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Guide for Foreigners: Arriving in St-Petersburg



Arriving

                In order to receive student visa you must a present a Russian Consular Office proof of enrolment in an educational program. It has to be the invitation of University. Russian visa is a passport size document with your picture, and details like number of your passport, type of visa, dates of arrival and departure, cities allowed visiting. If you are going to stay in Russia over 30 days you have to provide negative AIDS result test.

By plane

                There are 3 airports in St. Petersburg.

Pulkovo II international airport is located 17 kilometres south of the city.

Domestic airport is Pulkovo I located along the same road as Pulkovo I.

Rzhevka is not in use now, because of its location.

                There are taxis waiting at the airport. Like airport taxis worldwide, they will try to extract as much money from you as possible. There are also public buses: number 13 from Pulkovo II, 39 from Pulkovo I. After a few stops (15 minutes) you will be at the Moskovskaja Metro Station, one stop past the hard-to-miss Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad.

By train

                St. Petersburg has 4 train stations, each conveniently located near a metro station. Train stations are open 24 hours, but avoid hanging around these places any longer than necessary. Both domestic and international train tickets can be purchased at the Central Railway Agency at Naberezhnaja Kanala Griboedova 24. Bring your passport and visa. Try to avoid last minute bookings.

Registration

You are required to register your visa within 3 days (except weekends and holidays) of arrival in the country. Student visas are registered in PVS (Department of visas and registration) office in your University.                 You should make photocopies of your passport and visa. Carrying these around is safe adequate for most identification purposes. If your documents are stolen, photocopies make replacing them infinitely easier.                 Lost or stolen passports can be replaced at your country consular office in Saint-Petersburg or, if your country does not have a consulate in town, at your embassy in Moscow. To replace a lost or stolen passport you will need to proof of citizenship.

Consulates
Austria 275 0502
Belarus 227 4027
Bulgaria 273 7347
Great Britain 325 6036
Hungary 312 6458
Germany 327 3111
Greece 329 6407
Denmark 346 1700
India 272 1731
Italy 312 3217
Canada 316 7222, 325 8448
China 114 670
Cuba 272 5303
Latvia 327 6054
Lithuania 314 5857
Netherlands 312 0338
Norway 326 2650
Poland 274 4170
Slovakia 279 3241
USA 275 1701
Thailand 325 6571
Ukraine 312 3210
Finland 273 7321
France 314 1443
Czech republic 271 4612
Switzerland 112 3922
Sweden 329 1430, 329 1440
Estonia 238 1804
Japan 314 1434

Source: Guide for Foriegners by St-Petersburg State Polytechnical University

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