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Russia Transit/Tourist visa question

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Russia Transit/Tourist visa question

Hey all,

I am planning a big campervan trip in 2022 from the UK through to Mongolia. I am not sure which route I will be taking, north or south route but will definitely be passing through Russia at some point. I would like to see some of the country if possible and especially do some hiking if possible!

My question is, as my dates will be quite vague am I able to apply for a tourist or transit visa with a relatively open date or do I need to have quite a set date I will arrive to enter the country. Am I also right in thinking I will need to sort this visa out before leaving the UK as I will need to attend a in-person appointment at a Russian embassy in UK?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!



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1. Re: Russia Transit/Tourist visa question

A transit visa can be only valid for up to 10 [pre-specified] days so it's hardly an option for you. A tourist visa since literally few days ago can be issued for up to 6 months (used to be 30 days) which now gives you ample wiggle room. You can enter on any date within your visa validity period and you must leave before it expires. And yes, you need to apply for a visa while you are still in the UK.

You were supposed to produce an "invitation" - a very formal piece of paper (that could be bought for $15 over the internet) but with the new regulations that came into force a few days ago that circus is finally over - all you need now is a hotel booking. Which creates a problem in your particular case as you don't seem to need a hotel... I would simply wait a few months until the embassies figure out how to work with new regulations. As of now, their web sites don't even mention that tourist visas are now available for 6 months and don't require invitations anymore.

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