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Traveling to a foreign land can be somewhat awkward if you don’t know the local customs. Also things that are okay to do in the U.S. may be culturally unacceptable in another country. With that in mind, Russia has published a tourism guide for travelers and it’s got some interesting advice such as “how to be a good human” and “Woman stretching hands when meeting.”

Not only is this tourist guide for individuals visiting Russia, there are helpful tips for Russian natives traveling the globe. The goal is avoid causing an “incident.” In Japan, they are advised ‘don’t dip the sushi rice into the soy sauce.’ Russian travelers are also advised to not be offended by the salty language of the people of Greece, apparently they curse like sailors.

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Russia is a destination we process travel visas for on a frequent basis. If you have any questions regarding getting your business or tourist visa, talk to us. We can make the process fast and easy.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get Your Russian Visa for 2018 FIFA World Cup

We’re only in March of 2017 and here we are talking about traveling to Russia in 2018, right? Well, start planning ahead because this destination is going to get busy fast. Russia is host to the 2018 FIFA World Cup from June 14th through July 15th, 2018.

Over the past several years, Russia has worked towards rebuilding their tourism industry and is a destination that should definitely be on your bucket list as a country to experience.

You will need a visa to enter Russia for both business or tourism purposes, fortunately we can take do the work for you and then all you have to do is pack and make sure you have your passport ready to go (we can help you with that too if you need pages or to renew your passport).

Your maximum stay for a Russian travel visa is 90 days, and you must register with OVIR if you’re staying longer than 72 hours, most hotels will offer the registration service.

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We can obtain your visa for travel to Russia in as little as 1-2 working days, contact our offices if you have any questions. Get started on your Russia visa here. Share with a friend that might be interested in going to the World Cup in Russia!

MixedRussia is moving up the ranks with a booming tourism industry. We recently did an article about 5 Things to Know About Traveling in Russia, and we covered many of the reasons Russia is becoming a great destination. The diversity of the cultures, the food, and the friendliness of the people. Not to mention the quality public transportation. It is amazingly easy to get around the cities.

The World Tourist Organization published their list of the top tourist destinations. Germany, China, Spain, U.S., and France still top the list. With Russia gaining a little more ground every year and already playing host to over 28-million tourists a year and that number is expected to continue to grow.

With the growing tourism industry, the country has created a number of venues. There are 23 UNESCO sites in the country. St. Petersburg continues to be the top drawing city with a huge number of interesting cultural and historical venues for visitors to enjoy.

You cannot purchase a visa once you arrive in Russia, you must have it in hand before you travel. If you are ready to hit the air and visit Russia, let us make the process of getting your passport and/or visa fast and easy. Then all you have to do is plan your trip!

5 Things to Know About Traveling in Russia (1)Getting to Russia is easy (and we can make it even easier) – you need a  passport that is current and a travel visa whether you’re going as a tourist or on business.  Now, here are five things to know about Russia that you’re likely to experience.

Before you enter Russia…
U.S. travelers will go through Immigration Control. Usually, you won’t be asked the nature of your visit to Russia, as it’s clear from the type of travel visa you’re carrying. Then you will go through Customs Declarations. It’s very simple. A green door for travelers who have nothing to declare and under $10K in cash on hand. If you have more than $10K in cash or you are selling something in Russia during your stay, there is a red door for your entry. This is the final hurdle for entry into Russia.

The Food
One of the best ways to experience a country is to ditch the restaurants that are recommended to tourists and go for the foods of the region you’re in. You should make it a point to seek out Pelmeni. They are wonderful little dumplings made with unleavened bread and filled with everything from Siberian pork, beef, fish and sometimes vegetables. Each region will have their own unique type served with dipping sauces ranging from sour cream, chili, curry, and even mayonnaise! Shaverma is popular, known as shrawarma in the Middle East where the dish hails from. The Russians put their own stamp on it and make it just as awesome. A typical St. Petersburg Shaverma usually has a meat such as lamb, goat, chicken, or beef and they are combined with tomato, cucumbers, onion, and a tasty white sauce usually made from kefir and mayonnaise. The sandwich will be wrapped in a traditional pita or lavash bread.

Getting Around Russia
If you don’t have an international driver’s license, you might think commuting around a country as huge as Russia would be a logistical nightmare, fortunately it is not. Russia actually has a pretty good and affordable system of public transportation around the country. The railway connections were rated to be on-time by most travelers. In Moscow, the subways are rated as fast and convenient.

Internet and Mobile Service
In the cities, you will find free Wi-Fi on public transportation as well a cafes, airports, hotels and many other places. The prices for mobile data are also very affordable.

Easy Availability of ….Everything
In Germany, it’s the norm that not too many people are out after midnight. In Russia, the cities don’t sleep. Most food and drugstores operate 24/7. There are late night movie showings, you can get food delivered at any hour. There is literally always something to do, see, or eat.

The Hospitality of the People
Forget anything you heard about surliness, Russians are NICE. Travelers rated the passion of the people highly for love of their country as well as helpfulness for tourists.

Questions and Answers about...Russia Travel Visas
Russia is one of the top ten destinations we process both individual and corporate travel visas for. The following is an overview of some of the most common questions we get.

Is the type of Russia visa I get depend on the purpose of my travel?
Yes, there are two types of travel visas available. You can get a business travel visa for entry to the country or if you’re going for the purpose of tourism, you will need a tourist visa.

What is the maximum stay on a visa?
The current maximum stay is 90-days.

Is it true my travel visa will need to show my exact dates for my stay in Russia?
Yes, your visa will be written with the dates of arrival and departure.

Can I extend my visa after I arrive in Russia?
Obviously this is a case-by-case basis, but generally speaking, it is difficult to extend the time on a visa once you are in Russia.

How do I register with OVIR?
You must register with OVIR if staying longer than 72 hours. Hotels offer this service.

Can I fill out the Russia visa application online?
Yes, you can find the application link for both business and tourist visas here.

How many passport photos do I need to submit with my Russia visa application?
You will need to submit one passport photo.

Will I need an invitation from a Russian host?
Yes, for a business-class and tourist-class travel visa, you will need to have a written invitation from a Russian host. Hotels can provide the invitation to tourists.

I don’t have extra pages in my passport, does Russia require any for entry?
Yes, your passport must have an expiration date that is six months after your trip completion date. Also, you will need one blank visa page. As of January 2016, individuals may no longer add pages to their passport. Travelers now must renew their passports when extra pages are needed.

How long does it take to get a travel visa to Russia through Texas Tower?
Standard processing time is 5-10 business days, if you need rush service we can obtain your Russia visa in a little as 1-2 business days.

And there you have it, the most common questions we get. If you have a question about your Russia visa, just call our office at 713-874-1420, our staff is happy to assist you.