I'm flying to Russia on Wednesday. I've obtained my visa via waytorussia and http://intelservice.ru/
I used the invitation they (very quickly sent me) to the Russian Embassy here in the UK and I have my visa and my letter of invitation.
So when I arrive in Russia now, what should I do to get the visa all finalialsed?
I've heard so many different stories and such that I'm pretty confused over the whole thing.
Do I have to register at a hotel, and if so does it need to be a specific one? The invitation letter is all in Russian, so if there's a hotel listed on there, I can't understand it.
Intel Service, the agency that issued me with the invite are Moscow based (where I'm flying to) so is it worth me paying them a visit to sort out the visa?
They're over on Leninsky Prospect which is about 5k south of the centre point of Moscow.
Any help on this from previous visitors to Russia would be fantastic thanks.
If you have the visa in your passport, than there isn't much more you need to do. You'll arrive at the airport and go through Russian customs and immigration. They will stamp your passport indicating the date that you arrived. Depending on the type of Visa, you'll have either 30 days (tourist visa) or 90 days (business visa) in the country.
Technically the invitation letter is supposed to detail all the places you will be staying in Russia, though in practice this isn't the case.
Once you arrive, you have 3 days to register your visa with the OVIR. Mainly, this is done at the first hotel you stay at. They'll take your passport, and return it to you in a few hours.
You will also need to register at any places you go in Russia and stay for more than 3 days. Again, you can get this done at your hotel or hostel.
Thanks Greg, that's exactly what I needed to hear :D
I'm off to bed, big trip tomorrow morning. Moscow here we come.