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Belarus visa-free regime
Posted by Tanya Pecheykina on 18 January 2017 10:48 AM

With the introduction of the visa-free entry, travelling to Belarus has become easier for citizens of 80 countries starting from 12 February 2017. Visa-free regime allows to enter and leave the country via the Minsk Airport (MSQ) and stay for up to 5 days. You can check eligibility and requirements on our Belarus visa-free regime page. Should you need any further clarification, please contact our visa team at

We have a wide range of hotels in Belarus and are happy to assist you with accommodation, tours and excursions. Please contact our Travel Team at for more information.

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Opening times for Christmas and New Year holiday period
Posted by Tanya Pecheykina on 09 December 2016 09:40 AM

Christmas and New Year Holidays are coming soon, which means there might be disruptions to our usual services during this period. Please check the opening hours of our offices and Consulates to make sure you can get visas in time for your travel :
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at or via phone on +44(0)207 100 7370 and we will be happy to help.

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Domestic trains booking window improved
Posted by Andrew Glenister on 14 November 2016 02:57 PM

Good news for those of you who like to book their rail tickets as far in advance of travel as possible; all domestic trains travelling within the borders of the Russian Federation will be available 60 days before the date of travel.


Currently tickets for most domestic trains are only available 45 days before the date of travel.


This new rule will come into force on the 11th December.
This is great news for nervous travellers (like me(!)) who like to have their travel arrangements confirmed as early as possible!


In addition to the 60-day booking window, remember that Real Russia can take rail bookings at any time, for any rail journey. This way, the moment the tickets are available our experience rail experts can book them for you. This is particularly important during the summer when tickets for popular routes can sell out in no time at all. Booking through Real Russia removes the need to set an alarm for the early hours of the morning in order to be up in time to book tickets, as we do that for you!


Click here for more information on booking rail tickets.


Click here to book your rail tickets.


Click here to speak to one of our travel experts.

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Russian visas application rule change
Posted by Tanya Pecheykina on 11 November 2016 02:10 PM

The Russian consulate has recently confirmed that applications for Russian visas may now be presented for processing at the application centres in the United Kingdom a maximum of six months in advance of your first proposed date of entry.

Individuals presenting applications that are for entry more than six months in advance may be rejected, including loss of application fees.

Should you need any assistance, or have any questions about applying for a Russian visa, please feel free to contact our visa team at or on 0207 100 7370 and we will be happy to help.

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A small change to e-tickets
Posted by Andrew Glenister on 01 November 2016 11:22 AM

Real Russia have just been informed that there will be slight change to the process of exchanging electronic tickets (e-tickets) for a physical paper ticket for journeys on the railways of Russia.


As you may remember, in Russia an e-ticket is a voucher that confirms that you have booked and paid for a particular place on a particular train. It is not possible to board the train with the e-ticket, a printed copy of this e-ticket must be exchanged for a traditional rail ticket at an exchange point in Russia.


These exchange points can be either manned ticket offices or electronic terminals that look similar to ATM's.


The new process requires a small fee of 50 roubles to be paid in order to exchange a ticket at a ticket office. This is a relatively small fee, but it is worth taking it into consideration all the same.


If you choose to exchange your ticket at an electronic exchange point there continues to be no fee. Conviniently, if there is no electronic exchange point available, the 50 rouble fee will be waived. 


Of course, if you would rather avoid the hassle of exchanging the e-ticket for a traditional paper ticket, it is possible to select electronic registration (e-registration) for almost all domestic trains in Russia. With e-registration there is no need to exchange anything, you can print this out and present it at the train in order to board the train, simplifying the process somewhat. 


In either case, remember to have your passport with you to confirm you are who you say you are, and that the ticket belongs to you!


If you would like further information on e-tickets and e-registration, such as the difference between the two, head to our handy ticket information page.


If you would rather speak directly to one of our travel experts, head over to our 'Contact Us' page for more information.

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