This page is here to provide answers for some of the questions you might have when planning to attend the upcoming Know Your Worth seminar, and since the next one is going to be held in Moscow, we thought we should give you some information to help you plan your visit to this beautiful city, including travel options, visa requirements, and some sightseeing tips.
After all, first impressions are usually the strongest, so let’s help you plan your visit to make your arrival to Moscow as smooth and worry-free as possible.
Do I need a visa to come to Moscow?
Most foreign nationals traveling to the Russian Federation require a visa, which might sound complicated, but in reality is fairly straightforward, and shouldn’t take more than 2 weeks (10 business days).
If you are planning on coming specifically for the seminar, you should apply for a regular Tourist Visa, and it is best if you apply via a specialized travel or visa agency. It might cost you a little bit more, but it will make the whole process a lot easier, since they will help you procure the invitation, and also make sure all your paperwork is in order.
Please note that although Russian consulates located in Europe normally take 3 to 10 business days for visa processing, Russian visas issued by the consulates in Europe may have a five day “waiting period” on entering Russia, i.e. the person won’t be able to travel to Russia for at least 5 days after the visa is issued. However, this rule is applied sporadically and largely depends on the local consul’s decretion. If in doubt, we strongly recommend that you contact the Russian consulate, from which you plan to collect your visa, and make sure that your visa will be available in time for you to travel.
Prices are likely to vary depending on the country of application, as well as the type of visa, but it is recommended that, should you require a visa, you apply for a regular tourist visa, which normally costs between EUR 70 and EUR 120, and is highly unlikely to exceed that amount.
To apply for a Russian Tourist Visa you will need the following:
- Your original passport with at least 2 blank visa-designated pages (passport must be valid for at least 6 months after intended departure date from Russia).
- TWO copies of Russian visa application form, completed and signed.
- TWO passport-size photos signed on the back.
- If you are coming with a group or as a cruise passenger:
Letter from tour company or cruise line confirming itinerary and including a copy of the confirmation from authorized Russian travel company which shows the reference number and confirmation number for the visa.
- If you are coming as an individual traveler:
Confirmation of hotel arrangements from an authorized Russian travel company, or directly from the hotel you are planning to stay at, showing reference number and confirmation number for the visa.
It is also recommended that you avoid handling the application process entirely on your own, but rather go via a travel or visa agency, as they will help you procure the invitation, and also make sure all your paperwork is in order.
Please see the link for more information regarding the Russian Federation entry requirements.
If you have any further questions regarding the visa application and registration process, please contact the seminar’s organizer Tatiana Kaplun directly via e-mail.
Can I travel to the Russian Federation without a visa?
Below you will find a list of countries the citizens of which enjoy visa-free travel to Russia:
Countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine.
Citizens of the countries of the CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States) are permitted to stay in the Russian Federation for up to 90 days without a visa.
Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela.
Citizens of these countries are allowed to stay in the Russian Federation without a visa for up to 90 days in each 180-day period, provided they will not be involved in any commercial or work-related activities during their stay.
Countries: Cuba, Montenegro, Serbia (with biometric passport), Thailand, Hong Kong SAR (up to 14 days), Macao SAR.
Please note that citizens of Turkey no longer qualify for visa-free travel to Russia (starting January 1 2016).
Citizens of the countries in this group can stay in the Russian Federation for up to 30 days without a visa. They are not entitled to work while in Russia.
Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia.
Citizens of these Balkan countries can also stay in Russia without a visa for up to 30 days, but must also show tourist documents or an official invitation to immigration officials.
For more information regarding visa-free travel to the Russian Federation, please visit www.visatorussia.com.
Now. You’ve sorted your visa. Next question.
How do I get to Moscow?
Here you have a few options, mainly depending on where you live, and where you will be traveling from, but, generally speaking Moscow is a very easy place to travel to. Traffic may be hell once you are actually in the city, but the getting to Moscow part should not be that hard to figure out, and you literally have dozens of options available.
Moscow has a grand total of 3 airports, 9 major railway stations, several bus terminals, and a very well-developed metro network. Let’s take it step by step.
You can travel to Moscow by plane, and there are direct flights available from all European capitals, as well as from a bunch of other big cities / popular destinations (in this case, departure points). So if you are planning to fly, you will be landing at one of Moscow’s three airports: Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, or Vnukovo.
If you are flying from abroad, chances are that you will arrive either at Sheremetyevo International Airport or at Domodedovo International Airport, as the much smaller Vnukovo Airport is mainly used for domestic flights.
To get from any of the airports to the center of Moscow you can take an Aeroexpress train, which is the fastest and easiest way to get to the city. A train ride takes about 35-40 minutes and costs about 400 roubles (roughly €6) one way. Tickets can be purchased on the spot or in advance using the Aeroexpress website.
You can also travel by train, especially if you are traveling from Ukraine or Belarus, and there are 9 train stations (vok`zal in Russian) in Moscow. All railway stations are located close to the center of the city, and three of them, “Kazansky”, “Yaroslavsky”, and “Leningradsky”, actually share the same area, and are located next to the Komsomolskaya metro station. These are the stations you are most likely to use go to Saint Petersburg or take the Trans-Siberian.
While planning your trip you might also want to consider extending it for a few days, especially if you’ve never been to Russia before, possibly going as far as to start your journey in Saint Petersburg, give yourself a few days to explore Russia’s second capital, and then head on to Moscow for the seminar. Or the other way round. In any case, the Sapsan fast train will allow you to get from one city to the other in just 4 hours’ time, and you can get all your tickets on-line.
And if you were thinking of focusing on one city at a time, Moscow too has loads to offer, with many museums, galleries, famous monuments, and a bustling night life to enjoy.
So, what can I do in Moscow?
TripAdvisor and WayToRussia offer ample advice on what to do and see in the city, but if you’ve never been before, the Red Square and the Sparrow Hills are probably a must, the first one because it’s a major historic landmark, and everyone expects you to go there if you come to Moscow, the second one because it offers a spectacular view of the city, especially in the evening.
View of the Moskva River with the Kremlin and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the background in Moscow.
You might also enjoy a nice walk along the Moskva river, or through the Arbat district, and both the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum have fine collections, as well as fascinating temporary exhibitions to offer. And for those wishing to see the modern side of Moscow, why not take the metro to Moscow-City, the capital’s all-new business district.
Speaking of the city’s metro, that’s probably the best way to get around. So here’s a link to the Moscow City metro map to make sure you don’t get lost.
And even if you don’t have to use the metro that many times while you are in Moscow, do make sure to treat yourself to a few trips. After all, it is considered one of the most beautiful networks in the world.
And now on to perhaps one of the most important questions:
What to expect in terms of weather?
Although Russia does enjoy a certain reputation for having cold winters and tons of snow, there is really no reason to be afraid, and that most definitely isn’t the case for September. Bring and umbrella, and a nice coat, just in case, but really this time of the year you’ve nothing to fear.
And if you’d like to check the weather forecast before you arrive, why not take a look at the BBC weather page. Definitely in English, and fairly accurate. At least, most of the time.
Please stay tuned to find more updates, and don’t hesitate to let us know if you need any help to plan your trip.
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To read about the past Moscow Edition of the seminar, please visit our Blog & Previous Seminars page where we publish regular updates and news from the Know Your Worth community, as well as announcements of our upcoming seminars and events.
If you would like to hold a seminar in your area, please contact us via this website, or by contacting the seminar organizer Tatiana Kaplun at email@example.com.