How quick can you arrange Moscow
break for me?
What are my steps to arrange a city break in Moscow?
and send us your details for preparing Russian
tourist visa papers (voucher and confirmation). We will
prepare the papers quickly and email them back to you.
Browse our site and give us an idea
of dates, hotel class, location, places and events you
would like to visit, or any other services you require.
We will offer you several good options and give you the
package cost. The online calculation is not precise.
Inquire with us for details via e-mail or on the phone
Pay online for your trip on our
dedicated payment page with Adventure Alternative which
is the UK administrative centre of our operations. You
will then receive a receipt and confirmation of your
Book your flight and inform us of
your flight details so we can arrange airport pick-up
and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Once the visa invitation papers have
been issued to you take them to your nearest Russian
consulate and apply for visa. The tourist agency of ours
is Star Travel. Please fill in all relevant sections.
You can receive a Russian visa on the same day if
If you want to discuss your trip in
person call Adventure Alternative in the UK on +44 2890
701476 and speak to Gavin, Chris, or Andrew. Or call
Andrey Panin direct on 007 095 209 9256.
What's the difference between a visa
and a visa invitation?
The visa and visa invitation are two different things,
but both are necessary if you wish to travel to Russia. You
need the invitation to apply for the visa itself.
The visa is a document provided by a Russian embassy or
consulate, permitting your stay in Russia for a specific
period of time, listing entry/exit dates, vital information
and passport details. Your Russian visa is an exit permit as
well as an entry permit: if you stay longer than permitted
by your visa, you will face problems when leaving the
However, Russian consulates and embassies require that you
must first be 'invited' to visit Russia by a firm or travel
agency. This invitation to visit comes as a document issued
by a licensed travel agency and will be sent by email to you
following receipt of your passport details.
The cost for providing this visa invitation letter is
included in the cost of your expedition.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, most foreign nationals are required to have entry visas
to travel to the Russian Federation.
Do I need a separate invitation and visa for my children?
If your child is travelling with you, is under 16 years old,
and is listed on your passport, then your child may enter
Russia with you sharing the same visa. There is no need to
obtain a separate visa (and hence no need to obtain a
separate visa invitation) for your child in this case.
Simply inform us of all details if you are planning to bring
your child with you who will be able to travel to Russia
without the need for an additional visa.
What happens if there is a mistake in my visa invitation?
If we make a mistake in your visa application, we will
correct it free of charge. Please inform us immediately if
there is a problem. Irish citizens note that the invitation
letter should use exactly the lettering in Irish if
necessary that is on your passport.
What is a migration card?
This is a form that you will be given at the Russian border
(or on the plane if arriving by air). The form should be
filled in before passport control, and will be stamped along
with your visa by the immigration officer. It is essential
that you keep the migration card safe for the duration of
your trip, as it must be handed in upon departure.
What if my passport or visa is lost or stolen in Russia?
If you are unfortunate enough to lose your passport (and
visa attached inside the passport), you will need a new exit
visa. First of all you must contact a local police station
and make a request for an official document confirming that
your visa was stolen. Then you should contact whoever
provided your invitation (or the local representatives).
Only your visa sponsor can process an exit visa for you.
Will I need an HIV test to enter Russia? Or vaccinations
When planning to stay in Russia for over 90 days make sure
to obtain an HIV test certificate. You may be asked to
display it to medical officer at a Russian border checkpoint.
An HIV test is not necessary when staying for less than 3
months in Russia. No vaccinations are necessary to enter the
Will I need medical insurance?
It is advisable to have medical insurance coverage valid in
Russia. Check your medical plan and request such coverage if
you do not have it. Some Russian embassies may demand that
you submit proof of valid travel insurance with your visa
How much money can I take with me?
There is no limitation on the amount of foreign currency to
be taken to Russia. Just mention in your customs declaration
all your currency over $500 and other valuables, including
objects of art, which you take into the country. Keep your
customs declaration to present it upon departure.
Are traveller cheques accepted in Russia?
It is better to take cash and credit cards rather than
travellerís cheques. While cash machines (ATMs) are found
throughout major Russian cities, travellerís cheques can be
hard to cash, and are often subject to expensive fees.
The application can be sent online but will only be
confirmed on receipt of a $100.00 deposit.
This can be a cheque made out to Adventure Alternative Ltd
which is the parent company, and sent to the Belfast office:
31 Myrtledene Road, Belfast BT8 6GQ, Northern Ireland.
contact us for details
Note: please ensure you put your name in the reference box
when you make your transfer in order that we can trace all
funds to the correct person.
On receipt of your confirmation for the expedition you can
pay instalments on the balance as long as all payments are
finished by at least 2 weeks prior to your departure date.
All finances for your expedition will then be handled
in-country by your Moscow guides. Check individual
expedition briefs for extra money to bring e.g. personal
All clients will be receipted for any monies accepted and
kept secure in a client account held in the UK. Clients
should read and understand the booking terms and conditions.
Payment can also be made online through our Paypal system