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How to register Russian tourist visa while on the Trans-Mongolian railway?

The legal technicalities are as follows: What is registered is an alien's stay (not visa). While an alien is en route, no legal obligation of being registered exists. It is hosts' duty to register ...
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Is it possible to visit Russia and never register my visa if I frequently change cities?

I'm answering as a frequent traveler to Russia (have been to many different cities there over the course of many years). First, in all my travels and interactions with Russian authorities, I have ...
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Is it possible to visit Russia and never register my visa if I frequently change cities?

First, please let's not waste anyone's energy by arguing over the semantics that you do not "register your visa" and instead this is a migration registration as some of you may be tempted to do. I'll ...
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Registering with Federal Migration in Russia

Here it is stated that your responsibility is to register after 7 workdays of staying at your temporary accommodation (paragraph 2., item 2)): Иностранный гражданин в случае нахождения в месте ...
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How does foreigner registration in Slovenia work?

For EU citizens: According to the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior: If you are a member of a EU and EEA country you may enter the Republic of Slovenia with a valid identity card or a valid ...
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UK registered number plate in Europe but non UK font

The relevent German law, quoted below, states: must have their domestic license plates. Note: license plates, not license plate number So the real question is: are these licence plates that can ...
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Can I register a Private visa in Russia though not staying with the person who issued the invitation?

As someone who has undergone the registration process many times (including as recently as the end of 2014), I can tell you that the "invitation letter" (or anything to do with your invitation) is ...
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Why do some countries want to track the location of tourists after arrival?

Many countries try to keep track of their citizens and other permanent residents for purposes of taxes, voter rolls, military draft (where applicable), and similar purposes. For example, people can ...
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How does foreigner registration in Slovenia work?

There appears to be a difference between registering your presence, and registering your residence. The former is allowed within the first 3 months, the latter is not. Directive 2004/38/EC, Article 5 ...
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Can I register a Private visa in Russia though not staying with the person who issued the invitation?

As stated here -- How can I get an 'invitation' to Russia? -- the invitation letter is more like tradition rather than, as Eugene stated, a required document to register. From personal ...
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Russian visa registration requirement

You and your friend should go to the post office within first 7 days of arrival and she/he will submit your registration. When going to the post office, if possible, I would go to the Main regional ...
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Must I register if I am not required to have a visa for entering Russia?

Hello @JuanIgnacioIglesias and welcome to Russia. You should be registered in Moscow, if you'll stay there more than 7 days. It doesn't depends do you require visa or not. Registration in Moscow is ...
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Do I really have to register with the police when staying with a friend in Croatia?

EU-Bürger müssen sich bei einem Aufenthalt von bis zu 90 Tagen nicht mehr bei den örtlichen Behörden registrieren lassen. source: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Laenderinformationen/00-SiHi/Nodes/...
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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?

Depends which country you from, but if you have a visitor visa and if you going to stay longer than 7 days, you have to be registered within 7 working days after arrival to each new place of your stay ...
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Do the Macedonian police issue visitors a registration card?

When i stayed in the country, i was not handed any related document, neither was i asked at the border for it, in both occasions i crossed the borders (from Kosovo and to Bulgaria) by land. Ps. I ...
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How long does a hotel visa registration last?

Yes, it is possible and actually very normal to do. Many tourists in Russia will first get a cheap "sponsor" to provide a letter of invitation. A cheap sponsor could be a tourist company or a hotel. ...
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Do the Macedonian police issue visitors a registration card?

I stayed in Skopje, Macedonia last week. No mention of registration was made at any point, and the border officials did not ask for one when leaving. I stayed in the Ibis hotel, so I would have ...
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What documentation is needed to register in China with local police when staying with a friend?

The answer to this can vary form one location to another in China. One officer in one district might ask for this or that document, another officer might wave you away as he doesn't want the paperwork....
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What documentation is needed to register in China with local police when staying with a friend?

Your girlfriend probably doesn't need to appear herself at the police station when you register (although it might make things go more smoothly). You should be prepared with: Your identification (...
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Registering with Federal Migration in Russia

Foreigners visiting Russia for less than 7 days are not obliged to register (unless they stay in a hotel of some medical institution. But 1) it's not your case since you are going to stay at someone's ...
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Is there any upside in applying earlier than 30 days when registering with the police when visiting Czech Republic as a EU citizen?

If you're going to be busy on day 30, then the upside of reporting your presence earlier than that is that then your plans for day 30 will not need to be interrupted or changed to make time to go to ...
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How to register while wild camping in the Balkans?

All Balkan countries that require registration of visitors without permanent address (an example is Montenegro) have some procedure for people staying in non-tourist accommodation. As far as I know ...
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Do I need to register with the police in Italy if I stay at a friend's place and not a hotel?

If you're flying directly to Italy from India, your Declaration of Presence will be taken care of when you arrive at the airport. Only when you travel into Italy from another Schengen state, and stay ...
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Must a non-resident foreigner always carry their passport with them when in China?

Yes, according to Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China: Article 38 Foreigners having reached the age of 16 who stay or reside in China shall carry with them their ...
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Do I have to register at the police station if the hotel doesn't do it for me after entering China with a Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa?

Disclaimer: This answer is based on a layman reading of the text of Chinese law freely available on the internet. This is obviously not an legal advice. If you are staying in a hotel in China, the ...
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Must I register if I am not required to have a visa for entering Russia?

There is a difference between a visa and registration in Russia. Visa provides the permission to enter the Russia, but the registration provides information about you and your route to the police. ...
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Staying 15 days but moving around, do I need to register my Russian visa?

Made the border crossing into Estonia at Ivangorod-Narva by Simple Express bus. Nobody even batted an eyelid for the registration. Also in St.Petersburg, the hostel I stayed at said the same thing - ...
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Does one need to worry about registration when staying in Russia (Moscow) for 6 working days and 2 weekends?

Per WayToRussia.net, which isn't official but is usually pretty darn spot-on, and cites the law in question as a reference: Every foreigner who comes to Russia should have his/her Russian visa ...
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How to understand the registration rules in Serbia?

The registration of foreign visitors staying in private accommodations is still required. It is, luckily, easily accomplished in just a few minutes. We brought along the passports, the hosts ID card, ...
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