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Following countries citizens do not require a visa for stay up to 90 days: Abkhazia, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, South Ossetia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vanuatu.
Countries/territories that do not require a visa for stay up to 60 days: Mauritius, South Korea
Countries/territories that do not require a visa for stay up to 30 days: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cuba, Macau, Macedonia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Serbia, Seychelles, Thailand and Turkey(suspended from 1 Jan 2016).
Countries/territories that do not require a visa for stay up to 14 days or others (if indicated): Belarus (unlimited period), Hong Kong and Nauru.
Travellers availing themselves of a visa exemption are only permitted to remain in Russia without a visa for a maximum of 90 days in a 180-day period. Exceptions are for Ukrainian citizens and Belarusian citizens.
For the rest foreign citizens a visa is required. Thirty-day tourist visas are fairly straightforward to acquire; 90 day (and more) business visas, less so. It is best to start the application process well in advance at the any Embassy or representation of Russian Federation abroad. While expedited processing is available to those who need visas quickly, it can double the application cost.
It is also required to have an invitation for obtaining a visa, it can be done by supporting company who applying for the visa.
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Russia is the world’s largest country so the places and people are quite diverse. If you’re looking to visit, there are some excellent tours to Russia that take in some of the most unique locations and captivating sights. Adventurous travelers who are eager to discover this vast and intriguing land will absolutely appreciate Russia.
5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Russia
- Moscow – a mesmerizing blend of historic culture and lively modernity, visitors can enjoy the captivating candy-shop colors of St Basil’s Cathedral, and the sheer scale of the imposing Red Square. The city has one of the world's urban populations and is considered the centre of Russian culture.
- Culture – Russia's biggest cities have a vibrant scene. The Bolshoi Theater and Pushkin Art Gallery in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theater and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg are considered to be some of the best art institutions in the world with over 221 museums.
- Literary and Art History – Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Chekhov, Nabokov, Bulgakov, Gogol and many other great authors lived and worked in Russia. You can visit their homes, their favorite places and the sites of famous scenes from their work to gain a new depth of understanding and perspective about Russian literature.
- Great food and drink – traditional Russian food is quite a unique tasting experience. Borscht is a special traditional soup that you should definitely try. If you like vodka, Russia has plenty and it’s reputed for its clarity and classic taste.
- Entertainment – Russia has world-famous Russian ballet dancers, majestic theaters, classical music and an exciting nightlife, with renowned nightclubs, live music, bars and clubs.
5 Activities to Enjoy in Russia
- Winter sports in Sochi – Sochi is on the Black Sea and is a great winter sports destination in particular skiing and snowboarding. It offers a subtropical climate and great beaches, making it a key part of the Russian Riviera. The resort city makes a great getaway. Sochi also is home to the area’s northern most tea plantations.
- Helsinki Sightseeing Canal Cruise – you can marvel at sights of Helsinki from the water on a relaxing sightseeing cruise. There is a lot to admire as you look on the beautiful islands that make up Helsinki archipelago.
- Theatre – Russian theaters are famous the world over because of their unique style of entertainment. Many operas are filled daily and famous theaters such as Bolshoi and Marinsky are glorious. Bolshoi Theatre is rich in heritage and its productions have also succeeded in capturing contemporary performance. Satirikon Theatre and Stanislavsky Theatre are other theatrical hotspots. There are over 80 theaters in St Petersburg alone.
- Literary tourism – Russia has produced many awesome writers. About two blocks from Nevsky Prospect, the main thoroughfare of St. Petersburg, you will find Alexander Pushkin’s apartment which is now a museum. The Literaturnoye Café and Dostoevsky Museum are other places of literary significance that are worth checking out. In St. Petersburg there are about 2,000 libraries.
- Music – Moscow Conservatory is one of the most prominent music universities in Russia, but it’s also a concert venue. There are five halls in the conservatory building where live classical concerts are held. If in St. Petersburg for instance, you’ll find over 75 nightclubs, and over 100 concerts, shows and festivals taking place each year.
5 Places to Visit in Russia
- Moscow – this is the capital of Russia and City of Domes. The Kremlin holds cathedrals, palaces, government buildings and Moscow is home to the culturally crucial Tretyakov Gallery. The Grand Kremlin Palace, Spasskaya Tower, and Cathedral of the Dormition are some of the majestic architectural monuments in the Kremlin's Cathedral Square.
- St Petersburg – St Petersburg was once Russia’s capital. The city was founded by Tsar Peter the Great; one of Russia’s most famous rulers. Dubbed ‘the Venice of the North’ in its glory days, the city is still adored for its legendary architectural beauty. Make sure you check out the many art galleries and numerous movie theaters in the city. Other places of note include: The State Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Catherine Palace.
- Murmansk – is the largest city in the world above the Arctic Circle. It has lots of statues and memorials. Some of the best places to visit include the Alyosha monument, St. Nicholas Church, Square of Five Corners, and Hotel Arktika.
- Trans-Siberian railway – part of the longest railway system in the world, the classic Trans-Siberian railway runs from Moscow to Vladivostok, a city near Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. This extensive route is a wonder to witness.
- Mount Elbrus – located in the Caucasus Mountain Range in Southern Russia. Elbrus is included as one of the Seven Summits - the highest summits on each of the planet’s seven continents attracting many mountain climbers who come looking for a thrill and new challenge.
- Valley of Geysers – situated on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, the Valley of Geysers is the second largest geyser field in the world. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Kamchatka and attracts a lot of interest from scientists and tourists.
Russia is fascinating country and a wonder of cultural and historical significance. The Russian people are welcoming and in this glorious country you’ll discover a never-ending stream of splendors. From onion-shaped domes to inspiring exotic Byzantine imperial palaces, Russia is truly a great destination for limitless adventure.
Russia presents a drastically different atmosphere depending on your location because of its size. Much of country has a continental climate with distinct periods of warm and cold weather that increases as you travel east. Temperatures for Moscow and St. Petersburg range from highs of 32°C in the summer to lows of -25°C in the winter. Southern regions like Sochi are popular resort destinations with mild subtropical climate.