If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
It is your responsibility to arrange your own visas before you travel.
All nationalities require a visa to enter China, and you must make your visa arrangements prior to your arrival in the country. Please contact your country’s Chinese embassy for a visa application and up-to-date information.
When filling out your visa application, list your trip’s finishing point hotel (Harmony Hotel, Beijing) as the “company or person to visit in China.” We recommend to set your arrival date one day in advance of your actual arrival in China. Your departure date falls on Day 4 of the trip (we also recommend adding one more day to this date).
Most nationalities will require a visa to enter Mongolia. Exceptions include: holders of passports issued in the United States, Thailand, Germany and the Philippines. For other exceptions and further visa information, please contact your country’s Mongolian embassy.
Some nationalities may require a Letter of Invitation (LOI). In this instance, G Adventures will provide one for you through our local supplier. Please contact your travel agent or a G Adventures representative and request further information on obtaining a Mongolian LOI.
When completing your visa application, please list “Monkhutuch Trade & Travel, Bayanzurkh Duureg, 13-r Horoolol 12-179, Ulaan Baater, tel: 976 1199199291” as the hosting company or individual you will be visiting in Mongolia.
Groups enter Mongolia on Day 4 of the trip and depart on Day 9, travelling by rail.
Almost all nationalities require a visa to enter Russia. Exceptions include: holders of passports issued in Israel, Thailand and citizens of most former Soviet republics. The Russian government often alters the visa application rules, so we recommend you double-check with your country’s Russian embassy.
Single-entry tourist visas provide for a maximum of 29 days (30 nights) stay in Russia. Please remember that it is impossible to extend tourist visas while inside the country. If you are planning to travel in Russia before or after your trip and you expect to be there for more than 29 days, you will need to arrange for a business visa. Russia does not issue double-entry visas. If you intend to leave the country and then return, please contact the Russian embassy or consulate in your country for details.
All Russian visas require a Letter of Invitation (LOI) from a licensed Russian tour operator. G Adventures travellers can obtain this letter through our visa support agent in Russia by completing an online visa application. A LOI support link will be sent to you or your travel agent when you complete your booking through the email address you submit to your G Adventures sales representative. The LOI will be sent to the same address once you have completed your application.
We recommend you contact the Russian embassy or consulate in your country before filling out the form, as document requirements vary from country to country. Please be aware that many Russian embassies throughout the world issue visas only to citizens or official residents of the country in which the embassy is based.
Before submitting the online form, please read the instructions carefully and ensure that all necessary information has been included. Your G Adventures group will spend Days 9 through 21 of the trip inside Russian territory, and we recommend you add at least one extra day at the start and end dates of the Russian leg of your trip. If you depart later, please add one day to the date of your intended departure from Russia.
You must include your first, middle and last names as they appear in your passport on your LOI application. Russian embassies have the right to deny visas if the information on your application differs from that in your passport.
Your Russian visa LOI will be emailed directly to you or your travel agent within five (5) working days upon submission of the online application. If your trip is not guaranteed at the time of submission, your visa support letter will be emailed to you or your travel agent once the trip has been guaranteed, but no earlier than three (3) months prior to departure.
(If you have not received an email with your Russian LOI within five (5) working days following submission, check your email program’s spam folder; emails sent from .ru server domains are sometimes automatically flagged as spam.)
Once you have received your LOI, you may apply for your Russian visa by visiting your country’s Russian embassy, or by using a visa service recommended to you by your travel agent. Do not obtain your visa until six (6) weeks prior to your trip’s departure date in the unlikely event that the trip does not depart as scheduled.
When you have received your LOI, bring it to your country’s Russian embassy along with your passport, three passport photos, the completed visa application form, a copy of your trip voucher and proof of onward travel from Russia and the embassy will issue your visa. Please contact the embassy you intend to apply to and confirm which documents they require. It may take up to 15 working days for the embassy to issue your visa.
Fees vary with nationalities but the cost for a 30-day single entry tourist visa can range from $45-$170USD depending on nationality and processing time. Most countries have a Russian embassy or consulate. For more information, please consult the following websites:
• Wait until you receive your Russia visa LOI before completing your application. The information on both forms must match in order for you to receive your visa from the embassy.
• Ensure that the entry and exit dates on the LOI match the dates that you will be in Russia.
• The Letter of Invitation may list hotels or cities that do not correspond to those on your tour. These hotels may not be the exact hotels that you will be staying in during your trip. It is critical that you complete your Russian visa application with the hotels listed on your visa support letter rather than those that appear on your G Adventures voucher or dossier.
VISA APPLICATION HELP
1. The type/purpose of visa: Tourism
2. Company or organization in Russia to be visited: Karelia Plus
3. Name of Russian Travel Agency: Karelia Plus
4. Reference number of Russian tour agency: Found in the top right-hand corner of your visa support letter
5. Route of Journey: Copy the dates and cities that appear below your name on the left-hand side of your visa support letter (Moscow & St Petersburg)
6. Confirmation voucher/Invitation number: This usually starts with SPC
Please note that unless you are a resident of China you will NOT be able to obtain your Russian visa within China. Please arrange your visa prior to your arrival in Beijing.