Spending a prolonged amount of time in a country while traveling can often be either easy or hard, depending on the country and or circumstances.
For example China during the games when they stopped visa extensions.
On a recent blog I wrote about fellow and far more extreme overland traveler Karl Bushby. He is walking around the world by the way, done 6 years about 7 more year to go. Problem is the Russians will not give him a long tourist visa. Or multiple visas. A lot of this is because he's a brit, and once he swam the Bering Straits he did not have a proper visa, so they don't like him.
Just wondering if anyone had any ideas on how the guy can do this?
So far they have met with a minister, and submitted a letter to Putin. Then Georgia happened.
I suggested he get a working visa from a Russian company will to 'hire' him. Maybe a sports shoe company or something like that could profit from the publicity.
Just said I would through this out to you guys to see if anyone has any constructive and bright ideas about how it could be possible?
Russia's a mighty big country. Is he planning to walk all the way across it, east to west? 'Cause if he is, that's going to take awhile.
Well, he could go as some kind of journalist, perhaps. Maybe a foreign newspaper could hire him to do a series of articles on life in Russia, as he travelled, then he could get press credentials and a work visa...
I did not know of Karl Busby's epic journey until reading about it here. I did google it and started reading about him. I wish I had a better idea than those proposed, but I do not. Russia is not longer communist, but it would be hard to argue that it is as open to visitors as the UK or France. Since he is already on the Russian's radar, it will be a difficult visa to obtain. I do wish him good luck and will keep up to date on his journey via his website.
yep, he's got a book out too that i read last year. It's done in diary format so quite easy and fast to read.
I think the Russian's would shudder at the idea of him going in as a British Journalist?! Part of the problem is the length of stay he would need to be there, and that he would not be able to afford an escort.
Yes he is walking the whole of the Russian continent, so yes a year visa or more is needed. It took him about 6 years to do South america to north america.
I can't think of any obvious solutions. I hope he manages to sort it out as what he is doing is amazing, and it would be a shame for beauracracy to spoil it.
Just tell them that you know which Swiss bank Putin has hidden his illgotten billions in. They will give you free room and board in Siberia or bury you. Either way you will be able to stay at least for the time you wanted to.