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Old 12 Apr 2007
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Thumbs up Russian visa support :Thumbs up:

I found www.waytorussia.net to be helpful and efficient when issuing our invites for our trip: Jane and Mark - Russian Traverse 2007

I dealt with Irina and found her to be helpful and efficient with an excellent command of English. No problems with the credit card transactions and all the numbers add up correctly.

The paperwork is now with the Russian embassy here in Wellington, where I was greeted with a friendly smile and very helpful consulate staff.

I'm feeling super positive about the whole thing. I was expecting long ques and grumbles with probing questions. I guess years of cold war propaganda was just that.

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It is all highly mechanical with a series of linked computers around the world.

The Ministry receives the Invitation Letter in Moscow (which your agency gets if you do not have a genuine inviter) and gives it a reference number. That number will be known by the Embassy computer when you went with your application. The inviting organisation's name will be entered on your Visa. The Visa number, validity and all details are entered into the computer.

On arrival at the border point you fill in a duplicate Migration Card and hand it in. Your Passport and Visa are scanned and compared with the computer details. All being well you are given back the second half of the Migration Card with your Passport - both stamped. You need this card and photocopies of your Passport Identity page, Visa page and the specific Entry Stamp page when you apply for Registration.

Although the Registration procedure has very recently changed (within the last few weeks) you still need it. The Migration Card is no longer stamped with Registrations but they are entered into the computer. You still have to keep the Card and your Passport with you at all times until exit.

I am not convinced news of this will have yet reached the police who may demand to see Registration stamps on the Migration Card in remoter parts of the country - the guys who spent all day and night bothering tourists by doing this in Moscow's Red Square probably know by now. They are very adept at spotting non Russians. I now purposely avoid Red Square when walking in that area to spare these annoying interruptions - particularly at night.

On exit, the Passport Control again scan your Passport and Visa and the computer checks you are within your Visa and Registrations were carried out. They then stamp and keep the second part of Migration Card, stamp your Passport and let you out.

Get it wrong, expect a small fine/bribe. Do it again, expect no Visas for a year or two - or a bigger bribe!

Disconcertingly Russians do not smile as a matter of course out of politeness but only when there is something specific happy or funny to smile about - so don't be put off by stern unsmiling faces. But don't get familiar or try to be 'matey' with officials - they consider that a disrespect to their position and authority.

Enjoy - it's a great land.
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David Bergof of StanTours.com is pretty swift on this as well. AND he can arrange all of your Stan visa stuff as well!
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