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1. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Hello there,
Anybody has driven from any of the western European countries to Russia by car? I know that it is no problem to drive in any of the EU or future-EU countries (like Bulgaria/Rumania). Since Russia does not belong to the EU I expect that is slighty more difficult to cross the border. Can anybody give me some information in this regard? And what about Ukraine?

Any advice is highly appreciated, thanks in advance.
Cheers, Wouter

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 5, 2006, at 12:59 PM by wouterrr ]

2. Posted by Stasy (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Suppose, you have to get Russian visa before your jorney. It is more strict in the Ukraine.

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting Stasy

Suppose, you have to get Russian visa before your jorney. It is more strict in the Ukraine.

Yes, you are right. I know about the visa. But I want to know if there are certain regulations about bringing my car into Russia (and leaving it off course (same for Ukraine)). Thanks.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 5, 2006, at 2:54 PM by wouterrr ]

4. Posted by dyakhnov (Admin 27 posts) 10y

Federal Customs Service of Russia website might be useful for your purposes:
http://www.customs.ru/en/ftravelers/ietv/

5. Posted by Stasy (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

As I know to come here by car is not so difficult, you just have to buy green card on the border.

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 10y

Wouter,
Here is a nice dutch webpage with an example about crossing the border from Estonia to Russia. And some tips as well.

http://www.8a.nl/blog/?page_id=175

Michael

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Dyakhnov, Stasy and Utrecht thanks for the info. Cheers!!

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 6, 2006, at 7:30 AM by wouterrr ]

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 10y

Your welcome!
By the way, no experience myself, but I heard crossing Belarus is not a good option, so probably the Baltic states are your best option, or direct from Finland.
Michael.

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Belarus can be fun in a car. But In general, crossing in Russia by car is no problem at all, provided that (a) you have all the required documentation - if in doubt, take it. The actual rules are irrelevant, its what the guards at the border you cross at thinks is the correct rules that is important, and sometimes what they believe and the actual rules are different [things take time to filter through, etc].

The only issue you will have is time. Expect to potentially wait for several hours to cross the border. And if you are driving a reasonably fancy western car, and speak no Russian, expect at least a possibility that you may be held up, or made to pay some spurious charge.