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There are things I would try doing and there are the others. Attempting to enter Russia before my visa is valid (or attempt to overstay my Russian visa) even if by a few hours only clearly belongs to the others. The visa is valid from a minute before 00:01 of its first validity date and until a minute after 23:59 of its last validity date. Entering the ...


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I wouldn't risk this. I exited Russia with a friend. He had given the end date for his visa, by mistake, as the day we left Moscow. Travelling by train, we didn't reach the border until a couple of days later. They got that he'd made an error, but they were not understanding. He was led away by armed guards. There was no explanation. The entire train was ...


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I've been on a Russian train with a Canadian whose visa expired during the train ride (so just a couple of hours) as we crossed the border after midnight into Mongolia. Said passenger was marched off the train ("there is ... problem") and returned hours later with multiple fines and a black mark against their name. Short answer: It's not worth the risk. ...


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Let's think logically. Imagine one is a Russian border officer. One got a job during which each day got the stamp for the passport and visa checks: As you can see, there is a date on it, and it's numbered (the stamp is adjustable itself, however is sealed, so officer can't change the date by himself). So there is no time there (this is important). So ...


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Yes, the situation has greatly changed since 2001 :) Today you can get into Saint Petersburg in many ways by ferry: By St. Peterline company ferries: by "Princess Maria" Monday, Thursday, Saturday at 19:00 from Helsinki (you'll be at St-Petersburg at 09:30 AM next day) by "Princess Anastasia" (sorry, only link in Russian are available) Wednesday, 09:...


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Going with a cruise line is an exception to the rule that you need a visa. Basically, Russia uses the visa requirement to control the inflow of visitors. But if you are with a cruise line that has ALREADY submitted to Russian controls, you are effectively "controlled." The cruise line will only organize tours/excursions approved by the Russian government, ...


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It's called SAPSAN, there are 7 trains in both directions Saint-Petersburg > Moscow and Moscow > Saint-Petersburg. Here is link to schedules (Google Translate) Prices are here (translation). There are business and economy class tickets available. The average journey is no longer than 4 hours in one direction. All trains serve every day except train 154 (...


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Actually, this is one exception where an organized "shore excursion" works better than venturing out on your own. In other words, you will be better served taking the tour with the cruise line. The cruise line takes care of the paperwork involving the entry visa. We disembarked at St. Petersburg with the cruise company and had the visa taken care of, ...


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No, there are no such districts in either Moscow or St. Petersburg as of 2016. Prostitution is illegal in Russia and locations which become too well-known to the public are frequently raided and shut-down. Obviously prostitution still exists, but it's not centered in any particular street or district. There are many websites online dedicated to reviews of ...


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I have been to night clubs in Moscow, although last time a few years ago, so this relates to my own experience. Note that Russian is one of my native languages, therefore I didn't have to deal with the language problem (although I am not native Russian). It's often very difficult to get into very "high class" clubs, although not impossible. If you don't ...


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The main concern you must be aware of for such tours is that you have to get details before booking it. The laws regarding such weapon are very strict here in Russia, and such shooting is allowed to take place only in shooting clubs and polygons. Quite popular tour you've linked is all about shooting in specific place (shooting club), with no outdoor ...


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The authoritative answer is at Way to Russia, but I'll summarize for posterity. Whoever you're staying with, be it hotel or apartment, is supposed to take care of registering you. They can take care of the registration at any police station or post office, you do not need to be present. When it's done, they'll get a piece of paper for you that confirms ...


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Your best choice seems to be Trans-Exim that operates two times a week. The ferry line Ust Luga (Saint Petersburg) - Sassnitz (Germany) - Baltiysk (Kaliningrad) has come instead the previous one (valid from 2001 till 2007) “Saint Petersburg – Kaliningrad – German ports”. The Ust Luga port is located in 150 km from Saint Petersburg. The port Baltiisk is ...


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Not that I am recommending it, but it happened to me. I received a Russian visa with wrong date on it. (Note to self: check visa for correctness in future). The boarder guard put a stamp on it like VMAtm described, without further comments. No one noticed on departing the country, either. Now I have a cool visa in my passport with a stamp, and not even the ...


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You DO NOT need a Russian visa if you book for shore excursions through ANY licensed tour operator (absolutely not necessarily through the cruise line). Smaller tour operators offer better services and more personal care. You can have a look at the tour operator Tour De Force or any other - I have been working in the shore excursions industry in St. ...


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Average temperatures during the year. Freezing cold in winter, with temperatures dropping down to −25°C and below at times. Below is a chart showing average daily maximum temperatures for the city. Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Highs °C −5.1 −4.1 1.1 8.1 15.6 20.1 21.9 20.0 ...


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I know you want to travel by train, but if price is a concern, you really should know that minibuses are much cheaper: €15-25 vs €65+ for the train. Details for schedules, boarding points etc on Wikivoyage. And if you're willing to compromise, you could try taking a bus to Vyborg (Viipuri) just across the border, and then a cheap domestic Russian ...


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Here's my understanding (based on lots of Russian travel): You can legally explore anywhere in Russia, except keep the following in mind: 1) Don't forget about registration requirements. If you're moving around a lot, this is likely a non-issue, but keep all your bus/train tickets, etc. If you're using a central hub city for radial day-trips, register in ...


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Visa applications for Australia can be done completely online! (For Australia) So firstly, to confirm, yes Polish citizens do need a visa for Australia. Then, apply for it online. There are sites explaining the whole process. Travelers are not required to visit the Australian embassy nor send in their passports. Once online visa applications are ...


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The booking of tickets is rather strange. If you book from Helsinki you will need to do this via Finnish Railways, if you're doing this from Russia you will need to do this via RZD. And depending on date, time and class tickets fluctuate between 65 Euro to 165 Euro. Allegro Train (SPb Finlyandskiy) would be the fastest option. Lev Tolstoi (SPb Ladozhskiy)...


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Yes, it does exists :) As I can say, night life in Moscow is much more glamourous, rather than in Saint-Petersburg there are a lot of small clubs, each with a small dance hall (there are big ones also, but not in such number as in Moscow). Many of them are located across Nevsky prospekt, so pick and go there :) One should note that the right company will ...


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To answer your follow-up question, your friend is definitely wrong if he meant that the ship is not subject to the local laws and somehow allowed to go everywhere and disembark passengers without visa in each and every country of the world, just because they are not staying for the night. As far as I know, the only situation in which international law would ...


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Cheapest travel Michael Borgwardt is right about the cheapest alternative: a combination of early-booked trains, buses, rental cars would be the cheapest. If you want to see the northern lights, you need to go the far north, best is north of the Arctic Circle. The Aurora Sky Station in Abisko is very good for aurora watching, as it's right in the auroral ...


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I really don't recommend trip suggested by @Geeo. Cabin really exists, but they are not designed for tourism - much more for expeditors and workers on ship. And you have nothing to do on ship right until the end of your trip. Other thing is that you have to firstly go to the Baltiysk on bus or train, and even if you come to Ust`-Luga(small town near the ...


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I've lived in Saint-Petersburg (and often used railroads), so this answer is based on my experience. I would recommend you not to sleep on a bench at a train station. There are waiting areas with chairs where you can spend time while waiting for your train. There might be more comfortable waiting areas at major train stations but you will have to pay money ...


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Here's the actual legal basis for visa-free travel: http://base.garant.ru/195505 . It says you can stay for 72 hours, have to leave by the same port where you entered, and most importantly (point #6) it says you may only be located on the territory declared in the "official tourist program" filed by your cruise line with the Russian government. There may be ...


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Yes, it's a completely legal, if you aren't going to visit the restricted areas such as closed cities near the border and so on. And if you're asking, then you'll definitely see the warning signs near them, so you shouldn't be afraid of breaking some local law. However, you should check the questions I've linked in comments as there are a couple of advises ...


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My understanding is that St. Peter is the only currently operating scheduled operator, although there are irregular visits by the usual suspects (P&O, Princess etc). Russian immigration rules are notoriously opaque, but my understanding is as follows: The 72-hour visa-free entry is only available if booked as part of a package, stays over 24 hours ...


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First of all, want to note that @jpatokal is right and St. Peter line is really the only operator who serves the ships directly to St.Petersburg - please, review my old answer here: Are there currently any international ferries that travel to Saint Petersburg, Russia? Main principle for this kind of journey is that local authorities must know where are you ...


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Australia now does electronic Visas for most tourist Visas, so you will likely be able to apply over the Internet at http://www.immi.gov.au/. There is no need to have a physical stamp in your passport, and no need send your passport anywhere.



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