Travel Alert

Apply for a Russian Visa and Travel to Russia after COVID-19

The number of countries resuming international flights is gradually growing, ports are opening to accept cruise ships, and some countries in the Schengen area are already issuing tourist visas. Although it is not yet possible to issue a Russian tourist visa, there are good news for those wishing to visit Russia soon.

Who can currently get a visa to Russia?

  • Foreign citizens – family members of Russian citizens (spouses, children under the age of 18, incapacitated children of any age) for a joint trip to Russia. In this case, you need to provide a copy of a document confirming the degree of relationship (copies of passports, birth certificates, marriage, etc.) Applications can only be submitted for single or double entry private visas valid for up to 90 days. The minimum processing time for such applications is 20 business days.
  • Foreign citizens entering the Russian Federation to visit sick close relatives (spouses, parents, children) in need of care. In this case, you need to provide valid documents (copies of documents) issued by a medical organization, as well as copies of a document confirming the degree of relationship. Applications can only be made for single entry private visas valid for up to 90 days. The processing time for these applications is 3 business days.
  • Foreign citizens who are highly qualified specialists entering the Russian Federation for work. In this case, you need to provide a work invitation valid for 3 years. Applications can only be submitted for the issuance of multiple-entry work visas valid for 3 years. The regular processing time for applications is 20 business days (3 business days for expedited processing).

What if I haven’t used my Russian Visa because of COVID-19?

If you received but did not use a Russian visa, the validity of which started on March 15, 2020, and later, the following information from the Russian Foreign Ministry, dated July 23, 2020, regarding the possibility of free visa processing after lifting of restrictions on entry to Russia may be relevant.

After the resumption of work of foreign missions in the visa direction, foreign citizens will be allowed to apply for visas without charging consular fees, while observing all the following conditions:

  • An unused single- or double-entry visa is glued into the applicant's passport, the validity of which begins no earlier than March 15, 2020;
  • The applicant has submitted documents that are the basis for obtaining a visa of the same or lower frequency for a new period of validity;
  • The validity of the issued visa expires within 6 months after the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of March 16, 2020, No. 635-r is declared invalid;
  • Along with the documents that are the basis for a new visa, the applicant submits a written application on the exemption from the payment of the consular fees due to force majeure circumstances.

Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, please make sure to check the latest updates and contact the airlines to grantee you will be allowed to board the plane.

We are assisting with applications and all supporting visa documents for the process of obtaining Russian visas. Send your request to find out if you are eligible.

It should be noted that all visa and visa-free regimes provided for by international treaties of the Russian Federation remain in force.

Cancellation of 14-day quarantine in Russia

From July 15, 2020, the Russian authorities have decided to abolish the mandatory 14-day isolation for those who enter the country. To do this, the visitor must have a medical document in English or Russian, confirming a negative test for COVID-19. Foreigners will be able to provide a certificate of the PCR test, passed no earlier than three days before arrival in the country, and documents on the presence of immunoglobulin G antibodies (if any).

If a visitor does not have such a document, he will be obliged to take a virus test in Russia within three days. The testing procedure will take place on a paid basis.

Similar rules will apply to Russian citizens who intend to return to their homeland. If their coronavirus test results are positive, they will need to self-isolate at their place of residence until they recover and receive negative coronavirus test results. The decree notes that while on self-isolation, it is necessary to exclude contact with family members who are not infected with COVID-19.

A 14-day quarantine can also be maintained for Russians returning from countries with an unfavorable epidemic situation. If citizens do not have test results for COVID-19, then they will be placed in an observatory until a negative test result.

If you need any assistance with Russian visas, supporting documents, or any other travel questions, contact us and stay safe.

Cathay Pacific is ending the daily flight route Vancouver – New York City

One of the most popular flights between North America’s two coasts will be discontinued. No more daily flights from YVR to JFK by Cathay Pacific starting from April 2020.

After 23 years of operation, the flight from the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to JFK service (with a stop at YVR) will no longer exist. According to official reports, this decision has been made since this route has been unprofitable for Cathay Pacific for years because of increased competition from non-stop flights from Hong Kong to New York City.

If you are willing to travel to New York City from Vancouver and try one of the most enjoyable flights, you still have almost eight months to do so. If you have a Canadian Permanent Residency or staying in Vancouver on any temporary visa, check if you need a visa to travel to the USA and use your chance to explore a little bit more.

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Coronavirus interrupting businesses: how we can help

That's official: COVID-19 is a global pandemic according to the World Health Organization

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization announced that the novel coronavirus has become a global pandemic. We are not going to dig deeper into numbers and statistics, but it is a known fact right now - it is not a great time to be going out into public in close contact. Unfortunately, these recommendations are also related to travel plans.

As we are in the travel industry, we know that the COVID-19 outbreak has been affecting personal travels a lot. However, a business cannot wait for the pandemic to pass.

Since there are lots of businesses and businessmen who are involved in ongoing international affairs, the COVID-19 pandemic might impact many of them. Therefore, we find it important to remind that we are providing Document Legalization services, Certified Document translation, international document delivery, etc.

If you need a Power of Attorney or any other official document to be legally used in another country outside Canada, we can assist you to have it legalized/ translated/ sent to the required destination. Please, contact AnyVisa, and we will be happy to assist you with any document support if your business trip was canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Current COVID-19 travel problems for residents and citizens returning to Canada

Main COVID-19 outbreak travel issues and what you should do based on your status when returning to Canada.

As the COVID-19 preventative measures are getting stricter in almost every country, many travellers are facing issues such as flight cancelations, border crossing, and imposed self-isolation, not to mention the huge impact the coronavirus is having on businesses.

The Canadian border is now closed for foreign nationals who are not residents or citizens. Therefore, having your travel documents in order is a smart and responsible approach, if you are trying to return home safely.

We, at AnyVisa, are committed to helping Canadian Permanent Residents, who have issues with their PR cards, get back to Canada. And, of course, other foreign travelers, who require consular assistance to go to their home countries, can rely on AnyVisa for travel document support.

Summarizing the Canadian government’s measures, including the border closure, here is the current situation:

1 – If you are a Temporary Resident traveling to Canada:

  • Such as a Canadian tourist visa holder, student visa holder, or work visa holder, you will not be able to come to Canada until further notice by the authorities.

Death Valley: what to see and what NOT to do

Decided to visit the hottest place on Earth? The Death Valley National Park is waiting for you - all wild and beautiful! Be cautious though and save this tips.

Located in California/Nevada, USA, the Death Valley has been a legendary attraction not only for tourists, but also for movie scenes. When you decide to visit the Death Valley, be prepared to spend at least a few hours there. It's not just one spot, it's a huge territory of sand, dunes, rocks, mountains, and lots of stops for sightseeing. We will focus on a few of them - what is really worth seeing in the Death Valley:

1 - Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. It is the largest dune field in the park. It includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped. There is a parking available right in front of the dunes, so it will be totally up to you how much time you spend there - 10 min or a couple of hours. The view is truly mesmerizing, so no wonder if you want to walk a little bit further and further, just be careful and stay on track.

2 - Dantes View is the most breathtaking viewpoint in the park. Here is the bonus for Star Wars fans - two episodes of the famous movie series were filmed in the Death Valley National Park, and the Dantes View was one of the locations used of a scene.

3 - Zabriskie Point is one the most famous viewpoint in the park. If you are looking for a great place for photography, visit Zabriskie Point at sunrise or sunset. The best shots are guaranteed! 

The biggest sports events in 2020

The year 2020 will be marked not only as a first year of the new decade but also as a year of the biggest sports events worldwide.

Every year is somewhat special in terms of annual tournaments, championships, and other sports events. However, some major events take place once in a few years, and here is what we have on the list:

1 – EURO 2020: UEFA European Championship

This football competition takes place every 4 years and has been played in multiple European countries. This year it will be played from June 12th to July 12th in 12 countries: Azerbaijan, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, and Spain. Read more about what you need to know before you go to UEFA EURO 2020.

2 – Summer 2020 Olympic Games

Japan has been preparing for this huge event for the last few years. The host city for the 2020 Olympic Games is Tokyo. Exciting fact is that five new sports have been added to the program in Tokyo: baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing. The Games will be held from July 24th to August 9th, 2020.

Top recommendations for your first African Safari tour

African Safari will become an unforgettable adventure of your life. Make sure you are well-prepared for the wild journey!

First of all, be aware that African Safari is an unpredictable experience! Even if you choose a guided tour – be prepared for such things as weather change, insects, rough rides…Wild animals are not waiting for you along the road (which is mostly gravel or sand). Sometimes your driver will need to cross the river, or a stone field, or even drive through the bush!

Second of all, stay safe! For that, follow these safety tips for African Safari:

  • Stay in the car at all times;
  • Keep your hands and camera inside the car;
  • Don’t approach animals too closely;
  • Don’t make noise;
  • Never stand between hippos and the water;
  • Always obey the rules – they are there for a good reason!

The guides of the African Safari are always there for you to get the best safari experience. So, don’t be shy to ask for a stop, or any question that you have – there is one more chance for you to learn more about African wildlife and animals’ behavior, don’t miss it!

See what countries in Africa are the most popular for African Safari tours. 

TOP-20 best places to travel in 2020

Family vacation, a solo trip or traveling with friends – consider these countries for your 2020 travel plans!

Keep in mind, that some of these countries may require visa, or eVisa, but some of them do not require visa or you can get a visa on arrival. Please, check if you need a travel visa (including transit visa) here, and pick one of these hot destinations for 2020 travel:

1 - Ethiopia: Addis Ababa and its historical must-see Menelik Palace, also known as the Imperial Palace.

2 - China: Beijing city had a couple of great openings this year such as Beijing Daxing International Airport, Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing Luxury Hotel. Also, the Qianlong Garden will be opened for the first time in 2020. That all is attracting tourists just as much as historical sites of the city.

3 - UAE: The first World Expo in the Middle East will take place in Dubai in 2020.

4 - Malawi: one of the best African destinations for a safari tour. After years of repopulating the major Liwonde National Park, which has a tragic history of poaching, 2020 will be the first year that visitors can anticipate seeing the Big Five.

Top-5 music festivals to attend in 2020

The best selection of annual festivals for music lovers. Europe, Asia, North America – you chose where to go in 2020 and enjoy the time of your life!

Here is a list of music festivals 2020 – from the world’s most famous to the less well-known cultural events that are worth to visit!

1 - Coachella Music & Arts Festival – California, USA

Dates: Apr. 10 – Apr. 19, 2020

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has become an iconic cultural event for the country. There are all sorts of musical styles like Hip Hop, alternative rock and electronic music. You will be surprised by the large scale art installations, amazing food, and celebrities wearing their best desert outfits. If you are thinking of a roadtrip to California, here are some useful tips for you to keep in mind while traveling in the USA.

2 - Primavera Sound – Barcelona, Spain

Dates: June 3 – June 7, 2020

Enjoy the great music, live acts, and performance in this wonderful city! Make to the beach for a music festival, or explore lots of chill areas to spend time with friends. Experience this wonderful vibe of a summertime music festival in Barcelona as many nationalities visit the city specifically for the event.

Travel tips for a road trip to the USA

When you are on a road trip, expect unexpected things to happen to you. Even if you have planned everything and it seems like you are all set, well, you are not!

1 - Wi-Fi is really HARD to find! Surprisingly, but turns out that in Canada we are spoiled with Wi-Fi access almost everywhere. In the US you have more chances to find Wi-Fi at a fast food cafe in the middle of nowhere, but not in restaurants or cafeterias where you would actually expect to connect to Wi-Fi. So, if you travel without roaming and have an urgency to contact your family or check your email, don't ignore the closest Starbucks.

2 - Bring CASH. Yes, in 99% cases you'll be able to pay by a credit card, but it's not guaranteed that it won't be unexpectedly declined, and you won't know why.

3 - If you booked your accommodation through EXPEDIA, always contact the hotel before heading there and confirm that they have your booking. Sometimes hotels don't see the bookings made via Expedia for an unknown reason. In this case you are risking not getting your accommodation even if you've already paid for it. If the inn didn’t see your booking and can't provide you with a room on the required date, there are 2 options:

Vancouver-LA-Vancouver: what is the best way to travel?

Somebody may say the best way to get to Los Angeles from Vancouver is to take a plane. However, what if you are a road trip lover?

Indeed, you can easily get to LA, California from Vancouver, BC by car. Here is a question – which highway to pick? If you want to reach Los Angeles faster, pick the interior highway. In this case, the total driving time would be around 20 hours, so consider making an overnight stop somewhere on your way. The trip will be quite boring though: the road will be pretty much all you can see on your way.

Another option for a road trip from Vancouver to LA would be driving along the Pacific coast. That’s the best option if you have plenty of time and a thirst for breathtaking picturesque views!

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