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Yes you can travel alone, but as you have US and Russian citizenship you should note this advice from the US Dept of State Bureau of Consular Affairs https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/RussianFederation.html “Minors who also have Russian citizenship and are traveling alone or in ...


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There is a card called Troika. It allows a reduced fare for single journeys and for 56 Rubles unlimited journeys in 90 minutes. This card can be obtained in automated ticket booths at most stations. The 50 rubles can be refunded after the card is handed in to a cashier.


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The company Pul Express specialises in invitations and visas for travel to Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. They have advised me: tragen sie bitte als Einreise Datum von Russischesvisum minus 2 tage und als Ausreise plus 2 Tage. which means Please write for entry the date of the Russian visa minus two days and as exit the date of the Russian visa ...


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Be aware that your route might not be possible at all, at least not legally. Foreigners are not allowed to cross the border between Belarus and Russia by land even if they hold visas for both countries. The reason for this is the lack of border checkpoints between the two countries. With no border formalities on the train, you, technically, enter Russia ...


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On 10 July 2019, the Belarusian Telegraph Agency wrote: The agreement on mutual recognition of visas is technically ready, awaits a political decision, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State Grigory Rapota said in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel on 9 July, BelTA has learned. So, as of 10 July 2019, it is not yet in force, and no ...


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No. Since the final destination is not a third country, this does not even begin to fulfil the TVOW requirements presented in the question. You must enter and exit the region directly and not transit anywhere else in Russia. Also, generally when you have a stopover in the same country as your final destination, immigration formalities are processed on the ...


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Having a long-distance rail or airplane ticket on a date is a proof that you have arrived on that date, so the "n days to register" counter is reset on that date. I'm not aware that anyone was bothering travelers with registration requirements in the past 15 years, but here you go anyway. If you travel every few days you are virtually extempt from ...


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A scanned, color copy is what most people use to apply with. Normally the tourist agency does not mail you the original letter of invitation, they simply email you a scanned color copy, which is acceptable to apply with. You could request the original to be mailed to you, but I have had a lot of problems with mail delivery to and from Russia, so I wouldn't ...


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@Ach's comment is the best advice, to get a voucher from a tourist agency. I have used Apon service to do it in the past, although I have never "couch surfed". Apon service has a website for the tourist invitation letter/voucher. Once you arrive you will need to register your tourist visa. What I would like to do is apply for the visa and when I get ...


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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. It is normal for people to get their visa granted, and then totally change their hotel plans after it is issued. You do not need to enter Russia to change your ...


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It depends on which nationality she is and I will assume she is a U.S. Citizen and her purpose of travel is "tourism", since that was not specified in your question. First of all, U.S. travelers to Russia will need a valid passport and a Russian visa inside their passport. The major difference for getting the visa, for minors, is that they need to fill out ...


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According to Russian federal law, a child that goes abroad with one parent (guardian) does not require written consent from another parent, UNLESS another parent did not limit their child to leave Russia by submitting a written request to federal migration services (the way these requests are submitted has changed on 12/06/2019). When leaving the country ...


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According to "Goods, prohibited or limited for transfer via the customs border of the Eurasian Economic Union" (where Russia is a member state), List of the goods for the personal usage, prohibited to import into the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (hereinafter - the Union) and (or) export from the territory of the Union includes ...


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Answering my own question: I have called the airline to confirm, and the answer is that in this kind of situation one does not need a visa provided that they stay in the international transit area of the airport for less than 24 hours. see also for example https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/asia-central-asia/kazakhstan/transiting-through-russia-...


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You can find marked trails good for multi-day trek in Crimean mountains, starting from Angarsky pass. Local trekkers community maintains campsites, springs and marks trails. You are still expected to have a tent on you to make use of those campsites. I imagine that mountains regions near Dombai and Elbrus may have similar level of infrastructure.


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I am afraid that you won't find a similar infrastructure (well-tended cabins spaced out along the well-marked trek, or at least a well-marked path long enough for multi-day hike) anywhere in Russia. Anywhere that is reasonably picturesque, at least. Casual multi-day hiking is simply not popular enough here; it's generally assumed that people going on long ...


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There are several things going on here: Popular summer travel Travel in July and August is popular; there are likely many Russians on vacation in Europe. Trackworks Specifically for the Paris-Frankfurt-Berlin-Moscow train, there appear to be track works in France in summer. Tickets between Paris and Berlin are not available beyond 15 August. When ...


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During the European Games 2019 you don't need a Belarusian visa just a ticket for any event. Don't forget to register it here. Otherwise, a Belarusian visa is required and you can only enter by air. My own experience covers the first case (visa-free scheme during the European Games). I flew to Minsk from Zhukovsky airport in Moscow. The Belavia staff wasn't ...


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