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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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How can a Russian mobile number receive texts in Canada?

In the last few months all Canadian mobile operators have terminated roaming agreements with Russian carriers, reportedly to comply with the Canadian government's sanctions against Russia. If someone ...
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Can I enter Russia through Ivangorod with Russian e-visa?

I’d like to enter Russia through Ivangorod border crossing. Since I will be staying in the Schengen area for some time as a tourist, how likely is it that the Russian border officer may refuse to ...
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How long must I stay outside of Russia before entering again with an e-visa?

During my visit in Russia, I’ve spent all the 16 days of the e-visa, I want to visit Russia again soon. Do I have to stay 16 days outside of Russia before entering again with a new e-visa? Or is it ...
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Has anyone tried to seek asylum in Lithuania on the train from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad?

There are trains that transit from Russia to its enclave Kaliningrad and those trains now do not make stops in Lithuania. However I wonder if there will be a chance to ask for asylum inside the train ...
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St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region evisa

I am a EU citizen planning to travel to the Baltic republics this summer and was wondering if I can visit St Petersburg too (I found multiple companies offering bus services between Tallin and St ...
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Can I apply after standard UK visa refusal to a different type of UK visa?

I've received a refusal in Standard Visitor visa at February this year. I'm a pensioner, 64, I live in Moscow, previously visited UK 11 times, in a period from 2006 to 2019, I had 7 UK visas. Can I ...
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Does Russia stamp passports of foreign tourists while entering or exiting Russia?

I'd like to go to Russia but I'm worried that Russian stamps might look bad on my passport.
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Travel options from Latvia or Lithuania to Saint Petersburg or Kaliningrad

Is it possible to travel from Latvia or Lithuania to Saint Petersburg or Kaliningrad by ferry or train? We will be traveling to these countries this summer. My wife wants to visit her mother.
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What alternatives to Booking.com/Airbnb currently work in Russia?

I'm looking to book an apartment in Moscow for 2 weeks this summer. What alternatives exist for Booking.com/Airbnb, which shut down their operations in Russia last year? Ideally it would be a platform ...
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Has anybody from the USA got a tourist visa to Russia recently?

Easy process? Hard? Impossible? FWIW, since I'll be in Taipei and then Tokyo over the next month or two, I was planning to try the Russian embassies there. The Russian Consul in Phuket was no help at ...
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Can I exchange Norwegian crowns (NOK) for Russian rubles (RUB) in St Petersburg?

In 2023, I can't use my Visa, obviously. And it'd be cheaper for me to bring local currency rather than first exchanging for Euro.
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What happens if I try to enter russia 1 hour before my visa is valid [duplicate]

Entering Russia is difficult these days, and the bus schedules are uncertain too, as is the queue to St Petersburg from Helsinki - which is my route. If I'm fortunate and there are no queues, I might ...
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Improving visa tourist chances to US?

I've been browsing this site and reading up on tourist visas, I'm trying to help my long-distance boyfriend get a tourist visa to America to visit with me for maybe like a month or two. I video chat ...
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Currently, is it possible to enter the Kaliningrad Region via Poland and exit via Lithuania?

This has nothing to do with visas. Taking into account the current war, are there any blockades from Russian, Polish and Lithuanian authorities regarding entrance to the Kaliningrad Region? I would ...
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Is it possible at present to get by rail from the EU into Russia?

I wonder if there's still a way of getting into mainland Russia (not the Kaliningrad exclave) from the EU by rail. Travelling via Ukraine is out of question due to multiple reasons. Travelling via ...
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Visiting Russia with a Peruvian passport that says "Place of birth: USA"

I would like to visit Russia soon. I am Peruvian and live in Peru but my place of birth is the United States. Peruvians can enter Russia for up to 90 days visa free. However, might they ask me to show ...
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Is it wise to travel to Russia at this time? [duplicate]

I had wanted to know something for the sake of clarity. Is travelling to Russia at this time a good idea? I mean for the sake of travel history judging by recent happenings and all happening in Russia....
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Crossing by land from Georgia into Russia 2022

I would like to meet someone in Russia, but now most inbound international flights to Russia have stopped. My passport puts me on good terms with both Russia and Georgia and fortunately does not ...
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Can UnionPay cards issued in the US be used in Russia?

The ICBC bank is the sole issuer of UnionPay cards in the US. Given that UnionPay is still supposed to be accepted in Russia, could I get a UnionPay card and use it to withdraw cash or make purchases ...
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How would I find a reliable attorney in Russia to assist me in case consular support is unavailable?

In What are the practical implications of limited consular support in Russia? @Danubian writes: So if you want to go anyway, you should at least make sure you have any local contact that would be ...
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What are the practical implications of limited consular support in Russia? [closed]

The UK government page on travel to Russia says the following: Consular support is severely limited in parts of Russia due to the security situation and the size of the country. What are the ...
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Is it safe for a foreigner to travel to Russia these days? [closed]

In the light of all the recent happenings, and especially the Brittney Griner detention, is it safe for a foreigner from a western European country to visit Russia as a traveler? The question is ...
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Travel options to Russia

I'm helping a Russian friend finding options to return home from Europe later this month. With most air routes closed due to the sanctions, the best options I've found so far are flights transiting ...
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Do Korean airlines still overfly Russia?

Do Korean airlines as Asiana and Korean Airlines on their way to or from Europe still overfly Russia ?
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Does a Visa/MasterCard issued by a non-Russian bank work via Samsung Pay in Russia?

The official website says that Samsung Pay continues to work in Russia with a few restrictions, one of which being the inability to add a Visa/MasterCard issued by Russian banks. Nothing is said about ...
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Can I fill Russian documents in Latin script? [closed]

Say I want to travel to Russia on tourist visa, physically visit some Russian bank and open a new account in roubles. Let's say my name is John Doe. Do I write "John Doe" or "Джон Доу&...
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Travel to Spain full vaccinated with a Russian vaccine

How can travelers full vaccinated with a Russian vaccine travel to Spain? I see all the public information about that (https://spth.gob.es/info-pcr). That travelers should write a request to the ...
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Long distance hiking in Russia. Is it possible with a visa?

I'm have been thinking about a hiking trip to Siberia for a while. This could be a month long thing. I'm a Finnish national, and have prior experience on the environmental conditions from here, and ...
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Registration in Russia [duplicate]

My Russian visit goes like this: I arrived on the evening of the 19th. I am here in Moscow, until Tuesday 26th when I am heading to St. Petersburg. Staying there for four nights, on 29th I am back to ...
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Travel to Russia under current conditions: Do I need a visa if I reside in country X as citizen of Y (but would not require one as citizen of Z)?

Russia has recently lifted travel bans for nationals and residents of some countries (see, e.g., here). I happen to reside in one of these countries (Germany) and as an EU citizen (Italy) ...
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Where and how does one get a COVID-19 PCR test in Abkhazia? [closed]

Several online articles from late April 2021 (such as this one) indicate that travellers re-entering Russia from Abkhazia must present a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test. Assuming that this ...
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Dual nationality - France<->Russia with ID card [closed]

I live, work and study in France. I have an internship opportunity in Russia in May. I have both nationalities. Flights: France -> Russia (May) Russia -> France (August) I have the following ...
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Are there any retrocomputing museums in the former Eastern Bloc countries?

Before the COVID thing I was travelling in Eastern Europe and after I had to give up and come home in lockdown I got into retrocomputing channels on YouTube and started doing some coding on disk and ...
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Travelling to Russia with Refugee Travel document issued in USA

I have a refugee travel document issued in the USA and need to travel to Russia. Can I apply for a Russian visa?
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Sputnik V vaccine for non-Russians

As more Russian citizens are vaccinated and the country ramps up its production, is there any possibility that Sputnik V will become available for those traveling to Russia? Or, as an alternative, ...
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In Moscow, who can be inoculated with the Sputnik V vaccine? [closed]

On German TV, there are reports that in the shopping mall GUM (ГУМ) in central Moscow anyone who walks in and shows a passport can be inoculated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19. ...
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What's special about flights SU 6496, 1883 and 1895?

According to IATA's rules on entering Russia: Passengers are not allowed to enter. This does not apply to: nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members; ... nationals and residents of ...
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Is it possible to book a non-standard Russia-Poland border crossing?

Is there any bureau or agency that can allow crossing the border from Russia to Poland on a given time outside of the standard checkpoints? My idea is sending a formal request, paying some fee and ...
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Can I travel to Russia if I hold a Switzerland L permit?

Knowing that you can travel to Russia if you are a "resident of Switzerland", is the L permit enough to be considered resident? It really is not obvious to understand what constitutes a ...
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Can a UK permanent resident with Israeli passport enter Russia?

I have a dual citizenship - British and Israeli. I'm currently studying and living in the UK. I want to go to Russia to visit my family (I have some family which I haven't seen in a while). Since ...
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Travelling from UK to Russia with Israeli passport

Are there any restrictions imposed on israeli citizents travelling to Russia from UK because of the increasing number of covid cases?
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Ride hailing options in Crimea as of summer 2020

It seems that Yandex.Taxi does not have coverage for Crimea, and I doubt Uber or Gett cover it given the complex legal situation involved. However, people have to get around. What are available ...
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How can I see a moose in the wild in Moscow?

I'm a student learning the Russian language and going to visit Moscow after the pandemic, and I've read on the Internet that there's a population of moose living inside that city. In particular, the ...
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How easy is it to get in and out of Russia by illegally crossing its border?

I'm unsure whether my question is on-topic here, but it's about travel and border crossing, so I've decided to try. I'm writing an article about Russian borders, focusing on illegal crossings in both ...
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Conflicting information about COVID-era international travel to Russia

My family (dual-US-Russian citizens) wants to travel from Chicago, US to Moscow, Russia this summer to visit our grandparents, but we have gotten very conflicting information about whether this is ...
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Can I go on a cruise from the UK to Scandinavia and St. Petersburg with a passport expiring in 4 months?

I have a passport expiring in September 2020. I will be traveling to the UK for a cruise to Scandinavia and St Petersburg in May. The cruise starts and ends in the UK. Do I need to renew my passport ...
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Travel to Kaliningrad by train with E-Visa

Since July 2019, there is an e-Visa valid for Kaliningrad, available to Austrians amongst others. The application website mentions two possible rail border crossings, one in Mamonovo and one in ...
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Is it snowing in Moscow in January/February 2020?

There have been some reports that Moscow has seen the warmest winter this season (2019/2020) and that "fake snow" had to be brought in! Is this true? Has the situation changed? If we're planning to ...
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Unpaid visa fine in Russia, do I take a risk going to airport transit area in Moscow?

In August 2015 I crossed the Russian-Mongolian border with an expired visa without realizing it. The border police noticed it and made me pay ( along with a colleague in the same case) a fine of about ...
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What are the rules regarding baggage inspection during layovers?

I'm travelling from UK to Japan via Russia, and would like to take prescription medication with me without a prescription (imported legally). I've cleared it with the Japanese authorities, but noticed ...
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