Moscow-Almaty train visas

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Moscow-Almaty train visas

Postby varadi » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:11 pm

Hi,

I'm planning to take the No 8 Moscow-Almaty train in two months, and I was wandering if there are some fresh news about the visa needs in the Uralsk-Atkobe strech. Is it still ok with one simple-entry kazakh an russian visa (which will be finish when the train leave russia for the first time)?

Thank you in advance!
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Re: Moscow-Almaty train visas

Postby steven » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:18 am

Should be the same as before.

One Problem: I haven't updated the train page yet as I am working on a new version of the site, but it could be this train is no longer running, see http://www.kp.ru/online/news/1918623/ - with Google translate you should be able to make it out - Russia cancelled all trains running into Kazakhstan.

I do not know in how far this is actually true. If you find out more, please let us know!

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Re: Moscow-Almaty train visas

Postby varadi » Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:40 pm

Hi!

I finally did the trip form Moscow to Almaty by train.
I had already a double entry russia visa.
At the Kazakh consulate in St-Petersburg I asked if I need a double-entry kazakh visa for this train trip and they said : yes. So I had to pay 20$ dollars more for that (total 20$).
Then on the train we had the first border pass. I saw russian guards checking if I had the double entry, but there was russian border control at the second border pass. In contrast, Kazakh border control was present both time and I got a new migration card each time.
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Re: Moscow-Almaty train visas

Postby Provodnik » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:06 pm

Although the message regarding cancellation of trains from Russia to Kazakhstan is already one year old: This message only concerned trains operated by Russian Railways.
Most trains from Russia to Kazakhstan (and the other countries mentioned in that news report) were operated by the railways of the countries concerned, and they were not affected by the cancellation. So trains from Almaty, Astana, Bushkek, Tashkent etc to destinations in Russia, which are operated by Kazakh, Uzbek etc railways, are still running.
Timetables can be found at http://pass.rzd.ru/main-pass/public/en. Bookings are also possible, but you only get a booking conformation and need to pick up the actual ticket at a train station in Russia. So it's only possible for trips originating in Russia or if you know someone in Russia who can pick up the tickets for you in and send them to you.
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