Visa Support Blog
DON’T LIE OR FABRICATE INFORMATION WHEN YOU OBTAIN A RUSSIAN TOURIST INVITATION (VISA SUPPORT) VOUCHER. WHEN YOU FLY INTO RUSSIA, THE IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES WILL RANDOMLY ASK YOU, IN A CASUAL MANNER, WHERE YOU ARE STAYING, AND THEY DO CHECK THIS.
PAST CLIENTS HAVE TOLD ME THAT THEY WISHED THEY HAD TAKEN MY ADVICE. INSTEAD THEY WERE EITHER LOCKED UP IN A DARK ROOM FOR A TIME, HEAVILY FINED, OR DEPORTED WITHOUT AN EXPLANATION.
I HAVE TRAVELLED TO RUSSIA MANY TIMES ON VARIOUS TYPES OF VISAS AND THEY DID ASK ME WHERE I WAS STAYING. THEY DID CHECK, AND AS I HAD TOLD THE TRUTH FROM THE START I HAD NO PROBLEMS. MOST COUNTRIES, INCLUDING AUSTRALIA, DO THIS.
This is information for all forms of travel to Russia including pilgrimages, auto-tourism, charities, churches, Independent, groups, backpackers etc.
It has also happened on occasion that people, including Russian Police, will stop you ask for your passport and visa. They will check your visa and may/might say it’s an illegal visa and deport you.
Booking a Hotel/Hostel/Apartment in RUSSIA
Russia has always been confusing and hard to get a visa for.
Any hotel booking engine can book your hotel for you, but what they do not tell you is that they do not supply the right documents (called visa support or letter of invitation). You will need to supply this to the Russian Embassy or Consulate in your country. Hotels/hostels/apartments are not licensed to issue such documents. They will issue you with a hotel/hostel confirmation, but the Russian Embassy/Consulate in your country won’t accept these.
This is what your favourite booking engine or any other website will not tell you as they want you to just buy the hotel reservation.
The only way round this is to book your whole trip to Russia through a reliable tour operator. Now everyone has heard of horrific stories of people booking through travel agents in Russia who entice you with pretty itineraries etc, you pay them, and that’s the last you hear from them. It’s also hard to find a reliable honest tour operator who will not do this.
Why do people want to book directly through a tour operator in Russia?
It’s because travel agents here in Australia and overseas add on their own commission and resell it to their clients. Russian Travel and Tours sees the need for people to get a better and cheaper deal.
Russian Travel and Tours offers clients 30% DISCOUNT OFF PACKAGE TOURS including hotels, transfers, all sightseeing, rail etc and redirects your email to their agent who responds to you quickly and efficiently. The Russian Travel and Tours agent in Russia will become your agent. You will then pay the licensed and registered tour operator directly as you would be dealing with him.
Of course Russian Travel and Tours is always available for advice.
For details contact Russian Travel and Tours on this email firstname.lastname@example.org