Everbrite's Russia, Belarus and Ukraine Pages

Belarus Info

Russia General Info

Russian Consulate Information

Obtaining a Russian Visa

Money and Other Tips

Tidbits for Tourists:
A to I
K to Z

Rulers of Russia:
From the Beginning to the Time of Troubles
From the Romanovs to Revolution
From Soviet Times to the present

Russia Regional Information:
Irkutsk/Lake Baikal

Moscow Metro Tour

Central Moscow Tour- in four parts with map:
Part 1 Stops 1 through 13. Marriott Royal/Hotel Budapest to Manezh Ploshchad
Part 2 Stops 14 though 22. Around Manezh Ploshchad
Part 3 Stops 23 though 44. Along Tverskaya Street to the area around Puskin Square
Part 4 Stops 45 though 48. From Puskinskaya Ploshchad to Upper St. Peter's Monastery and back

Travel in Russia planes, trains and automobiles

Trans-Siberian Trains
Trans-Siberian Trains general information to get you started on your journey
Trans-Siberian Stops information about common stops along the way
Notes about Chinese Consulates some informataion about Chinese consulates

Russian Language and Culture
The Alphabet
Books, Tapes and other Resources
Basic Words

Ukraine Info


Page Contents
Estonia (Tallinn)
Finland (Helsinki)
Russia - Khabarovsk
Russia - St. Petersburg

The following notes are a collection of comments from fellow travelers posted on the Lonely Planet ThornTree and/or sent to me (Everbrite/Ruth) privately. If you find errors or have information about consulates not mentioned here, I would appreciate hearing about it. Please post this information on the Eastern European or North East Asia branch of the Thorn Tree or send me (everbrite) a PM (private message). Thanks for your assistance.

Estonia (Tallinn) 
Chinese visas are only available to Estonian passport holders or to those with residence permits.

Finland (Helsinki) 
Date Posted: November 12, 2004
Tried again in Helsinki and got the visa in 35 minutes, after a half-hearted interrogation by the officer about why I've waited so long to apply. And during that 35 minutes, I learned from the brochures lying around that there are NO human rights abuses in China, and Falun Gong members keep killing themselves in custody by refusing to take medicine. Good to know!

The cost to an Israeli for a single entry visa is NIS 100, for Americans the cost is NIS 250, for all other foreigners the cost is NIS 150.

Amount of processing is 4 days. For each day you wish to speed it up add NIS 150.

For a reason I could not decipher but did see unfold was the fact that Arabs were not allowed businessman visas for multiple entries.

The hours are limited. Sun - Thurs 9 - 12:30 and to pick up only 10:30 - 12:30.

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Russia - Khabarovsk 
Date Posted: Mon November 15, 2004 12:25 AM
Just went to the Chinese Consulate in Khabarovsk this morning so I thought I'd post some information for those interested:
1) Visa applications are not processed at the Consulate itself but rather in a small building attached to the Lenin Stadium (about 500 metres from the Consulate)
2) There are application forms in English, Russian and Chinese
3) Single-entry tourist visas can be processed in one day (1800 roubles), 3 to 5 days (1500 roubles) or one week (900 roubles)
4) Visa requests are done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (0930 to 1230)
5) One photo is required, along with a copy of one's Russian visa and registration stamps (copies at the Consulate cost 10 roubles)
6) They only give tourist visas for 30 days (we tried for 60 days, but they refused.)

Russia - St. Petersburg 
Chinese consulate in Petersburg:
Address: NO.134, Nab. Kanala Griboedova, St. Petersburg 190121
Tel: +7-812-1147670,9425929
Fax: +7-812-1144958

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last revised 25 Dec 04 © 2003-2011 Ruth E. Imershein
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