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Russian Visa, Travel Tips for Indian. Russia Travel Guide, Budget, Veg Restaurant, Places to Visit

Russian Visa, Travel Tips for Indian. Russia Travel Guide, Budget, Veg Restaurant, Places to Visit

Considering Travel to Russia. Travel Guide about Russian Visa Process, Fees, Travel Tips, Places to Visit, Important Checks with Weather, Budget for Moscow and St Petersburg


Are you Planning to Travel to Russia

If you take a flight from Air Astana from India to Russia, then its mandatory to buy return flight from Air Astana only. Unsure if the rule pertains for other Airlines also - its recommended to check for same while booking Air Tickets

Do note that if one way flight booked from India to Russia through Air Astana and return flight booked through other Airline then they can deny issuing boarding pass even

Although, Russia is big enough but Moscow and St. Petersburg are primary 2 cities for Travel. St Petersburg (European Architect with European Culture feel with vibrant night life). Moscow to St Petersburg is around 800 Kms and best way to commute is through Train. More than 20 Trains at different time interval goes and the Train fares are dynamic and changes. Can even book Train in day and if seats vacant can get lower fare. Depending on need can take Night Double decker or high speed train in day which takes less than 4 hours to reach

Ideally have 10 day Vacation Trip Plan in Russia with 5 days each in Moscow and St. Petersburg to enjoy Russia to fullest. But, remember that even if you have VISA - you need to get yourself Registered in Russia, if your stay going to be more than 7 Days. When you arrive in Russia - can ask the Hotel or Hostel to get assist on registration process, although no official fees for registration but a small amount of 500 Rubles can be charged by Hotel or Hostel


How to get Visa for Russia from India

Its easier to get Russian Visa from India as no Hotel booking and no flight booking is required. Yes – no Bank Statement and no ITR are required. Even previous Travel history is not a mandate and no Interview is required. What is important is get an Invitation letter. Once invitation letter obtained and even if you have no travel history – you still carries 99% chance of VISA approval

So whether Solo or with Family or on First International Trip – Russia can offer you best feel for your Holidays

Step - 1 Apply for Travel Invitation letter Online - Can cost from $20 and may even get free (yes free Invitation Letter also – mentioned in last half of Blog). Depends on whether you want to travel as Tourist or on Business.  While a Tourist Invitation letter can be issued in few hours, a business invitation letter can take anywhere from 1 day to 3 Weeks

Do note that indicative Time dates needs to be mentioned in Travel Invitation letter.. However, The departure Travel Dates as selected can not be more than 30 days from arrival date on Tourist Invitation letter. Also, the Travel dates once mentioned on it and once Visa issued can not be extended

Some sites for Tourist Invitation Letter

  • https://visaforrussia.support/
  • https://visatoruss.com/ - Fortuna Travel
  • https://www.russianvisahelp.com/travel/

Step - 2 Apply for Visa in VFS office: No need for Prior Appointment. You can walk in with below Documents which are required for Russian visa

  • Passport with 6 Month validity and minimum 2 blank pages
  • Passport Size Photograph
  • Duly filled application form online (Consular Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russia on on website - https://visa.kdmid.ru/)
  • Invitation letter or LOI

However, do note that Visa can only be applied at best not exceeding before 90 days from Travel date. Visa fees for Indian from travelling from India to Russia is

  • Normal VISA Fees: Rs 2130+ Rs 1500 (VFS charges) = Rs 3630
  • Urgent VISA Fees : Rs 4260+Rs 1500 (VFS charges) = Rs 5760

So - for Visa and Invitation Letter you need to spend in close to Rs 5000 including that 20 Dollar you spent for Invitation Letter. Now, although VFS Office for Russian Visa is in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, but even if you pertain to other city can opt for VFS Courier Service also, where VFS can courier your passport with Visa after granting same.

Immigration Check in Russia

As long as you carrying sufficient funds for Travel, Hotel booking and return Flight along with Valid Visa and Invitation letter and do not carry any prohibited item in luggage, it easier to clear Russian Immigration

A Migration card issued at time of Immigration, which is well required to be retained with you.


How Much Budget Required to Travel to Russia

Well it depends a lot on requirement of Hotel (5 Star can be expensive). Hostel can be 1/10th of cost of 5 Star and whether you choose to travel in Taxi or Metro and number of days planned

Still an indicative cost of Rs 1.5 Lakh for 2 Adults (all Inclusive of Air Fare, 3 Star Hotel, Metro Commute and visiting major attractions) is good. Expect Budget to increase to Rs 2 Lakh by choosing in 4 Star Accommodation and to tune of Rs 2.25 Lakh to 2.5 Lakh for Premium 5 star Hotel


Best Time to Visit Russia

Weather in Russia Varies a lot with Temperature varies a lot from -25 to +30 degree in Moscow at different months.

  • January-February with coldest month with average temp less than -5 degree. Its freezing cold in late evening, night
  • April to May for Spring Season with average Temperature in 12 degree to 20 degree
  • June and July Specially in St petersburg as u can enjoy White night festival.
  • September-November for Yellow orange
  • October and November is Heavy Monsoon  - Only Season may be avoided to due to Rains
  • December Christmas and New Year Celebrations – Very Cold Months in Russia

Do note that June to September are summer months and in July and August temperature reaches to its peak to even 30 Degree in Day time, while December to February are Coldest with Temperature falling in Negative zone.


Indian Restaurant / Vegetarian Food Option in Moscow, Russia

Although can well try Local food of Russia, but If you still carve for Indian Food or Vegetarian Food Option can check

  • Jagannath Restaurant In Moscow
  • TajMahal Restaurant in Moscow
  • Moscow Delhi Restaurant
  • Khajuraho Restaurant in Moscow
  • Darbars in Moscow
  • Jasmine cafe in Saint Petersburg

Even can visit Iskcon Temple where can get Prasadam

Travel in Russia (Important Tips, Facts)

  • Free Wi-Fi available in City Center, Public Transport and all major attractions
  • Public transport system is really good in Moscow & SP. You can metro pass in any metro station and Metro possibly is the easiest and most Economical option to travel in Russua. Also, There are different types of cards for all kinds of travelers. Can buy Trokia Card
  • In case of hiring Taxi – can hire Yandex.Taxi and Citymobil on your Mobile
  • Although, Signs, Metro, are translated into English. Still, English is not there official language, rather its Russian and thus for easy commute in Russia and communication, can download Yandex.Translate as even better one, which can help to translate Russian Language to English Language.

The Official currency is Rubles, and Rubles is almost equivalent to INR. Exchange Rate is 1.1 INR = 1 Ruble 


Places to Visit or Tourist Attractions: Although many and can check Tripadvisor for same. Still –

Soviet Park, Vdnkh, Gorky Park, Red Square, River Cruise, St Basil's Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour , Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum, Sparrow Hills, Arbat Street, Tverskaya Street, Tsaritsyno, Izmaylovo, Novodevichy Convent, Moscow City, Zaryadie Park are some of prominent attractions



Free Travel Invitation Letter

Its Possible, but for same you need to make Non Refundable Booking with Hotel / some Hostel. Yes some Hotel and Hostel provide Free Travel Invitation Letter provided you make a pre hand booking with them and request them for so

Also, is a website http://www.saint-petersburg.com/ with which you need to make booking of your Hotel first and then they can request website in Visa Support Request Form to provide Invitation letter free.

But, still its not the most Popular way and not the best way around, as you have to pre book your Hotel before Invitation Letter.

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