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Reminder: Russian Domestic Tickets moving to local time from 1st August
Posted by Lucinda Martin on 26 July 2018 10:25 AM

Domestic trains in Russia have previously operated on Moscow time for their entire journey, even when in a different time zone. This will change from 1st August when tickets for domestic travel will now show departure and arrival times in local time.
This will also affect the restaurant carriages, which have previously operated on Moscow time, but will also move to operate on local time zones. 

Train stations have always shown times in
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Russia extending visa free access for World Cup fans!
Posted by Dominic Quiney on 23 July 2018 03:22 PM

It is being reported by numerous sources that the Russian authorities are planning to extend visa-free access to Russia for those with a 2018 World Cup Fan ID until the end of 2018. It is also reported that family members of those with a Fan ID will also be able to travel to Russia visa-free.

We are currently working with our colleagues in the Russian authorities to obtain confirmation on when and how this may be implemented, and will post updates here on our news feed, and on our  Read more »

Visa registration in our Moscow office
Posted by Andrew Glenister on 12 July 2018 03:32 PM

Real Russia are temporarily unable to register visas in our Moscow office due to a change in Russian law.

If you are travelling in Russia, it will still be necessary to register your visa. It is possible to register your visa with the hotel you are staying in – this is generally done when checking in to the hotel. If you are staying with family or friends, or have booked a homestay, your host should be able to register your visa for you with the Federal Migration Service.

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One-day visa processing for World Cup attendees
Posted by Dominic Quiney on 04 July 2018 04:26 PM

Following England's progression to the quarter finals of the World Cup, for one day only, Russian tourist visas are available with only one day processing time.

To take advantage of this you must complete for you must apply for your visa, and give your fingerprints, on Thursday 5th July.

How to apply

To qualify for one day processing, alongside the normal application documents you must have proof that you have a match ticket (a confirmation
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This week, the Russian and Belarusian authorities have signed an agreement (article in English) granting visa-free transit through Belarus to Russia for those who have World Cup Fan IDs. This agreement will be active from 4th June 2018 until 25th July 2018 inclusive. Transit via Russia to Belarus will be visa-free for the European Games in
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