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Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?  
User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 609 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6548 times:

Would I still need a transfer visa if I were only staying in SVO en route to HKG? Would appreciate counsel before purchasing ticket. Thanks!


J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
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User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6500 times:

Quoting AA767LOVER (Thread starter):
Would I still need a transfer visa if I were only staying in SVO en route to HKG?

No.

Only if you wish to head into the city for some reason - like when your transit is really long. SVO is a bit of a sh!thole to be spending more than two hours in.

NG1Fan


User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6454 times:

No ... Did FRA-SVO-PVG in early Sepember on a private trip. No visa necessary ...

User currently offlineSIBILLE From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 483 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6442 times:

Just for information, a few years ago, I flew BRU-SVO-BKK (I wanted to fly the Il-96). As I had to spend one night in Moscow due to bad connection. I was abble to book an Aeroflot transit hotel (ask Aeroflot office) and stay one night without visa in Moscow but I was not allowed to leave the hotel. So, I'm sure you don't need visa for all transit flights from International to international EXCEPT flights to Minsk wich are considered (Don't know why) as domestic flights. That's the only one you need a transit visa.
Have a good trip.


User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2990 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6434 times:

I heard that you can't connect between SVO-1 and SVO-2 without a transit visa. is that right???

User currently offlineSIBILLE From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 483 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6420 times:

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 4):
I heard that you can't connect between SVO-1 and SVO-2 without a transit visa. is that right???

Yes. I did it two years ago, transiting from CDG and going to Simferopol (Ukraine). There is a car transfer between both terminal. It's a great experience because you can see all old Tupolev and Ilyushin which will never fly again and wich are parked in airport restricted area far away from both terminal.


User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6417 times:

Do you 'WANT' to transfer via SVO or need to  Smile If it is the former, there isn't really much to the airport itself.

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6353 times:

Until SVO-3 is built, I don't see why anyone would WANT to connect in Moscow  Smile. Of course, SU has some very cheap business fares between the US and India, and Europe and Asia.

For international to internation, you stay within Sheremetyevo 2 and don't require a visa. Just know the terminal has pretty much nothing interesting.

-A



What now?
User currently offlineEYKD From Russia, joined Dec 2006, 200 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6316 times:

Quoting SIBILLE (Reply 3):
stay one night without visa in Moscow but I was not allowed to leave the hotel.

Were you staying in the hotel near by the airport? How did they control you never left the hotel? You were just told not to leave it?

Quoting SIBILLE (Reply 3):
flights to Minsk which are considered (Don't know why) as domestic flights

Russia and Byelorussia have an interstate agreement which is close to the Schengen one by the matter. Lots of stuff that related to transport, work force, goods etc are considered as though they are within one state.

Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 1):
SVO is a bit of a sh!thole to be spending more than two hours in.

Confirm, very true.

Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 7):
Until SVO-3 is built, I don't see why anyone would WANT to connect in Moscow

I'm in serious doubt that anything would change.


User currently offlineMarcos From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6238 times:

Here are the rules from timatic, assuming you are a citizen of Canada:
TIMATIC-2 / 12NOV07 / 1548 UTC
NATIONAL CANADA (CA)
TRANSIT RUSSIAN FEDERATION (RU) /DESTINATION THAILAND (TH)
ALSO CHECK DESTINATION INFORMATION BELOW

VISA TRANSIT RUSSIAN FEDERATION (RU)

...... NORMAL PASSPORTS ONLY ......
VISA NOT REQUIRED IF CONTINUING WITHIN 24 HOURS AND NOT
LEAVING THE AIRSIDE (INTERNATIONAL) TRANSIT AREA.
PASSENGER MUST HOLD ONWARD TICKET AND ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
FOR NEXT DESTINATION.
IF CONTINUING BY A DOMESTIC FLIGHT (ALSO INCLUDING BELARUS)
OR IF AIRPORT OF ARRIVAL SA) and Eagle Air/Arnaflug (Iceland)">IS DIFFERENT FROM AIRPORT OF
DEPARTURE WITHIN THE SAME RUSSIAN CITY (E.G. ARRIVING AT
SHEREMETYEVO-2 AND DEPARTING FROM SHEREMETYEVO-1 AIRPORT
IN MOSCOW):
TRANSIT VISA REQUIRED, AS ENTERING TERRITORY OF RUSSIAN FED.


User currently offlineSIBILLE From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 483 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6179 times:

Quoting EYKD (Reply 8):
Were you staying in the hotel near by the airport? How did they control you never left the hotel? You were just told not to leave it?

It tooked at least 30 minutes by car from airport to hotel. The transit passengers without visa had to stay in the last floor and nobody was allowed to leave it. Some policemen were sitted near the lift.
In the morning, we were allowed to go to the first floor, we received a breakfast in a box and transfered back to the airport with policemen.


User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6118 times:

Quoting AA767LOVER (Thread starter):
Would I still need a transfer visa if I were only staying in SVO en route to HKG? Would appreciate counsel before purchasing ticket. Thanks!

I've done the x-fer w/o a transit visa (years ago). I've also done it with a transit visa and a trip to Moscow. It might be worth getting a transit visa to see Moscow for a day. Transit visas were (are?) a lot easier/cheaper to get than a normal visa.


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