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Moscow Wolf
27-07-2005, 14:27
I'm just interested to make a comparison as to what folks are actually paying these days for their invitations, visas and OVIR registrations.

I used Alpha Omega this year and they charged me $300 for the invitation 'telex' for a 1 year multi-entry commercial visa.

The Russian Consulate charged me the standard 150 for a same day turn around.

Alpha Omega then charged me another $70 to make my OVIR registration after I produced a DEZ letter. (I had little choice, because on a Commercial visa, only the sponsor can make your registration).

I think all in all that it is expensive, what do you think?

blonde
27-07-2005, 14:42
The less expensive I ever seen were about 200 $ for 1 year multi... + registration (30 - 50$$).

equalizer
27-07-2005, 14:42
I'm just interested to make a comparison as to what folks are actually paying these days for their invitations, visas and OVIR registrations.

I used Alpha Omega this year and they charged me $300 for the invitation 'telex' for a 1 year multi-entry commercial visa.

The Russian Consulate charged me the standard 150 for a same day turn around.

Alpha Omega then charged me another $70 to make my OVIR registration after I produced a DEZ letter. (I had little choice, because on a Commercial visa, only the sponsor can make your registration).

I think all in all that it is expensive, what do you think?
It is a bit of a ripp off as the original invite only costs a thousand rubles for the sponsor to obtain from the ministry,so to charge 300us is a little much.
As for your same day fee i forked out 400us in vilnius and take into account i only flew there and back for the visa and not for a break so all in all the hotel and taxis and the rest it worked out at around 1200us for the whole process(not including a disatous night in the casino next to the hotel)but the hotel did give me a late check out for free.
Next time i shall try to coincide the visa run with a holiday.

Braders
27-07-2005, 15:00
$650 all in for me, that's done here and i don't have to go near a Russian consulate and can choose which country i want to go to when i have to leave.

Moscow Wolf
27-07-2005, 15:23
$650 all in for me, that's done here and i don't have to go near a Russian consulate and can choose which country i want to go to when i have to leave.

You might have been wiser keeping that one to yourself, now you'll be inundated with, 'how do you do that' questions.

Go anywhere you want!!! I seem to recall a last minute panic choice of either Riga or Antalya last September just before you were due to become illegal! :rolleyes:

equalizer
27-07-2005, 15:28
$650 all in for me, that's done here and i don't have to go near a Russian consulate and can choose which country i want to go to when i have to leave.
There are a couple of firms in town who will do the whole process without you leaving including arrival stamps and reg but this service is fine until some one wants to play with you(ex member of staff with a grudge) as the authorities can check what airline you came in on,then your in the sh*t.
Prefer to sleep knowing that ones covered .

Braders
29-07-2005, 01:28
You might have been wiser keeping that one to yourself, now you'll be inundated with, 'how do you do that' questions.

Go anywhere you want!!! I seem to recall a last minute panic choice of either Riga or Antalya last September just before you were due to become illegal! :rolleyes:

I'm not gonna divulge that info to anyone because i'd have to go with them and i've got better things to do.

That last minute panick was down to you not knowing which pair of speedo's to take! I would never have gone to Riga. ;)

Braders
29-07-2005, 01:30
There are a couple of firms in town who will do the whole process without you leaving including arrival stamps and reg but this service is fine until some one wants to play with you(ex member of staff with a grudge) as the authorities can check what airline you came in on,then your in the sh*t.
Prefer to sleep knowing that ones covered .

I still have to leave the country, i just get the Visa in my passport before i do, i leave on the old one and come back on the new one.
Everything else is done as per the norm.

DPG
29-07-2005, 10:45
Last three years I've used Visa House - $290 for the invitation and both registrations are done for free (you provide the letter from the landlord).

Apparently Liga charges $150 - might give them a try next time...

seedub
29-07-2005, 11:31
I used Visa Link this year and my 1-year ME invitation cost $130 and I have to pay $20 for each registration. I went and got my visa in Helsinki and for next day processing, my visa was somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 euros I think.

kazachka
29-07-2005, 15:41
I used Visa Link this year and my 1-year ME invitation cost $130 and I have to pay $20 for each registration. I went and got my visa in Helsinki and for next day processing, my visa was somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 euros I think.

Is that $20 for each 6-month registration with the landlord letter?

seedub
29-07-2005, 17:50
Is that $20 for each 6-month registration with the landlord letter?

Yes it is with the landlord letter.

Proper Bostonian
29-07-2005, 18:46
I've used Liga Consulting the past 2 yrs & they're great. $150 for invitation and registration (2x) is free as long as you don't need "srochno" - anyway, they're fast.

I went to Vilnius again this yr (3rd in a row). Nice staff there at the Russian Embassy, but it does cost $410 for an American to get a 1 yr. ME visa. Takes 1o minutes once you get to a window.

Really got screwed this time, though. Planned on going to Antalya & had even paid for a tour. At the last minute to tour operator wouldn't take me as they said I didn't have the right to return to Moscow. Even after explaining many times that I would be getting a new visa in Antalya, they refused. Said they would be fined $2500 if I flew back without a visa. Since we were up against the wall, we called other operators and told them the situation (why wait until they see your passport) - hard to believe, but they all refused!

So I bought a train tix to Vilnius & went to the Belorussian embassy the next AM expecting to $45 for same day-express service. What a shock when I was told the new price for Americans (only) to transit through Belarus is $180 (1 time transit!). How obscene is that?

Flight times didn't work for me, so I came back via Riga. Hell of a long trip, but at least I didn't give Lukashenko another $180.

Yes, it's all getting way too expensive.