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russian visa

by currychook

Hi, many thanks if you can shed some light into this...
On the application form it asks for "Medical coverage valid in Russia" Is it necessary to provide one? (unfortunately their wasn't a tick box for 'Nyet' )
Also their required documentation as listed on their website (and others) is confusing.. Exactly what is a foreign tourist tour confirmation by Russian travel agency? I'm a Singapore passport holder and will be travelling independently with a partner who will be attending a conference. I tried calling the consul, but they speak poor English and their attitude sucks. I'm considering giving up on the trip altogether. Do you have any insights into this?
Is it necessary to get a visa done from the leaving country (ie Shanghai?) I hear that if one travels from finland, no need to apply for a visa.. true?

Thanks very much

RE: RE: russian visa

by Pablos_new

> "Medical coverage valid in Russia" Is it necessary to provide one?

Yes,it. I do not know any country in the world which is not asking for medical insurance to enter.

RE: RE: russian visa

by malashen

US isn't asking for medical insurance - because they don't have the national one!

Re: russian visa

by currychook

Thanks for your replies. I'm not going to Russia afterall. The bureacracy put me off.

Re: russian visa

by Pablos_new

He-he-he... This means that your will was not very strong. :)

Re: russian visa

by Michael_D

It is very understandable that the beauracracy put you off. Millions of people dont go to Russia because the visa process is so very strange. This visa stupidity costs Russia millions of dollars. Ive been to Rf 4x and never had coverage.

This year I am going to Tallin Estonia instead. Much friendlier and better tourist requirements. Or go to Ukraine. They require just a passport now as they are in the 21st century LOL

Re: russian visa

by currychook

I shouldn't be surprised. After a lot of toing and froing and money spent, we finally got our visa only to find that the visa window of time was so small that there was no leeway for extending the trip or touring round the country. It's ridiculous. I see they haven't shaken off their stalinist ways. haha.
Been to Estonia/ Tallinn. Nice little town and the Mr. seemed to like the prettier girls there. It was easy getting across from Helsinki on Catamaran - 3 hrs and comfortable. The Finnish go across for cheap booze holidays.
So to whoever is going to Russia, i say good luck, you'll need plenty of it!
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Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

Soviet Era Art

by emilienoelle

Soviet era art is still found in abundance throughout St. Petersburg. In a historical sense, I found it to be fascinating, it being one of those things that I have only seen in books. This art was, or course, used by the Soviet government to serve as a constant reminder to the people of who and what was important, though today it is largely ignored for the most part. I particularly liked the style of most of the work as it was done in the 1930's art-deco style which I love.

Troizky Bridge

by bugulma

Troizky Bridge was open in 1903, to 200 years anniversary of the city. It is 500 meters long. The bridge is a part of the ensemble of buildings and bridges of Neva River area in front of Hermitage Palace.

Weather :

by keeweechic

Summer temperature is approximately: 18 to 25 C, Winter temperature: -5 to -25 C. The longest seasons are spring and autumn (from March to June and from August to December). Autumn temperature: 6 to 15 C.

Nikol'sky Cathedral

by bugulma

Not far from Mariinsky Theatre, if to go along Kryukov Channel, there is Nikol'sky Cathedral, built in 1753-1762 by Chevakinsky. In previous time the city district was settled by sailors and St Nikolay is a patron of all sailors and travelers (that the reason why church has the name).

Lutheran Church

by Canadienne

St. Petersburg has been home to the Lutheran faith since the city's first days ~ Peter the Great had invited Western Europeans to help "westernize" the city; German Lutherans were among those invited and they erected churches as early as 1705.

This Lutheran church (1830's) is located on Nevsky Prospekt, a bit west of the Church of Saint Catherine ~ it is also set back a fair piece from the main street.

It was used as a swimming pool during the Soviet era ~ today, it is restored and opened for services.


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