Traveling to St Petersburg on a cruise ship but want to do my own thing when I get there. How do I get a Visa & what does it cost?
The cruise company should know also. I would think they would include the visa in the cost? How else could you have a look around as a tourist? AIM
> I would think they would include the visa in the cost? How else could you have a look around as a tourist?
Cruise passengers can visit Russian ports for up to 72 hours with no visa as long as they are on an organized tour.
This question belongs in the St.Pete forum, have no idea why the OP chose to post it to the Moscow forum of all places.
The curise lines want you to take their tours, and aren't necssarily the best source of info on the annoyingly difficult "problem" of self-touring StP.
The best source of info is probably the Northern Europe forum on Cruise Critic.
Suggest you search this in the St P forum where it has been covered and will help you with options and other peoples experiences.....
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D0tty, there are some misleading statements on that web page - to be honest, I wouldn't recommend that anyone use it as a definitive resource.
For instance, the cost of a visa varies from country to country - it's not just a blanket $50 or so - and the information about migration registration isn't completely accurate either. And there's no mention of the 72-hour visa waiver program available for cruise passengers, which is what Jim was asking about in his original post...
Hi, Thank you for your reply halwimsey and for your corrective comments
Please As suggested above do visit and post questions on the ST PETERSBURG forum with regard to cruises, need for visas, etc...this has been discussed ad nauseous (in a good way!)...
I travelled to St Petersburg this year on a cruise.
You would be best to go on the boats organised trips you will then travel on a group visa which is all in on the trip price.
We did one day on a guided sightseeing trip and the 2nd day we took the boats bus into the centre and were left all day to do our own thing.
You have to have your passport with you at all times. Take care in busy areas there are a few pickpockets. Enjoy we had a great time.