I would like to couchsurf in Russia but the visa application requires me to specify where I intend to stay. What I would like to do is apply for the visa and when I get the okay I organize a couchsurfing place. How would that work? Could I book at a cheap hotel and specify that as my accommodation and then just cancel that booking? If you had to plan a similar trip with visa requirements you probably understand what my problem is.

The constraints are money (I wouldn't like to have to pay for hotel room during the entire stay which I'm not really using) and flexibility (I wouldn't like to organize my CS accommodation several weeks/months in advance).

Any ideas how to fit the square peg into the round hole?

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    Do you know anyone in Russia? – Joe Mar 14 at 14:17
  • Possibly AirBnB? travel.stackexchange.com/questions/111659/… – Traveller Mar 14 at 15:38
  • @Joe: don't know anybody in Russia. – Raffael Mar 14 at 21:45
  • Follow the same scheme as Russians couchsurfing in Europe do: pretend you're gonna be a tourist, get a tourist visa, then travel as you wish. – ach Mar 15 at 21:06
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    @Raffael Just buy a cheap tourist voucher from a tourist agency. The voucher will include an accommodation booking that you may simply ignore. – ach Mar 16 at 15:30

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