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As the world’s largest country, Russia offers up a diverse selection of tourist opportunities. From fine art to gorgeous landscapes and a diverse society. Here are some of the most common issues travels find as a first-time Russian tourist and how to avoid them.

Get Your Travel Visa Early
Russia has specific rules for travelers entering the country and you need to start your Russia visa process as early as possible. We can expedite your visa and make the trip to the Russian Embassy for you.

Once in Russia, You Need to Register
Once you enter Russia, you need to register within seven days of your arrival this excludes weekends and public holidays. Many hotels will offer this service, just ask. Even families must register if you’re staying in a private residence.

Best Times to Visit
During major holidays, museums and other institutions in St. Petersburg or Moscow may have shortened hours or closed. The best times to visit Russia are from May through September with mid-June through early July being one of the best times as it’s the peak of the White Nights when the city is bathed in nearly rough-the-clock sunlight.

Dress to Impress When You Go Out
No guarantee you’ll make it past the doorkeepers in some of the top clubs, but dressing your best will give you a good shot at it.

Learn the Cyrillic Alphabet
It will pay off for you big time. You will be able to decipher street signs, timetables for public transportation, and menus. This app claims you will be able to read a little Russian in 3-hours!

Make Sure You Have Access to Extra Money
Moscow is easily one of the most expensive cities in the world and other major cities are equally expensive destinations. You may feel your wallet-thinning with every restaurant meal.
Students can sometimes get discounts if they have an I.D. card to flash at museums and save on the entrance fee. A big fad in the cities is the anti-cafe. Patrons pay by the minute and can enjoy snacks, coffees, Wi-Fi, and video games.

Keep Your Vodka Plain
Russians don’t add mixers to vodka. If a straight vodka shot is a rough ride for you, ask for a chaser. No one sips their vodka in Russia. It’s also tradition to consume snacks between shots.

If You Visit a Church…
Most churches in Russia are open to everyone but you need to know the basics in order not to offend. Be quiet and speak in a whisper. Women should cover their heads and bare shoulders, some monasteries and churches require women to wear skirts. Wraps are available at the door of many churches for women to use. Men should not wear hats or shorts inside of a church.

Skip the Photos of Government Buildings
You can be fined or even arrested for photographing stations, official-looking buildings or military or security buildings. If you aren’t sure, don’t photograph it.

If You are Stopped by Police
It is a good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport, visa, registration on you at all times when you’re out and about. If a police officer asks to see your documents, you will have them on hand. If you are asked for an unofficial payment to expedite the service of looking over your documents, ask for an official receipt.

Russia is a wonderful destination with something for foodies, history buffs, and luxury lovers. Use these tips to get into the rhythm for understanding basic customs and enjoy exploring this beautiful country.

How to Get Your Russian Visa for 2018 FIFA World Cup

It’s February and June 2018 is coming up fast. you need to plan ahead if you’re planning on attending to make sure you have a valid U.S passport and travel visa for Russia.

 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.

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!

Russia 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!
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Moscow is a city that never sleeps. There is something to do 24/7. Here are five of the best things to experience when you visit.


1. Red Square
This is a true mix of the old and new – historical and modern living. It was once the once site of executions and military parades, is in the middle of Moscow. The history of the Kremlin walls with Lenin’s tomb and on the other side is GUM, the largest department store in the country.


2. The State Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and contains more than 180,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics created by generations of Russian artists.


3. Moscow Metro
Riding the city’s underground subway system is a sightseeing tour in itself with huge, vaulted, marble-columned stations – some with ornate mosaics and splendid stained glass – designed and decorated by famous Russian architects and sculptors.


4. St. Basil’s Cathedral
Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, this intriguing cathedral bordering Red Square consists of nine separate chapels, each capped with its own individually shaped and colored dome.


5. Bolshoi Theatre
The oldest theater in Moscow, rebuilt following a fire and later a hurricane, is magnificent both inside and out, and its resident opera and ballet troupes rate among the finest in the world.

To visit Russia, U.S. citizens require both a valid passport and travel visa. We can help with both! Call our office today to get started and let us do the work for you while you plan your time in Russia.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

goldenringIf you’re planning to visit Russia, make it a point to arrange to tour the Golden Ring.

What is the Golden Ring?
The Golden Ring is a group of cities and towns that were part of the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. Many of the structures from the 12th through the 18th centuries still stand much as they did during the formation period.

What Cities are included in the Golden Ring?

Golden Ring Map - source Wikipedia.
Golden Ring Map – source Wikipedia.

There are no official cities included, but there are eight anchor cities that are always part of the Golden Ring. Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal, Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, and Rostov Veliky.

Is a Visa Necessary?
U.S. citizens will need a tourist visa to enjoy a Golden Ring tour. On a Russian visa the maximum stay is for 90 days. You need to already have your travel plans in mind before you tour as your visa will be written for the exact dates you plan to stay in Russia. Also, you will need to register with OVIR if your stay in Russia will extend beyond 72-hours. This is a service most hotels offer, ask if yours does and if there will an extra charge for this service.

Need help with your passport or visa to Russia? Let one of our agents help you. Get started here on our Russia Visa page.