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Should I do this 1st? or have people applied and been granted WITHOUT taking any insurance?
When we applied I gave them the details of the policy we had, no Cert of Currency or anything like that.

So I guess in theory you could just make it up!
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When we applied I gave them the details of the policy we had, no Cert of Currency or anything like that.

So I guess in theory you could just make it up!
Thanks Craig,

I did a bit more reading and it looks like its not required by UK nationals as we have a reciprocal agreement to use each others health care services.

I put in the notes that we would be taking out comprehensive medical insurance prior to leaving the UK at the end of January as I wanted the insurance to last the 12 months duration of our trip.

Fingers crossed that this will be ok.

Going to post it off today. Both visas and checking etc took us 3 hours last night.

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Passports are back and Visas are inside

All the details look correct except the 'Duration of Stay' says 90 days. Nowhere (I can see) does it say multientry. Im guessing that dates 01.01.13 to 01.01.14 means that it is multientry and that the 90 days is max stay within the 180 day limit.

EDIT: Found it, right at the top.

Bit of a guide here: http://www.realrussia.co.uk/visas/ru...VisasExplained

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it is multi entry if it says Mnogokratnaya (M) on it in the top right in Cyrillic.

Yes 90 days means max 90 days out of the previous 180 days.
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Passports are back and Visas are inside

All the details look correct except the 'Duration of Stay' says 90 days. Nowhere (I can see) does it say multientry. Im guessing that dates 01.01.13 to 01.01.14 means that it is multientry and that the 90 days is max stay within the 180 day limit.

EDIT: Found it, right at the top.

Bit of a guide here: Real Russia > visas > russian > RussianVisasExplained

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Well done Griff,

What the total costs for the LOI, the visa, et al.

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Well done Griff,

What the total costs for the LOI, the visa, et al.

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Total cost was about £750 for 2. This was everything including the LOI, bank transfer rates, postage rates to have the LOI retuned to us. Visas, service charges, postage, postal order and return postage.

I would guess, with the charges you would be looking at just shy of £400 for a single visa.

This was for a 12 month multi-entry 'cultural' visa.



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it is multi entry if it says Mnogokratnaya (M) on it in the top right in Cyrillic.

Yes 90 days means max 90 days out of the previous 180 days.
Thanks Walter,

Is the 90/180 rule reasonably relaxed?

We will hopefully be dropping into St Petersburg for a couple of days then about 2 months later transiting Georgia -KAZ (a few days?) then we wont be back in RUS until we cross the Altai (June) and finally Siberia (August/September).

Just curious on the mechanics of them adding it up. I'm hoping the transit and St Petersburg will drop off leaving 3 months for the Altai/Siberia?

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Total cost was about £750 for 2. This was everything including the LOI, bank transfer rates, postage rates to have the LOI retuned to us. Visas, service charges, postage, postal order and return postage.

I would guess, with the charges you would be looking at just shy of £400 for a single visa.

This was for a 12 month multi-entry 'cultural' visa.



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Thanks Griff,

Not quite as cheap as I was hoping, but any way.
The rest of your plans still on track?

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Not quite as cheap as I was hoping, but any way.
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Yes, think so.

All cold weather gear sorted for Nordkapp next month

Picking up our Central Asia Visas in Ankara.

Truck and trailer nearly done.

Just need to email a few contacts with regards to shipping from Siberia to Aus

RUS visa and Aus working visa secured so those are the main ones for us

Just demolishing the inside of the house now. We are sleeping on the floor at the mo and handing it back end of the month. Leave UK on 26th January

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insurance

We were in Russia last year, and went without insurance, brought in on the border.
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Yes, think so.
All cold weather gear sorted for Nordkapp next month
Wow, brave man, sure going to be cold up there.
Are you aiming for the top, or the “Very Top” ?

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I am sure the cold weather gear is going to be properly tested.

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Picking up our Central Asia Visas in Ankara.
Excellent, any hassles there, or is it like a “Bought visa”?

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Truck and trailer nearly done.
Are you using the Sankey as your base, with the roof-tent on top?

Hope the shipping from Siberia to Aus works out.
Are you staying in Aus, or planning a return?

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Wow, brave man, sure going to be cold up there.
Are you aiming for the top, or the “Very Top” ?


Excellent, any hassles there, or is it like a “Bought visa”?


Are you using the Sankey as your base, with the roof-tent on top?

Hope the shipping from Siberia to Aus works out.
Are you staying in Aus, or planning a return?

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Very top mate Its about 71 degrees north IIRC so well inside the Arctic Circle

Think the Visas are straight forward. David at Stantours mentioned a LOI for UZB but I have not seen it on the Caravanistan website.

Sankey chassis yes, custom body and its been lengthened to match the wheelbase of the 90. Running same wheels/tyres to. We sprayed it this weekend gone and its looking good. Just need to finish the kitchen area and seals for the doors then give the hubs/bearings a service.

Shipping is quickly becoming my next main concern! We will see. Not planning to return to the UK but you never know. see what happens. If we like it we like it, if we dont we will be back in 12 months.

my life is currently in limbo, but im loving it

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Think the Visas are straight forward. David at Stantours mentioned a LOI for UZB but I have not seen it on the Caravanistan website.
We needed an LOI as Australia citizens - but it appears some nationalities don't

see this EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN TO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND
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Thanks Walter,

Is the 90/180 rule reasonably relaxed?

We will hopefully be dropping into St Petersburg for a couple of days then about 2 months later transiting Georgia -KAZ (a few days?) then we wont be back in RUS until we cross the Altai (June) and finally Siberia (August/September).

Just curious on the mechanics of them adding it up. I'm hoping the transit and St Petersburg will drop off leaving 3 months for the Altai/Siberia?

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I have heard it is not the strongest focus they have ... provided no single stay is more than 90 days ... that i understand is a big no no. Also if you are entering and exiting at the same border then it looks like you are abusing the terms of your visa. If you are entering and exiting at different posts it will illustrate you are travelling rather than trying to overstay in one place (maybe because working etc).

So you SHOULD be ok\\
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I have heard it is not the strongest focus they have ... provided no single stay is more than 90 days ... that i understand is a big no no. Also if you are entering and exiting at the same border then it looks like you are abusing the terms of your visa. If you are entering and exiting at different posts it will illustrate you are travelling rather than trying to overstay in one place (maybe because working etc).

So you SHOULD be ok\\
That's kind of how I read it from other posts and your postings etc. We will see once we are on the road. I didn't want to have to rush through Siberia once we got there because we spent 'a few days here and there'.

Will you boys be out there next summer?

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