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Guide for Foreigners: Arriving in St-Petersburg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Source: Guide for Foriegners by St-Petersburg State Polytechnical University
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