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Any advice for me on my upcoming trip to Russia?

Postby zboy1 » February 7th, 2013, 6:18 pm

Hey guys, I was wondering, what are some of the things I should bring with me to Russia? And, what are some of the things I should do before I go to Russia? For example, do I need to file a tax form to the IRS to let them know I'll be overseas for a while? Also, what kind of extra clothes should I bring with me? I made sure to buy a winter jacket, a pair of ski pants, waterproof artic-boots, and fur hats and gloves. Do I need anything else? And if anyone could give me advice on setting up a bank account in Russia, figuring out my expenses, visa help and anything else, it would be most appreciated!
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Postby albert » March 17th, 2014, 5:19 pm

I need to dress more lady-like for the coming winter carnivals. I came to know of the www.arctic-store.com store who claim to have a huge collection of russian fur hats, winter caps, fur hats and other fur accessories. Can anyone provide me feedback on this store?
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Postby albert » March 17th, 2014, 5:20 pm

I need to dress more lady-like for the coming winter carnivals. I came to know of the www.arctic-store.com store who claim to have a huge collection of russian fur hats, winter caps, fur hats and other fur accessories. Can anyone provide me feedback on this store?
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Postby xiongmao » March 17th, 2014, 9:33 pm

Wow, you're going to Russia? Well it's probably a good idea to visit them before they visit you.

What if the US brings sanctions? Better not rely on your ATM card.

I think it gets quite hot there in the Summer. So you'll need to layer your clothes.

Do you still need an HIV test for a visa? I heard that used to be the case.
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Postby Jester » March 18th, 2014, 12:28 am

Random comments...

Your idea of getting a Russian bank account is a good one, especially in view of the possibility that (as Xiongmai pointed out) the banking connections could conceivably be broken. Could be hard but do try. Try small bank if big one says no. Try savings if checking is a no.

If possible to do, forming a Russian company might let you open a bank account even if you dont have residency yet.

Xiongmai is right about getting a visa. you cant just buy a ticket like some places. Consulate time - you're in New York right? Easy-peasy.

If you are working online, some customers from BRIC countries might nicely augment your income from US customers in case of currency changes.

Belize has easy IBC's (offshore companies) with merchant card service in case you need an alternative to PayPal. If you are getting paid this way you wont have to explain to PayPal when youre traveling and for how long.

Some countries, even if tough for residency (e.g. Colombia I think) will still let you register as a sole proprietor even on a tourist visa. This would allow you to earn on-the-books local income ... just in case there are problems with outside income. Not a work permit but tacitly permits local self-employment.

Also if your work involves websurfing, check latency (ping speeds) times from various Russian locations. Just so there are no surprises.

Other than that, store your stuff with a relative or friend so you can stay as long as you want, pack your shaving and toiletries, bring a suit as if you were going to a wedding (they love formal parties), and bring a fifth of Johny Walker Black in checked luggage.

And GODSPEED!

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Postby Jester » March 18th, 2014, 12:40 am

There was one member here who did a travel report from Kamchatka to Mongolia, I forgot who. it would be great to find and review his thread.
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Postby gsjackson » March 18th, 2014, 12:59 am

Check the date on the OP. Zboy1's Russia plans were superseded by the China adventure.
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Postby Jester » March 21st, 2014, 8:04 am

gsjackson wrote:Check the date on the OP. Zboy1's Russia plans were superseded by the China adventure.


d'OH!
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Postby zboy1 » March 21st, 2014, 8:27 am

Jester wrote:
gsjackson wrote:Check the date on the OP. Zboy1's Russia plans were superseded by the China adventure.


d'OH!


Yeah, I was supposed to go to Russia, but backtracked at the last moment. I think I made the right decision as there's too many problems in Russia right now. I'm glad I came to China instead...wart's and all.
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Postby zboy1 » March 21st, 2014, 8:30 am

Jester wrote:There was one member here who did a travel report from Kamchatka to Mongolia, I forgot who. it would be great to find and review his thread.


That would be CheezeRaider. He's Asian American, too!--like Winston. He's said he enjoyed himself in Russia, so maybe I was wrong about the country?
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Postby Jester » March 22nd, 2014, 5:24 am

zboy1 wrote:
Jester wrote:There was one member here who did a travel report from Kamchatka to Mongolia, I forgot who. it would be great to find and review his thread.


That would be CheezeRaider. He's Asian American, too!--like Winston. He's said he enjoyed himself in Russia, so maybe I was wrong about the country?


Miss the guy, I thought it was so cool when he did the Genghis Khan horse ride in Central Asia. Wonder where he went?
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Re: Any advice for me on my upcoming trip to Russia?

Postby polya » March 22nd, 2014, 7:30 pm

zboy1 wrote:Hey guys, I was wondering, what are some of the things I should bring with me to Russia? And, what are some of the things I should do before I go to Russia? For example, do I need to file a tax form to the IRS to let them know I'll be overseas for a while? Also, what kind of extra clothes should I bring with me? I made sure to buy a winter jacket, a pair of ski pants, waterproof artic-boots, and fur hats and gloves. Do I need anything else? And if anyone could give me advice on setting up a bank account in Russia, figuring out my expenses, visa help and anything else, it would be most appreciated!


So did you go to Russia? Do tell us what happened. Or did you decide on China instead?
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Re: Any advice for me on my upcoming trip to Russia?

Postby zboy1 » March 22nd, 2014, 10:12 pm

polya wrote:
zboy1 wrote:Hey guys, I was wondering, what are some of the things I should bring with me to Russia? And, what are some of the things I should do before I go to Russia? For example, do I need to file a tax form to the IRS to let them know I'll be overseas for a while? Also, what kind of extra clothes should I bring with me? I made sure to buy a winter jacket, a pair of ski pants, waterproof artic-boots, and fur hats and gloves. Do I need anything else? And if anyone could give me advice on setting up a bank account in Russia, figuring out my expenses, visa help and anything else, it would be most appreciated!


So did you go to Russia? Do tell us what happened. Or did you decide on China instead?


No, went to China instead. Russia...well, maybe in the future, but not right now.
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