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Black Knight
12-05-2005, 10:45
I have read that Tallin and Riga are out. I know from personal experience that Hungary has never had them.

Istanbul and London used to make visas in one day. Does anyone know if they still do?

Are there any other places where you can still get a visa in one day?

moondance
12-05-2005, 11:09
Istanbul still does give visas in one day, but if you are intending to get the visa there, keep in mind they only work Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays and there are always long lines so get there early.

You can also get it extremely quickly in Antalya.

Good luck!

Halyavshik
12-05-2005, 11:09
Helsinki has them in two hours.

DPG
12-05-2005, 11:36
London still does one day processing - 150.

If you get there for the afternoon session, I believe they do it in an hour for the same money.

You can now actually make appointments to enter the embassy at whatever time you like (within their published opening hours)...no queueing!

equalizer
12-05-2005, 11:43
vilnius if your paperwork is in order,20 to minutes,
easy to get to ,no traffic,also no line
aeroflot flies there night before ,lots of nice hotels i stayed at the best western .........last time next to casino then 5 mins to embassy then then finished it the morning day in vilnius then 5.40pm flight to moscow back at 8.30 .......................quick day ............but you invite must only say moscow

ronl
12-05-2005, 11:56
I got a new commercial 1-year multiple entry in Matla last week.
Same day processing (actually, about 1 hour) and the staff are pleasant.
http://www.malta.mid.ru

be warned, however, that Malta is not as cheap as you would expect... (I dont mean the Russian embassy, I mean in general hotels, etc).

P.I.M.P.
12-05-2005, 12:00
Marseilles (May 2004) and Paris (2 weeks ago): 220 Euros for Americans (cheaper for other nationalities) for 1 hour service. In reality, you get your visa in about 20 minutes.

equalizer
12-05-2005, 12:09
what really gets me is the price for a one year ,its supposed to be relative to the opposing ,so i paid 400us for a 30min one year but for my wife to go to uk i paid 60us for a 2 multi year visa same day at the brit emb in moscow
confused...........mind you the embassy in vilnius looks like a modern day palace and it was the best waiting area as well .previous places out of 10 bejing 5 ,sydney7,cypruss6,edinbrugh9,london3,vilnius8,paris10 as i never actually went and enjoyed the day shopping,an agency did all the crap.

Benedikt
13-05-2005, 15:48
vienna does visa in one day, in at 9 am out at 3 pm,BUT NOTE it takes 48h for the document to become effective, that is if you want to fly back to moscow the same day, they will for sure stop you at passpoert control and you either may sit it out at the transit loungs or pay a fine of 100 $ a day, of course less without a receipt.
therefore it is / might be a good thing to have your airline ticket with you and the consular officials in vienna are very helpful. (this happened to me, and also was expalined to me, but since i stayed in vienna anyway for 2 days it did not apply to my visum.). another chance is of course, airlines are supposed to check if you have a valid visum and you might not be able to fly back...until 48 h after receiving the paper....

moondance
13-05-2005, 15:56
There is another point about getting your visa in Vienna that is a rule which only applies there & - I believe - in Germany. The embassy normally requires you to prove that you reside in Vienna. They will ask you for a document proving this and will not accept your application unless you have it. Its a paper from the Mayor that states you are residing there.

Not a lot of people know this, including the other embassies. The hotels automatically register the visitors of course so you wouldn't be told this, but if you are staying with friends and want to renew your visa, they need to come with you to the mayor's office in whatever part of Vienna you are staying, state you are staying with them and co-sign the document. They then give you the required paper and off you go to apply. This was how it was until last month, I don't know if they have changed the rules yet again.

The embassy in Vienna is only open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays & a 1 year multi entrance business visa is 350Euro

nexus
13-05-2005, 17:07
Istanbul still does give visas in one day, but if you are intending to get the visa there, keep in mind they only work Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays and there are always long lines so get there early.


Now the Istanbul consulate is working Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri. Doors open at 8:30 on those days for same day turn around.

equalizer
13-05-2005, 17:55
Now the Istanbul consulate is working Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri. Doors open at 8:30 on those days for same day turn around.
yeah right ,how many expats want to stand with all the ramstor employees and not forgeting all the other turks waiting ,big lines, but someone mentioned antalya ,but again to many turks

moondance
13-05-2005, 18:05
Yes I mentioned Antalya, the visa service there is very quick.

I would think that being in Turkey would mean being around those from that particular country. And the problem with that would be what?

DPG
13-05-2005, 18:11
Equalizer - In order to perform my admin duty to head off potential conflict, please check Moondance's profile prior to answering her question above!!

moondance
13-05-2005, 18:14
Ah damn, DPG you noticed, & I wanted to see how deep a hole he would dig himself.

& I don't even work for Ramstore!

equalizer
13-05-2005, 18:20
Equalizer - In order to perform my admin duty to head off potential conflict, please check Moondance's profile prior to answering her question above!!
yes i have read her comment and as i said before i personally dont like standing in any line in turkey either antaya or istanbul or belek as i found the locals a little backword in their understanding of whos next as they all push forward,hence all my comments on this subject regarding normal polite places to get a visa done
point made thanks

DPG
13-05-2005, 18:23
ydont like standing in any line in turkey either antaya or istanbul or belek as i found the locals a little backword in their understanding of whos next as they all push forward

Not to split hairs or anything, but I take it that from your usage of this site that you reside in Russia - Russians aren't exactly world leaders when it comes to forming or standing in queues...!

moondance
13-05-2005, 18:26
& the Turks who push & try and cut in aren't doing it because they are backward & don't have a simple understanding of how a line works; they cannot help but try to cut their time waiting like sheep, to a minimum.

But what do I care, I don't leave Moscow to renew my visa anyway

equalizer
13-05-2005, 18:27
Not to split hairs or anything, but I take it that from your usage of this site that you reside in Russia - Russians aren't exactly world leaders when it comes to forming or standing in queues...!
truthfully i find russians very strong and also organized ,as if you have ever been to a notory or anywhere the russian public are waiting they usually ask ........whos last ...and yes lived here a fair time and yes there are also the arrogant types who will try to be fly.

equalizer
13-05-2005, 18:29
& the Turks who push & try and cut in aren't doing it because they are backward & don't have a simple understanding of how a line works; they cannot help but try to cut their time waiting like sheep, to a minimum.

But what do I care, I don't leave Moscow to renew my visa anyway
what more do i need to say a turk who admits the truth ,so my point is valid
thankyou

moondance
13-05-2005, 18:32
excuse me?

If I was validating your point, I would agree that they are backward; which I am not.

Please do not bring the conversation down to a low(& racist) point, it isn't appreciated.

equalizer
13-05-2005, 18:39
excuse me?

If I was validating your point, I would agree that they are backward; which I am not.

Please do not bring the conversation down to a low(& racist) point, it isn't appreciated.
at what point did it become racist or low when you called turks sheep.
one thing i am not is racist,i hope your not refering to turk ,as how many times i ve been called a brit or a yank,i think this is closed now .
i come on here to give positve help ,not play verbal tennis.

moondance
13-05-2005, 18:42
No, I was refering to the term "backward" & if I used the word sheep, it was to state that they do not like to be treated as such.

equalizer
13-05-2005, 18:55
No, I was refering to the term "backward" & if I used the word sheep, it was to state that they do not like to be treated as such.
ok none likes being treated like a sheep ,but for certain things in life ie russian visas we have to ,unlike yourself maybe you can help the readers how you manage to renew your visa without leaving ,thats the whole point of the thread.

moondance
13-05-2005, 19:02
Please clean out your messages, am trying to PM you

equalizer
13-05-2005, 19:06
Please clean out your messages, am trying to PM you
something polite i hope ,cleaning as you read

pirata
16-05-2005, 06:00
As the perhaps "secondary" discussion goes on...in regards to the initial question: Have got my Visa to Russia twice in Istambul. Last time was in April 2005. Always same day service, nice staff AND NO ENORMOUS NOR EVEN LENGHTY LINES. As a matter of fact, i don't think that around 8-10 people waiting at an embassy door can be called a line. It'll take you 10 minutes to get in and submit your papers and if you get there 20 min before, you'll be in it straight up. They'll give your passport back to you at 2pm, and prices are low compared to other embassies and consulates in other countries nearby Russia. I definetly recommend it as i did it last year, and liked it so much that i went there again for this year's Visa run. No Headaches, except for an important reminder: DO NOT FORGET to state in your invitation (priglashenie) that you'll be receiving your Visa in Istambul. Otherwise they can deny you the visa, simply because you are not a resident of Turkey. Met an american lady who had this problem and had to wait in Turkey for another 2 weeks until they printed her a new Invitation and shipped it to her over there.

For the ones who like to add some tourism to the visa run, i can say that Istambul is a nice historical city, with many interesting places to visit, a beautiful city indeed. Turks are extremely friendly people and will help you with everything possible. The city is packed with tourists from all over Europe. Nice place for shopping, specially jewelry, tapestry, leather and clothing in general. Food is great and cheap. Only warning: Take some precaution with your belongings, specially around the Grand Bazaar area as it's a very crowded place, and blurglars walk around looking for tourists shopping in that area. Nothing to die for.

Hope to be helpful in regards to the subject.

Moscow Wolf
23-05-2005, 19:32
I need to renew my visa in early June and wanted to go somewhere for a mini break. I have to be out of here on a Friday and would like to get back on about a Tuesday/Wednesday. I could go back to the UK, but I'd thought about going to Athens. Prior to the site being hacked, some kind persons had provided me with information about the Russian Consulate in Athens, but now I fear it is gone (actually I'm too lazy to look for it). So can anyone give me an update on the turn around time for a visa in Athens.

I'll listen to any other suitable suggestions about where to go however, I will probably take a Russian with me and therefore have to take into account the difficulty of getting a visa for a Russian to the country in question.

Thank you in advance.

Ps. Moondance - Pity you don't work for Ramstore as I wanted to complain to someone (who might listen) aboout the rude cashiers they always seem to employ. My shopping trips to Ramstore never seem to go without me having a set too with a cashier about something or other! wink.

moondance
23-05-2005, 19:37
Ah the mighty Ramstore, the chain of supermarkets who only hire one cashier per store!
I always get into arguments with the managers there over the horrible service. I would love to make your life easier but speaking the language doesn't seem to help : )
On the subject of your visa, what about Cyprus as a possible destination?

Moscow Wolf
23-05-2005, 19:44
Cyprus sounds OK to me if only for the sand and sea, although I've never ever been to Nicosia and don't think that there are so many historical sites to see like in Athens, (I might be wrong). Would be nice if they had a Consulate in Larnaca or somewhere on the coast.

Do you know what he turn around time is there now and if Russians now to obtain a shengin visa since they've joined the EEC? Last time I was there Russians could just purchase a visa in the airport, like in Egypt.

moondance
23-05-2005, 19:47
From what I remember the turn around time is within a day for you to get the visa, as it is so easy for the Russians to get theirs. I believe it is the same as it is in Antalya, but give me a sec and I will check.

moondance
23-05-2005, 19:51
Ok, I couldn't find the details for how long it takes to get the visa there, but I found you their number for the consular section +357 2 776-832

Hope this helps a bit. I could always advise Antalya, at least i know for sure that it takes an hour there.

Moscow Wolf
23-05-2005, 20:02
Thank you for your very efficient help. Antalya sounds good actually as its on the sea and a direct flight from Moscow with Aeroflot, but I will check out the Cyprus angle. Still would like to compare Athens for speed and efficiency though. Being the cheeky git that I am, can you list or recommend one or two web-sites in Antalya where I could book a hotel?

Thanks again.

moondance
23-05-2005, 20:04
Hmmmmm for you, I shall see what i can find! Give me 30min, will be back.

I better get something for my troubles ; )

moondance
23-05-2005, 20:20
http://www.turkiye-online.com/mediterranean1/antalya/
http://www.yeego.com/city.php?loc=406&aff=642251

I hope this helps you a bit, the other sites I found were UK ones

Braders
24-05-2005, 09:55
can you list or recommend one or two web-sites in Antalya where I could book a hotel?
Thanks again.

You want to go back there, have you gone stark raving mad? ;)

Moscow Wolf
27-05-2005, 16:41
You want to go back there, have you gone stark raving mad? ;)

This time I will be better prepared: - I've been wearing my sheepskin and thermal underwear for the last two weeks to acclimatise myself for the sweltering heat.

I'm off the scotch so I won't get ripped off a $120 a bottle again!

Atmosphere or Oxygen or whatever that club is called in Off Limits to me from now on, I shall give it a very wide birth.

I shall not be packing my 'Slither Dancing Slippers'!

I shall only cross the road at recognised crossing points. Although that scar on my leg looks very manley, I don't wish to repeat my falling through the central reservation barriers from a great height.

And last, but most importantly, YOU and Boscoe won't be there so it should be 200% safer! :rolleyes:

horilka
30-05-2005, 14:48
You can have a visa processed in Kiev in one day. Drop off documentation in the morning and pick up the visa at 4pm. Dual entry $445, multi $490

equalizer
30-05-2005, 15:08
You can have a visa processed in Kiev in one day. Drop off documentation in the morning and pick up the visa at 4pm. Dual entry $445, multi $490
vilnius great option ,fly in the night before then either go to hotel or the 24h casino then go to the consulate,730am ,doors open 8am multi visa is ready in 40 minutes,all day to look around 545pm flight back home. 400us for visa