AA767LOVER
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Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:58 pm

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!
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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:58 am

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.

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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:34 am

No ... Did FRA-SVO-PVG in early Sepember on a private trip. No visa necessary ...
 
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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:43 am

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.
 
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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:02 am

I heard that you can't connect between SVO-1 and SVO-2 without a transit visa. is that right???
 
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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:30 am

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.
 
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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:34 am

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.
 
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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:11 pm

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.

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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:11 pm

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.
 
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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:51 pm

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.
 
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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:30 pm

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.
 
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RE: Want To Transfer Via SVO. Need Visa?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:57 pm

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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