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1. Posted by jp_schnare (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

So how do you go about getting a visa for Russia, because I know there's an embassy in Ottawa, but I think that you actually have to go there to apply. This would be a little hard, since I live in Nova Scotia, it wouldn't really be that easy just to fly to Ottawa just to apply for a visa. I know about the sponsorship thing, which is kind of annoying. Would it be possible to get sponsorship with a hotel, stay there, and be able to stay at private accomodation afterwards, without having to obtain a guest visa? I've been thinking about going to a few places and one of them was Russia, but it seems so difficult to get one. Some are so easy to obtain like , for example ethiopia.

Thanks in advanced

J Schnare

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

It is hard to get a Russian Visa but it is worth all the frustration and extreme cost that is involved once you finally get to see the amazing cities that are Moscow and St Petersburg.

Unless you know someone who lives in Russia that is a friend and not just thinking of using a site like hospitality club or couch surfing etc to save a bit of money, I wouldn't bother risking doing what you are talking about. The Russian police are as corrupt as they come so who knows what they'd do if you got caught. I know they'd ask for a bribe but then they may take you to the station for a while as well and maybe worse. I read something a while ago that no matter what happens you don't go to the police in Russia. After hearing about a story from a fellow traveller who had police trying to get a bribe of him whilst he went to assist a woman getting raped right near them, I would belive it. They just let the rape go and think it is perfectly OK to steal off a tourist so I wouldn't do anything that'd allow them to stuff with you.

I'll send you a message with the visa steps and how I applied for mine in a similar situation to yours but in Australia instead of Canada. You'll only be able to apply a maximum of 3 months before the arrival date on your visa unless you were an Australian applying in Sydney where it can be done a maximum of 6 months prior. I know of a person who is an expert on Russian travel including all the stuff to do with applying for the visas right around the world, so I could give you details of where to get info from her.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 27, 2007, at 7:39 PM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 8y

Would it be possible to forward me that information too?

I'm going to study in Moscow for a year starting in September and I need to figure out if I can already buy my ticket or not. I'm trying to reach the ambassady for that question but not yet succeeded.

If anyone has any other tips, tricks, information.. please let me know!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

I would suggest you use a visa agency/travel agency like www.waytorussia.net.

For a small fee they will be able to get you an invitation without booking a hotel. On their site is a step-by-step guide on how to get a Russian visa, regardless whether you plan to stay in hotels, hostels or in private accomodations with friends.

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting Desiree

I'm going to study in Moscow for a year starting in September and I need to figure out if I can already buy my ticket or not. I'm trying to reach the ambassady for that question but not yet succeeded.

You can buy your ticket, but you won't be able to apply for your visa for at least a couple of months yet unless you plan on coming to Australia to apply in Sydney.

That site t_maia mentions is where I got my visa invitation letter from and it all worked out for me. That has a lot of information on the application process as well so that should help you a lot. You can also ask questions on there and they normally get answered within 24 hours.