La verdad es que ya no estamos acostumbrados a este tipo de requisitos , pero para visitar Rusia es necesario , al menos para los Españoles seguir los siguientes pasos :
Visa : No intentes ir al consulado Ruso , pues hay que sacar la visa a través de alguna de las agencias oficiales . Nosotros sacamos la visa y las invitaciones con Iberrusia ( www.iberrusia.com/ ) , si no quieres pagar una cantidad adicional como trámite de urgencia tienes que sacar la visa al menos con 10 días de antelación ( Precio visa 75 Eur/pax)
Una vez en Rusia , después de ciertos días de estancia en cada ciudad , hay que ir a la policía a sellarla . En el hotel te dirán los plazos y la comisaría donde se hace la gestión
Invitación y Seguro : Tienes que tener una carta de invitación para Rusia , que te la consiguen en la agencia cuando reservas alguna noche de hotel ( 30Euros/pax ). También te exigen un seguro que nos costó 12 Euros
The truth is that we are not used to these requirements, but to visit Russia are necessary, at least for Spanish people , the following steps:
Visa: Do not try to go by your own to the Russian consulate, because you must get the visa through one of the Travel Official Agencies. We got the visa and "invitations" with Iberrusia (www.iberrusia.com/), if you do not want to pay an additional amount , as emergency procedure , you have to get the visa at least 10 days before your travel (Visa Price 75 EUR / pax)
Once in Russia, after some days in each city, you must go to the police to stamp it. In the hotel, they will tell you the time and the police station where you must go
Invitation and Insurance: You must have a letter of invitation to Russia that you get in the travel agency when they book for you some hotel nights ( 30 Euro /pax ).
We also paid the insurance that cost to us 12 Euros /pax
We were on a Cruise ship, for one very long day in Port.
We usually do our own thing, but this is one place where you can't.
You either have to do a Ship's tour or a privately booked tour, otherwise you are not allowed off the Ship.
This way, the Visa is already arranged, so there isn't any problem getting on and off the ship to do the tour.
Do not forget to register when you come to Russia. You have to do this within 72 hours (holidays and weekends excluded). You will need a migration card filled in on your arrival - part A is for entering Russia, part B is for departure. Do not forget it!
Our friend who came to SPb on invitation used a business center located near Moscow Railway Station. It took him 1 day and cost about 700 rubles (16 Euro, August 2009).
Address: Metro: Ploshchad' Vosstaniya, Ulitsa Vosstaniya, 7, office 307 - Business Center "Andreevsky dom"
Today (December 2009) registration for up to 1 month costs 950 rbl (22 Euro)
Working hours: Mon-Fri: 10.00-20.00, Sat- Sun: 10.00-18.00
Tel: +7 (812) 922-82-92
The firm "City Project" (Moscow) is the event agency. It is engaged in the organization of business and tourist trips in Moscow and St.-Petersburg provides following types of service:
1. Selection and booking of hotels meeting requirements of the customer.
2. Supply a transfer from stations and the airports.
3. Supply all spectrums of the necessary services for the organization and carrying out of the business trips which includes planning of the action, realization of rips on a city, the order of necessary transport, the organization of dinners and suppers.
4. Supply the organization cultural and entertaining actions, realization of excursion programs taking into account wishes and requirements of clients.
5. Also we supply the organization of actions (conference, presentation, anniversaries, corporative events, banquets and weddings), which includes creation of the concept of the action and fast track turnkey execution of the action with granting of services in video and photographing.
Fondest memory: St. Petersburg was designed not only as Russia's first maritime naval base. It was also to represent the power and wealth of a newly-born Russian Empire. It was designed to borrow features of Europe's most beautiful cities of the time. So its palace rival Versailles, its canals rival Venice, its streets resemble Amsterdam and Vienna. St. Petersburg's rich architecture is surpassed by its historical importance.
What's to see in St. Petersburg
•Peterhof (Petrodvorets / Petropalace)
•Tsarskoe Selo (Royal Village) and Catherine's Palace
•Peter and Paul Fortress
•St. Isaak's Cathedral
•Savior on the Blood
Also I can give you a lot of ideas to spend your time in tsar's residences outside the Saint Petersburg
The US consulate can help American citizens with passports, reporting crime, registering weddings, visas for Russian citizens, register your trip overseas (online) and any other security needs. If you are not American, check out your consulate site before visiting.
How to contact the US consulate in St. Petersburg:
7-812-331-2600 - Telephone
7-812-331-2646 - Fax
7-812-331-2600 - Emergency telephone (24 hours)
15 Furshtatskaya Ul.
191028 St. Petersburg, Russia
American Citizen Services Section is open to the public: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 2-5 p.m.,
Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., except on Russian and American holidays.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10.a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, 3 - 5 p.m. In the event of an emergency, American citizens may reach the Consulate duty officer after 5:30 p.m. and on weekends by calling: 7-812-331-2600.
Fondest memory: http://stpetersburg.usconsulate.gov/citizen.htm
When I knew we would be visiting St. Petersburg, I did not give serious thought to touring the city on our own. I learned through "AnnK" that if you arrive by ship, you do not need an individual Russian visa as you are covered by the ship's visa. However, if you go this route, be aware that you will not be allowed to be unescorted during your visit. You will not have free time to wander around indescriminately.
If you prefer to high an independent guide for touring, you will need to obtain a individual visa and these cost around US$100 per person. We thought this was quite expensive, but we found the ships excursions to be quite expensive (although very worthwhile) as well. If you are able to strike a good deal with an independent guide or have a friend there, obtaining an individual visa might be a good choice for you so that you can tailor your tour to suit your own wishes.