I'm traveling to Russia in October on a double entry visa. From Saint Petersburg, I and my girlfriend are going to Prague, and then back to Saint petersburg.
I know that my visa must get stamped when I arrive in St. Petes, and again when I leave to return to America, but do I have to get it stamped when I leave for prague and when I return from prague?
I would say definently yes. You will have to go though customes to go in and out if the country and you have a double entry visa. It will work itself out. I would have thought the term double entry was self explanatory dis
Every time you go through customs it is stamped. If you visa doesn't have a valid entry left you will not even be permitted to enter baggage claim. You will be taken to a secure waiting area where you will have to wait for your flight and your baggage will be immediately forwarded to your outbound airplane for final destination.
To clarify it will be stamped 4 times total. One entry to St. Pete, One exit to Prague. A second entry to St. Pete and last for a final exit to leave for home. So one stamp for every time you will be going through customs (basically anytime you get on a plane it will require a stamp.)
thanks all. the reason I asked is because to get my visa stamped (or, registered), It has to be stamped by a hotel, or certain travel agencies, or OVIR. This ISN'T automatically done at customs. I could ask when I go to get it stamped, but I thought one of you could answer my question. I was curious if I had to make four trips to a business who will register it.( instead of twice, like for a single entry visa).
Since I asked, I found out that I only have to get it stamped twice.
The actual visa in your passport will get stamped when you enter and exit Russia....with a double entry you can enter Russia twice, and it will be stamped each time you enter and exit. You will also receive a seperate piece of paper on the plane that must be filled out, and you will have to keep part of that until you exit. This is the piece of paper that gets stamped at the hotels you stay at. The hotel, or OVIR does not stamp your visa.