Question by Sy: I have a 10 hour layover in Moscow before my next flight? Can I get a temporary visa?
I have a 10 hour layover in Moscow before my next destination, I have never been to Russia and would like to tour around Russia with what little time I have. Can I have a temporary visa issued at the airport that would allow me to go outside? I live in USA, so would I need to go the the Russia Consulate in the US and get the visa? Thank you.
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Answer by Arsan Lupin
No, you cannot get a visa in the airport. Yes, you need a Russian transit visa. Yes, you must apply for it through one of the three agencies the Russian embassy hired in the USA to process visa applications.
WARNING: The traffic in metropolitan Moscow is like nothing you’ve ever seen. This makes travel to and from the airports risky. Rail travel is your best bet; AeroExpress runs express trains from Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports to train stations on opposite sides of the Moscow Metro’s Brown line from each other. From there you can get to anywhere in Moscow – eventually. Personally, I think you’re risking missing your connection.
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