 10:30pm the day my visa ...
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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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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 ...
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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? ...
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How does one get to Lake Vivi, at the geographical center in Russia?

In 2008 I went to Novosibirsk, Russia, for a solar eclipse. We were told at the time that The Chapel of Nikolai the Miracle Maker in town marks the geographical center of Russia. I also went back in ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to get a visa for Kaliningrad in the neighboring countries?

I am planning to visit Northern Poland and then Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. I am thinking of going into the Russian state of Kaliningrad as well. I've read that compared to Russia proper it is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...