FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Do I need Tourist VISA travel to Russia?
Yes you do, except for Cruise Passengers booked for
St. Petersburg City Tour or Shore Excursion with a
Cruise line or with registered local tour operator like
Red October Company.
Red October Company obtains a group TOURIST VISA, thus you do
not need an individual VISA.
The dockside Russian immigration officials will check
your passport and consider a Red October Company Tour
Voucher to be good to pass the control. You do not need
any official letter at all. Red October Company will
save you money (VISA costs about $120 USD) without
sacrificing the quality. Therefore, that is an excellent
chance to save your money for other pleasant things when
you are in St. Petersburg.
Here how it works:
Your names and the passport details are on the cruise
line passenger manifest which the cruise line sends to
Russia (immigration authorities) a couple of weeks prior
the ship's arrival and the ship also submits that
manifest with all the last minute adjustments to the
Russian Authorities who come on board the ship when the
ship arrives in St Petersburg. The Cruise Ship's local
tour operator also submits to the immigration
authorities the excursions programs and samples of the
excursions tickets for St Petersburg. This is the
RED OCTOBER Company goes the same way.
RO sends you the
RO Vouchers and the samples of these Vouchers are always
in each immigration booth on the pier. Therefore, when
you come with these RO Vouchers and show them with your
passports to the immigration officer they already know
that you take RO tours. Red October Company also signs
the required papers with your names and the passport
details at the immigration office a week before your
Therefore, everything is easy and legal. This means RO
provides "an immigration umbrella" to all our clients.
RED OCTOBER Representative will meet you on the other
side of Passport Control building. (On the Pier and
about 150 yards from your ship).
Q. What if I have Russian VISA already? Can I still take
Usually RO does not provide services for the people who
have obtained visas through other tour operator.
The whole idea for you to go with
Red October Company is
to save you money (VISA costs about $120 USD) without
sacrificing the quality. Therefore, that is an excellent
chance to save money for other pleasant things when you
are in St Petersburg.
As for wandering in the city, or is that only possible
with our guide? The matter is that you take our tours
with RO Shore Excursions Vouchers, which are not for
general in-country travel at
all. The Russian rules for individual travel within
Russia are very different and require much more
paperwork. The Red October excursion Voucher allow
our guests to participate in organized
tours in the company of a licensed tour guide and car.
RO cannot violate the immigration regulations, but if
RO know in advance everything you wish to do and see
while in Russia RO can certainly arrange special tours
of St Petersburg by day visiting all of the "must see"
venues, or by night visits after your dinner on board
the ship. Your guide can take you downtown again
and you will have a nice walking tour - this is
obviously at an extra charge. Please let RO
know in advance what you wish so we can make all of the
necessary arrangements to ease you through the very
strict Russian Immigration and Visitation Rules.
Some tips on disembarkation procedure.
Your best bet to disembark efficiently and start your
tour as soon as possible is to disembark together as one
group. Going on The Cruise each of you is supplied
with: Red October Voucher. Please do not forget them
in your cabin!
in St Petersburg:
Your ship arrives at St. Petersburg early am.
The Ship’s Custom formalities on board usually take 45
They practically start disembarkation in 15-20 minutes
after ship's arrival.
During the disembarkation you will meet several
Groups of your shipmates who signed up with Red October
for different tours and venues. Therefore, make sure
that you are with your party and are getting disembarked
and going through immigration control together.
Sometimes cruise security at the gangway says to wait if
you are not from the ship’s tours then you say you
travel independently and have a permission to go ashore.
Tell them you cannot wait that long to be at the very
tail of bus tours and all people who are with private
vans go ashore any time when the ship is cleared. Hope this advice will help you
to be ahead of crowds.
Please remember, the earlier you are at the gangway -
the quicker you will pass immigration.
After getting outside your ship please stand in any
Passport control line as One Group together.
You will need:
Your original passports
(with expiration date at least for 1 month after this
2-photocopies of the Passport’s first page
Red October Vouchers.
And a smile.
Stamping passports takes time, they stamp each passport.
Happily, they stamp them only on arrival, then in the
evening and next day they just see your passports and
Vouchers for the excursions.
Please stay together as the group.
That will help your Red October tour guide to meet and
greet you as One Group.
Your RO Tour Guide will be waiting to greet you and will be
holding a Red October Sign.
RO staff is waiting for you at the pier from 7am.
RO always come by the ship's arrival to leave the
samples of your RO Vouchers on each immigration cabin in the
terminal. And are ready to start your excursion from the
pier any time when you disembark.
In any way – if you have any delays --- RO is waiting
for you on the pier after you pass passport Control.
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TOURIST VISA IS NOT REQUIRED.
Shore Excursions & Day Trips to St. Petersburg,
Novgorod & Moscow, Russia
Highly qualified RO guides are
fluent in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish,
Chinese and other languages helping you to have a
very memorable and rewarding experience !
The same Red October Guide,
Driver and Transport will accompany you through the
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provide you with EXACTLY the same Tour Programs as RO St. Petersburg office.
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RO clients over the past 8 consecutive years!
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