Basilica Hostel & Hotel

Serebryanicheskiy per, 1a, Moscow, Russia
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on visa application, date of last issued visa?

by blackyak

hi guys, I am completing a visa application, and it asks for the date and place where my last visa to russia was issued. I don't recall of course and it isn't listed on the visa in my passport... any advice?

Re: on visa application, date of last issued visa?

by travelmad478

I've had many, many Russian visas over the last 20 years, and I have no idea when and where they were issued. Every time I fill out the application, when it asks whether you've had Russian visas before, I say yes and then write "various" in the spaces where it asks for dates and places. I've never had an application denied. I don't think they really care very much.

Re: on visa application, date of last issued visa?

by Potato-Brigade

I agree with Travelmad, but if leaving it blank frightens you then you can give it your best guess - like the right year and month at least - or the right year and a guess at the month. I really think their more interested in whether or not you've ever been there before and the exact dates are mere formalities I wouldn't, however, write that this is your first visit. It's better to guess on the dates than to deny an earlier visit.

Re: on visa application, date of last issued visa?

by pcg821

Date that the visa was issued is on the top line on the visa in your passport,second line the dates the visa is valid for.

Re: on visa application, date of last issued visa?

by qaminari

Regarding place, wouldn't you normally have applied for the visa to the Russian Embassy in the country you wree living in at the time? My 2006 visa very clearly has "date of issue" in English and Russian at the top. And even if it didn't, passport has Russian entry and exit stamps, you could say something like "for visit (dates)".

Re: on visa application, date of last issued visa?

by yumyum

Look at the visa ID of your last visa. There are 3 letters that indicate where you got your visa. I usually just wrote the travel year.

Travel Tips for Moscow

Visit the Sukhoi design...

by hcameron

Visit the Sukhoi design bureau, travel the subways, go to the Bolshoi (buy tickets at the local price! Not the hotel price!), go to the Armory, go to the Arbot market, find the big Moscow book store, visit the Hero's War Memorial but most of all enjoy the people. This is a picture of Alexander and his wife Irenya. Alexander was the pushiest and yet most helpful cab driver I have met. We became friends and the three of us visited many places and had great adventures.

Old Arbat Street

by dlandt

This is the only tourist street in the city and might be your only chance to do some souvenier shopping. There are a certain number of steet musicians and performers as well as an eclectic variety of international cuisine. My Russian hosts said this street is known for having good-priced restaurants. Sadly, the souveniers here are all very high end. Finding a couple of cheap refrigerator magnets or shot glasses is difficult, they prefer the pricier matroschka dolls. Some English is spoken here, but not a whole lot, its really geared for the Russian tourist not the international tourist.

The Grave of Unknown Soldier

by bugulma

The Grave of Unknown Soldier is to the left in Alexandrovsky Park. It's the symbol of victims of World War II, there were many unknown heroes who saved the country. Here you see guards and you see its mount every day since 8 am to 8 pm.

Russian and Cyrillic letters


When travelling to Russia be prepared that almost everything is only written in cyrillic letters.

Only at airports, a few main train stations and the main sights you will find some English translations.

The metro for example doesn't have any English translations. Apart from that not many people speak English.

So when you are travelling without a guided group it is highly recommended to at least be able to read the cyrillic letters. It is helpful to know a few Russian words:

Thank you = spassibo
Please = poshalsta
Good day = sdraswstwujtje
Entrance = wchod
Exit = wychod
Beer = pivo

Packing List

by wadekorzan

Whatever it is you need for your stay in Moscow, you'd be better off buying it before you arrive. Moscow is very expensive nowadays. The famous 'GUM' department store located on Red Square (in photo) is beautiful but very expensive.


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