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21. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Lonelybear
I think if the agency does not deliver the service, u can try asking your credit card company, to take back the payment. With any payments going out from my bank account here in Germany, I have 6 weeks after payment in which I can ask the bank to take back the payment. Maybe your bank or credit card company provides such a service.

If u want to go to Russia, u could ask people who have recently been there to recommend a reputable agent.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 3, 2007, at 11:59 PM by Mel. ]

22. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

@Mel

I don't know what your problem is/was with Russia, as there are many small little travel agencies in Germany run by Russian immigrants that will happily take care of your visa. Walk in, hand over your passport and your 2 photographs and pay the fee. You get a receipt (usually also stating that they have your passport) and pick up the passport 4 weeks later.

The St. Petersburg Youth Hostel also hands out letters of invitation (LOI) if you book in advance through them, so in other countries (not Germany) it should be possible to submit your visa directly to the embassy without going through a visa agency.
You book the accomodation, get their letter of invitation and submit this along with 2 photos and proof of insurance and the filled application form to the embassy. Some sites of embassies have step-by-step how to's or at least a list of the necessary documents. (In Germany this is unfortunately no longer possible for Russia. Too many people were applying for a visa directly at the embassy, so nowadays you must use a travel agency.)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 4, 2007, at 7:03 AM by t_maia ]

23. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting t_maia

@Mel

I don't know what your problem is/was with Russia, as there are many small little travel agencies in Germany run by Russian immigrants that will happily take care of your visa. Walk in, hand over your passport and your 2 photographs and pay the fee. You get a receipt (usually also stating that they have your passport) and pick up the passport 4 weeks later.

It was 10 years ago, when I tried to get the visa, for Russia.
Maybe, things have changed, with getting a visa since then.
I was told back then, by the Russian consulate, in Dublin, that I had to use an agency in Moscow, to help me get my visa.
Since getting a visa these days, only involves what u said(which I did not know), I think I will put Russia, back on my to visit list. Thanks Maria.:)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 4, 2007, at 9:09 AM by Mel. ]

24. Posted by lonelyhear (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Don't be stupid. Unless you have changed your dates from when you were posting questions about St Petersburg buses, you are not going for ages yet
Now, who wants to be a stupid, at least not me! From my early college days,( mid sixties ) when I read about Fabers(? spelling) Eggs & Hermitage, I wanted to go to Russia. It was fashinable on those days to be a supporter of Socialism. I know the collosal sculptures of Vera Mukhina, paintings of Ilya Repin, collected all the classics of Russian Litarature,films by Eisenstein, having a soft corner for Bolshevic revolution, Siege of Leningrad in WWII, Rasputin & Nicholas et el.I can write for pages.I am a natural admirer of Russia. But I do not find any way out. At last I got a mail from the service provider,I am pasting it here,.........
" Unfortunately, VisatoRussia.com is unable to provide you with visa support
due to the restrictions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For the moment we are authorized to provide visa support only for the
citizens of European and North American countries.
We are really sorry.
Needless to say, your credit card has not been actually charged. Its
details are destroyed by our computer system."
It is self explanatory.I am starting another thread asking help.
Thank you Allan,once again for continiously supporting me.

25. Posted by lonelyhear (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

The St. Petersburg Youth Hostel also hands out letters of invitation (LOI) if you book in advance through them,[i]

Thanks T_mania, I will try it, but not very hopeful, as I pasted the mail from the service provider( Post 24 ), through whom even the Hotels/hostels has to channelise. WTR is saying so. It appears, all others except the citizens of North America & Europe are out of bound.

26. Posted by lonelyhear (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Mel,
Posbly the fear of losing money at least this time is no more. Post 24 is self explanatory.
Thanks anyway for the support.

27. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Perhaps you could call the Russian embassy up (where ever the one you'd be applying through) and ask how do you go about getting a visa for Russia when nobody will currently issue visa support documentation to anyone other than North American or European citizens. That message sounds so wrong, that'd mean that Australian people wouldn't even be allowed to go to Russia anymore which would just be plain stupid. Even worse would be the fact Chinese people who live right next door and have trains that go there would also not be allowed to go to Russia as Chinese people require a visa, invitation etc like almost every other countries citizens except a few of the former soviet union countries.

Contact details for a Russian Embassy in India can be found at http://www.india.mid.ru/emb_e.html

Goodluck.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 5, 2007, at 5:16 AM by aharrold45 ]

28. Posted by lonelyhear (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Perhaps you could call the Russian embassy up

Yes, a good idea. I shall try.
Another mail from ALL SEASONS HOSTEL, ST.PETERS also telling the same.

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

For the record, I sent the request (which bounced at the first address, but worked fine using the instructions in the bounce back) but haven't heard anything back, though you have had some support. It went to the actual visa company not waytorussia.

Regarding the new problem of getting a visa, for many nationalities there are restrictions to who/how/how many people can get visa to Russia [and other countries], and you will almost certainly have to get your invitation through an accredited Indian based travel agency, or possibly through one of teh major hotels after you have booked with them

30. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

Lonelyhear,

I was in Russia this March and I got my invitation from another agency which has its office in Moscow. They are called Russian Visa Express (or something like that) and if I'm not mistaken, its URL is www.visaru.com. I had no problems at all with them. They charge 20 euros for the first invitation and 12 euros for every additional ones.

I'm from Malaysia and they were able to get me the invitation within 24 hours. What I did was to fill up a credit card authorisation form and emailed it back to them.

With the invitation in hand, I personally went to the Russian embassy here in Kuala Lumpur (although I found out later that I need not be personally present) to apply for the visa. Everything was straightforward and hassle free and I got my visa in 5 working days.

If you are concerned with charging your credit card over the internet, you could perhaps inform you credit card company to let them know how much you are paying to which company and I think that would help to avoid your credit card being misused. I did just that and everything was fine.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 5, 2007, at 9:33 PM by Not Lost ]