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Anybody Experience In Travelling To Russia?  
User currently offlineLuxair From Suriname, joined Jan 2001, 848 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

As a EU citizen does I need a visa to travel to Russia? I would also like to know if anybody here has some experience in traveling to Russia especialy Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski!


Marvin Lee Cooper
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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

Yes you need a visa. If you have any questions regarding the visa just let me know.

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39703 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2007 times:

Yes you do need a visa.
Be careful. Be VERY careful.



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
Be careful. Be VERY careful.

That's definitely over-exaggerated. Go there like you would to any other country.

We have a lot to offer and you won't be disappointed. Many a.net members have traveled there, ask any of them for visa issues, since I'm a citizen, I never had to deal with it. I know the process can take a while though.

My father lived in Kamchatka while his dad was stationed there in the military. It's pretty dead out there, but the place is simply gorgeous!

Aeroflot777

P.M. if you have any questions!


User currently offlineLuxair From Suriname, joined Jan 2001, 848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

Woahhh I underestimated my fellow a.netters  Wink thanks guys, never expected to get so fast an answer!

Ok I start to tell you more about! Well, some 2 years ago I met (in Dubai U.A.E.) some nice people from Petropavlovsk and since than we are at least once a week in contact via mail! Well we had a wonderful time together in the Emirates! So I started to get interested in that particular region of Russia and got fascinated about! It is unbelievable beautiful and I realy wish to visit that part of Russia! My friends invited me to come over and they told me that they will organise anything for me on place (place to sleep and going around with them) but but they don't have many information about getting a visa for me or regarding the flights from Amsterdam to Petropavlovsk!



Marvin Lee Cooper
User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Basically you first need to get an official invitation. Most larger travel agents in Western Europe will issue such things. If you have the invitation you can apply for a visa at you local Russian consulate. There is an official form downloadable to fill out. The usual visa needs two weeks for processing but if you are in a hurry they can do it in a day only (costs more though). There's the choice of a single entry visa or multiple entry visa.

Make sure to take the original invitation with you when you travel. In Moscow noone cares about it but I heard that in some cities immigration officers want to see the original invitation.

Once in Russia, don't forget to register your visa within three working days. If you stay in hotels there's nothing to worry about (they will register it for you). If you are not staying in hotels it is more complicated since you need to register with the local authorities (takes at least two full days Big grin I am sure about that, made it by myself Big grin ). If you switch cities you need to register again if you stay there more than three days.

Enjoy Russia, it's an awesome place and in general in no way more dangerous than Western Europe. Make sure to fly on a few Tupolev's too as long as they are still around.  Smile

Regards,
RJ100

Damn man, Kamchatka, what an awesome place! Big grin



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39703 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Luxair:
Perhaps my post would be an "over-exaggerated" for some visitors but totally spot on for others.
It's always wise to know the pros & cons of every country you visit. It's basic common sense.

As far as obtaining a visa. The quickest and easiest way to get one is to get an invitation letter supplied by a hotel. Having your friends in Petropavlovsk sponsor you could take months. That's how I recieved mine.
There are many great things to see in Russia and I am sure you'll have a great time.



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Russians are very hospitable when it comes to guests, so I'm sure they will take full care of you!
Again for visa info, contact the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands. http://www.ambru.nl/

They should assist you with any problems you might have.

As for the flights, you have quite a few options as there is definitely more than 1 airline operating into Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij. Aeroflot has a flight from Moscow on the IL-96, so that might be an interesting experience for you as well! I believe Transaero operates that route from DME as well.
Getting to Moscow should not be a problem for you, there are hundreds of different ways.

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39703 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 7):
Russians are very hospitable when it comes to guests, so I'm sure they will take full care of you!

 checkmark  Agreed!

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 7):
Aeroflot has a flight from Moscow on the IL-96, so that might be an interesting experience for you as well! I believe Transaero operates that route from DME as well.

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...and its B.Y.O.V. Bring your own vodka.  Smile



Aeroflot777:
Are there any IL-62 flights on this route?
I know Aeroflot retired theres a few years ago.



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
...and its B.Y.O.V. Bring your own vodka.

Yeah the B. Y. O. V is always appreciated. Although the SU crew give out some small bottles quantity permitting.

As for the IL-62... There are many IL-62 left flying in the Eastern part of Russia, unfortunately they aren't that common anymore in the West. DME gets IL-62 from Eastern Russian carriers, so it's always a pleasant sight when you spot over at Domodedovo.

Because of this I'm sure that Petropavlovsk gets a few of the ILs themselves.
Another option for Luxair (if he wants to fly some exotic aircraft), is to go from Moscow to say Novosibirsk, Omsk, Irkutsk and so on. They still offer a great amount of Russian airplanes, and they have service to Kamchatka as well.

Aeroflot777

P.S. Superfly, haven't heard from you in a while, how have you been?


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39703 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 9):
P.S. Superfly, haven't heard from you in a while, how have you been?

Working crazy ridiculous hours.  tired 

I've been meaning to give you a call. I might be free this Saturday.

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 9):
Although the SU crew give out some small bottles quantity permitting.

Not on my flight.  Sad
I guess they felt the passengers brought enough. Big grin


Luxair should definatley try to catch a TU-154 while he is in Russia.



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1943 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
Luxair should definatley try to catch a TU-154 while he is in Russia.

I would shoot more for the TU-134s they are disappearing at quite a ridiculous speed. The TU-154 will at least be around for quite some time more.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
I've been meaning to give you a call. I might be free this Saturday.

Go for it! Maybe a lunch or dinner sounds good!

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineLuxair From Suriname, joined Jan 2001, 848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

Well guys, thanks you helped me a lot! Well, I think I will first go to a travel agency than try to book via them! The only Russian build plane I flew with was a Malev Tu-134 and It will for always stay in my memories  Wink Well I will try to catch one of those IL96 of IL62 as I never flew on an Ilyushin! Ahhh I can't wait to go to Russia! Well, I've planned to go in May or June so I still have enough time to organise this trip! I will keep you updated guys and of course I will shoot some nice pictures ( I hope it will be allowed to shoot pictures) and put a trip report here on a.net! Thanks again all of you! I much appreciated it!


Marvin Lee Cooper
User currently offlineLuxair From Suriname, joined Jan 2001, 848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

Hey guys one last question before I go sleep! I would luv to send something by postal service to my friends for christmas and do you think it will get delivered? Well Im asking because my best m8 is from Senegale and he told me, when sending gifts per postal service they never arrive at destination or in some cases the customs oppened the box and took out all the things they would like to get for them selves! He told me that once he sent some medicaments to his mother together with other stuff in a box but his mother told him that the box arrived but without the medicaments! Do you think that the same could happen to my box? What do you think? Or is there any other way to sent something to Kamchatka by ex via FEDEX or UPS do you think that is possible and would be safer?


Marvin Lee Cooper
User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

I am currently thinking about the same, sending something over from Switzerland.

I have frequently sent over things from Switzerland to friends in the USA (chocolate etc.) and several time it did not arrive, arrived months later in a bad shape etc. So i would not bet it gets delivered if you send to Russia  Sad .

FEDEX, UPS etc. are probably safer but expensive as hell.

Good luck!

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

Yeah, postal service can be a tricky thing. I'd go for DHL to be on the safest side. But it cam be expensive. I wonder id DHL even goes to Kamchatka. I know that if you need to send something to Moscow, DHL is definitely a reliable way. They have a huge base there, been there several times.

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39703 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

How expensive would it be to ship a small 2 pound package to Moscow from San Francisco via DHL or FedEx?


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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 16):
Superfly

FedEx has gotten my packages delivered, but way longer than estimated time. So once again, I can only warn you about FedEx service over there. Somehow for some reason, when I shipped FedEx, my documents were handed over to the central Russian Post Office system, and since they contained flight documents, I was forced to go there 4 hours before departure, and literally fumble through thousands of packages in their warehouse myself before I found my documents and rushed to SVO like a maniac. If I hadn't gone, it would have taken another 3 days to deliver. DHL, routes packages almost right away with very reliable service.

As for costs, I think their website have a cost estimator. Try that out.

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineLuxair From Suriname, joined Jan 2001, 848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

Okey I will try to contact DHL by tomorrow! I will let you know how much it will cost and how long it will be to deliver the package!


Marvin Lee Cooper
User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

I'm sure they deliver to Kamchatka too. At the moment, only Dagestan is not served by the international postal services if I remember correctly.

At least it will be delivered by air to Petropavlovsk. In fact it is the second largest city in the world that has no road access.  Wink



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

Just took a look at the active schedule for Elizovo Airport in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij.

This is the schedule for the airport:

Aeroflot (Moscow Sheremetyevo) - IL-96

Domodedovo Airlines (Moscow Domodedovo) - Boeing 767-200

Transaero (Moscow Domodedovo) - Boeing 767-200

KrasAir (Moscow Domodedovo, Barnaul, Yekaterinburg, Kemerovo, Krasnodar, Mineral'nie Vodi, Omsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Baku, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Almaty, Yerevan, Tashkent) - TU-154, TU-204 *NOTE: all KrasAir flights make a stop in Krasnoyarsk*

Dal'avia (Baku, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Samara, Khabarovsk, Magadan, Bratsk) - TU-154, AN-24 *NOTE: Dal'avia flights make stops in either Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, or Novosibirsk, depending on their point of origin*

Vladivostok Avia (Vladivostok) - TU-154

S7 Airlines (Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk) - TU154 *NOTE: some S7 flights departing out of Novosibirsk, stop at either Vladivostok or Khabarovsk depending on the flight*

Rossiya (St. Petersburg, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk) - TU-154 *NOTE: flights originating in Krasnoyarsk stop in Khabarovsk; flights originating in St. Petersburg stop in Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, or Novosibirsk depending on the flight*


Luxair, as you can see you have quite a lot of options. Also to see some beautiful Russian cities as well along the way. I'm beginning to be really jealous, I have wanted to go to Kamchatka ever since my father told me of his childhood over there. Sounds like an absolutely awesome place. I've heard people say only positive things about being there.

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

ah, those city names bring back memories from my 2 trips through the USSR in the late '80s...
Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Tashkent, Moscow, Almaty, Yeravan, Leningrad, Baku...
Most people were friendly to us foreigners when they didn't fear being seen talking to us by the secret police (there was real fear of being arrested for espionage when being observed simply talking to a foreigner back then, we were told more than once by guides), though Aeroflot staff were overall very cold and formal, rarely a smile or a word said in anything else than a scowl (but even that was better than they treated the locals).

Be wary of those Siberian aircraft, they weren't in the best of shape even 20 years ago (had 2 close calls over there, one way too close for comfort).



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 21):
though Aeroflot staff were overall very cold and formal, rarely a smile or a word said in anything else than a scowl

I can assure you that is not the case now!

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 21):
Be wary of those Siberian aircraft, they weren't in the best of shape even 20 years ago

Siberian aircraft? What are those? The ILs an the TUs are very strong and reliable aircraft. The TU-154 is still going strong after all these, and will be around for quite a bit longer! Love live the great birds!

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineB777-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1797 times:

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 7):
Russians are very hospitable when it comes to guests, so I'm sure they will take full care of you!

That's an understatement. Russians are the friendliest people I've ever experienced, and I've been all over.

As far as your visa, check out www.besthotelsrussia.com and they will get you squared away w/ the invite, hotel or not. I can't recommend them enough.

Then, get drunk repeatedly on your days leading up to your visit, so you can practice holding your liquor!  Wink


User currently offlineLuxair From Suriname, joined Jan 2001, 848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1795 times:

Hey guys, 1st I wanna tell you about my postal thing, I went to DHL for sending my little package to my friends in Petropavlovsk for christmas! They asked me EUR 119,- for a estimated 1kg package! They told me that it will take a maximum of 3 days guaranteed! Well, it was not what I would say cheap but as I put a quiet expensive watch in the box included some DVDS and CDs and other stuff I think the price was fair cos my package is insured and has delivery guaranteed within 3 days so as I said I think its fair!

Aeroflot777, many thanks again for all those hints! The problem is that I would luv to see other cities but to be honest I don't have that much time to loose, I would like to stay as much with my friends as possible! I told you that I have now for about 2 years regularly contact with them and they have sent me many pictures and believe me, it is unbelievable beautiful there! The nature is purely breathtaking and I think that the people are very nice too! My friends always told me that when I come that they are sure that I would like to stay for much longer! Man, I cant wait to go visit them!

Greeezzz all of ya



Marvin Lee Cooper
25 Post contains images Luxair : Little correction here regarding the sending costs, I just checked it on the bill and saw that it I paid exactly EUR 112.50,- for 1.5 Kg! Guess, it wa
26 Aeroflot777 : That sounds very reasonable for a package all the way over to Kamchatka, and plus in a guaranteed 3 days! Quite amazing I shall say. However I guess w
27 Post contains images Luxair : Hey Aeroflot777, yes ur right I have the tracking nr and when I last checked it was still in Brussel for unknown custom reasons so I bet that it will
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