|Date of Border Crossing||28.7.2006
|Point of Entry||
|Passport and Visa||Passport has to be valid for at least another 6 months and you need a visa to enter Russia. See Additional Information on how to get a visa for Russia in Ankara.|
We did not have a valid insurance for Russia. So we
were issued an insurance at the border. We bought the minimal insurance
which is valid for 14 days.
|Drivers License||Did not get checked, but I am sure that officially you are required to have one.|
|Motorcycle papers||All you need is your 'vehicle passport' (vehicle registration papers).|
|License plates||Own license plates are sufficient.|
|How it went||
More likely than not, there will be other cars in front of you. Walk
up to the officers at the front of the line and hand them your passport
and vehicle registration paper. He will copy this information into a
big book and then hand you a docket. Get back into line and wait until
they wave you on.
Registration: 100 rubles
The procedure is more or less the same at both borders. But be
aware of the fact that the officers at the Tashanta border are
extremely arrogant and don't like to work. So unless you show up really
early be prepared to come back the next day! Oh, and don't show up at
lunchtime or an hour before or after lunch!
|Point of Exit||
|How it went||
Don't expect an easy for fast exit. As with the entry
you will be doing a lot of waiting! Well at least at the Tashanta border.
The process at the border in Pavlodar was actually quite efficient and
friendly. A pleasant surprise!
Getting a visa for
Now that I got that of my chest a friendly suggestions: let someone else take care of it! You don't want the hassle. Just pay an agent to do the work for you. Best contact David Berghof at Stantours.
We needed a 3 month double entry visa, which spells out to a Business visa. Which in turn means you need an invitation. We got that through David Berghof without any problem, however it sent us back 140 US dollars each!. (no fault of David's, that is just how much it costs). The invitation comes in form of a telex number and some information for the visa application form . With that we showed up at the Russian embassy in Ankara. After a long wait we ended up in front of an extremely unfriendly Russian who reluctantly handed us visa application forms. We filled these out, added a passport picture and conveyed the telex number of our invitation. Also we asked for a same day visa! (It was going to be expensive anyway!)So we were handed a receipt and asked to come back at 5 in the afternoon.
At 5 it was another long wait to retrieve the visa which set us back
another astonishing 190 US dollars each!
Coming into Russia:
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