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The answer is yes. The nearly european wide "green insurance card" is not valid for Russia.
I entered via Murmansk July 2003, no probs. It actually meant there was no insurance at all. It was the same in 2000, when my wife and I went thru the Kalinigrad Region.
No risk, no fun.
I had to buy insurance just over the russian border. I was stopped up to 5 times a day for paper work checks....they looked for insurance. I bought the insurance to not be fined wether it was worthwhile in the case of accident was irrelevant to me.
if you dont have an international drivers license they will fine you.
Dont lose your customs declaration and make sure it is stamped..otherwise they will fine you when leaving.
I concurr with Vincent Danna..dont try to ride into the big cities at night.
Easy to arrange LOI through St Petersburg hostel.
Go to St petersburg its brilliant. They dont check that you are where you said you will be on any day. My visa had one day in St Pete and 29 days in moscow, although i had told SPB hostel my intentions.
Okay, the trip is getting closer and I'm about to send off to the hostel in St. Petersberg for a visa invitation. However I read on their webpages about a 'migration card' which is a new one for me. Aparantly without one you can't register your visa when you get in country.
So what is a migration card? Is it related to a customs declaration?
So I didn't have the good luck to be made redundant like your good self! But I'm not irresponsible enough to head off to the far ends of the earth without a set of tyre levers, and with my hoops down to the last millimetre of rubber. I hope the cacti give you plenty of tyre changing practice.
Planning the same trip myself, Ian.
Whole month of July.
Hostels in Norway and Finland.
Hotel St Petersburg.
Campsites Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.
Reports don't seem to be good for Poland so it's Hotels with secure parking.
Then Prague, Germany, France and home.
Applying for visas now and don't forget your IDP.
Get in touch if you wish and we can compare notes!
[This message has been edited by rtoilhead (edited 17 June 2004).]
* Section 8, 'departments or organisations to be visited' can be left blank or 'not applicable'.
* Also section 14, 'index and name of tourist group' can also be 'not applicable'.
* For UK residents with NHS coverage then 'yes' can be selected for 'official medical protection plan purchased'. There's no need to submit a 'Card of Insurance'.
* The Embassy in London will not accept a photocopy of your passport. This can be a problem if you're already on the road, best to use some sort of registered post.
* Current fee is £30 which I was assured meant the visa would be processed within 8 working days, maximum.
I used the St. Petersburg Hostel, http://www.ryh.ru, to order a visa invitation and accomodation voucher. It took my snail mail over a month to get to Russia. Svetlana faxed the invitation back the next day. If I was doing it all again I'd fax through my order rather than snail mail it. Also the Hostel has a garage, which I've been offered for storing the bike.
So now I need to sit back and hope that the Embassy get my passport back to me by the end of the month. Otherwise...
I plan to take a R1100RT and my wife to the FIM Rally in Tartu, Estonia next July 2005, and do the Baltic circuit via St P and Kaliningrad. This thread has answered most of my questions. One question: Is high-octane unleaded fuel easily available in Russia and Kaliningrad?
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