mia
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Transit Through Moscow

Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:35 am

Friends,
I am working on organizing a trip to GYD to visit a friend who is in the Peace Corps. I am trying to find the cheapest ticket and the cheapest tickets I have found are on SU through SVO. Now, I have questions about the Visa procedure. I know I need a visa to enter Azerbaijan, but do I need to go through the expense of a transit visa for Russia?

Also, does anyone know anything about what there is to do in Baku and in the countryside? Are they strict about invitation letters? What about cheap hotels or youth hostels?

Any help or advice is appreciated!
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mia
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RE: Transit Through Moscow

Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:29 pm

I really would like to know about this visa question if anyone knows what would happen to me if I showed up at SVO without a visa just to connect please let me know.
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RE: Transit Through Moscow

Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:58 pm

National U.S.A. (US) /Embarkation U.S.A. (US)
Transit RUSSIAN FEDERATION (RU) /Destination AZERBAIJAN (AZ)
ALSO CHECK DESTINATION INFORMATION BELOW


RUSSIAN FEDERATION (RU)



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 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.


AZERBAIJAN (AZ)



Passport (valid for the period of intended stay) required.

Visa required, which can be issued on arrival for a max.
stay of 30 days. An invitation is not necessary but it is

recommended to hold a document that shows the purpose of the
visit. Passenger should hold one passport photo. Fee: USD 40.

Visa is only valid for the cities listed in the visa.


Registration with local police:

- if visiting relatives, passenger must register with local

police upon arrival and have registration entered in their

visa; or
- if staying in hotel, this will be arranged by the hotel.

Non-compliance with entry regulations will result in

deportation of passenger and fines for the transporting

carrier.





RUSSIAN FEDERATION (RU)


Vaccinations not required.


Warning: passengers exceeding a stay of 3 months in the Russian
Fed. should present an AIDS Test Certificate together with a

visa application form to the Consular Department or Embassy of

the Russian Fed.


AZERBAIJAN (AZ)


No vaccinations required for entry Azerbaijan from any

country.


Taken from TIMATIC, hope it helps and have a great trip!
regards, Richard
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RE: Transit Through Moscow

Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:58 pm

Ask Chris78Cpr about transiting in Russia...

He has some handy hints and tips that will help anyone out if they want to get deported from the former USSR!!
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RE: Transit Through Moscow

Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:39 am

MY only advice for transitting in Russia is GET A VISA!

I went to UUS to transfer without a visa and well it was met with being deported to south korea and a stern telling off from Russian immigration officials and Asiana people. Im sure it cost them a pretty hefty charge to have us turn up without vias's thinking we could transfer.

Moscow is ok i think, but for £35 i'd get one anyway!

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RE: Transit Through Moscow

Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:13 am

The trick at SVO is that even though you are transitting to another international flight those to former SU countries leave from the SVO 1 "domestic" terminal on the other side, empires die hard all right.

To get there yourself you need to exit #2, i.e. go through immigration etc so answer is YES you need a visa for Russia. They do operate a semi-offical van that runs you around the end of the airport and you don't require a visa (the van and the terminal at #1 being "in transit") on the service road but it's roughly organised and this assumes the flights arrival and departures match, though I have met people going to Baku on that van.

Be warned it's a bit rough and you're treated like a criminal but at least you get plenty of hot Russian immigration chicks in too short skirts and too high heels !!!! If you can't connect flights you can pay to be imprisoned at the transit Novotel for a night and then get the "van" the next day.

My advice would be to skip the cheapest and shop around for easier, via Turkey perhaps or Ukraine ?
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RE: Transit Through Moscow

Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:18 am

I don´t think you need a transit visa if all your flights depart and arrive at SVO 2 going to Baku, why would you? Arriving SVO2 passport and security control only you are not entering Russia only staying at the transit area.
 
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RE: Transit Through Moscow

Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:25 am

Ok, what you need to MAKE SURE is that your connecting flight also departs Terminal 2 in SVO. You do not need a visa to change flights within terminal 2 if the flights are separated by less than 24 hours. You have to remain "air side" within the terminal. However, if your connecting flight departs from SVO1 (which requires a 5-10 minute bus ride to get to from SVO 2) then you need a transit visa. I do say though, it's fairly easy and inexpensive to get one, so it's not a hassle really. It all depends on your determination and willingness.

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mia
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RE: Transit Through Moscow

Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:52 am

It is not easy nor cheap to get a Russian Visa. It costs 100+ dollars to get one and I have to pay 60 dollars for the prepaid fedex envelopes to the Embassy.

According to Amadeus, the flights to Baku depart from Terminal 2. So I shouldn't have a problem. Thanks guys!
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RE: Transit Through Moscow

Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:57 am

Quoting MIA (Reply 8):
It is not easy nor cheap to get a Russian Visa. It costs 100+ dollars to get one and I have to pay 60 dollars for the prepaid fedex envelopes to the Embassy.

Correct.... however it IS easy and pretty cheap to get a TRANSIT visa.

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