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

I called the Russian Consulate,Kolkata. nearest to me & where I have to apply.
The man with obvious Russian accent, told me, in short, that

1. You have to bring invitation letter.
2. There are hundreads of travel agencies at Russia, who are doing it.
3. I do not know, if & why they cannot give it for Indian.
4. I cannot promote any particular agency / divulge over phone and e mail.
5. If you or your representative visit me, I can show you the name of the agency,
from whom the other applicants brought their invitations.

Accordingly my travel agent will visit him on Monday. ( Saturday & Sunday closed ).
So this is it.

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

Today's development.
From the visa office, it transpired that I need,
1.Confirmed hotel bookings with original receipts
2.Visa voucher and Tourist invitation letters.
3. ( No excuse from the above )
Will anybody be kind enough to suggest me some budget hotels at Moscow and St. Peters, where I can these necessary papers.
Thanks everybody.

33. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting lonelyhear

Today's development.
From the visa office, it transpired that I need,
1.Confirmed hotel bookings with original receipts
2.Visa voucher and Tourist invitation letters.
3. ( No excuse from the above )
Will anybody be kind enough to suggest me some budget hotels at Moscow and St. Peters, where I can these necessary papers.
Thanks everybody.

Now I know why Russia is low on my 'to visit' list again...;)
Have fun though! Michael

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

Quoting Utrecht

Now I know why Russia is low on my 'to visit' list again...;)

It sounds like alot of hassle but it was simple for me. Bought the invitation (without having to make specific accommodation bookings) and went to the Embassy to have it done.

Dont let it deter you from Russian, it's a quirky place with it's own character unlike anywhere else!

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

Ruth, the resident expert on Russia cautioned me about the hostels, who give invitation letters and these are posbly not valid documents, at least in India. Now, I beleive that, because most of the hostel booking pages even do not have the name India in the relevent box! The only hope is to book a star hotel ( nothing is less than $150/night ) in every cities for the whole period of visa application with full payment plus the usual VS fees of about $60. Thats a lot of money for a backpacker like me. So, I am flying without Russia in my mind. Thanks everybody for looking at these posts.

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

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.

Not Lost,
I responded on the same day.
The said page opened definitely, but my two consequtive mails to 'contact us' remained unanswered till date.

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

SHERSTONE Hostel, Moscow has agreed to send me Visa voucher etc. for the whole period.
Today I booked a bed and ordered for the VS. & paid online. Now praying for the best.

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

Nothing happened. I have been offered a package of VS+beds at Moscow & St.Peters+transport etc at a cost of 350 euro. It also involvs lot of paper work, fax etc. etc . After considering everything including time, money, labour, logistics and hassles, I had to cancell the order and thereby the plan to go to Russia. Instead I am adding Spain & Portugal in my itinerary.
I am stopping here at this thresd. Thanks everybody.

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