Visa Free travel to St Petersburg (Russia)

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1. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 174 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Recently I came across some information about ability to travel to St Petersburg and stay in the city up to 72hr VISA-FREE. Russia (main-land) have been on my to-do-list for some time, but visa rules just made everything so much complicated. While 72hr rule will not give much time to visit other areas of the country bar St Petersburg but it's a start.

I am looking to share my 'informational-blog' and to hear more from travelers who did this trip. Every information update and fact will be added further to the blog for everyone to read and plan their future trip to St Petersburg.


2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1477 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

It's a good dodge. It makes use of an exemption intended for cruise ship pax to do shore excursions; back when I did this the authorities appeared to be stricter and we were told we must stay with the organised tour under supervision. Clearly now the boundaries of that have been stretched, and I imagine the authorities are happy to leave well alone if it brings in revenue.

St Petersburg is well worth a 3 day visit, I'd put it as one of Europe's highlights alongside Venice. For me it's about the architecture, such as the Church of Spilled Blood and the Sts Peter and Paul Fortress. Some people rave about the Hermitage but for me it was just dark medieval art and quite boring.

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