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How to apply for russian visa in Kazakhstan as...?

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:19 pm
by Nemo73
Hi everybody,
I've been studying presently one harsh section of my bicycle tour through the Silk Road from Western Europe to Japan. My problem is to join west Mongolia from Kyrgyzstan. I think it's not possible to cross Turkestan as chinese visa won't be gettable for a french guy I am, while being in the area. (Some says it's a good idea to send one's passeport back home by DHL, but others say it won't help ! So...). In that case, my last option is to reach Mongolia by crossing Kazakhstan to Shemonaikha and then go east through Russia towards Ulaanbaishint check point.
So I need to get the russian visa. It's been said on Caravanistan that russian visa is gettable in Almaty BUT takes 30 days to be issued ! The problem is that the kazakh visa only lasts 30 days ! So apparently, I won't have enough time to get it (russian one)...except if I go out of the country and receive 30 more visa days.

Well, my question finally is to know if it is possible to step one foot into China on the other side of kazakh border (Khorgos-Khorgas/ Dostyk - Alanshankou/ Bakhty-Tasheng/ Maikapchagai-Jeminay) WITHOUT chinese visa, that in order to go back immediately on Kazakhstan territory and get 30 more days (with final intention to have enough time to fetch russian visa in Almaty and then cycle north to Shemonaikha) ? I guess that is not possible and would better give a go-in and out into Kyrgyzstan (as it is visa free for europeans).

Last possibility is to apply for russian tourist visa in Tbilissi as it said that the year-long-visa-free regime is not in effect there.

I don't know what's more easy and foreseeable ?!

Thanks for your advice !

Re: How to apply for russian visa in Kazakhstan as...?

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:55 pm
by bwv812
They won't let you into China without a visa. You might be able to sit in no-man's land and then turn around, but I'm not sure Kazakhstan will give you a new visa if you haven't technically entered another country since you left. At any rate, it's a lot easier to just go do a visa run via Kyrgyzstan.

Re: How to apply for russian visa in Kazakhstan as...?

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:13 pm
by Nemo73
Thanks a lot bwv812 ! Your answer seems most sensible.

As I never had to deal with visa appliance abroad still, I'd like to ask an innocent question. How to know that my russian transit visa in Almaty will be available at the consulate ? I guess no email ?!!! One's has simply to come and get for it after the duration announced when visa appliance ?

Re: How to apply for russian visa in Kazakhstan as...?

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:27 pm
by bwv812