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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whatever the time of year in Russia i have founbd that a good sturdy pair of walking shoes are an essential part of my backback. How Russian ladies in high heeled shoes can manage to the daily task of just getting to work amid the potholes and uneven ground is a spectacle to behold.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Again just like everywhere is always a good idea to have a small but well stocked first aid kit with at least one large wound dressing for the most serious of events. Good travel insurance also recommended for this part of the world.
Miscellaneous: Mosquito Repellent again just like St Petersburg
Written Nov 27, 2006
Miscellaneous: Going anywhere in Russia you'll need visa. Visa to Kaliningrad is given free in Russian embassy in your country during 7 days.
Before going to the embassy you must take: passport, 1 foto (3X4) colour and mat, pay for compulsory insurance for the person and car (if you go by car), fill in needed forms (given in embassy) and stand the queue.
And after this hell 7 days later you gonna have visa to Kaliningrad region! Be brave and survive this bureaucrasy as the beach is waiting for you!!! :)) (positive thoughts help)
Don't forget money, better $.
P.S. If you travel by car and cross the border in Sovietsk (expect big queues and waiting for 5-8 hours), you'll have to pay custom taxes for entry (about 170 Rub). If you cross the border in Nida (Curonian Split) you'll pay more: first, in Lithuania - ferry from Klaipeda to the Curonian Split - 45 Lt (for one car and one person) and ecology tax 10-15 Lt, then custom taxes on the Russian border - 170 Rub and then Russian ecology tax - 270 Rub. But no queues.
Updated Aug 3, 2006
1 Review and 14 Opinions Arriving with 2 other Dutch guys at the reception of Kaliningrad Hotel an English speaking lady...