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Sunday, 01 January 2012 12:13

Business Visa

Visa Support Document (Business Invitation)

Buisness invitation (letter of invitation) is a visa support document, needed to get  your Russian buisness visa. 

We can offer you 2 types of business invitations: ORIGINAL invitation (paper document) & TELEX (coded invitation).

The ORIGINAL is a paper document printed on the official form of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (MID).

The cost of such invitation is 154 Euro and it is issued within 30 days.

Usually the consulate asks for the original of invitation in case of multiple-entrance visas. For single/double entrance visas a fax or scanned copy is usually acceptable. But, please, check it exactly at your local Russian consulate.

The originals of invitations can be sent to you by courier or courier express delivery service such as FedEx (5-6 working days for delivery) or UPS (2-3 working days for delivery). This delivery will be provided upon your request for extra pay. For this, please,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TELEX is a set of figures (a kind of personal code) which is sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (MID) directly to the consulate or the embassy where you are going to apply to a Russian visa. It has the same value as the original invitation, but does not require any sending by post. And moreover the process of issuing telex usually takes less time. 

NB! You can not apply for the telex until 45 days before the start date of your visa.

The cost of TELEX invitiation for 1 or 2 entry visa with 1-3 months of stay is 250 Euro and it is isuued withn 3-4 working days.

If you need MULTIPLE entry visa for 6 month up to a year its cost will be 320 Euro and it is issued within 15 working days.

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Sunday, 18 December 2011 15:49

Visa support request form

You can request visa support here

This year one journey of a tourist train Moscow - Beijing will be organized. The program of the tour with a number of stops in the cities on the way will take half a month. The tourist program will begin on August, 14th in Moscow, but actual departure of the train from Moscow is planned for the evening on August, 15th.

New law came into effect on March 24th that ease the lives of foreign travellers. The law reverses legislation that toughened registration rules and came into force Feb. 15.

The new law eases registration rules by extending the period that foreigners can be in the country without notifying the authorities from three to seven working days.

Friday, 18 March 2011 15:50


Taxi fares are negotiated before you begin traveling to your destination. Also note that driving from (or to) airport is quite expensive even for American standards. It is safer and cheaper to order airport and train station transfers in the travel agency where you book your staying.Some of the taxis are unmetered, so always name your destination and negotiate a price before getting in. Please also be aware that some Taxi drivers might use the meter, but the meter shows very unreasonable price. Don't take the taxi just parking near the scenic spots. If you need a taxi, please call the taxi company and the price will be more reasonable

Friday, 18 March 2011 15:49

Trams & Buses

Other methods of transport include trams and buses.  You can normally buy tickets for these in advance, at metro stations and kiosks.  Some metro stations do not sell them however and it is best to try kiosks adjacent to bus stops and ask for 'avtoboos beelyet'  and they can be bought from the driver for a couple of rubles more

Friday, 18 March 2011 15:49


The most popular and convenient method of travel is metro. Tickets are very cheap and are purchased at the metro stations, at the window labeled with the word "KACCA".  You can buy tickets for various numbers of journeys - from 1 to 60 journeys.  Once you have purchased your ticket you go through the turnstiles and then down to the platform.  The metro trains arrive around every 2 minutes during peak times and the time gap between trains extends to about 10-15 minutes later at night.  While being a convenient method of travel, the metro does get very crowded, especially at rush hour, and you'll often find yourself packed in like sardines!  That said, the metro is very efficient and many of the stations are works of art in themselves.  Not all metro stations are identified along the tracks NY/London style, so check the map on the station and count the number of stations to your destination before boarding.  This trick never fails. For those who don't speak or read Russian, the Metro can be very intimidating at first, but like many things, once you get past the initial intimidation, it proves to be quite simple.  The first step in mastering the Metro system is to familiarize yourself with the basic layout of the stations, and where they are located.  The following links (Moscow Metro Map - Russian & English andSt. Petersburg Metro Map) have a printable version of a Metro map, with the station names in both English and Russian.  A good idea would be to print this page out (be sure to print it in color) and keep it with you while using the Metro.

For people with disabilities, the stairs can be a formidable barrier to moving within the Metro system.  With some exceptions, there are generally no escalators (but plenty of stairs) available to move between platforms on different levels and there are generally at least one or two flights of stairs just to get from the street level to the Metro entrance.  There are no lifts anywhere in the system, and many stations still do not have wheelchair/stroller ramps on the stairways.

Friday, 18 March 2011 10:16

By train

Russia has an extensive rail network linking nearly every city and town. For intercity travel, the train is generally the most convenient option for trips that can be covered overnight. Although accommodations may not be the best, Russian trains have efficient and courteous staff as well as timely departures and arrivals. The train is an option for longer trips (many Russians continue to use it for trips of 2 days or more), but mainly if you appreciate the nuances and experience of train travel in Russia. For the complete Russian rail experience the one-week Trans-Siberian Railway has no equal

Russian trains are divided into types: Long-distance trains generally cover trips more than about 4 hours or 200 kilometers (120 miles). Note that all long-distance trains in Russia run on Moscow time (which may be up to 9 hours off local time in the Far East). Shorter distances are covered by the commuter trains. Most train stations have separate areas for selling tickets for these types.

Most long-distance trains are set up for overnight travel. In these trains, three main kinds of cars are available

First class

The first class is called SV, and consists of compartments for two persons. Note that several Russian trains, including many international routes, have only 1st and 2nd class available. NB - To guarantee single occupancy of a cabin, for single travellers, you need to pay double the twin share cost; otherwise, there is a strong possibility that you will have to share your twin cabin with a stranger

Shared bathroom facilities are located at the end of the train car. There are special hatches that one may use to secure the door of the compartment from the inside during the night

Conductors always provide free water in samovars in every car and will usually sell you tea and lend you a mug and spoon. Most long-distance trains also have dining cars. The dining car of the express train is nicely appointed with real table linens, and an impressive menu and wine list, but is 3 to 4 times more expensive than eating in the city before and after you travel.

Note that there are more types of train between the two capitals than between any other two cities in Russia. Apart from ordinary trains, there are rapid trains (Sapsan) that run by day only and cover the 650 km between Moscow and Saint Petersburg in 4 hours. Some of the overnight trains are quite luxurious - these include the traditional The Red Arrow service and the newer, fake-Czarist-era Nikolaevsky Express, complete with attendants in 19-century uniforms. Sheets, towels and prepacked breakfasts are included in all the better trains

No one at Russian train stations speaks any English, so if you are not familiar enough with Russian to purchase your train ticket in person, it is suggested that you purchase online or through your travel agent before you depart. Also, note that all signage inside the train station is in Russian only, so finding your correct platform can be challenging 

Tickets can be bought at the train station, at travel agencies and online. You can purchase Russian train tickets at any Russian train station before your departure. However, demand on certain routes is extremely high so it makes a lot of sense to book your Russia train tickets ahead. We welcome you to use our advance reservation service and our electronic ticketing service that makes purchasing Russia train tickets convenient and simple

Friday, 18 March 2011 08:59

Money Transfer

The most widespread international system of money transfer in Russia is Western Union. The transfer can be made through almost any bank and it takes only 20 minutes. There's a commission for the transfer.  Citizens of the United States, Canada, and some EU countries can make a Western Union transfer through the internet, using their credit card 

Another relatively wide spread money-transfer system in Russian is MoneyGram (mostly in Moscow and St. Petersburg)

Both Western Union and MoneyGram charge quite much for their services, so you may consider using other cheaper options. Normally, they take longer, but commission is much lower

There's also a local money transfer system called Contact.  They seem to have very low commission (2-3%)

Friday, 18 March 2011 08:36

Credit cards

There're many cash machines (ATM's) in Moscow, St. Petersburg and major Siberian cities, and a lot of shops and restaurants accept cards in the big cities. They usually offer services in multiple languages, and some give out U.S. dollars. We recommend making withdrawals in Russian rubles to avoid the hassles of exchanging currency. Don’t worry – ATMs use a favorable exchange rate. In smaller towns and villages they are often difficult to find or non-existent. If you don't know where to look for an ATM ("bankomat" in Russian), go to any big and expensive hotel. However, it's better if you withdraw your money in the cash machine, which is at some bank's office, in that case if your card gets swallowed you'll deal with the problem faster. It's better to avoid street ATMs (or at least to be very careful), as sometimes swindlers attach spy devices to them, to get your PIN and card details; the safest option is the ATMs in hotels, banks or big shopping centers.Train Stations outside of major cities only accept rubles also. In Moscow and St Petersburg you can pay by card at some ticket counters - look out for the Visa/Master Card stickers on the windows. The ATM machines at the train station are often out of cash, so obtain your rubles in the city (where ATM's appear on practically every corner) before you go to the train station

Usually banks charge 0 to 1% commission if you withdraw money with the card of the other (foreign) bank, but your bank - the issuer of the card - will take from $2 to $5 US for this operation. Russian ATMs will often limit withdrawals to about USD$1,000 per day

Visa, MasterCard are accepted almost in any ATM, Visa Electron and Cirrus / Maestro - more rarely, and AMEX and Diners Club owners might have problems cashing the cards  

Important: Call your bank before you depart and let them know that you will be traveling so they do not block your cards while you are in Russia (not all banks do this, but we recommend that you look into it). We also recommend that you bring more than one card should one of the cards get locked

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